Recently Miz Know It All stumbled across a You Tube on Mercedes Allen's site called "The Mask of Gender." In this video, a Registered Psychologist by the name of Jane Oxenbury is speaking as an clear authority on what is this thing called "trans(gender)."
Transgendered is actually more scientific term, it's an umbrella term under which, there would be transsexual people, people who feel they are not in the right gender, and people who are trans/and/er/ah transvestites, people who crossdress. So trans--gendered is an umbrella term for those two, but again it's a very scientific term!
I mean I have had, I've had a lot of people who've had some really good luck where you know and younger people who have gone to into work places and explained to people that they are in the process of transitioning or that this is who they are now or whatever and they have had some really good luck people are really accepting not all the time though not all the time."
It's clear, even to Miz Know It All that this person is not the least bit comfortable being filmed, so please! Do not fire off hundreds of comments about how this proves that Miz Know It All is just a big Ol' Meannie for included the stammering pauses and the fact that this barely makes any sense.
Cause there is a whole other reason she has done her very very best in putting this down exactly as spoken. That being, because she has no way to add into the narrative how every-single-time Ms Oxenbury ventured past the term transsexual. Her gaze shifts hard upwards and to the right. Something which in human physiology indicates she is reaching deep into herself to access the creative side of her brain for terms! This despite the fact that she is supposedly describing something which according to her is VERY scientific and, is her stock in trade! Hummmm... I dare say Ms Oxenbury would have no such problem staring us straight in the eye while speaking if she was describing how the earth circled the sun or why the sky was blue, or how babies get made, yet even though this is supposedly her specialty, a thing which she has trained for and which she does day in and day out, she still cannot come close to giving even a remotely clear explanation of what it is she is taking about!
In her very own words, "There are transsexuals and...?"
Ok now to the reason I'm posting this---and it is not as all of you think, to poke fun at Ms Oxenbury or to poke fun anyone for that matter! The one and the ONLY reason I am posting this is because these terms are bandied about like we are all talking about the exact same thing. When the reality, as far as Miz Know It All can see, is that when the words Trans, Transgendered are employed in a conversation. That while they do have whatever meaning speaker thinks them to be. There is no sort of conception, if, on the listeners side they mean even remotely the same things!
So, for now, I am yielding the floor to one and all... Please!This is your turn! So feel completely free to elucidate on the subject to your hearts content! I will delete absolutely no comments unless they veer from the one and the only ground rule here!
No snarkyness about others definitions of the terms trans or transgender!
Really! No matter how far they may be from your definition, please keep it to yourself. Seriously! If we ever are going to have any sort hope ofa dialog then it behooves us to at least hear what others think they are saying when they say...
Trans or Transgender(ed)