Lili Elba's transitional objective is full female function -- manifest in childbearing. My personal objective in transition is to obtain XX chromosomes, regular menses.
Currently -- and it's been several years -- my "gender resolution" is to recognize that gender presentation is ineluctably wrapped up in social convention. That said, there is a margin between the poles of gender where presentation becomes non-binary, maybe "unintelligible" in the words of Judith Butler.
My current objective is to deconstruct the semes of gender presentation so that the "gender cues" presented are ambiguous. This not because my presentation matters to my identity, but rather that gender imposes its signification as an aspect of cultural determinism. My current objective is to deconstruct that determinism.
I don’t really understand the idea of someone wanting to transition as far as changing their chromosomes, as if that wasn’t something the realms of science fiction anyway, requiring altering the genetic makeup of every cell in your adult body, when it’s not something that anyone else can see or feel short of looking at your blood under a microscope.
Once you are out of the womb, the differential genes on the sex chromosomes aren’t really doing anything for you anyway, so you would want to change them why? To prove some rather abstract point to yourself or to the severely trans-phobic?
I can maybe see the point in wanting to transition as far as child bearing, at least as a wish fulfilment fantasy for the really broody, but that still pretty much medically impractical, and runs into so many complications like tissue rejection of an artificial or donor womb etc, or resizing the pelvic bones to make normal child delivery practical, it’s not really going to be medically worthwhile for decades to come, and to some extent a complete brain transplant might be simpler to achieve.
To me transition is to relieve dissonance, biochemical dissonance is relieved by cross-sex hormones, physical bodily dissonance can be further relieved by various cosmetic surgeries and procedures, sexual dissonance can somewhat imperfectly be relieved by genital surgery, in either direction, and social dissonance can be relieved by having a moderately passable appearance, and/or the legal rights to adopt an alternative social and legal gender identity, free from fear and overt discrimination, and still make full use of both public and private products/services and facilities
Yes, some trans women get to be models and pop stars and actresses, but most do not. I’m sure a lot of cis people also wish they were more attractive or charismatic, but I have a hard time believing that anyone seriously feels dissonant about their chromosomes.
I don’t want to deconstruct and change the world, I just want to live in it. Oh, and regular menses are really messy and a pain to live with, and pretty pointless if you aren’t ever going to be able to get pregnant, so it’s not something one ought to wish for.
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