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01 October 2013 @ 05:28 am
In what ways is it useful to think of James Tiptree jr. as a transman?
The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on October 1st, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
Uh..... none?

To the best of my knowledge, Tiptree is nothing more than a pseudonym created because the dudebros of the time wouldn't read books they knew were written by women. There's no "trans"ness involved. Drag, maybe.

Edited at 2013-10-01 01:34 pm (UTC)
El Coyote Gordo: thinkingsupergee on October 1st, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's that simple. Alice Sheldon obviously (and quite reasonably) resented the restrictions she felt that being defined as a woman placed on her and really got into the masquerade. And in 1967, there was no Trans* movement, only a few people who felt so drastically mismatched with their genitals as to seek drastic treatment.

Serene Vannoyserenejournal on October 2nd, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
I can tell you from one woman's experience that resenting the patriarchy doesn't make one trans. Otherwise, most women are trans.
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on October 2nd, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
I am glad I asked this question. Your answer and others have made it clear to me that "genderqueer" works a lot better as a description. Thank you.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on October 2nd, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
et in Arcadia egoboo: Sacred Chaoapostle_of_eris on October 2nd, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
Her choice of a male pseudonym for her sf is completely explainable externally. I've never heard any claims of any unusual gender/sex/pcpolysyllabicneologism in her life or personality.

ETA — between opening this page to comment, and actually commenting, almost a dozen more comments appeared. The broadest commonality I see is around the problems of expressing all of oneself in a society with high-pressure restrictive formulas. This is more detailed and nuanced discussion of what I lumped as externalities.

Edited at 2013-10-02 07:16 pm (UTC)