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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?
Kalimackalimac on October 1st, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
One lesson I took from Julie Phillips' biography is not to be as dismissive of this question as some are being. Tiptree was not just a pseudonym or a cloak, but a persona, that had a different character than Alice Sheldon, not just in the personality presented by Tiptree in letters, ut also in the fiction. I for one certainly see a great difference in style between most of the fiction written before the revelation, and that which came afterwards.

However, while considering the trans side of this might add insight, at the end I see this more as a case of a woman finding a way to express her (stereotypically) "male" characteristics in a sexist society, rather than of a person whose self-image was male. And it has a bit in common with multiple personality cases (which may cross sex lines) too.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on October 1st, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. This is very much the sort of thing that made me ask the question.

Edited at 2013-10-01 03:18 pm (UTC)