Showing posts from June, 2005

June 2005 Recap

(by Michele Angelique)I am pleased with the great start we’ve made on our new blog. There have been so many thoughtful, insightful articles and comments posted so far. I’d like to thank each of our contributors for participating in our discussions about transgender issues. My hope is GenderEvolve can become a place we can share our thoughts and feelings in a comfortable environment.

About our contributors…

This is an invitation only blog, comprised of transgendered and genetic women. I have chosen each contributor based on three main criteria. These criteria include:

1.) ability to communicate in an articulate, thoughtful manner
2.) presenting in a way that reflects well on the feminine gender
3.) willingness to share views and opinions, and consider those of others

Based on these criteria, I will continue to seek new contributors and welcome any referrals that any of you may have in terms of TG/GG friends that may be interested in contributing to our blog.

A brief introduction…

Most of you l…

An Opportunity

(by Rhenaiya Jesson)

Although anyone (with intelligence) can agree that there are good and bad, moral or immoral people of every faction of society, every person is subjected to an imprinted stereotype. We are equally susceptible to perpetuate such thinking as we are to being victimized by it. The human mind is very much like a computer and when we think of something in particular, like a search engine our brains summon everything it can find related to that topic. If you were to run a search on the internet right this very moment you might get a good example of how transgenderism is viewed by society.

While you may find educational sites and the profiles or stories of ordinary transgendered people living ordinary lives (sounds nice), by and large the content encountered is pornographic, degrading and offensive in its abundance. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no right to judge other people for their actions and have no such desire. It is simply that I find it hard not to take note of an…

What do Genetic Women really think about us?

(by Dee Femina)

So what do Genetic Women really think about us, and I'm actually mainly thinking about "What do they think about crossdressers?".

I think most women would be totally comfortable with our transgenderism. It's our outward physical manifestation of our t-girlness...the crossdressing aspect, that my question is about.

This is something that I've been pondering for some time. And I ask it for the simple reason that I have this burning need to be accepted, welcomed, admired and yes...dare I say it...desired by genetic women. That all happens in my male guise, but do they feel the same way about me as a crossdresser? I'm not sure. In fact, I think they don't. As much as I want to imagine and fantasize that GW's would welcome, accept and admire me, I actually don't think they do.

Why do I think that?
Well, it's due to womens' reactions to me that I've noticed over recent weeks. I've started going out dressed en femme to "no…

What kind of girls are we?

(by Shannon Summers)

About ten years ago, I remember watching a Geraldo Rivera show entitled, "Sexy Transexuals and the Men Who Love Them". This was back in the heyday, when gorgeous tgirls were a regular feature on daytime talk television. *sigh* Whatever happened to that? Anyway, the premise of the show was simple enough. Present the two groups, explain a bit of the attraction. And of course, the girls on the show were totally delicious, sassy and rude, but with the most amazing legs you've ever seen. The guys ...well, they were dweebs and genetic misfits, and that is being generous.

The show itself, however, was a disaster. The audience (almost exclusively genetic girls) didn't like the tgirls and were overly critical of them right off the bat. Well, these gurls knew how to dish it out as well and got into a pissing match with the audience. At one point, a sweet (but somewhat homely) young black girl stood up and asked the transexuals on stage a few pointed question…

have u seen my box???

(by Rhenaiya Jesson)

foreword*** thanks to my friend who created this blog and to all those who will use it for an opportunity (ha, i remembered how to spell it!) to say something meaningful or at least clever. having said that, i hope that someone finds my "off the cuff" remarks either or...

these little boxes are too small for me... boxes for women, boxes for men, boxes for every different race and religion, boxes for every sexuality. i've been looking for a box marked transexual lesbien musical poets and have yet to find one. though i look around and feel sorta cheated, everyone else "seeming" to fit into their own little niche, maybe it would be best to scrap the whole plan and go uninhibited by the cardboard confines of structured social identity. i mean, really...who is everyone trying to kid. everyone knows men can cry and women can fix cars. we also know that everyone sneeks a little something into their box that isn't supposed to be there, but then w…

Reasons for Crossdressing

By Marlena Dahlstrom

I have had some thoughts on the various reasons why we dress, which I'd originally posted in reply to the SO of a TS who is transitioning and who was -- understandably -- upset and puzzled that it took her husband until his 30s to realize he was a TS rather than a CD. I think it's more useful to think in terms of motivations rather than labels, although I think the type and strength of each person's motivations leads them to a different place along the transgender spectrum. It's unfortunate the terms have gotten muddied, not that I want labels to put people into little boxes, but rather as a way to understand our differences as well as our commonalities.

Much probably has to do with the still-unequal gender roles in society. If a woman acts manly, she is just trying to assert herself into a man's world. If a man acts feminine, he is surrendering his place in the world. Personal circumstances also probably make difference, depending on your family…

Am I transgendered?

(by Michele Angelique)

I recently commented that I’ve always felt like a man “trapped” in a woman’s body, and received several responses questioning whether I am identifying myself as transgendered by making this statement. I say “trapped” with tongue in cheek, because I would never want it any other way.

I used to work as a stock broker, in a position where all of my peers were older men. These men seemed to easily recognize and accept my inherant masculinity and started calling me Michael, Mikey or just Mike (my name is Michele). One day after market close we were having drinks, and I proudly proclaimed to this group of manly-men that I am a “gay man trapped in a woman’s body”. They all laughed, and one of them even pointed out the irony of my statement by saying, “well then how the hell are you trapped?”.

Paradoxically, my comment didn't phase these guys. If it had been a man saying the same in reverse, the social consequences might have been different. Pondering more closely upon…

CD/TV/TS labelling

(by Michele Angelique)

There seems to be some controversy in the transgender community as to the usage and meaning of labels such as CD/TV/TS. I'm unsure how this labelling is beneficial, but I've seen many instances where it divides people and puts the community at odds with itself.

While clothing and make-up do not make a woman, some men cross-dress as an outward expression of that which they admire most. What I truly appreciate are those men who strive to do credit to the feminine gender because they love women, whether manifested as occasional cross-dressing or by varying stages of gender transformation.

A number of TS women have opined that cross-dressers don’t deserve to be called “she” because CDs are not on hormones or altering their physical body to become female. I disagree with this view because it is incredibly challenging to come out of the closet, even if simply in cross-dressing form. I would venture that it is not often a decision made lightly, and to do so a pers…

pondering men's liberation

(by Michele Angelique)

I am only coming to realize the pain and guilt that so many endure for a simple pleasure like crossdressing. I am confounded by it, actually... how could something so harmless and healthy as a man wanting to express femininity be deemed so wrong by society?

Women earned the right to crossdress with "women's liberation", and no one thinks anything of it anymore. A powersuit on a woman is considered sexy by many... when I'm feeling my yang, I can dress and act as masculine as I want, and it's ok... why is a skirt on a man who's feeling his yin considered so abnormal? I really don't get it.

"Men's liberation" still has not happened. Society still binds men tightly to rigid one-sided standards. All men feel yin to some degree, yet are brainwashed into believing it must be surpressed and denied. This very fact is a discredit to the feminine gender. Women should recognize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. For a …