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CrowGyrl //
People think of transitioning like theres a gender on each side of a bridge, and the trans person crosses the bridge. It would be better to think that gender is itself a bridge, between the thinking subject and the body, and transitioning creates a better bridge to the body
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
I wasn't born with the wrong body therefore, but with no body, or at least a really weak connection to a body. And I had to build through sheer force of will a new connection, a new bridge, which for my purposes involved using building material categorised as 'woman' or 'non-man'
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
Transitioning is therefore an ongoing creative act or series of creative acts, which like other creative acts stands in response and reference to the creative acts of others. Some recognisably fit into certain 'genres', and their messages and acts can only be understood as such.
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
Others may be a bit more eclectic. No two bridges are ever alike, but many share styles, materials, steps for being built. Bridges can be built from the one side (the thinking subject) with pronouns, identification, social validation etc, and the other (the body)
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
By seeing transition like this, as building a bridge or wormhole from one part of the self to another previously cut-off or in weak connection, we can see how transitioning can stand both in a continuum with other relationships to the body, and in qualitative difference.
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
Like, someone else might have a spotty connection with their body, but the structural issues are such that it's not a case of rebuilding that bridge in an entirely new genre/gender. Cis people who deal with body dysmorphia of some kind, for instance.
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
There is then continuity as well as discontinuity, between trans-ness and cis-ness.
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Ray Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
Good afternoon Descartes
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Ray Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
I like what you’re evoking but the body is the thinking subject imo
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @rayfilar
I agree, I was kind of simplifying it for tweets. Actual opinion more a tripartite bridge between body, symbolic & imaginary, with 'thinking' being the flows both within and between each of those registers. But most people understand thinking along the lines of just the symbolic
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @rayfilar
But yes, the body is a thinking subject, 100%.
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
P.s. to clarify, the body is not a non-subject itself, that is inert without connection to a Cartesian thinking subject. Rather it is a level of subjectivity itself, capable of thinking on its own, that can become disconnected from the symbolic or language-level of subjectivity
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @rayfilar
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CrowGyrl // Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe
I say 'become disconnected' like it didn't actually start off that way
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A revolting migrant Mar 23
Replying to @deadbitbabe @rayfilar
Thanks for this
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CrowGyrl // Mar 24
Replying to @deadbitbabe
This thread seems to be getting some attention by my Twitter standards, so gonna plug my EP what just came out. Check it out here:
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Sophia Mar 24
Replying to @deadbitbabe
It's good to see someone problematizing the term "transition." Through creative practice we make bodies that can be named. We write a new language that is embodied, lived in, rather than spoken; a place to inhabit from which it is possible to speak, to live, not just survive.
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Sophia Mar 24
Replying to @deadbitbabe
It's exhausting living in a society so hostile to thinking of a body as anything but anatomy. What we spontaneously think of as bare anatomy is already meat and norms and symbols stitched together into flesh, into a body, with language
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Azalea Jane Mar 24
Replying to @deadbitbabe
I am collecting trans analogies and this is a great one
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