My So-Called Queer Life — Cissexism through Biological Determination

Subtitled, “On why it’s not okay to assume trans women experienced male privilege,” this is an engaging short essay which I was directed to by my friend Amanda. The essay should be of most interest I think to younger transpeople, and families of younger transpeople, as important advice on how to combat assumptions that we transsexual women “had it easy” in our early lives.

My So-Called Queer Life — Cissexism through Biological Determination: On why it’s not okay to assume trans women experienced male privilege.

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  1. Paula Overby

    This is a good perspective and illustrates a challenging issue. I know I used to compare my behaviors acting as a man to the behaviors of other men, particularly with respect to my role as a mom. It took awhile for me to realize that it was not a meaningful comparison because I was always a woman and so was most of my behavior. I also get people telling me I’m definitely more aggressive than most women and they assume it was because I “was a man”. I certainly learned some skills while trying to present myself as a man. I was no doubt far more attentive to male behavior as I did my best to emulate it but I was never a man. It still remains that being transgender and presenting so many years as male is a different experience that living female your entire life. I can’t deny that. It is why I prefer to identify myself as a trans woman rather than suggest that my experience is the same as any other other woman. The reality of course is that we each have our own individual experience. Of course we will also seek to find common experience as well. Nothing wrong with that.

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