Category Gender

geographies of self

As I read this article I find myself again noticing that certain geography of self that I’m reminded of my post about cartesian dualism. The author of this blog post makes continuous use of spatial metaphors to establish her point: “The external factors have nothing to do nothing to alter our internal reality” or “some […]

on the sad necessity of laws

Ashlyn Parram, 16, turned up for her first examination in tights, skirt and blazer — but was told by teachers to go home and change into the boys’ school uniform. The furious teen printed off a copy of the law on sex discrimination, which includes specific legislation on the treatment of transgenders and transsexuals, and […]

white trans men being white

There is this white trans group on tumblr and they recently posted this. Their stated goal is to serve the trans male community (they left out ‘white’ because it really is). If you click through the link, you’ll see that they’ve come up with a proscriptive set of advice for respecting trans people. I’d imagine […]

*Feminists* coined ‘gender dysphoria’!?

Feminists and others have coined another great term, “gender dysphoria.” That’s when you feel one way inside, but your body dictates that people react to you as if you were somebody else. via I was a Teenage Sexist | Unwinnable. I was digging this article until I got to this point… Feminist ‘and others’ have […]

stories I want to see in film

I mentioned on tumblr that I’d prefer to watch a movie featuring a genderescent person playing video games for 5 hours over seeing yet another transition story of some white person. This is true. I also mentioned that such a movie would be more honest and more real. And in many ways it would be. […]

Today in things that make me rage

I’m gonna link to my comments on tumblr about this kickstarter project. Some (seemingly) white genderqueer has decided to make a movie about their transition. Boring, I know (because who needs to see yet another white person transition??? Not me.). Anyway, the subtitle of the movie is something about them being a third gender. How […]

The colonial quote from Whipping Girl

Further, had I been born in some other country, I might have developed a very different transgender identity. Examples of MTF spectrum transgender people in other cultures include Indian hijras, Brazilian transvestis, Thai katoeys, and Native American “berdaches,” or “two-spirited people.”6 These transgender identities differ not only in name but in their customs, practices, and social roles. Part of the reason these groups differ relates to the fact that their cultures place more emphasis on certain gender inclinations over others. In some cultures, a person’s gender expression plays a larger role in determining gender than we experience in the United States. Other cultures seem to place more emphasis on whether the person in question engages in sexual relationships with women or men. In our culture, we divide people into two groups—females and males—almost exclusively based on their physical sex. Of course, many physical sex characteristics are not readily visible to us, so it is more correct to say that we tend to rely exclusively on genital sex when assigning a person’s sex at birth; with children, we rely on gender expression and roles; with adults, we rely primarily on secondary sex characteristics.

– Julia Serano, Whipping Girl

I’m just putting this quote up here. I’ll be coming back to this later…(to talk about all the things wrong with it).