Wow! Holy crap! I recieved 17 comments at my last post! (Well, okay, I know that 3 or 4 of them were boo-boos, but I'm counting them anyway! :-D) All of this over a facetious little 2 paragraph post that I hammered out in about 2 minutes, I wish I got this kind of reaction (minus the flame war, of course!) to my better thought out ones! Thank you all for your comments, I found them to be enlightening, and a few of them (I'm looking at you, Teagan! :-D) to be humorous. Unfortunately, I couldn't (and still can't!) comment myself thanks to my ongoing Blogger issues, I hope to have them resolved soon. I seriously considered closing further comments after about the first ten, but I decided not to, and I'm glad that I didn't, because something amazing happened. After Calie's comment (and probably because of it!) there seemed to be, perhaps, the beginings of a rational discussion. this has raised some hope in me that maybe we can finally get beyond this (somewhat silly, IMHO) arguement over semantics and move on to more important issues, of which there is no shortage.
Now, mostly for the benefit of those who may be new here (seeing what today's train wreck will be! :-D) I'm going to tell you a few things about me, for those of you who have been regularly reading my scribblings, most of this will be old news. I do have a point that I'm trying to make, trust me!
I am, perhaps, something of an unusual animal in that I meet few of the expectations, or stereotypes, of any of the various groups that I could be grouped with. I am a transsexual, probably Benjamin type 5 (I don't obsess over what ''type'' I am). Politically, I am a socially liberal independent libertarian conservative, something of a rarity in GLBT circles. Religiously, I've described myself as a agnostic wicca buddhist nazarene pastafarian, I don't believe in god, at least not in the judeo-christian sense of a personal deity. I've recently been learning about illuminism, but that is the subject of a different post. As I'm sure that many of you already suspect, I am a lesbian, the partners that I am attracted to are primarily women.
Okay, so what's my point?
My point is that I ''get it'' (and I always did, in fact), we are all individuals, not the members of some Borg Collective, Mafia, Nazis, or any other sort of thing that I've heard bandied about. now, personally, I don't believe that most people use terms like ''the crossdressers'' trying to be deliberately offensive or with the intent to dehumanize anyone. For better or worse, I'm sure that we've all done something like that at one time or another. We should all, perhaps, realize that just because we may not take offense at something that doesn't mean that someone else won't.
I am...me, and you are you. Be the best you that you can be.