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from the trans man's perspective

This is a fascinating read about what it is like for trans men and how their lives change after they have transitioned. They blend in better than trans women and can "pass" and disappear into the background more seamlessly. As the article points out:

"...And that cultural sexism is often more visible to trans men, because most say they find it easier to be low-disclosure than trans women. They’re often not recognized as trans, which means they can be less vulnerable to obvious transphobia. Some call it “passing” or “going stealth”; others say those terms suggest secrecy or deception, preferring the term “low or no disclosure.” In practice, this means that a 6’2” woman is often more conspicuous than a 5’4” man. James Ward, a lawyer in San Francisco who transitioned about six years ago, put it this way: “We have the ability to just walk through the world and not have anybody look at you twice.”

They have gained more respect from society but have lost the ability to be more connected.

This is something I have noticed. As Joanna I can stare momentarily at a woman with her cute baby and the mother will look up and give me a big smile. Were I to do that as a male I would get a look of mistrust and these trans men only confirm it....

http://time.com/transgender-men-sexism/





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  1. “As a man, you’re assumed to be competent unless proven otherwise, Whereas as a woman you’re presumed to be incompetent unless proven otherwise.”

    Definitely. That is palpable from the other direction as well.

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