Monday, February 20, 2017

Where is our Transgender History?

Nina Arsenault 

Being transgender is nothing new.  It did not just appear on the human stage in the last 50 years. Although Christine Jorgensen, who in 1952 became the first widely publicized person to have undergone sex reassignment surgery was certainly not the first person in human history to have wanted it.  Einar Wegene, AKA The Danish Girl, was surely not the first to be sure she was a woman, born into the wrong body. And I am sure Chevalier d'Eon was not the first and only transgender spy.  As an nation is coming to grips with the fact that a Olymbic mega hero, Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn, many ask how did this happen?
The ill informed will look for causation.   Maybe it is in the chemicals we eat. Maybe society is not requiring men to be men so everything is skewed toward femininity. The feminist and their bra burning has cause a whole generation or men to be poisoned! History unfortunately sometimes can only touch the surface, not revealing the beauty or ugliness underneath.   I feel that transgender or the blending or male and female as we know it today, has always been around in one form or another.  What ever the causation. 

Nina Arsenault is a Canadian performance artist, freelance writer, and former sex trade worker who works in theater, dance, video, photography and visual art. Her works have been called profoundly moving, absolutely unforgettable, brutally honest, a spiritual gift and as stunning as they are ruthless. She realized that she was a trans woman in August 1996 and her transition was in full force around 1998.  Source Wikipedia.

She has an absolutely unforgettable TEDx talk about  “The transgender conversation has just begun”.  Listen to the end where she contends that our history has been forgotten, erased.  We do not know what kings became queens; What conquering warriors secretly identified as feminine or why several ancient mythical gods were depicted as dual gender. 

Listen to her presentation, be moved to study, and understand our history better.  Be proud. Thank you Nina.  

The Transgender Conversation Has Just Begun
Nina Arsenault
TEDx Toronto -  October 22, 2015

1 comment:

  1. we have always existed its just that we needed to hide and blend in all the more making the lives of those people back then that much harder.