Two years ago, I attended a "trans-law" seminar here at the university. The purpose of the seminar was to talk about the unique legal difficulties facing trans-gendered persons in the workplace. Several students attended the seminar in order to earn extra credit for their sociology classes. I attended just for fun.
While I was at the seminar, a former law enforcement officer, who was dressed as a woman, explained, "sex is between the legs, while gender is between the ears." She further explained that she felt like a woman on some days and that he felt like a man on others. In other words, he felt that she could become a member of a protected class whenever he wanted. That day he felt like a she.
That evening, I went home and did some research on the issue of sexual orientation. Specifically, I was curious as to the proper classification of someone who has a sex change (from man to woman) and then decides to continue to date women. Is such a person homosexual or heterosexual? I also wanted to know if I could ever become a member of a protected class because of what is "between my ears" as opposed to "between my legs."http://www.uncw.edu/bglad/resources.html. Specifically, I looked at the "trans-gender" section of the recommended reading list. The "trans-gender" section is right below the "spirituality" section and just above the "youth" section. (The link can also be used to access one of the sources Justice Kennedy used to write his opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. I never realized Kennedy was so cerebral).
While I was doing my research something strange happened. I guess you could say I had an epiphany. After all these years of thinking I was just a white male heterosexual Protestant Republican, I realized I was wrong. I'm really a lesbian trapped inside a man's body.
Naturally, I was concerned that when I revealed this to my girlfriend (now my wife), she would be alarmed. I even thought it might end our relationship. But that wasn't so. When I told her about my condition, she came back with this stunning revelation: She's really a gay man trapped inside a woman's body. It seems we really were meant for each other! Shortly thereafter I proposed.
So now you know my secret. If the university tries to fire me for my conservative views, I will reveal my Lesbian In a Man's Body Orientation (LIMBO). Then I will argue that my conservative views are caused by my gender identity confusion. If they happen to be oblivious to the status of LIMBOs, I will just go ahead and get a sex change along with my wife (I hope cosmetic surgeons offer "two for one" specials). Certainly, they will decide to keep me if I actually become trans-gendered. And if I don't feel like being a woman anymore, I will simply change back to being a man. Hopefully, trans-trans-gendered persons will have the respect they deserve by the time I have my second surgery.
And maybe the new course in "Queer Theory" will help me answer some other questions. For example, when did it become politically correct to use the term "queer?" And why do we need "queer theories" if sexual orientation is genetically determined? Finally, does anyone in the class want to be seen as an individual?
Mike S. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the author of "Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel," which will be released on April 15, 2004.