I was thinking about the news story I posted here:
It occured to me, not only do people like me thrive on the idea of a "temporary fantasy", where we become the female to fullfill temporary desires rather than change our entire lifestyle, but this "fantasy" revolves around awkwardness. The very same awkwardness that every transitioning transgender person has to deal with on a regular basis, is what makes our fantasy interesting. Think about it, what do most stories involve on fictionmania? Guy suddenly becomes girl, doesn't know how to deal with being girl "OMG, how do I pee? how do I put on makeup? What if my family sees me like this? How will I earn money? How will I prove my identity? etc etc".
It almost relates to other fantasies, like the "rape" fantasy. A guy or girl might fantasize about this scenario, perhaps even act it out, but in a controlled way. But if you were to ask them if they would actually like to be raped, I bet most would say "of course not!"
Of course, perhaps this is why it works as a fantasy. Because that's all it can be. It's not like we have magical pills, or some machine that can spontaneously turn us into women. It's not unlike furries who imagine becoming an animal. It's not like any of them could ever hope to be a real animal, and even if they could I doubt any of them would. Imagine going to work on monday "Hey bill, what's with the wagging tail?" "Oh nothing, just a little surgery to give myself a real tail"
"Real funny Steve, turning me into a girl in a cocktail dress. Now just wave that wand again and turn me back because I'm still not going to be your date!"
"Holy shit! who would have thought a breeze could make nipples so dam hard! My dick never even used to get this hard!"