Dec 31st 2017 by AllieHugs • 21 Questions • 51 Points
Hello, my name is Anatole Konstantin. You can click here and here to read my previous AMAs about growing up under Stalin, what life was like fleeing from the Communists, and coming to America as an immigrant. After the killing of my father and my escape from the U.S.S.R. I am here to bear witness to the cruelties perpetrated in the name of the Communist ideology.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Communist Revolution in Russia. My latest book, "A Brief History of Communism: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire" is the story of the men who believed they knew how to create an ideal world, and in its name did not hesitate to sacrifice millions of innocent lives.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has said that the demise of the Soviet Empire in 1991 was the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century. My book aims to show that the greatest tragedy of the century was the creation of this Empire in 1917.
My grandson, Miles, is typing my replies for me.
Here is my proof.
Visit my website anatolekonstantin.com to learn more about my story and my books.
Update (4:22pm Eastern): Thank you for your insightful questions. You can read more about my time in the Soviet Union in my first book, "A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin", and you can read about my experience as an immigrant in my second book, "Through the Eyes of an Immigrant". My latest book, "A Brief History of Communism: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire", is available from Amazon. I hope to get a chance to answer more of your questions in the future.
Do you still feel like you want to wee standing up? Are there any other auto-reflex things that you find yourself doing that have to change now?
What was the reaction around the office once the news broke?
How effective are the interventions, and in your opinion does the presence of cameras and being shown on TV seem to help, hinder, or have no effect on the addict's willingness to work on breaking their addiction?
What was the status (class) of your dad before the October revolution? What were the contents of the messages he sent to people on the outside?
I weed sitting down beforehand but I do reflexively try and tuck it down into the bowl and tuck it back when I put on underwear.
Most of my coworkers did not even know what net neutrality was. I was trying to educate everyone but I think I only reached a few people. There's a lot of internal propaganda about the subject which is the biggest reason why I left the company. We were literally asked to hand out fliers to customer with a little statement from Verizon with a header saying "Verizon supports a free internet" written at the top. That was the last straw for me.
80-90% of people involved in interventions go to rehab the day of, so pretty successful. It depends on how strong the family in order for the addict is to stay in treatment and stay sober after treatment.
My father was a photographer which would be middle class. The messages he sent to his parents were about his wife and children - the usual stuff discussed between parents and children. He was never involved in politics which meant that he was not a member of the Communist Party.
Do you have any regrets? Is there anything you would have done differently in regards to the transition?
Did you have another job lined up, or are you just completely lacking impulse control?
I wish I could have started sooner. Puberty implements many irreversible changes that cause us dysphoria, if I knew I was trans at 12 or 13 I could have started puberty blockers and avoided male puberty all together.
I have an interview coming up but nothing solid. I have a big chunk of savings lined up though so I can get by for a month or two.
How would you compare masturbation to fingering yourself?
Hello friend! I was a Retail Sales Consultant for AT&T for 3 years! A recruiter from Verizon contacted me on LinkedIn recently about a solutions specialist job. I left AT&T because of Wells Fargo type management and pressure to make unethical sales. I hear Verizon is similar so i turned it down. What was your experience like with Verizon?
I know this wasn’t what your AMA is about but I would like to know lol.
Still way too early to do any sort of fun stuff, have to wait till 3 months post op.
The pressure is definitely there, I was with Verizon for quite some time and while the pay and benefits are fantastic but the emotional toll was heavy. Did the 80 year old lady really need a $700 phone and a Bluetooth speaker? Probably not, but your leadership team will always tell you that it's their money not yours but that excuse just didn't fly with me. I'm not going to miss the days of going home feeling guilty. That being said I don't want it to sound too dramatic or anything. Most days I would be genuinely helping people with issues and the like. It was the sales aspect I hated but it is to be expected in any commission based retail job.
Do you think the United States can overcome this opioid crisis?
Why wasn't Stalin assassinated?
What do you think of the Russian War effort in WW2
What do you think of Putin and his role in Syria?
What is a good book that provided a fair analysis of Communist Russia
Yes, I think if we follow the doctor diversion programs that have an 85% success rate, with aftercare, we could make a huge change.
