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    I would have described it differently: beyond the "safe" confines of a discourse in which people politely accept our identities, there is still rampant transphobic bigotry in the society as a whole.

    But we already knew that.

    It is never surprising to learn that someone is a transphobe; when I was a child, there wasn't even a word yet in the English language for what I was. Everyone was a transphobe.

    So I am never surprised to meet yet another transphobe. I am always slightly surprised, still, when I meet someone who is not a transphobe.

    •  That gets into what the suffix "phobe" means (1+ / 0-)
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      It's taken to mean both hatred, fear, and simple aversion.

      You're absolutely correct that there is rampant fear and hatred of transsexuality in our society.  I deal with it all the time in the company of one of my closest political allies in my county (for whom my daughter interns, among other things.)  So let's agree that such is the environment in which policy regarding transsexual and transgender rights and equality will be litigated (often literally.)

      The view presented here has been twofold: (1) that it is OK for transpeople, out of very realistic and understandable fear of violence and ridicule, to hide their history from their sexual partners; and (2) that even suggesting that there are considerations on both sides of the argument is an act of bigotry because it does not accept as an axiom that transpeople "really are" their professed gender.

      I put "really are" in quotes because those are the words I have trouble with, but as has been suggested I'll address that in a separate diary.

      Unplug the Koch machine! It's swallowing people's money!

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 10:16:15 PM PDT

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