Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Trans.... Trans.... Trans..... and More Trans......
I have been pondering today the ubiquitous use of the "trans" prefix as of late.
Have you heard of:
- transpecies - site 1 - site 2
- transabled - site 1 - site 2
- transracial - site 1 - site 2
And my immediate reaction is that these people who utilize these labels to describe their identities are full of crap. I would so love to unilaterally dismiss there claims. But then.... while doing so.... some small voice creeps up inside my brain and says "well....."
And then I'm fucked.
How can I rationalize my own "trans-ness" and dismiss someone else's?
Honestly I don't have enough information to intelligently form an argument that I think desperately needs to be made. Why? Well how about this article, that states:
If you accept transgender, then you also have to accept transpecies and every other conceivable thing. If a man who believes he's a woman has a real problem that has to be solved with surgery to make him resemble a woman, then a man who think he's a dolphin must be given whatever surgery he needs to look like a dolphin.
Isn't that a wonderful thing? It kind of reminds me of when I was growing up and I remember folks saying "if we accept homosexuality then we have to accept beastiality and pedophilia."
The only argument I will make about this stuff are the vast numbers of men and women who inexplicably know they are not the gender they were marked at birth as. So many transgender people, who don't want it. So many transgender people who desperately try and hide and run away from something they do NOT want to have happen to them.
It is with a great deal of resignation that the vast majority of transgender people finally accept their gender variance. Many more never accept it and instead decide it is better to die.
Sometimes I just don't know.
Yeah, kind of a lackluster post. A halfhearted attempt at an argument against something I clearly do not believe in.
How about you? Do you believe in the other "trans-things?" Do you have any arguments for or against such things?
Maybe you could help educate me.
Maybe I am totally dismissing people who shouldn't be.
****I should specify that when I reference transracial I am specifically referring to people who have to birth claim to the racial ancestry they claim they are.