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It's alive! Alive, I tell you – ALIVE!

So here’s the thing:

After hearing a recent episode of Trans-ponder wherein it was mentioned that we, as transpeople, are often the ambassadors to the non-trans people in our lives, forced by the necessity of circumstance to be tour guides to our own existence, I thought to myself, “What we need is a primer. A basic guide that can serve as a sort of jumping off point for people to learn more about the transgendered experience.”

It was only much later that I realized someone else had, you know, ALREADY DONE THIS.

However, toiling in my hubris and my glee, I have at last cried “Havoc!” and released the dogs of edutainment – or at least my version of it – and Claire’s Transgender Primer for the Curious, Apprehensive or Confused is now, yes, ALIVE.

If I may, once again, gentle reader, impose upon your kindness and ask that you read it, review it, and let me know your thoughts, I shall be as grateful as the parched desert nomad who, finding his water skin empty and his camel dead, stumbles upon the shady banks of an oasis, its trees ripe with coconuts, its water as pure and sweet as the saltless tears of a thousand virgins.

Or at least, you know, appreciative. Whatever.

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3 Comments

  1. So far, so good! I haven’t been able to read the entire thing yet, mostly because I am constantly distracted and transfixed by that tiny smiley face to the right there, but what I have ingested thus far is good! And entertaining, which is more that I imagine I could ask for of a lot of other publications.

    One dumb question. Is the use of the word ‘transvestite’ offensive for any other reason besides the fact that the connotation calls to mind prostitutes?

  2. Thanks, Tara!

    What’s the deal with that smiley-face, anyway? It creeps me out. I feel like The Matrix is talking to me through it, and if I don’t figure out how to crack the code behind its smug little grin, then I’m just another pink battery.

    It may be possible that I think too much and consume far too much tea.

    At any rate, to answer your question, I think “Transvestite” is offensive because of the prostitution connotations, sure, but also because it carries a certain air of the dilettante about it…as if the cross-dresser is a mere dabbler in deep waters…it makes it all about the clothes and not the person inside them.

    Although it’s always been my opinion that “Cross Dresser” sounds like either an angry piece of furniture or those kids from “Kris Kross.” Then again, the subtle nuances of colloquial meaning cannot always be extrapolated from the face of things, I suppose.

  3. May you never, ever have to think of the kids from Kris Kross ever again.

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