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01 October 2013 @ 05:28 am
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In what ways is it useful to think of James Tiptree jr. as a transman?
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hey love, I'm an inconstant satellite: sharp dressed womanjinian on October 1st, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think her gender is okay for us to think about, but it seems disrespectful to place that particular restrictive label on it when she didn't. She clearly didn't want to perform the kind of womanhood that was being shoved at her, but plenty of people who identify as women don't either. It's worth noting that the Raccoona Sheldon persona was different from stereotypical womanhood as well: she was hard core! Trans* isn't the only way to be gender-nonconforming, though; I'd be pretty comfortable saying Sheldon behaved in a gender-nonconforming fashion.
El Coyote Gordo: chocolate coyotesupergee on October 1st, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Are Trans* and gender-nonconforming different things or different points on the same scale?
hey love, I'm an inconstant satellite: sharp dressed womanjinian on October 1st, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
It depends on who you ask, but in my limited cisgirl experience trans* folks often identify with a more binary view of gender, at least for themselves, while gender-nonconforming people often want to reject the whole concept of gender or express multiple gender identities, sequentially or simultaneously. This FAQ is pretty good for clarifying terms.

When we're talking about someone who didn't have access to identifying themselves with any of those terms, it gets more complicated: I would hesitate to say Sheldon was any of these words, because I just don't know what she would have thought about them. I'm pretty second-wave feminist in my head, and I sometimes struggle with the prevalence of transmasculinism because what I want is more awesome women and expanding the definition of womanhood. Sheldon might've felt the same, or she might not.
El Coyote Gordo: thumbsupergee on October 1st, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Useful resource. Thanks.