We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
After having spoken with many people, over decades, about their lives and sometimes their wildest sexual fantasies, I still find the gender identity issue sort of strange. I suppose I have heard it all, but have never seen a patient who was worried about their gender expression. I have seen plenty of gay men who were afraid to come out of the closet though. That was usually prompted by wives who wondered about their husbands' lack of sex drive.
Wild fantasies are normal, at least in people lacking in the usual sorts of repression of taboos. Perhaps the political climate is making way for the overcoming of sex and gender taboos.
That was an excellent article and historical perspective.
In my small circle of blogs, we have hit upon the idea that many of these multiple expressions can only occur in an online context, not fully tethered to reality. Not only does no one know if you are a dog on the internet, you can decide to be a dog on the internet and largely get away with it. As more of reality occurs in cyberspace rather than real space, it is hard to know the result. These identities may be a house of cards, but online, houses of cards can remain standing.
There was also the suggestion that unrealistic sexual expectations for teenagers have caused them to buy out of the competitive, comparative system altogether, adopting unusual identities as a "leave me alone" strategy. If so, those could be temporary. What damage they do in the meantime worries me.
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