MATH4EVA: I want to hang out with you and listen to Rush.
Great article :) I started transitioning over a year and a half ago...finished surgery and have an F on my license and my parents still don't know...because yeah, you just have to ignore anyone who isn't in your corner.
I once saw him get out of the passenger's seat of his parents minivan at Midtown Music and then went inside to shop for a BACKUP Rickenbacker.
Fair enough, but I always feel that any joke is usually at some group's expense. If you take that aspect of humor away, you are stuck with jokes like: "When is a car not a car? When it turns into a parking lot." And I am not saying that you are wrong for feeling like you do, I get offended at lots of little things, even incorrect pronouns, but when I get offended, I take a deep breath and move on. It's just not worth getting upset about. And while Mr. Alvear is not a part of the trans community, I'm pretty sure that he is one of those letters in our acronym, which may not give him insight into the trans experience, but I imagine it does give him insight into what it's like to be made fun of for your identity. Anyway, I feel like I'm talking in circles perhaps, the only point I really want to make is that, yes, the article could have been written better. Much better even. But I feel despite the jabs taken, the overall intent of the article was to educate people who are even more clueless as to how to relate to ts, and for that I give Mr. Alvear a pat on the back and then perhaps a playful punch in the arm for some of the misguided bits.
Maybe I should have qualified my comment by pointing out that I am ts, and I still found the jokes funny. I found the rest of the article fairly thoughtful and not mean spirited at all. And even if some terms in the article make me cringe a little, I am happy that this topic is being discussed openly in a forum that reaches a large segment of the public. I also have to giggle at "sidestepped his moral obligations." Really? I have a problem with judges and legislators doing that, but not guys who write cheeky sex columns.
I'm way more offended by guys who aren't taking Mr. Alvear's advice on this subject than his un-PC jokes. Come on, have a sense of humor! If you can't laugh at yourself you are in really bad shape. Of course sometimes I agree with this column, sometimes I don't, but that's the nature of an advice column I suppose. It's just opinion! Anyway, I hope guys who fit in this category are taking notes, because they desperately need some help in this arena, at least in my experience.
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