A comment I made at GallusMag’s on her Prosthetics for Prisoners thread got me thinking.
In a fit of bravado, I followed her link to a prosthetics site. Apart from the bizarre looking faux-genital aprons, it included some other creepy shit like Secret Scent “Apply a small dab to the pubic hair of your Vee-String. You will experience a realistic female aroma.” and also a silicone full-body female suit. Here’s the last part of my comment if you haven’t read it:
Not exactly sure who they are supposed to be fooling, is it themselves, or straight dudes?
It’s a dangerous game for them to play to try to fool (homophobic) straight dudes, straight dudes have a hair trigger. I don’t know how to put this sensitively, without sounding like victim-blaming, but I am not surprised by the number of M2Ts getting murdered due to these scenarios. This is the main scenario that transactivists keep talking about too. But they are being a bit fool-hardy trying to trick homophobic straight dudes. Sort of like painting zebra stripes on yourself then prancing about in front of a hungry lion.
And it got me to thinking a bit further on this whole masquerade business.
- males like participating in reckless behaviours (the Darwin Awards are full of them)
- males like the challenges of fooling (virgins, women, and straight dudes it seems)
- males, esp M2Ts, should know what homophobic straight dudes are like, they were brought up with them
Now on the other hand, females aren’t really told the truth about males, just the opposite. But wait! There’s more!
M2Ts, being brought up male, they have not learnt the survival skills of prey, like FABs have. Sure, not all FABs learn it in time before it is too late, but if we escape actually getting murdered and stuff, we learn to modify our behaviour and movements so as to minimise risk. Most of this is done on a subconscious level.
However, to counter that, many M2Ts would already have had the experience (bad ones) with homophobic straight dudes, so really should know that homophobic straight dudes aren’t the pinnacle of warm-fuzzy human beings.
So I guess we are back to risk-taking behaviour, and perhaps the challenge of ‘passing’. Frankly, a lot of this seems to be about putting themselves in high-risk situations, and then expecting sympathy when the inevitable happens, by trying to spin this into M2Ts being specifically targeted ‘just out of the blue’.
Well, if I was to paint zebra stripes on myself and prance about in front of a hungry lion, frankly, I would not be that surprised at the result. But at least my transzebra activist buddies could spin this into ‘unfair’ targeting of transzebras?
Please, feel sorry for transzebras, and donate generously to our TransZebra Support Fund. Stripes don’t come cheap!
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