My issue isn’t with third gender categories, but the assumption many trans authors make that they neatly fit into transgender. “Transgender” is an Anglo-American word that doesn’t necessarily translate to third gender categories often used to substantiate it. I don’t mean as a whole, but specifically. I mean, I get that they’re evidence of gender variance across cultures—and that’s important—but there can be nuances that are not captured by the term. Lots of hijras wouldn’t recognize themselves in certain versions of “trans.” I guess I’m exercising my post-colonial demons. “Romancing the Transgender Native” by Evan B. Towle and Lynn M. Morgan does a good job of looking at how this is problematic☺

I’m trans, a grad student in gender studies, and a legal researcher.

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