Late yesterday afternoon I took a journey into a world that is different from what I am used to. It was a world of a transsexual identity. Initially, when I saw the seven performers, I thought that some of them were women and some were trans women. Gradually, I realized that not only were they all trans, but there was a lot more trans presence because they each played a role of a woman in addition to in reality being a woman, making fourteen trans women. (In the discussion after the play the actors revealed some of their real identities as people. M and the other woman of color are not in reality “women”. They are instead both male and female; both genders and neither).
Witnessing this play reading was very meaningful for me! A 38 year old trans woman in the play was my 22 year old step-child M. M played a very significant role in the play and was brilliant in their performance. Gradually both the performers and the characters they were representing both became very real to me. It was strange to feel the powerful presence of trans women. I had never, never previously seen more than a single trans person and often had missed entirely that they were trans. I had never really felt both the depth of trans women and the struggles that they feel in being themselves.
The discussion after the performance was as illuminating as the performance itself. These women were and are women. Their beauty and strength brought something very new to my consciousness. I saw and see M now in much more poignant terms. Several of those in the audience changed before my eyes. The thin, beautiful woman was trans. She was as beautiful as her original image was within me.
Today at physical therapy another therapist witnessed my therapy. She hadn’t seen such therapy done upon men previously. I told her and my therapist how it felt strange to me in the context of what I had seen yesterday though it was anatomical sex, rather than gender that was relevant then.
I can no longer be simply a man. I can no longer simply be a “normal” man.
Popular posts from this blog
Table of Contents and Much More PARTIAL - TABLE OF CONTENTS + More www.GeorgeMarx.org - My Personal Blog www.WorkingTowardsEndingRacism - My Anti-Racism Blog https://joinmerj.org/ - MERJ - Men for Equity and Reproductive Justice Caring White Men Sharing Together - www.CaringWhiteMen.com -- A. P E R S O N A L W R I T I N G S 1. B O O K (+ MORE) R E V I E W S - R A C I S M http://www.workingtowardsendingracism.org/2023/04/resources-updated.html 2. R E P R O D U C T I V E J U S T I C E https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/01/reproductive-justice-my-writings.html 3. ISRAEL - PALESTINE - JUDAISM https://www.georgemarx.org/2022/12/palestine-israel-judiasm-posts-links-my.html 4. R A P E - R E L A T E D https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/05/rape-related.html 5. B O O K (+MORE) R E V I E W S - O T H E R https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/05/book-reviews-plus-more.html 6. M A S C U L I N I T Y https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/05/masculinity.html 7. MUSIC/PICTUR
Stranger in My Own Land: Palestine, Israel and One Family’s Story of Home is an incredibly moving, powerful story that will move all besides die-hard supporters of Israel, who won’t listen to any message incongruent with their perspective. Fida Jiryis tells her story in a deeply personal way that brings up nearly all the issues relevant to what has and continues to go on. She humanizes and criticizes many, including Arafat, Jewish Israelis, as well as fellow Palestinians, including herself. Jirysis has a perfect right to be bitter and angry. She takes her anger, and uses it to try to reach us Jewish Americans and many others - who could choose to listen. She cares about others, both near and afar. Fida Jiryis is one who remains an outsider wherever she lives and whatever she does. She is fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic. She has seen so much! She has learned so much! It goes well beyond “facts” - and does include a lot that is factual. What is so dif
GAZA - RELATED POSTS: The Genocide Continues and Guess Who's Coming? https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/11/the-genocide-continues-and-guess-whos.html October 4, 2023 - Is Positive Change Getting Closer https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/11/october-4-2023-is-positive-change.html Building a Mass Movement - Gaza - Systemic Change - Justice Now! - https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/10/building-mass-movement-gaza-and-much.html Not in My Brother's Name (repost) https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/10/not-in-my-brothers-name-repost.html Genocide is Not The Answer https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/10/not-in-my-brothers-name-repost.html Hamas and More https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/10/hamas-and-more.html Meaningful Black Friday https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/11/meaningful-black-friday.html So Who are these Scary A-rabs? https://www.georgemarx.org/2023/11/so-who-are-these-scary-rabs.html +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Albert Vorspan - my Friend Kenny's Father - A Wonderful Man htt