Bit of a sticky widget. Pitting without “pitting”. Una Persson raises an issue here:
regarding my use of the term “transgendered” in reference to the delightfully equine Ann Coulter, “Anne of Green Goebbels”. Do I mean the term in contempt and derision? Hugh Bethca. You may rest assured that anything I say about Ms. Coulter simply drips with contempt and derision. But Ms. Persson has a larger point and wonders, reasonably enough, whether the use of the term presents some dark prejudice or some variant of homophobia (possibly one of the least useful neologisms ever…)
In a word, no. In a whole bunch more words….
We progressives make dumb mistakes rather than malicious ones. “Transgendered” is one of these. Words without useful definitions are logorrhea. I would almost be willing to move to Massachusetts to vote for Barney Frank, because the man has a set of stones such that I suspect he clanks when he walks. I don’t admire him because he’s gay, I admire the way he wears it. Ellen DeGeneres cracked my ass up long before I found out about her sexuality, and I find her “so what?” approach refreshing and loaded with healing candor. An alliance for human rights by my bent brethren and sistren makes all the sense in the world, and my support is unflagging.
But this “transgendered” thingy is dumb. Whatever are we talking about? Is a het man who likes to dress up as a woman “transgendered”? Is his predeliction important, need I be concerned about protecting his civil rights with the same intensity that I worry about the spotted grey salamander? (“Why do bikers wear leather? Because chiffon wrinkles so easily”). Will I storm the barricades so that he might wear panty hose to work? Nah. Bigger fish to fry.
Does it include such persons who claim to be souls of one gender trapped in the body of another? Can’t buy it, don’t believe it, doesn’t make sense. ImhO, the only result for a surgical alteration of gender is mutilation.
I also don’t agree that a cross-dresser is anything near a victim like a gay man or lesbian woman. They are clothes, take them off, put them on, whatever. Victims cannot choose, that’s what makes them victims. Gayitude is a fact of birth, ImhO, and is no more indicative of character than being freckled.
I don’t respect the term “transgendered” as having any real validity, I don’t feel compelled to offer respect. I think my bent brethren and sistren made a big mistake when they include the term on an equal footing, i.e., Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered Alliance. It’s the kind of mistake the angels make, from a surfeit of sincerity, but a mistake nonetheless. It weakens “our” case.
I hope this is sufficient clarification for anyone who actually might give a rat’s about what I think. If any further is required, I stand ready to bore you to tears with relentless self-revelation and explication. Goddess alone knows why you might want such, but if it be so, I’m your huckleberry.
None, repeat, none, of this should be taken to imply any lack of respect for the esteemed Ms. Persson. If I have any questions about coal, should I ever need more information about the subtleties and varieties contained in the words “bituminous” or “anthracite”, I have no doubt who to go to!