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A "passing" thought...

Do you think about passing? Do you care if you pass? What does it mean when we ask if we pass? Does it matter? Tough questions...

Lucille Sorella asked, the other day, the big question: Do you care about "passing" as a woman? And, as of this post, about 67% of the ladies that responded said yes and that begs the question...

What is passing?

That's a really good question. At one time, I think I used to really believe that it meant that people who saw me had no question in their mind that I was a woman and gave me no second thought as a result. That would be awesome, but it's also pretty unrealistic for many of us and I don't really think it's actually all that necessary.

I think what many of us really want is to be able to go about our day confident that we won't face ridicule, violence, or harassment. That we can go about our business being treated with respect and according to the gender we're presenting in. In fact, regardless of whether or not I'm presenting en femme or en homme, I want to be treated that way!

To me, that is "passing" in all the ways that are really important.

To be fair, though, I think many of us still want to be seen as beautiful ladies when we dress up, especially when we amp up the glamour for the evening. Of course we do. However, I think I have reached that stage where I recognize that I may not always "pass" in the classical sense of the word for our community, but I am generally comfortable that I can usually pass in the manner that matters most to me.

Yes, these are both pictures of me. The first was me playing around with filters on the iMac camera in my original home office location a few years ago. The second goes back a lot of years, to a Toronto Pride parade party. We had a great apartment location, right above Yonge Street and could all watch the parade from the comfort of our place. A friend did my hair and makeup that day. While I could use some padding in the hips, I definitely had a way more feminine waistline. Sigh, no longer.


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I dropped my links page

Nothing worse than seeing casual transphobia on supposedly trans blogs and sites.

Emotional crashing

I experienced an incredibly strong emotional response today and I am left trying to really understand the origin of it... sharing it helps me think about it.

Yes, I'm envious...

This is the Alice Cos Group , a dance group from China that features only males in their cast. They are all, to put it mildly, simply gorgeous and dammit, I'm just a little jealous! Admittedly, at my current age (let's just say that I go back a few decades and leave it at that) there is zero chance that I would ever be able to pull off the look even remotely as well as they can, but hey, a gal can dream! I'm also really jealous that they actually live a life practically straight out of a Fictionmania story; I would have leapt at such a chance at that age. Ah well, such is the dice of life. Anyways, a sample of their work: