Transition comes with a price tag that is seen only through the haze of jaded eyes and whose full price oft becomes only visible after the final sale has been completed. The reality of what it means to live as female is often lost by many a weekend cross-dressing warrior as they amble from one transgender convention to the next in a fantasy-land bubble of accepting and skewed alter-reality. Then... each person who completes the journey and who tries to warn their fellow person of the concerns they must judiciously face ahead are met many a time by a headstrong valiance which only the ignorance of a myopic vision can yield. And so they too thrust headlong into the maelstrom, only to repeat the cycle.
Wise words from Christen. Has she chosen her direction in life? Find out by reading the excellent post, Choose Wisely, from her blog, The Woman Within.
It is wonderful and increasingly rare to read an article on the internet that has me nodding my head, and thinking, I have never thought about it that way. What a great way of explaining this idea.
Natalie Reed's 13 Myths and Misconceptions About Trans-Women has done just that for me.
There are beautifully simple ideas here:
“ … sexual orientation is about who you want to go to bed with, gender identity is about who you want to go to bed as.”
but for me, this article is important because she has expressed some universal truths about the human condition., such as:
"If prevention of sexual assault is something you’re keenly interested in then please start by focusing on dismantling a misogynistic culture that objectifies and devalues women and places their humanity as secondary to their bodies."
Bree has written a lovely post, thanking those who have touched her life by offering support, guidance, and/or friendship over the years. We all need the support of a special friend, be it someone who is local or someone who is an on-line friend we may never meet in person. If you don't have one, I do believe Bree is offering to be that special person for you. Read Bree's latest post, People Who Touch Our Lives.
Along those lines, I want to remind everyone who may need a friend that many bloggers do list their email addresses. I have never found one who has failed to respond to an email. If you have a special blogger you feel a connection with, why not contact that person? You may just find that friend you so need. I did just that at a time when I didn't know one trans person in the world. She responded and I will always be grateful to her for doing so.
A late edit....Halle recently put up a similar post, and beautifully written.
Andrea is the partner of Jane Fae, who has spent most of the last two years in transition and had her GRS last year, For Andrea that two years marks a significant anniversary, for it was two years ago that her bloke came out to her about gender issues.
In her post "Two Years On", she reflects on those two years, and how it has affected her. Required reading for any of us who have wives, husbands or partners.