HOW THAT’S MARGINALIZING TRANSSEXUALS
Throughout most of history, in one way or another, people have tended to conflate sex and gender. Woman meant female; man meant male… Due to lack of technology and cultural allowance, when there were trans people of some kind, expressions were limited and easy misunderstood.
In the 20th century—with such as Lili Elbe, Christine Jorgensen, Nancy Hunt, Canary Conn, Renée Richards, Jan Morris, and me—transsexuals were, for the first time in human history, becoming able to make it clear: The goal of transsexualism was not to change clothes or gender, but to change actual biological sex. It is not possible, yet, to fully do, but when it is, you’ll note transsexuals among us who have our chromosomes and reproductive systems changed appropriately.
Virginia Prince, Ph.D. popularized “transgenderist” to mean “…people like myself who have breasts and live full time as a woman, but who have no intention of having genital surgery…” (Gender Blending, P. 469, 1997), which is a different phenomenon from transsexualism, an opposite sex identity, sex expression and sexual response (as female or male, not meaning orientation as in who you’re into).
I can tell you. from living and working through those times (psychotherapist), that transsexualism was being somewhat accepted; transgenderism not so much, and transvestites mostly hid in shame.
Generally, in the late 20th and early 21st century, millions of transgenderists wanted to open. “Transgenderist” was loudly decried because it’d come to mean keeping the penis—a cause for social rejection. So they
- dropped the “ist,” said it was offensive to mention genitalia,
- popularized “transgender” as an umbrella for anyone changing gender role (including transsexuals as a subset),
- kept “transgender” for themselves,
- then began to use “transgender” not as an umbrella but as the phenomenon of gender shifting, de facto incorporating transsexualism as a version of transgenderism.
thus grouping all trans persons under their name, making it vague who has SRS or not, which is the point.
HOW THAT’S MARGINALIZING TRANSSEXUALS
“Transgender” paradigm is social engineering, a conflict of interest that benefits transgenders (B) and marginalizes transsexuals (A).
“But we all change gender,” gives the false impression the reason for the grouping is commonality. If so then why aren’t we all transvestites? Because it’s really about salient issue. Changing gender is much more significant than changing clothes—and changing sex is much more significant than changing gender.
Transsexualism is not transgenderism, but “transsexual” is being billed desparingly as a transgender who has an extra surgery, even though sex identity, genitalia, sex response are opposite.
Painfully, the focus of gender shift is working because
- the vast majority of trans people are transgenderists (B)
- most muggles (non-trans) routinely conflate sex and gender
- most muggles see us from the outside, with our clothes on, so we look similar, and
- most muggles do not want to get close enough to trans people to learn differences.
The net result is that transsexualism is disappearing as a recognized phenomenon—but we still suffer in this world: people who have an opposite sex identity, opposite sexuality, who cry on a pillow at night, who scream to God for help, who need to be the other biological sex. It hurts when we’re not recognized as such, referred to the same as people who don’t want to change sex, who would refuse SRS if you paid them to have it.
In the future, when technology/science is able to actually change sex right down to the chromosomes, instill a person’s then own new-sex reproductive system, genitalia, etc., I believe it will be clear that
- sex and gender are different things
- transsexualism and transgenderism are clearly two different things
- most trans people want to be between modes in our species’ bimodal distribution
- transsexualism is clearly about needing to be the other biological sex.
I pray doctors, legislators, neighbors, family, friends—all: Please don’t refer to transsexualism as transgender. It hurts. Males and females are recognized as opposite sex, as so should be transsexuals and transgenders, for the same reason.