On reflection, yes, I do feel empowered when dressed as a woman – but the whole experience is so sensational, that is, it provides sensations at so many levels, from the feeling of the clothes, which is where it starts, to experiencing the world and other people in a very different and more full-on way.
I notice so many little things that bigger things like empowerment go largely unnoticed.
But when I return to male mode, I don’t waste time in regret that I cannot stay as Laura – that’s wasted effort.
I feel that I have been Laura, and the confidence and other amazing attributes I manage to find as her shine through – even to me acting unashamedly feminine from time to time – it’s a strength, and people quickly see it as that, or are confused by it – either way, it’s an advantage, and it’s empowering to my male side.
Which is jolly useful, as that’s how I have to live most of my life at the moment.
Having Laura time is a blessing to myself and those around me. Looking back over the last 2 years, since I have had regular Laura time, the benefits are plain, and getting better all the time, to quote the Beatles – but only by making the effort.