I’m still trying to put my own thoughts into words over this issue, and they are not coming easily. In the meantime, here’s someone else’s point of view on the matter.
A very well0written piece on what it means to be a transgender woman.
On dealing with “bad memories” – likely applicable to any number of related issues, such as PTSD.
It seems my article (Hey go look at it, it’s right here: http://www.cracked.com/article_20997_5-shocking-realities-being-transgender-media-ignores_p2.html ) is getting a reaction (And yes, I am listening to The Heavy’s “Love Like That” right now) and the issue that always fascinates me the most is when arguments rest on how everyone is angry, offended, scared, and confused by whatever it is being talked about.
And I see the same refrain of people being offended by other people’s offense. Even the term ‘offensive’ is offensive these days to a lot of people, but rage makes it hard to see that irony. Which I get – rage makes it hard to see anything except potential targets, because I imagine that anger really is about our brains and bodies trying to solve a problem by fixation that is sometimes quite helpful, and sometimes entirely unhelpful. (I’ve read a lot on the subject in Psychology, Cognitive Science and…
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I found this post on bullying saved as a draft from last year – looking it over, I probably had more to add, including some of the referenced links from my Facebook page – which by then had been deleted and since rejoined. But I decided to post it because of the comment from Kipling, and deleted most of the remainder of my blather.
You can find references to bullying in the most odd places. Following links from the Wikipedia article on H. Rider Haggard (at which I had arrived via a circuitous route from the article on Goldman’s ‘Lord of the Flies’) to Kipling, describing his childhood after being brought to England from India:
Kipling remembers, “Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told any one how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established. Also, badly-treated children have a clear notion of what they are likely to get if they betray the secrets of a prison-house before they are clear of it.” [Kipling, Rudyard (1935). “Something of myself”]
I recently received an email forwarding a political piece by Wayne Allyn Root.
Included in the email was a link to snopes.com confirming that Wayne Allyn Root’s statement below has been “Correctly Attributed” – but of course, “correctly attributed” does not necessarily mean “factual statements”, and as with most political pieces, including my own, there is a bias reflected in it.
The last part of the link at http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/overwhelm.asp reads:
“Do you think that Congress so far this year has done something to address the problems facing the country today, or do you think Congress has done nothing to address the country’s problems?”
Ask yourself – have you ever caused a problem doing something you THOUGHT was right (or at the very least doing what you wanted) and then had to fix it yourself without being humbled and saying “Well, I broke it, guess I should fix it.”?
Well, there you have it! Those who broke it can’t fix it because they don’t think they have done anything wrong.