Tuesday, June 02, 2015

If we call a tail a leg, how many legs does a horse have?

Bruce Jenner is a woman now and has the Vanity Fair cover photo to prove it.

I am going to quote author/scholar Danusha Goska​:

//To me it isn't "supportive" of Bruce Jenner or anyone else to redefine the word "woman" to mean "dresses like a slut in public regardless of chromosomes."

And what you describe -- men who like to dress in clothing coded female -- is a widespread phenom. It's its own phenom. Why not let it be that? "biological male who likes to dress in clothing and makeup coded female" ? Why redefine "woman" or "female" ?

Don't you see the problems inherent in doing so?

Don't you see that that definition cheapens women horribly?//

Why is it so wrong to say that Bruce Jenner is "a man who dresses like a woman" and have that be perfectly acceptable?  It is his thing.  He doesn't have to involve us in his thing. We aren't judging him, but we aren't going along with his view of reality, either.

The implication of the insistence that we accept Bruce Jenner as something other than a "man who dresses like a woman" is that there is something "wrong" with a man dressing like a woman, like it violates some proper ordering of life.

It is interesting how deeply buried "gender normativity" is, like it is inherent in the wiring of the human way of looking at the world.

1 comment:

mrez said...

No matter what "they" try to do, "they" can't define or redefine what female is.

I did not have the stomach to read the article deeply. It does go to show what they can now do... It underscores and again reveals that we already have transgendered models, who appear to be women.

We just have to hold fast to what we know as reality and let the cards fall where they will.

I did not think he looked so bad on the photo. It looked like "a kind of woman." Kind of like they were trying to make a younger Barbara Walters... This is far fetched and far out....

But the proof will be in the pudding.

It is hard to watch him, a human being, a male, resort to this.

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