Saturday, October 08, 2005

From 'Transmissions from Camp Trans' by Michelle Tea, in The Best American Nonrequired Stories

Twenty-Four Gender Myths

1. Although male-to-female transsexuals have surgery to change their anatomy and take female hormones, they still act like men.

2. Male-to-female transsexuals are not women-born women (or womyn-born womyn).

3. Male-to-female transsexuals have been socialized as men, and their socialization cannot be changed.

4. Male-to-female transsexuals are trying to "pass" as women. They try to make themselves as much like nontranssexual women as possible.

5. Male-to-female transsexuals take jobs away from women because they had access to better training when they were men.

6. To lessen the power of patriarchy in our lives, we must purge our community of everything male, including women who once had male anatomy.

7. Most women can easily prove they are not male-to-female transsexuals, if they are challenged to do so.

8. Male-to-female transsexuals have been raised as boys, have never been oppressed as women, and cannot understand women's oppression.

9. Women's space is not "safe" space if male-to-female transsexuals are allowed in it.

10. Transsexuals have surgery so they can have sex the way they want to.

11. Male-to-female transsexuals are trying to take over the lesbian community.

12. The sex assigned to a person at birth is that person's "real" sex.

13. The lesbian and women's communities have nothing to gain by including transsexuals.

14. Nontranssexual women have the right to decide whether transsexuals should be included in the women's community.

15. Transsexuals are guilty of deception when they don't reveal right away that they are transsexual.

16. Male-to-female transsexuals are considered men until they have sex-change surgery.

17. People can be categorized as transsexual or nontranssexual--there's no in-between.

18. Women who want to become men have bought into societal hatred of women or are hoping to take advantage of male privilege.

19. A person's "true" sex can be determined by chromosome testing.

20. Transsexualism is unnatural--it is a new problem brought about by sophisticated technology.

21. "Real" women, certainly those who belong to the lesbian community, rejoice in their womanhood and have no desire to be men.

22. Since Festival policy was made clear, there have been no transsexuals at Michigan.

23. Transsexuals have caused trouble at Michigan, resulting in their expulsion.

24. Nontranssexual women at Michigan don't want male-to-female transsexuals to be present.


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