Roz tweeted something with my twitter address, so I saw it:
But of course @willshetterly is on Twitter. How could I have thought he was not?
So I went looking and found this:
And this discussion:
I tweeted back:
@Halftongue @RozKaveney No, I never felt black. Rejecting whiteness only translates to "feeling black" in a binary world.
Rather than continue in the twitterverse, I'll expand on that here:
Of course a trans identity is valid. Communities get to create identities. Trying to list all the gender possibilities for modern humans would be impossible, but my list would include male, female, transmale, transfemale, bi, lesbian, gay, straight, etc. in any combination anyone chooses.
That said, to put the question in identitarian terms: do transfolk get to appropriate the identities of cisfolk, or are they their own identity? I would say we're all human, and we all have gender preferences of varying fluidity: the world is not binary. Rather than fight to create more rigid social constructs of male and female, why not abandon them entirely?