…well, every other Wednesday.
We interrupt your obsessive Nestor Carbonell marathon for a new post on Below the Belt:
One of the more difficult aspects of talking about transness is how many facets it can encompass. Because transness is more than just an internal sense of rightness or wrongness with your body: it catches up so much else in a whirlwind of confusion.
Take, for example, sexual identity. It is now a commonplace in queer communities–well, most queer communities–that a transgendered identity is separate from a gay or lesbian identity; that is, trans women are not “gay men who can’t deal” any more than gay men want to be women. And yet: it is the rare trans person who has not had to confront issues of sexual identity as part of understanding their trans identity. A MTF trans person often has to confront the fact that many of the things that are markers of femaleness–high heels, makeup, skirts–are also markers of straight sexuality, and exactly what adopting those markers might mean for them when out in the world and attracting the attention of men. So, too, do many FTM trans people have to deal with the complicated issues of butchness in the lesbian community, and where, if anywhere, the the line between boi and boy lies.
However, an even more complicated relationship exists between the transgendered and drag worlds.