|Originally posted by Vector A |
Lira, I think one reason the "Whoa, look at this person's transformation; it's so convincing!" thing is offensive, is that it kind of presumes that putting on a good "illusion" and "fitting in" with current gender norms re: looks is the "proper" goal of a transition. Even if that might not be the connotation you intended.
See I don't really find it offensive in a personal way, but what youre saying is absolutely right. I would say that it's more beside the point to me, at best, and at worst it focuses on the wrong aspects of transition, and the worst things about gender stereotypes. (eg that a woman has to be pretty to be successful)
The 'convincing' thing is however, offensive, because that implies something not authentic about someone's identity, whereby that person's transsexual identity is less valid than a cissexual identity. I didn't get that Lira was talking about it in this way though, or that he even cares so much about the link. I just find these kinds of 'stories' about transition to be really unfortunately contrived in terms of cis-sexist expectations, and I'm trying to raise the discourse for everyone. I thought Lira would appreciate that, since he's academic.
See - JBJ gets it, and doesn't ask for brownie points.
Last edited by nefardec on Dec-04-2011 at 18:08