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[Aug. 20th, 2006|08:51 pm]


This was already posted in ftm and probably others, but I wanted to get some discussion in here.

NYT: The Trouble when Jane Becomes Jack

It's on the sense of betrayal and outcasting that goes on between lesbian communities and transmen (and other issues -- that simplifies it). As for quality, I think the article's accurate and, if nothing else, a rare prominent and humane portrayal of trans people.

[User Picture]From: gymx
2006-08-21 12:55 pm (UTC)
I thought the human stories were sensitively portrayed, but that lesbians as a whole were typecast as "really unsure how to feel about all these former women--men?" Maybe it's my age, but I've never known a gay woman who discounted the validity of anyone's transition.
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[User Picture]From: discofufu
2006-08-21 01:59 pm (UTC)
i didnt like the article for a number of reasons. #1 because i hate that this is such an issue in the lesbian/trans community that it had to be put in the new york times. #2 the writer used wrong pronouns a lot and hinted at choice.
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[User Picture]From: prkswllflwr
2006-09-07 09:04 am (UTC)
the constant pronoun switching was annoying. i also don't know how much validity there actually is to the assumption that lesbians are threatened by those with a trans identity.


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[User Picture]From: blue5583
2008-12-09 11:43 am (UTC)
Terribly late as usual, but I know several lesbians who undermine decisions to transition from either side. I attribute this to their age, they are in their forties and so they grew up with tightly political lesbian groups as part of Second Wave Feminism. I can understand the threat to their collective identity as their emphasis was on Women (as a fixed category) Loving Women, and resisting the Patriarchy. So obviously when their allies "jump ship" they feel something akin to being robbed from the inside.
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