Apples and Oranges

Posted on | June 26, 2015 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
What do you think of all this “identify confusion” that seems to be going around?  Bruce Jenner thinks he’s a girl and some white woman from Spokane thinks she’s Black.  Why can’t people just be happy with the way they were born?
RWT

Dear RWT:
These two examples are not the same — and neither of them is confused. Transgender behavior, meaning acts that depart from a binary set of norms associated with the gender to which an individual was born, are NOT acts of confusion. It is quite the opposite — it is an act of conviction.  We are less familiar with transracial identity. Why can’t everyone be happy? We continue to ponder.

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