The Ministry of Fools, and the Pity With Which Mr. T Regards Them

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On Gender
A friend's recent post got me thinking about something.

I've never identified with a gender. I don't consider myself to be female, nor do I wish to be male. I've never felt comfortable even thinking about it, frankly. This isn't to say that I don't recognize everyone else's gender, I have just never been concerned with my own. I love people who dress up. I love women that are all about dressing to the nines, and I'm all about men in a well-tailored suit. I also love seeing a man dressed "as a woman," and vice versa. I don't personally dress up very often, and when I do, I think it's relatively unisex. But I respect everyone's right to dress the way they please, and I wish others would do the same for me without assuming things about me that should not be assumed.

I've spent most of my life having others assume that I'm a lesbian. I don't know if it's the short hair, the way I dress, the way I talk, my build, or all of the above. I don't wear makeup. I don't believe in heals. I love wearing skirts, but I have a feeling that even wearing women's clothing, I probably look a bit like a man in drag. I spend more time explaining to people that I'm straight than you'd believe. This explanation is often met with surprise, and sometimes disbelief.

I don't think gender identity has anything at all to do with sexual orientation. And I'm curious as to why everyone else does. On a grander level, I'm curious as to why people are even concerned with sexual orientation at all (unless you're on the prowl, of course), but I recognize that I'd be foolish to hope for that to go away anytime soon. Unless you're trying to take me home, why does it matter what category I fall into? Do we need to all fit into tidy little compartments?

I'm not saying that people are even rude about it. It's often a casual comment, not even judgmental (I think). But it happens to me on a weekly basis. Does everyone feel like they need to explain their gender/orientation that often?

I could frankly care less if you're a man or a woman, straight or gay, proud or not of your orientation or gender, and I could care less what you think of of my own identity. I guess I'm just tired of talking about it, because when I talk about it, I have to be aware of it. There are plenty of things that I do identify with. There are plenty of neat compartments that I'm more than happy to put myself in, with or without your help. Gender just happens to not be one of them.

(edit to add)

I suppose the way I dress is "the way that a lesbian would dress," whatever that means. Does that mean that if I were to dress like batman, I would be a superhero?

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I totally respect and understand what you're saying. I think the only reason that it's easy to see it all lumped together is that there is a strength in community that some GLBT find, in that that support system isn't easily found elsewhere. I completely agree that it's not the same, (GLB vs T) and I recognize that the entire point of my post to was point out that we should refrain from putting these kinds of identifiers on individuals, since each are unique.

That being said, I'm a huge supporter of the GLBT community. I know it's imperfect and filled with flaws, and that in a lot of ways, it's lumping too many groups together. But I want to believe that it's for solidarity and a common purpose.

Absolutely hope that I didn't offend :)

That being said, I've been scolded for being a "dyke bitch" and for being a man wearing a skirt, even though, technically, I am not either of these things. Ignorance and hatred are everywhere, and the worst is when they coincide. The best we can try to do is come together, no matter our similarities or differences, and try to prove a point that no matter our background and no matter who we are, we are individuals, and that we don't need to be judged by what we appear to be or what we are attracted to.

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