August 19, 2006

NYT Article on Transmen

There's an article on transmen in today's New York Times. It features predictably thoughtful and intelligent commentary on how transmen are choosing to come out to queer women by such august thinkers as the Michigan Womyn's Festival ("for womyn-born-womyn living as womyn") and Judith Halberstam:

“It’s as if the category of lesbian is just emptying out,” said Judith Halberstam, a gender theorist and professor of literature at the University of Southern California, San Diego, whose books include Female Masculinity.
(It's more hysterical (as in OMG!1! T3H TR4NZPEEPUL SUXX0R! in context.)

But the overall story seems pretty decent and the overall tone is summed up as "transitioning is very, very hard and people who suggest stupid theories about transmen just desiring male privilege or betraying da sistaz are misguided." (I thought about writing "stupid" rather than "misguided", then realised the article is educational and hence "misguided" is actually the appropriate word.")

And they mention Max from The L-Word (for good or worse) and how rabid fans are clamouring for him to be kicked off the show. Plus lots of interesting gossip about reasonably famous persons in the queer community who are/have genderqueer partners.

5 comments:

bat dor said...

The University of Southern California (USC) is located in Los Angeles, not San Diego. Did the NYTimes just screw up?

emily0 said...

Yes. It should be "University of California, San Diego". I am embarassed [i]I[/i] didn't catch it.

spork said...

Halberstam is from USC, not UCSD, I'm pretty sure.

tea cozy said...

heh, someone should write the nyt...

bat dor said...

tea cozy: I did :)