LoveBeyond Gender- ReflectionIlearned a quite bit from this article, although the main benefit from readingthis article was hearing different perspectives. From people whose partnerstransitioned before they were in a relationship, to people whose partnerstransition after being together for many years. I also found it interestingwhen the article mentioned the appearance of transgender people in the media.Including references to the popular television show Transparent, and Orange Isthe New Black. And referencing celebrities who are transgender such asCaitlyn Jenner and Janet Mock.
Another thing I found interesting was thestudies which showed some very interesting observations. One of the thingspresented was “transgender people are estimated to comprise 0.6 percent of thepopulation or about 1.4 million adults in the United States.” I found thisinteresting because, although there is a large population of people who aretransgender they are not respected as much as people who are cisgender, theyoften receive judgement, and receive a lot of harassment and abusive in publicsituations and in relationships.Thisarticle relates directly to my life and is very relevant to me. The reason thatis, is because I am currently in a relationship with someone who is female to maletransgender. And many of the concepts explored in this article I can relate tomy life.
As stated in the article “it’s not just individuals who transition buttheir loved ones as well.” I understand what the author meant by that. As mypartner is early in his transition, I also have to go through a lot with stigmamyself, if be by people making assumptions about our relationship, or if peoplemake abusive comments toward him and I have to help him afterwards. Although inthis article it also talks about the sexual identity of the partner. Which Icould not relate to before I was in a relationship with this person I was verysure of my identity and this did not cause me to question my own identity atall.Ialso believe this relates to several concepts covered in class, it covers thesubject of microaggressions, and also different aspects of culturalanthropology. The reason it covers microaggressions is that sometimes peoplewill have microaggressions against people who are transgendered. Such as makingcomments about something they should do to their appearance to look more liketheir gender identity.
Another major comment made is asking if they have had”the surgery”. That comment implies that there is only one type of surgery,where in reality there are many different types of surgery depending on whatthe transition is (female to male, male to female, male to non-binary, etc.) Italso applies that the is the only way they can be truly recognized as theirgender identity is if they have had surgery. The other thing this articlerelates to from the curriculum is cultural anthropology, the reason is thattransgender in itself is an umbrella term, meaning it is a very broad term usedto generalize a group of people. And within this community, there can be manydifferent groups, such as people transitioning from female to male, male tofemale, female to non-binary, male to non-binary, female to gender fluid, maleto genderfluid, etc. With this article covering several important subjects, Ido believe it is a relevant article that would benefit the curriculum.