I received many thought-provoking comments on my last post on what it means to be a transgender person.
This follow-up post is inspired by the comments proposing that sex differences are acquired from cultural norms, that being transgender is a reflection of the social ills caused by sexism and oppression, and that the transgender movement merely reinforces sex stereotypes.
Hormones do not make women like dresses and make-up, become submissive, soft and gentle or do caring, nurturing jobs for example.
All of these stereotypes are cultural and are the root cause of both sexism and homophobia.
It seems to be a very odd mix; as far as I can tell, I may be the only person who has both; and I tend toward both quite strongly.
And of course, in the world of BDSM, forced feminization is a not apparently uncommon fantasy for male submissives; though I'm not one to speculate on the reasons for this; as someone is only somewhat knowledgeable of the specifics on that particular spectrum of human behavior.
“It’s something that society gives you, whether you want it or not,” Fabbre said. How can you have privilege if you don’t feel privileged — when you don’t have things handed to you, like money or a college education? He’s a transgender man who began transitioning from female to male nine years ago in his early 30s.
But 'I've worked hard' Fabbre said it’s common for men — and women — to argue that male privilege doesn’t exist. Fabbre noted that male privilege has nothing to do with wealth. Johnson said he always came off as a more masculine female.
Preliminaries: regarding the term cisgender Throughout this essay, I will use the terms cis or cisgender to refer to women who are not trans or transgender.
I explain the logic behind this terminology in my FAQ on cis-terminology, and in two additional follow up essays that can be accessed here.