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Transgender issues

Read this NYTimes article just now. Very interesting, the politics and issues concerning gender roles. The technology available to change from one sex to another still completely blows me away. I admit, the idea frightens me, although I can understand why some would want to make the transformation. Coming from a middle-class, sheltered, 90% white Catholic town, the concept shakes the foundations of my perceptions on gender roles. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

However, I still sympathize with those who view these switches as “treason.” Especially when the one making the switch is involved with a partner who loved [him] as a woman.

“There are many people who look at what these young women are doing, and say to themselves, ‘Hey, by turning yourselves into men, don’t you realize you’re going over to the other side?’ ” she said. “We thought we were all supposed to be in this together.”

Beyond the political implications, the sense of loss is felt most keenly in personal relationships.

“I am a lesbian because I am attracted to women, and not to men,” said a 33-year-old woman who broke up with her partner of seven years, Sharon Caya, when Sharon became Shane. The woman, who asked to be identified only as Natasha, to protect family members who are unaware of her lifestyle, said that she was ultimately faced with the reality of her sexual orientation and identity. “I decided I couldn’t be in a romantic relationship with a man.”

“You’re in love with a person, but there is something about gender that is so central to identity it can be overwhelming if the person changes,” she said.

Much food for thought…

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