According to rumors, Stalin was assassinated by Lavrenty Beria who arranged for a larger than normal dose of blood thinning medication be given to him. Beria felt his life was threatened when Stalin was preparing another purge of the leadership.
I am not an expert in matters of the war.
As for the book question, my new book "A Brief History of Communism" analyzes life in Communist Russia.
Do you think that public image of alcohol should change, the same way it changed for cigarettes over the years?
What if any parallels do you see in Putin's increasingly autocratic government and the Soviet government?
Yes, especially since so many people die from alcoholism every year. It needs to have that same type of awareness.
The fact that he is approved by 80% of the Russian population shows that because Russia never had a real democracy, an autocratic government is acceptable to a majority there and so is Putin's objective of restoring military power and influence in the world.
how many people quit with you? Do you think your quitting made a difference or was it just to show that you are pissed.
"Time for my sex break boss, boyfriend is waiting in the car."
I was the only one in my whole district that quit to my knowledge. In the grand scheme of things it probably won't make a difference but I have to stand up to my beliefs.
As a survivor of Stalin's regime, what would you say to demonstrate how bad it really was to someone who's romanticizing the communist ideology?
Put a big plastic cylander inside me to stretch out the tissue.
Do you think that the hardships you endured are related to an inherent evil in Communism? Or is it that the people in power were corrupt?
What I mean is, do you think in a perfect world Communism would work and the problem is we are imperfect creatures, or is Communism evil even if it is implemented perfectly?
Essentially, but you have to actively hold it in there for an hour at a time and its pretty uncomfortable.
Nah that’s something they would like you to believe. The reality is that NN has been a fundamental part of ISP-related government policy since ISPs were a thing, but some ISPs were beginning to ignore that and use loopholes to throttle connections and be dickheads anyway. The 2015 policies only served to reinforce the laws and make the ISPs stop what they were doing, not introduce NN altogether
What is your opinion on educated people in America who openly support communism, as well as dictators and their dictatorship?
As the son of a Cuban whose family was prosecuted and killed in Cuba, it infuriates me to hear people who praise those like Castro. So many people see only what they want to see.
Edit: after some responses and questions I went to talk to my father about the family history. Turns out my direct family (grandfather, pregnant grandmother) left Cuba because my grandfather, a doctor, helped both Batista's men and the men they were fighting during a shootout. Batista put 500,000$ on my grandfather's head for aiding the others. They also disagreed with Batista and later Castro, who ran the rest of my family out of Cuba.
My father said to relay a few things, first that Batista was bad, no denying that, but Castro was worse in his opinion. Batista was a murderer, but he mostly just messed with the political class and left the rest alone if they didn't interfere with the money. Castro messed with everyone, and ran the country into the ground.
My grandfather, Maximo/Luly Viera, was smuggled out, while his cousin Mingolo was not. Mingolo was on Batista's bad side, so he was caught, shot 150 times, and thrown on his mother's front porch.
Edit 2: My father said to post, if communism was so good they wouldn't need fences and walls and machine guns to keep people in.
Not really sure how to phrase this, but during your transition did your strength level change?
Hi Mr. Konstantin,
Thank you for making yourself available for an AMA. I stumbled late onto your AMA last year and commented on how influential your book was to me while I was in high school. Your grandson Miles came across my message on that thread and reached out to me last week that you'll be doing an AMA and again reached out earlier today to let me know it was up - thank you, Miles! This actually reminded me the book would be a great gift for my sister who is interested in studying 20th century history - I found the last hardcopy on amazon at the moment :D
I have a few questions if you are able to answer:
Are you still speaking at local schools on life in the USSR? Do you have comments from speaking with students/teachers on your life? You comment on how education does not sufficiently emphasize lessons from history, and I think hearing and seeing someone speak, or writing personal accounts, will likely always be a lesson that finds more connection than watching an aged documentary or reading from a dry school textbook.
Apart from writing, do you have other hobbies?
Do you think communist or other harsh political ideologies would be harder or easier to find root today compared to the early 20th century?
Thank you - best of luck to you and your family in your business and personal endeavors!
