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  Home arrow Blog arrow 27.03.2009
27.03.2009
Auch wenn ich immer noch der Ansicht bin, dass "gender" bzw. "gender identity" der Hinweis eines Menschen auf sein eigentliches biologisches Geschlecht ist, und wenig davon halte, hier zwischen Biologie und, nennen wir es einmal Nicht-Biologie zu trennen (der Begriff transgender ist, so glaube ich, lediglich ein Hilfmittel für viele in einer Welt, in der das biologische Geschlecht immer noch an den Genitalien oder xx und xy festgemacht wird, und wäre dann obsolet, würden transsexuelle Menschen als "natürliche" Personen in ihrer biologischen "Echtheit" anerkannt werden), so ist es dennoch schön, Texte von nicht-transsexuellen Menschen zu finden, die Hinweis darauf sind, dass wir uns als Menschheit nach und nach auf einen wichtigen Paradigmenwechsel in der Betrachtung von dem, was wir "Geschlecht" nennen, hinbewegen. Wir sind noch nicht da, aber unterwegs... Hier ist das Internetfundstück:

"A number of misunderstandings about transgenderism have recently been displayed in print and on the television by both the unlearned and the experts alike.  Sadly, even some of those in the LGBT community have contributed to this confusion.  Well-intentioned articles that result in harm simply because of the clear lack of knowledge must be rewritten to reflect only the facts and the truth.

Here is a fact and the truth:  Transgenders are not gay men who think and feel they are women born in the wrong body.  They are not, as stated by one so-called expert, merely people who suppress their sexuality for a very long time.

'Transgender' is a term that has emerged fairly recently and is used to describe anybody who feels their gender identity and expression is different to that which was assigned to them at birth (based only on the viewing of their genitalia).  A transgender may be a woman or a man, and like any woman or man, they can be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.  Therefore, their sexuality is not their gender.

To clarify and emphasize this point, gender is who we are – it is ourselves, our person.  Gender is not our body, not our genitals, not our clothes, not even our names, not our hormones and not our sexual preference.

A newborn who is pronounced male by the doctor or midwife may not necessarily identify as male when that child grows up.  This person must have every right to choose to live his/her life the way s/he needs it to be lived.  This person who was born male may live her life as a woman.  Because she expresses and identifies as a woman, then she is a woman.

One’s gender has nothing to do with the absence or presence of a specific genitalia.  Gender must not be imposed on us.  Who, then, has the right to determine the gender of a person?  Is it the church?  Is it the doctor who inspects the baby's genitalia upon birth?  Is it the psychiatrist? Surely, it is only that person because only s/he alone possesses and has innate knowledge of his/her self.

Furthermore, a person need not make any change in order to be the gender they are.  Feeling is being.  No genital or cosmetic surgery, hormone replacement therapy, nor any other intervention is a prerequisite to being oneself.  A man is a man and a woman is a woman not because of their genitals.  We are not walking penises and vaginas.  We are living beings who happen to have a certain kind of genitalia.  Surely, we do not want to reduce ourselves to mere organs.  Our being is a determinant of who we are, not what’s between our legs.

Man or woman.  Hetero-, homo-, bi- or pansexual.  These are only words, and words are only inventions.  Sometimes, words are ambiguous.  Sometimes, their meanings change over time.  Sometimes, new words are invented as our knowledge and understanding evolves over time.  It is not surprising then when sometimes, writers publish a piece that contains inaccurate and misunderstood use of certain words.  Words, which in this case, are crucial to the understanding and description of other people.  Words that can confuse, harass, demean and disrespect people.  Hence, a writer must take it upon themselves to be vigilant in ensuring their thorough understanding of all words before going to print."

Kommentar von mut23: Auch transsexuelle Menschen sind biologisch. Ihr Wissen über ihr Geschlecht ist keine Einbildung, sondern Hinweis auf die Natürlichkeit ihres Seins.

Quelle des Artikels:

Transgender women are not gay men - Danton Remoto
By Danton Remoto 03/24/2009 12:03 AM
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/


 
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