¿Qué piensa la mujer de 22 años?
When all else fails - bury yourself in images, academia, and fashion.
If the litmus test for one’s fidelity to YHWH is embodying justice then the United States falls short of truly being a “Spirit filled nation.” Rather, the U.S., as well as the majority of churches located in the U.S., seem to be perfectly content to sit idly by while the innocent are taken advantage of by the powerful. But it can’t really be that bad, can it be? It’s pretty bad when corporations are treated like people yet these same corporations conveniently figure out ways to avoid extending the same favor to their sweat shop workers throughout the globe.1 It’s pretty bad when the U.S. military budget exceeds ten other nations combined. It’s pretty bad when there are more African American’s under correctional control today then there were slaves in 1850. It’s pretty bad when the U.S. affirms and promotes an adversarial posture towards “illegals” and “Jihadists.” It’s pretty bad when U.S. churches rally together to protest the possibility of their favorite “Christian” fast food place losing capital, but balk at criticizing the ungodly economic disparity between the rich and the poor.
I’m afraid I’ll never finish college. I’m afraid I’ll finish college with student loans I can never pay back. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree and won’t be able to find a job in that field. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree, get the job I dreamed of, and hate it.
When you’re a trans woman you are made to walk this very fine line, where if you act feminine you are accused of being a parody and if you act masculine, it is seen as a sign of your true male identity. And if you act sweet and demure, you’re accused of reinforcing patriarchal ideas of female passivity, but if you stand up for your own rights and make your voice heard, then you are dismissed as wielding male privilege and entitlement. We trans women are made to teeter on this tightrope, not because we are transsexuals, but because we are women. This is the same double bind that forces teenage girls to negotiate their way between virgin and whore, that forces female politicians and business women to be aggressive without being seen as a bitch, and to be feminine enough not to emasculate their alpha male colleagues, without being so girly as to undermine their own authority.