More Thoughts On The Gender Binary and Feminism

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For the past week or so, I’ve really had my mind rapped around the “gender binary” and feminism. (maybe it’s because I’m reading Jen Burke’s “Breaking The Binary).” I’m no expert on either, so I’m looking for some direction on direction on the issue. I understand what the gender binary is “the idea that there are only two groups that a person, action, or behavior can belong in: male or female.” All the reading I’ve done lately seems to indicate that feminists desire to destroy the binary (as I’ve said before, I believe the binary is fiction). I’m serious about this… what would the world like like to you, with a broken binary? I’ll be honest with you, visions of Ellen G. White’s “reform dress” come to mind.

prepost.jpgAs far as my own gender presentation it’s about what I like to wear and what parts of my body I choose to showcase. I always thought my gender presentation, how others saw me, was not a true reflection of who I feel myself to be. I never really understood it, but pretransition I got hit on by gay men, and I’ve been called a “fag” on more than one occasion. I’ve always thought of gender presentation as a “window into the soul.” The human animal makes judgements and assessments based on visual inspection. I’ve always felt like others viewed my presentation as a feminine man, which has never felt genuine to me.

Thoughts?

Marti Abernathey is the founder of the Transadvocate and the previous managing editor. Abernathey has worn many different hats, including that of podcaster, activist, and radiologic technologist. She's been a part of various internet radio ventures such as TSR Live!, The T-Party, and The Radical Trannies, TransFM, and Sodium Pentathol Sunday. As an advocate she's previously been involved with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality, and the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. She's taken vital roles as a grass roots community organizer in The Indianapolis Tax Day Protest (2003), The Indy Pride HRC Protest (2004), Transgender Day of Remembrance (2004), Indiana's Witch Hunt (2005), and the Rally At The Statehouse (the largest ever GLBT protest in Indiana - 3/2005). In 2008 she was a delegate from Indiana to the Democratic National Convention and a member of Barack Obama's LGBT Steering and Policy Committee.

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