There are people out there who are gender non-conforming in one way or another but don’t necessarily identify as transgendered. Instead they claim they don’t need to subscribe to gender rules that don't fit their identity. Typically they are mavericks or free spirits who feel at ease defining what gender on their own terms. Needless to say I was never one of them growing up.
Many of us are comfortable in our current bodies but we simply seek and have always sought a wider range of gender expression. An extreme version of this would be deciding to henceforth start dressing as a woman at work. Now if you think about this there is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with this premise. There are places where this is done and it brings to mind a hair salon I knew where one of the stylists always worked dressed as a woman.
For our Judeo-Christian culture this is still very much a taboo but the exact reason escapes me. I suppose this is because gender remains the last frontier to be seriously examined and questioned.
But if we were to free our societal rules for gender expression to the same extent that we have freed our sexual repression, I wager that we might see a lot less people attempt a full transition. My own increased comfort with expanded gender expression has produced a much happier person and has quashed my evaluating a permanent gender role transition.
Not everyone is at ease with the idea of venturing out crossdressed but I think for many this could be an answer to the frustrations they feel and have perhaps always felt.
|Gender non conformist Chase Culpepper|