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Transgender 101

I have a lot to learn about transgender, but this video is very interesting.

I got this from belluthien

As for me, 1,3 & 4 are not issues. I fit the standard mold. I have a huge problem with gender roles as our society tries to dictate, and the stereotypes of what women and men are best at, etc. I am a woman who is good at spatial relations (figuring out how things work/fit together) and math - and I really think society epically fails at the whole "women aren't supposed to be good at math" thing. I am not a nurturer, I hate talking on the phone, and I hate shopping.

Costuming - male or female - is not about expressing a part of myself so much as it is about finding something within myself that I can draw upon and bring the character to life.


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Feb. 14th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Interesting video.

In my personal experience, I've never considered myself very feminine by society's standards; I don't like dressing up, shopping, don't want to get married and have a family, etc. Yet I'm not what most would consider masculine, either. The main thing that might indicate femininity is the fact that I'm very emotional and fascinated by human relationships (platonic and romantic), but that may be more a product of my temperment and personality than my gender.

As for biological gender... I was born biologically female, and I hate it, but at the same time I don't want to be male either. I just don't want genitals, period. So what does that make me?

Sorry for rambling.
Feb. 14th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, but genitals are so much fun to play with!

What you say indicates female - is it what society indicates or is it truly feminine?

Personally, I think everyone has a masculine and a feminine side. Men especially are taught to push their feminine side down, and I wonder if this is why more crimes are committed by men. If we all embraced both sides of ourselves, this world would be a better place.
Feb. 14th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for posting this. I learn a lot from your posts. I have met quite a few transgendered women and I am glad to learn more, through this film, about their experiences.

The transgendered women I know have been among the most courageous and open people I've ever met. They are an inspiration to anyone thinking about coming out of a particular closet.
Feb. 14th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Gender identity and sexual orientation are very confusing sometimes, and I guess the best thing is to leave it to the individual to say what's what for them.

Yes, they are very courageous, and I imagine they are also happier.
Feb. 14th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
Glad you put it up, my dear.
Feb. 14th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found it.
Feb. 14th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
That's a nice 101. Simple, clear. Also racially inclusive, which so many of these things aren't. I've got a friend going through this right now (starting the process of transitioning) and I've been wondering how I'm going to explain it to my mom, who knows my friend too and has probably started to notice. Maybe I'll just send her this video if she has trouble understanding. I also love that it was produced by the LGBT Community Center in NY, because that's where I met my wife! 9 years ago in May -- gah, I'm so old. :P
Feb. 14th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I bet you're not that old. ;) I'm glad you have somebody special.

I'm also glad that this video may help your mom.

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