Yes, I lost quite a bit of muscle mass from hormone treatments
Thank you for your message.
I am no longer speaking in schools, but I am still being interviewed occasionally in local libraries. I found that most history teachers I met are not knowledgable about Communism and therefore their students are not familiar with it.
As for hobbies, I try to follow scientific developments in all areas.
I think that with jobs being lost to automation and artificial intelligence it may become easier in the future for these ideologies to take root.
most neo vaginas are cis identical
I wish you all the best, but this is simply not true. They are most definitely different. Anatomically speaking, male genatalia cannot be made “identical” to female genatalia through surgery. There are different glands, the tissue is different, ect...
Do you think Troksky would have been able to bring about a more wholesome, successful, and supportive form of socialism than Lenin did?
My surgeon has been known to fool gynecologists with his results :)
Since Trotsky wrote, "The Red Terror is a weapon used against a class that, despite being doomed to destruction, does not wish to perish," I do not think that his rule would be any more benevolent than Lenin's.
which treatments that you've undergone or researched do you think would be advantageous even outside of the context of a sex change?
What do you feel about the current state of the American hard left? And the polarization of the political landscape in general?
Our hormone treatment drugs are used to treat PCOS and post menopausal women. Spironolactone, our testosterone blocker, is used to fight prostate cancer and high blood pressure.
Surgery wise, orchiectomies are used in late stage testicular cancer but not much else can be applied to non trans people.
MtF voice training can be a fun way to mess with people in online voice chats
I think that the hard left is balanced by the hard right and neither are compatible with democracy as we know it. This is the most polarized time in our history and I think this too shall pass.
Congratulations! You mentioned that this is something you've wanted to do since a young age so I'm guessing that this is a pretty big thing for you.
First off, how do you feel about the whole thing post-op? Mainly psychologically, has it made you feel better or more comfortable as expected?
Any male effects/symptoms you still exhibit? And did you opt for breast implants as well (if not, future plans to?)
I'm still riding the high of it. Its like Christmas morning for a kid but x100. Its hard to resist the urge to dm everyone I know with "I have a vagina now! Ahhh!"
I still have some male characteristics that I would like to change (shoulders, height, foot size, hips, brow bone, etc) but are either not possible with modern medical tech or too expensive.
I got lucky with hormone treatments and ended up a 34c, and with a push up bra looks nice on my frame. I did go for the trachea shave though, which was an easy add on since I was under general anaesthesia anyway.
Its not as fun as it sounds, trust me.
How close is your new vagina to what a female born female has? Does it look the same? Do you have the same feelings in it? Can it do the same stuff? Will a person who has been with say a hundred women previously but is not a professional on vaginas be able to tell the difference?
It does look the same but doesn't get as wet so some lube is needed for sex. It should feel the same too, lots of nerve transplants were done. No one should be able to tell.
First of all; Congrats on the op! Hope you heal well, are happy and more comfortable in your body.
Questions: If the scrotum is used as the vaginal canal, is there laser hair removal preformed beforehand?
Also; How you are able to have a g spot in the 'standard' place in your vagina? What is done to achieve this?
No laser needed, all hair is removed surgically during the op.
They move a certain set of glands to just inside the opening.
If you swaped genders and want to be with a man does that mean you are gay or not?
Nope, sexual orientation goes by secondary sex characteristics not primary.
Congrats! I hope you heal quickly and enjoy your corrected body.
How do you feel? Physically? also emotionally?
Physically a bit of discomfort but its bearable, about the level of a bad rash. Emotionally I'm over the moon, ive wanted this since I was a child and now I finally feel complete. I feel like a normal person now :)
First of all, congrats! I am sorry you have to read through asshole comments in the thread, tho.
Apart from the dilators, how do you take care of your new bits? In particular, do you need to use any kind of lube-like substance to keep it moisturized or it isn't needed?
Nope, I do have to wipe to pee now but other than that just wash it in the shower and you're good.
How does it feel to have to push a stick through your open wound for up to 5 times a day, every day, so your body can't heal it shut? Was it what you expected?
Its not an open wound, its a tube of skin made from the scrotum. The dilation is to help keep it elastic for sex, the stitches have mostly completely healed by now.