Corimelaena sp. The Twisty Hemiptera Department, May 26, 2007.
I adjourned to the bug paddock to snap this foto after throwing a copy of Newsweek across the room. It’s the May 21 issue, the one with a picture of a baby on the front. The baby is wearing a half pink, half blue wunzy. “The Mystery of GENDER,” it says. “THE NEW VISIBILITY OF TRANSGENDER AMERICA IS SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE ANCIENT RIDDLE OF IDENTITY.”
That’s why I bought the magazine. This ‘ancient riddle of identity’? What the hell is that?
Alas. Like all Newsweek articles, this one sheds no light whatsover on anything, ancient riddles of identity or otherwise. Its several thousand words could have been boiled down to “There are transgender people around.”
Here’s a howler, though: “Actively expressing the feminine in me has helped me grow closer to God,” says some godbag who has been brainwashed by patriarchy to think long hair and bras are an “identity.”
Ay yi yi.
The rest of the piece pretty much deals with how weird it is for the binary-minded when people cross over to the dark side and want to play sports. It turns out that Renee Richards, famed 70′s-era trans pro tennis player, is no exception to the “all old people are bigots” rule. A septuagenarian, Richards opines “God didn’t put us on this earth to have gender diversity.”
Whereupon I threw the magazine.
NOTE: I shouldn’t have to say this, but that’s what I thought the last time, so: I will not admit bigoted anti-trans crap into the comments section.