Thoughts and ideas (plus a little gender theory) from a Montreal based intellectually curious person who just happens to be trans.
Regardless of whether you transition or not there is so much to be said for being who you really are. Here is a video of Alice Lyman Miller who is a lucid and intelligent human being showing us what that looks like...
The thrift store purchased purse pictured below is the best one I have ever owned (the second being one my mother gave me a couple of years ago). It's a supple leather, a great caramel colour but I love it specifically because it's the right size and so comfortable when worn over the shoulder for extended periods. I have owned many over the years but nothing comes close. I am all about comfort these days with the style coming in second because no one wants to spend any substantial time in pain. It's why I don't wear stilettos anymore and have two pairs gathering dust just in case the right occasion comes but never does. In other words, I seem to have inadvertently picked up the same habits many women my age have simply by living. It's a long and slow process blending a style into your life that works which has resulted in a progressively smaller closet. What is used now is much more judiciously mixed and matched and after all these years I can pick up an item in fro
I am trying to comprehend why many in the male to female gender variant community continue to employ the term crossdresser when female to male persons who do the same thing are not so labeled. If women aren't "crossdressing" when they wear traditionally male clothing, why is a male bodied person doing so when wearing a skirt? I tend to personally see this term as slightly anachronistic and dismissive rather than helpful since there are a series of societal connotations surrounding it which aren't generally positive or helpful. If we are going to move towards a deeper level of understanding and tolerance of all types of behaviour (no matter the percentage of the population which engages in it), we need to update the lexicon as we have done in many other areas of social science. Hence if we are going to less stigmatize a behaviour which has always existed and which occurs with much more frequency than transsexualism, a name change might be in order. Perhaps as a startin
The remaining piece of the puzzle for me are arousal patterns in trans people. Given that transsexuals typically know they are different well before puberty, what happens after to create this effect is still not perfectly understood. While Blanchard erroneously identified this as a misdirected sex drive, I think it does have something to do with sexual power. I feel part of the answer lies in the reality that something so secretly desired but denied, becomes charged with sexual energy which once initiated becomes part of the portrait; however as symptom rather than a cause. So while AGP advocates will paint things backwards, the reality is that the identification predates the first signs of arousal patterns. Many of us were mortified at its first signs and perhaps then felt our first pangs of guilt from a behavior we had understood to be dysfunctional; all the more so if you were raised religious. In his most recent article, Jack Molay points out that the DSM V hasn't removed AGP