|Tracking Down The Dead Ladies of Gender Town (Nothing Personal)|
|Opinion - Global Warning|
|Lisa Jain Thompson|
|Sunday, 07 October 2007 19:01|
HBS men & women organize the future behind the scenes
[Please note all the statements herewithin are generalities and do not apply to ALL transgenders — YOU, personally, of course are different and this column does not apply to YOU. Nothing in the Universe is absolute except death, there will always be exceptions, but the general patterns are common enough that you could make a large sum of money betting on the probabilities.]
Transgenders seem to always be on the offense, interested in the minutiae of gender, scoring points by debating the societally imposed cultural straightjackets of breasts and vaginas, penises and penetration, and whether western civilization noticed who bled from between their legs in cycle with the moon and who had a throbbing erect cock whenever a cockless human was near.
The transgender community is loud, brash, and more apt to gain attention in the public crowds by talking over men and women born with Harry Benjamin Syndrome (HBS a.k.a. transsexuality) and shouting that they, the transgenders, are the true bearers of enlightened knowledge.
They demand our recognition.
Ok, so you're transgendered
and so busy supporting one another and attacking anyone who may raise a question or request a clarification, linking to each other's web sites, quoting each other's gender bibles and speechifying, that all your noisy shouts build an echo chamber as you attempt to impose your dominance on the rest of us, the ones who identify as male and female, men and women.
Klinger: Far away, too.
In twenty five words or less, provide me a definition of transgender (and gender identity and gender expression) that will hold up in a court of law and can be understood by my neighbors and co-workers. Give me something they can agree to.
You may ask why HBS men and women do not join your clamor. The answer, as they say, is blowing in the wind.
We are out here, away from the universities and government supported non-profit organizations, out here working our 8 to 6 shifts and raising our families. We attend the PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences, shuttling our kids and grandkids back and forth between school, doctor's appointments, soccer games, and music lessons. Excuse us if choose to do the week's grocery shopping instead of dressing up to go online and debate what gender really means.
HBS men and women are behind the scenes, organizing the future. We have less notoriety than professional transgenders screaming for their right to enter women's bathrooms and showers (where are the transgenders shouting to be let into the men's restroom?) but, ultimately we will have more power as we continue to work quietly inside the infrastructure actually making things happen.
We are assistant district attorneys and attorney generals, judges and media reporters. We are managers of worldwide organizations and networks, architects of large logistics enterprises, writers of long range policy, soldiers defending our country, benefactors of political organizations, makers of automobiles and diggers of ditches. We are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and, if we are lucky grandparents with grandchildren on our knee. And yes, some of us are even professors living quietly the university life.
We are largely disconnected from the academic and liberal political blogosphere in which transgenders gather to chant their slogans against capitalism, democracy, and western civilization — against "The Man" who is keeping them down and preventing them from …
From what? Getting their hands dirty? Raising families? Working on a factory line or doing construction work in a hundred degree heat outside?
Who is preventing them from what?
If men and women born with HBS can make it, why not the transgendered?
We, the children of Harry Benjamin, are out here the world, frustrated that the media constantly cites the same loud transgenders as representatives of HBS men and women. Transgenders have some good points – no one should be harassed for how they dress or how they fit some pre-established cultural ideal — but they do not speak for us.
HBS men and women are out here, if you care to notice us and can hear us beneath the tumult of the cross-dressers and transgenders. We're out here with our families, living in the real world with husbands and wives and same sex spouses. We don't have the time to march on Congress and clog up the halls. We're too busy trying to keep our jobs, too busy cooking meals when our family is hungry, or washing clothes when the closet is almost empty, or doing dishes, making beds, and vacuuming.
The public face of transgenderism is essentially sexist, denigrating the rights of women to bolster the needs of cross-dressing men. The pattern of transgenderism is the pattern of male dominance.
Women want privacy in their bathrooms? Too bad, the transgender men want in.
HBS women follow medical protocols under the guidance of a therapist before sex reassignment? Foolish and not needed. Transgender men are able to change their sex with their clothes and back again.
Women think that having a penis is different from having a vagina? How provincial! Transgender men will take their working penises wherever they wish. No one need ever know whose body is testosterone driven. Hole or pole? No never mind, men and women are all the same.
At least the transgender men are.
Well the flower was made for beauty
And the bee was made to sting
All around this world
Honey it's natural thing
— John Fogerty, Natural Thing
|Last Updated on Saturday, 27 October 2007 19:32|