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Wot’s It All About, B, H, & D? (4b)

June 9, 2016

“Ain’t I a woman?” I have three (that I know of) dear friends who are transgender women. That’s not to suggest that I know much about it. It just means that I’m lucky that way. They have done me the favor of smashing my stereotyping by gender. My life is better that way. Including my politics (yes, your narrator is thinking out loud again—it’s a process).

My friends are putting themselves in harm’s way in order to be themselves.

What? Yes of course this shouldn’t be a matter of life or death. It shouldn’t be a factor at all in whether life is dangerous for us. But some “men” get very upset when they perceive that a man or woman doesn’t conform to their expectations, based on our anatomical stereotyping. It messes with their role stereotypes, their power scheme, their ownership.

We’ve so overloaded (i.e. culturally over determined the image) our gender stereotype that it’s like we’re living in a dream from which some men wake into a nightmare. [Yikes, I think of Jarrell’s ball turret gunner, they can’t take the altitude, the flak the cold]. They’re sleeping in an illusion and someone pulls their cover off. Their ego shivers violently. Some of them target the person that they think has pulled away their blankie, putting their security at risk. But we know how projection works. Violent men just insist on exposing themselves to us.

My friends are white, as it happens, so life is less dangerous for them than if they were black. Black transgender women more frequently encounter violent men, including murderers.

Many young women (and some older) (and some men) are well aware of that engendered racist reality.

Transgender men, however, often report that they are treated better in their public lives than when they were presenting as women. When people thought of them as women they were treated as if they were women, which is to say mistreated as if they were women. But now that they are viewed as men, the ambiguity and ambivalence in the minds of their viewers can be substantially resolved in favor of the conventional hierarchy of wisdom and value. They have a place. It’s like, of course they “want to be” men, who wouldn’t, it’s the best there is. Fraternity, if not equality and thereby liberty.

Persons who are visibly transgender are perceived as posing such a threat to the hierarchy, the higher archy, of societal value and position that some egos who self-identify as men respond with violent defense of their power and privilege. Their amygdalas are activated by their shadowy imaginations of themselves, and they strike out. They are like stiff reeds that break in a breeze.

Anatomy is Ambiguity, and Ambivalence, in a culture of dualistic monomania that substitutes stereotypes for persons (and artifice for art).

So on this page I’m still thinking about how this Dem primary is complicated by “gender” and gender politics—as will be the GE. I’m thinking that if we demolish stereotyping and identification of gender with sex (we all work out our sexuality as we go, it’s complicated), and thereby we move to obliterate the use of gender and sexuality by “real men” for control of persons whom they identify as “women,” and we expose the use of that system of prejudice and discrimination by men of the owner class as a weapon for enactment of their ownership, the election of a particular qualified woman to the presidency becomes an even more complicated political act.

I’m thinking that at the very moment when finally we might (and I think we will) elect our first “woman president,” within our monomaniacal stereo-gender image (appearance and role), many thoughtful young voters are realizing how complicated “gender” is; and some are moving toward a disengendered vision of life and politics. I’m thinking that for many it’s an act of resistance, against being owned.

It’s scary to give up being owned, though.

[Page 4a and page 1 of this episode.]

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