I often find heterosexual transvestites demonstrating both ignorance and arrogance regarding both WBTs and sisters in process. One aspect of this is that we all start out cross dressers and that both transgenders and transexuals take it further.
I guess in this sort of cosmology a sort of sports analogy works cross dressing equals playing a high school sport, transgenderism equals playing that same sport in college and getting SRS equals playing professionally. This is the same line of thinking that causes some TVs to put us on a pedestal and then call us elitist when we claim to have little or nothing in common with them.
I think this stems from some common TV fantasies that show up in some TV erotica where the protagonist is forcibly feminized yet keeps his peepee while others are also feminized but are taken to the ultimate. It is a safe fantasy of being like WBTS yet not having to give it up to Cybele’s knife.
If we challenge them on the idea of a continuum or that people tend to move toward transsexuaklism they whip out Dr. Benjamin’s scale. The thing about The Transsexual Phenomena is that it was publishe in 1966 and hit the stores in 1967. But it wasn’t written in 1966. Indeed it is a strung together collection of journal articles slightly rewritten. Many stemming from the early 1950s. The Kinsey Scales played a role in Benjamin developing his own scale.
When we were running the office he visited us along with Zelda Suplee and we talked about the things we were finding. One of those things was that by 1970 kids with transsexualism were arriving in the city and never going through the stages of identifying as queens. They would get to the city, visit the office and go to the public health clinic and get hormones and enter transition. On the other hand people were getting their SRS dates and then changing their minds but continuing to live as women.
He agreed that his observations could change with the culture and with more people living more openly.
It has been 40 years now and if some things we thought in the 1960 were right everyone would have started coming out as young adults and transvestites/transgenders would have nearly disappeared. This suggests that while all three might well be innate they also might not have a very close relationship.
I would say to transvestites, “Don’t put us on pedestals and then call us elitiist because we say we are different.” It just pisses us off and makes it harder to work together on ad-hoc issues that might be of common interest to us both. Hate crimes and ENDA spring immediately to mind as ad-hoc issues that probably are of common interest.
But we aren’t you sisters. Further some of the crap I’ve heard from TV/TGs regarding my genitals sounds as though it came straight from some right wing Christo-Fascist preacher.
I might be nicer to y’all if you didn’t say such nasty shit about my nice little pussy.