Recommendation: Not Your Mom’s Trans 101

The Quiet Jester recommends…

Not Your Mom’s Trans 101
Weblog post, I think?

Well. I’m not entirely sure that you’ll love it, per se. But I do guarantee that it’s interesting. This is a very powerful, very eye-opening post that I stumbled upon and linked to my other friends. It’s very blunt, and-I think-perfectly captures what it really means to be ‘genderqueer’.

Here’s a snippet from the post:
“In typical trans 101 discussions, right now I would probably be explaining to you that “gender is a spectrum” and drawing a cute little line graph labeled “m” at one end and “f” at the other. But this would be fallacious, as well as total bullshit. Gender is not a line, it is a huge three-dimensional space too big to be bounded by the concepts of “male” and “female.” Being trans is not always about falling “in between” binary genders, and as often as not, it’s about being something too expansive for those ideas to have meaning at all.”

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Posted by on June 3rd, 2011 at 08:00 am

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10 Responses to “Recommendation: Not Your Mom’s Trans 101”

  1. Anonymous

    This article is AMAZING and I’m sharing it with all my friends who ask the questions I can’t answer.

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  2. Asher

    Wow, thanks for recommending my site.

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    J.D. replied:

    Your site, and that blog entry in particular, are WONDERFUL! I mean, really fantastic stuff. I plan to read much more. This is wonderful food for thought and it really mashes up with some of the things I’ve been thinking.

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  3. Courage

    Gender is complicated.  Cispeople assume that gender is a strict binary of boy and girl, but actually– from a nonlinear, nonsubjective viewpoint– it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, gendery-bendery … Stuff.

    I’ve loved the blog since I first saw your profile posted. :)

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    J.D. replied:

    So, basically, judging by the Doctor Who reference… Gender is like Time. =D

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    Courage replied:

    YUP! I was thinking, if I took all those jiggery-pokery bibble babble explanations, and replaced a few words here and there, I’d have a pretty darn good feel for gender. :)

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  4. shaedofblue

    The only change I’d make is to replace “transphobia” with “transhate” to avoid ableism.

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  5. Jak

    I have been reading this blog for a while now and I really love it. It’s helped to educate me a lot and look at some of my own bustedness and where it comes from.

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  6. Thomas

    Wow. This article summed up so much of what I was thinking and feeling but couldn’t put into words. Upon browsing more of the blog, I’m still absolutely enthralled.

    Asher- thank you for sharing.

    To whomever recommended this- thank you for helping spread this insight.

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  7. Pun

    That was one of the best things I’ve read in a long time! I am literally more optimistic about the world now, after seeing someone “get it” so well. :)

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