Sunday, September 06, 2009

Quote of the Week

I have always disliked being a man. The whole idea of manhood in America is pitiful, in my opinion. This version of masculinity is a little like having to wear an ill-fitting coat for one's entire life (by contrast, I imagine femininity to be an oppressive sense of nakedness).- Paul Theroux


Freida Bee said...

I have discovered I have an amazing attraction for m to w trans ladies, that are pre-op.

I have something in me that so needs to be gender bending, to be both to be neither. I don't feel I have much outlet for that, but this two-party gender identity system fails as much as this two-party political system in my bi-book.

Comrade Kevin said...

I briefly dated a woman to male transgender, though at the time he identified as a woman exclusively. First he came out as a lesbian, then he underwent top surgery.

Like you, there's a part of me who needs to be gender bending and who has never felt comfortable in either camp, but somehow manages to walk a tightrope that is never satisfying, but the best compromise I've ever managed.

Mauigirl said...

Interesting quotation. Paul Theroux is always a fascinating writer.

Freida, I know what you mean - the whole male/female thing is much more ambiguous than many want to believe.