Reposting this interesting and informative article. It debunks the major tropes that reinforce the binary gender roles that our culture is wed to.
I will just say this: regardless of what the defenders of orthodoxy say, in my own life experience I never found integration with the strange awkward body I “woke up” in. I never had identification to the part of “my organism” that hung between my legs, and I never understood why the presence of this defined my entire being and thus consigned me to a prison of expectations that were untenable, societal roles that were monolithic and dictatorial, and a life of sorrow and confusion when young, and numbed monochromatic denial and the mere passing of days in the prison sentence called a life.
And my experience is mirrored by uncountable people born just the way I was, and feel like I feel. That was the phenomenous thing to me: when I started reading the stories of other transgender people, and it was eerie how exact our experiences were! Regardless of if it was MtF or FtM or intersexed…the emotions, the dissociation, the dysphoria, the presence of abuse if action and life attempted to be taken based in our actual being rather than the assigned roles…
I have made it a central assumption here in this blog, in my spiritual writings blatantly and in my poetry implicitly, that all humans are in a transition that is essentially the same as the one transgender people make. From my p.o.v. sanctification is the spiritual equivalence to what transition is…all of us wake up in a world that seems off, that seems twisted sideways to what our hearts anticipate and expect…all of us act in accordance with our true essence, and then get slapped down hard by the broken twist in this realm, and all of us know it ought to be different, and hope that someday…someday we shall know as we are known, and be revealed as who we are really and be received in love to live happily ever after in shalom.
When you contend for the lives and rights and beings of trans-humans, you contend for your own liberty.
Those of you who are regular here: thank you for your kindnesses. They have many times been the difference in my life during the storms which may otherwise have swamped me for good.