Not too long ago all women were feminine, wanted to wear dresses, cook dinner for their husbands, and have babies.
Nowadays, some women like to wear pants, some don't like cooking at all, some have no desire to procreate, some cut their hair short.
Women didn't change. Culture did. (Intrinsically, I mean, as diverse individuals with a whole range of interests and modes of expression.)
And, when culture allows it, a lot of diversity and variation come peeping through the grimy cracks.
If we took women of today and plopped them into the 40s, it would be all kinds of gender horrifying chaos. People would be calling them mentally ill, transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender rebels, on and on. Panic in the disco!
It's interesting to me, wondering how it is that I'm identifying as a person who's 'transgender' or 'genderqueer' and how these terms are only the most applicable because of the culture we're all living in. A byproduct of the times.
On one hand, there's the person that I am physiologically and biologically. Then, on the other, there's a part of me that wants to understand it and find a sense of community, which seems to be best explained and understood as 'trans', for now.
I can't help but wonder that if our culture became more accepting of variation and diversity 50 years from now, or somehow miraculously escaped binary gender, if I'd be identifying as 'trans' at all. If I'd just be an individual who's gender wasn't such an important, defining attribute. One that had so much weight over options, socializing, or even personal safety; or constantly brought up, even stemming from every day language.
At one point I worked in a physics group where a lot of people spoke Chinese as their first language. Often times these individuals would 'mess up' their gender pronouns. For example, someone could be talking about their wife but using the 'he' pronoun.
In Chinese, this individual wouldn't have to think about their partner's gender before speaking about the person but, in English, it was obvious that it was a bit culturally difficult to have to a.) think about the gender of the person then b.) select the 'appropriate' gender pronoun to refer to this person.
In English it's pretty bad, but it could be worse. Egyptians had different words relative to gender for a word like 'you' where, in English, you can say "You" and the person's gender isn't relevant. If it were, we'd have different words, like 'you' for 'men' and 'schyou' for 'women' or something ridiculous along those lines.
Spanish or French are 80gazillion times worse where individuals have to put constant thought into a.) the person's or object's appropriate gender category and b.) use the appropriate word to refer to a person or object.
It's madness, I says!
Ranting aside, I got my hair cut over the weekend and my puberty side burn fuzz photo documented before it was shaved away, which I'll post pictures of once Moo sends them to me. She lopped my rat tail off and commented that this is my most 'masculine' hair cut yet. Oh boy. I'm just relieved that now I can wear a scarf without having my mud flap of a rat tail bunch up in the back and poke upwards.
Speaking of puberty fuzz, I've been getting in a bit of trouble with my German and Russian female friends when I brag and boast about my hair growth. Just last week while I was with my friend Gina the Angry Russian I enthusiastically exclaimed, "There's hair on my inner thighs now! And on the backs of my legs! And my tummy! And look at my chin! And above my lip!", to which she replied, "There wasn't before?", then went on to show me the stubble on her chin, above her lip, her belly, and complained about having to consistently shave almost every kibble and bit on her body.
My Welsh and Swedish hairless ape ancestors ripped me off!
Look what I stumbled across! Mr. Transman Grid and Rocco (Katastrophe) in Allison Michael Orenstein’s Mr. Transman gallery .
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