I remember the first time I reblogged this, I lost a lot of followers. Which, to this day, still baffles me.
I think this is a really lovely picture.
I think my favorite part is the correlation between their shaved heads and the similar shapes of their ears.
I dunno. I just think those two elements make the picture feel balanced.
I have feelings about these kinds of pictures.
I don’t think they’re really that radical. I hate how the only trans bodies that people want to see in an “artistic” context are ones which pass. The art, antithetically, goes from its intent, which is “Sometimes gender looks different than you expect”, to, “Sometimes people’s genitals are not the ones you expect, as long as their bodily features still match up exactly to socially constructed gender, then they can still be the gender they ‘say’ they are”. Nobody wants to see a trans woman who doesn’t pass and that’s a fact. Trans women who don’t pass are not artsy, we’re gross. This piece is less of a grandiose critique of gender and more of a, “Look at these typical people - Oh, gotcha! Their genitals are switched!” Which isn’t introspective, or artsy, or whatever you want to call it. It’s condescending. To me, it’s just another outlet of the “trap”, the “seductive-tranny-who-tricks-straight-men-into-sleeping-with-them”.
I’m tired of trans people’s bodies being manipulated to fit this centralized framework of how we should structure gender. The point of destroying the gender binary is so we don’t have any centralization. The only time trans women get any visibility is when we’re naked.
Why I’ve always side eyed those who post this shit. This obsession with images like this, where skinny white folks play with gender in the most ciscentric way and become revolutionaries, has always made me sick to my stomach because it’s the most passed around and the least reflective of trans experiences; this “look, they’re so normal, except WHAAAAT?” thing is viewing us through a gross ass normative white cis lens and, well, fuck you and fuck that.