I was reading Savage Love the other day and there was a letter about the new thing: Transmen. Lesbians who go through most steps toward a sex change, but don’t always get the complete operation. Once they have a “M” on their driver’s license and birth certificate instead of a “F” states like California allow the couple to marry–even though they have girly bits. I don’t get it. Is it not okay just to be butch anymore? Are our butch counterparts resorting to drastic measures for the sake of marriage? I understand transgendered people. I know it’s a real thing. I just don’t understand this sudden rise in the number of transmen.
There is a blog on Xanga that I read. It’s by a lesbian/transman from Australia. She was content for her whole life to be a butch lesbian. Now, in the past year or so, she has decided that she is more comfortable being masculine. She has a male name, she has a prosthetic penis she wears every day. She binds now. She’s taking hormone shots. I don’t understand it. True, I can’t know exactly how she feels…but it seems to me that this came out of the blue. Why can’t she be a butch lesbian who packs on occasion?
As soon as I started dressing more boyish, my mom automatically asked me, “Do you want to be a man?” I was astounded. NO! I am happy being a woman. I love my breasts. I love my girly bits. I just happen to like men’s clothing. Whats the problem? And furthermore, as I have said before. I am a boi, not butch. And I will never be a transman. No thank you. I’m happy packing my pink strap on and not a realistic prosthesis.