“I just thought I was gay because that’s all I knew. Other than straight there was gay. There wasn’t transsexual, transvestite or transgendered people or whatever you want to say.”
This is something I have heard before from the “women of history” around my age who I have known. It’s a common theme for us, one which I lay at the feet of the lover’s quarrel between Paul McHugh and John Money. The outcome of the tantrum thrown by McHugh over the study of the transsexual phenomenon was that transsexual abruptly ended in 1979. For the next decade, there was no such thing as transsexual. This left a gap into which transgender emerged.
The standard narrative of the earlier era is that of the largely white population of transitioners who lived in “enlightened” cities, and who had access to the infrastructure to support medical transition. They usually ascribed to the proper “gender roles” of the time, at least publicly, so as not to be denied treatment- especially when dealing with people from the psych establishment. A lot of people from that time referred to Christine Jorgensen as an inspiration, or at least they do today if they pop out to comment on the internet. This group disappeared into the mainstream quickly for the most part. They were the last ones to be regarded by their peers and society’s institutions as anything but the freaks and perverts which we are now.
Those who came of age after 1979, up until the early 2000’s or so, are a different group entirely. Generally speaking, there were no Christine Jorgensens for us to look to and have that lightbulb go off. Even if we had heard of her, time and social changes made her seem alien. It is very hard to identify with Christine because it is so difficult for us to understand that world that came before the consciousness revolution in the 60’s and early 70’s. Yet that wasn’t the main issue; it was the total lack of any public representation of real transsexualism in the media or medical references we had available. Instead we had Donahue, and later Springer. This led to a total confusion on the subject that left us adrift to cope any way we could.
This is why I have tried to point out some of these differences; for those my age there may have genuinely been difficulty sorting out some of these things. I hope that people don’t feel fake because they didn’t have the same kinds of childhoods described on the internet among the professional tranny set. That’s simply a lot of bs for the most part, pushed by crossdressers playing the “mine’s bigger than yours” game. It is largely driven by the false representations of the “standard transsexual narrative” that developed from people trying to wrangle their medical treatment out of the psych establishment.
Yet at the same time there are some common themes that do tie all real transsexuals together. We have grown up in different times, and experience the world through the lens of our own perspectives. The idea of the string-of-pearls housewife bringing her husband his slippers was not held forth in the public consciousness by the time I was a child, so my view of womanhood is different from those who were victims of that propaganda, though they may have shaken off most of it later. It is the first years of out lives that give the framework for our understanding of the world, and some of those features never change. The key is understanding how the some things may look vastly different from different perspectives, yet are still the same. If you have a more general case to compare things against, you pull the lens back and expand the field of vision, making clear that we are all talking about the same thing.
Unfortunately, transgender “philosophy” has inserted itself into the conversation, and exploited some of these apparent contradictions (which are nothing more than people’s different life experiences). We have not been able to speak to each other and thus the growing years since the discovery of the transsexual phenomenon by western medicine have clouded things, and made it difficult to see the common truth of the matter. The fact that it is impossible to create a universal experience of transsexualism in one particular aspect is used to justify the existence of “transgenderality” and trumpet it as the general case. It is not. There are fundamental conflicts between transsexualism and transgender(insert ending of the week here) that belie any connection. First and foremost the completely polar opposite experience of our bodies, which is later made plain by the drive for surgery once we understand our true condition. There are many others, but there will be another time for that.
A common frame of reference would put an end to the ambiguity that allows transgender pushers to point to minor differences of ornament between us as proof of their patently false statement, “Gender is a social construct”. It is this equivocation of the word “gender” that allows for the existence of the transgender lie in the first place. People who do this are taking two separate meanings, aspects really, of the word gender and conflating them. This is usually accompanied by switching back and forth between meanings when convenient, often in the same paragraph or even in the same sentence. It’s pure deception.
There is a social meaning of gender, clothing and behavior, and there is the newer meaning of the word gender which is a substitute for the word “sex”. By playing fast and loose with the definition they create their own phenomenon and report it gleefully. But there is nothing more to it than that. It’s simply bullshit.
Social gender is a social construct, but we are born who we are. Their point is sophomoric and false. And nobody is listening any more.
Since 2000 or so, there has been another group of people who transition. The youngest set generally has no idea about the issues and defaults to the “transgender” position until it becomes unbearable. The information gap that I grew up in was replaced by a sea of utter nonsense which masquerades as “transgender”. Younger people have been taught very different things than we older folks (think inclusion and enforced positive behavior). They generally feel guilty for setting themselves apart even privately in their own minds, and are ashamed of “negative feelings” of any sort, thanks to a sort of brainwashing that has gone on in our educational system. They are very group oriented and dislike making decisions that could be seen as exclusionary. They are a fertile ground for exploitation, unfortunately. This is the only thing keeping the transgender thing alive on life support at this point.
Yet even with this factor in play, the torch has not been passed. This is the triumph of a visceral knowledge of truth over any other consideration, even shame and guilt. It’s quite inspirational, especially to people who have lived in fear that the lies would eventually become the “truth”.
Though it is dismaying to see all the guilt-mongering by transgender firebrand preachers, who use the better parts of our human nature against us, it’s becoming more clear by the day their crusade has failed. It has been an effective way of suppressing the truth and keeping the Great Shining Lie going- but recent events and the reaction in the media reveal the trends I have been writing about on this blog are coming to pass.
As the aging transgender types fall by the wayside, there will be no one to replace them. They have failed to inculcate their belief system into younger people. There are a small number of college age people who play at genderqueer, but there is no new generation of transgenders waiting to rise up to replace the retiring professional trannys. It simply isn’t going to happen.
As Nikki said, “I hate that word”. One more nail in the coffin.