Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tula: "I Am A Woman"- not 3rd gender, not transvestite, not gay male drag queen, not gender queer activist, not transgender
Caroline (Tula was her modeling name) fought very hard for women born with a transsexual medical condition to be recognized as women, and have the same rights as any other woman. She never sought to be “othered and misgendered” or marginalized in a 3rd gender/Transgender box, yet that is precisely what many cross dressing males and gender queer activists, backed by Gay Inc, and some in the religious far right, are trying to do in the newer transgender/transgenderist movement.
From Wikipedia: “Caroline "Tula" Cossey (born 31 August 1954) is an English model. She is one of the world's most well-known transsexual women, having appeared in a James Bond film and been the first to pose for Playboy. Since being outed by British tabloid News of the World, Cossey has fought for her right to legally marry and to be recognized by the law as a woman.”
Caroline left the spotlight because she just wanted to live her life in peace, as a woman, not a spectacle. Today we have a couple noted transgenderist individuals who enjoy being spectacles, even at the cost of stigmatizing and misgendering the people with transsexualism that they are (mis)speaking for.I’m curious how people think Caroline feels about her community being co-opted onto some “3rd gender, or fetishist, or gay male drag queen” reservation against their will?
Why is it that the gender deconstructionist communities (of whcih those with a TS/IS condition are not a part of, for TS/IS people have a physical birth challenge, not a "gender identity issue") are quick to exploit and use high profile feminine and assimilated women with a transsexual condition to garner mainstream acceptance, legitimacy and visibility, but then turn around and compromise, belittle and jeopardize the different needs of people with a transsexual and/or intersex condition?
Gay Inc and TG Inc can try to censor and devalue the crisis of TS/IS people being alienated, ridiculed, offended, missgendered, misrepresented and objectified, yet I don't see the transsexual uprising backing down today, or tomorrow
Caroline now lives in America. I feel Caroline is happy that American women and men with transsexualism are speaking out against the current miseducation that is harming them, because just like Caroline’s title of her book said, “I Am A Woman” [not a 3rd gender, not a transvestite, not a gay male drag queen, not a gender queer activist, not transgender]