T. Rex and Tgirls:

A Theory to Understand Trans Directed Hate

Michelle D.
Jun 25 · 2 min read

Transwomen are oftentimes misrepresented negatively in media, or not represented in media at all. They may be portrayed as curiosities or oddities, as mentally unstable persons, and/ or as predators. The vitriol aimed towards transwomen is violent, with calls to kill us. I am sure that we are all aware of the recent ban on transwomen enlisting for military service. This ban has not been extended to gay men or women.

My observations of the societal attack on transwomen have led me to question the reasons for the violent rhetoric now prevalent. I have a theory that may explain this.

When we see a gay man or woman we view a physical agreement that gay or not we are looking at a man or a woman. This phenomenon allows us to feel comfortable in our assessment of the person. It is the physical assessment of the person that I will use as a point of departure and direction towards my theory.

Aligned against transwomen are TERFs, religious and political leaders and law enforcement officials to name a few.

Although there are many women that disdain transwomen and accuse us of highjacking femininity and representing the female gender without the requisite life experiences, I believe it is men that react to the extreme because we transwomen are initially perceived through their reptile brain located in the medulla oblongata. A man sees a hot woman...but maybe senses something male so the reptile brain tells him to either fight it..fuck it..kill it or eat it. This causes confusion in the cerebral cortex and the reaction may manifest itself as extreme anger, much more so than the reaction towards a gay man or woman. But this reaction is not exclusive to men only. Many instances of women reacting in extreme displays have been reported. These reports support the theory put forth in this essay and may explain the psychological basis to the extreme violence and discrimination we transwomen face on a daily basis.

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    Michelle D.

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    Transgender teacher/activist/lover of languages/anthropologist

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    The place to embrace the Triumphs and Tribulations of those who Transitioned and risked everything to live authentically.

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