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mental bimblings on a trans theme. May 31, 2012

Filed under: trans stuff — eclectic chicken @ 9:07 pm
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Now first off a disclaimer…. this is me having a mental bimble and writing it down. Thas’all….

I was thinking today about how many trans people claim that having the wrong gender brain is a ‘sign’ of their transsexuality… on its own it can’t be… many people must not be at one end of the male/female brain spectrum… we just don’t all get dysphoric about it.

Dysphoric… thats key isn’t it?…. like many things that make it into the big book of mental disorders… its ok to be something as long as it doesn’t interfere with your life… whether thats non-normative gender…non-normative sexualities… none normative ways of thinking…blahdy blahdy blah.

Soooo…is it possible to be transsexual but not dysphoric?

But you need to be dysphoric to be treated as a transsexual?

These are just questions…  I’m not giving answers…I’m thinking out loud (tippety tappety tippety…etc).

There must be transsexuals who transition who therefore are body/gender dysphoric but have the ‘right’ brain gender for which they were declared at birth.

There seem to be a lot of MtoF transsexual people who seem very male brained…. this links nicely with the theory that a lot of people on the transsexual end of the trans spectrum are also on the autistic spectrum.

Autism is said, by some, to be extreme male brainedness. (the opposite of which of course is extreme female brainedness which would be er…. hmmm… neurotic – but we don’t tend to talk about that any more… not since they stopped doctors giving women orgasms to cure it) [what was wrong with that anyway? sounds like fun]…

I digress… but in a mental bimble thats okay.

So we have mental dysphoria…we have body dysphoria… some people no doubt have just all round dysphoria.

The point i was getting to in my own mind is maybe transsexuality could be a syndrome… a syndrome as any fule nos is not a real medical thing at all… its a collection of symptoms. A bit like an ‘eye spy’ book… if you tick enough boxes the Big Chief sends you a certificate of syndrome.

People are very fond of syndromes nowadays… it fits in with out ‘everyone can be a victim’ mentality. I personally have ‘grumpy old cynic’ syndrome. The symptoms are many… sufferers legion.

This idea seems so obvious i can’t believe nobody thought of it…so I googled transsexual and syndrome and came up with  the ‘Harry Benjamin Syndrome’…. as expected this turns out to be contraversial… anything to do with transsexuality turns out to be contraversial…. there are so many ‘different’ ideas and thoughts of what it right and no concept that none of them or all of them maybe…right…or wrong.

…there are those who would throw the entire gender construct away to make themelves feel ‘better’… those who know surgery is the one true way…. those who say there is no true way – but usually those people have strong opinions on what is the wrong way.

I still like the idea of a syndrome… I usually score 50% ish on the how male are you quizzes and 50% ish on the how female are you quizzes..I’m never quite sure where that leaves me. I’m also left handed… a far more common occurance in males (or should that be those who are male brained)?  If you gave me a tick list of  trans ‘symptoms’ I tick lots of boxes, right back to being a kid.

In the months before Jane revealed all to me, a list of tick boxes would have been very helpful.

So if transsexuality hadn’t been nabbed and placed firmly under the skirts of psychiatry.. would it be a syndrome?

Ideally I guess we’d not need a syndrome either if we weren’t so hot on labelling and pigeon-holing people…. maybe it’d be simpler just to let people be what they want to be…. dress how they want… behave how they need….

I suppose that puts me in the throwing the binary out with the bathwater camp…

I guess the moral to this bimble is its easy to think about something too much… to concentrate too much on the ‘why’?

The more you think the more complicated something gets… not clearer…no…no… not clearer.

Acceptance… thats the key… big shiny key. If we all accepted difference would difference disappear up its own jacksie in a puff of smoke… thus negating dysphoria…

… you see?… dangerous ground again… I’m now tottering on the verges of rad fem gender theory and thats a BAD thing… not in the usual trans political us v the rad fems way…. but just i don’t like to be labelled as any sort of feminist. (tick another box for me).

My head hurts… I’ve probably managed to cause offence to all sorts of people who like to find offence wherever they can… blogs are such rich pickings for those whose offense taking is on a semi professional level… if they cross a line do they become officially ‘paranoid’?

I dunno…. its all just words and theory… time for tea and a nice biscuit I think.


was: ‘ladies, gentlemen and nonbinary persons’. Now: ‘gender spectrum dwellers all’ March 7, 2012

Filed under: politics,trans stuff,Uncategorized — eclectic chicken @ 5:43 pm
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…but mostly the nonbinary people….

i got used to the whole debate around trans and cis… how trans ‘others’ trans ladies, trans men and trans nonbinary people.

oh… i think my head just exploded already.

basically… ‘trans’ others those who are not ‘normal’ (or cis as the trans world has decided to call the gender stationary majority)

So why does nonbinary not ‘other’ those who are erm…not binary? If it does is this considered not a bad thing becuase as any fule knows nonbinary is actually the majority they just don’t accept it yet?

Come the gender identity revolution there will still be people who would prefer to stand at each end of the gender identity spectrum and use the lables ‘men’ and ‘women’…. so what will all the people elsewhere on the spectrum be? I guess just people… and those at either end ‘binary people’…except that would ‘other’ them.

Is this just like feminism where its not really about being equal but about changing ends and the oppressor becoming the oppressed?

is ‘othering’ really a bad thing…. in a world where difference is celebrated as opposed to villified it wouldn’t be… but i guess its a process -time spent wearing the victim hat becuase of difference… expecting and courting negative response.

That then changes to a point where difference becomes something to be proud of….becuase the difference is mostly accepted.

different good…. too different not good.

it’s all so complicated

i wish people would just get on with being people and stop dividing and subdividing minority groups to claim their own square inch of masochistic otherness…. it quite spoils my afternoon.


there is no fury like a woman newly formed October 4, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — eclectic chicken @ 12:24 am
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The competitiveness of victimhood…. she who can take most offence at the least whisper of perceived transphobia gets the most points.

The furore over the tranny word…. or as its known on some trans boards the ‘t****y’ word.

The transwomen who re-write history to deny the way they are…. not were…are.

It makes me angry to see so many transwomen snipe at other transwomen for not ‘passing’ or not being deep enough in stealth.

I hate the cowardice…. I hate that there needs to be stealth and cowardice and that it makes a community bicker and tear itself into smaller and smaller factions.

Every transwoman who goes stealth…who denies her history makes the journey to a brave new world longer. Without the pressure of ‘this is what women are’ people wouldn’t have the pressure to change in such extreme ways.

Is a cunt so important? Why does the definitional point of womanhood stop at the back end of a sack of internal skin (not even at a cervix).

There are so many fewer transmen we are told…. no there aren’t…. theres just not the same opportunity for successful surgery so many many transmen opt for top surgery and blend in with the butch dykes.

I don’t care anymore.

I don’t care what bits someone has…. what clothes they wear….. what gender(s) they have sex with… what word they use… I just like people who are equally accepting (even of ‘us’ dreaded so called cis people).

But there really is no fury… a blind furious scrabble for an idealised gender…. like a woman newly formed.

That desperate binary insistance perpetuates dysphoria.



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