The Trans Revolution is the most exciting and challenging phenomenon of our depressing period. In fact, in 2017 there is nothing reasonable about being a man
I am a Woman Now
The trans revolution is indeed taking place. The presence and visibility of trans is much greater today than it was five years ago. In this context, a process similar to the one that happened with gays and lesbians occurs: more people know trans people personally. And anyone who does not know now will know within two or three years, and perhaps in his family or circle closest to him.
And that, after all, what matters. There is no denying that the endless preoccupation with questions of representation, the formulation of ethical codes, the writing of protocols of identities and sub-identities, and the censorship of inaccurate expressions led to a dead end.
The language police was nothing more than an illusion, a tower built in the air. But this is the point: that the Trans Revolution is just an example of an avant-garde social revolution that exceeds the sphere of language police. For even when the sophistication of the proper form of speech on trans and of them has died down, the incontrovertible fact remains: the trans is here. Like gays, lesbians and bisexuals, they do not go anywhere.
No one was born trans
Moreover, it is possible that all the turmoil surrounding transsexualism points to the crisis in which hegemonic masculinity is present. After all, given that men control most of the centers of power in our world, and also enjoy a higher income and countless avenues of expression and action, one would expect that the transition from masculinity to femininity would be marginal. Now, it turns out that he is far from marginal. On the contrary, according to most existing statistics, the phenomenon of men who shed the male gender is three times more common than the opposite phenomenon
The current rules of discourse require that we treat transsexuals as women born in the body of a man. But as no one is born gay (even if the dominant approach now says yes), no one is born in trans. All the sexual and gender identities that are currently recognized are contingent on historical circumstances. The recently launched series “On the Continuum” presents a variety of figures from the transgender community in Israel, some of whom do not identify with the narrative of “a woman born in the body of a man” and vice versa. Transnational revolution has a social and cultural connection, and is largely related to undermining the masculine and feminine identity that occurs in our time.
It turns out that more and more people feel trapped in the male identity. Despite its many advantages, masculinity becomes less attractive. Men find it more fun and more liberating to speak in the female language, to dress in feminine clothes, and to become a woman, with all that this implies. “For years I had a very strong male character,” says Liv, one of the protagonists of “On the Continuum,” a transwoman and father of two children. “I’m the story of the strong man, the one who does not break, the one who does what he needs, but that’s not really the story.”
When you think about it, it makes sense. Psychologist Gabriel Bokobza shows in his book “The Drama of New Manhood” that the idealization of masculinity prevalent in patriarchal culture places a heavy burden on the shoulders of real men. According to him, the extreme emphasis on a non-full play of themselves exhausts men, and at times collapses them. Even today men tend to be unconnected to themselves, leading to a trail of depressions, suicides, and sexual harassment. Masculinity is full of contradictions, paradoxes and denials, which are hidden behind the illusion of a tough and solid identity. You could say that in 2017 to be a seismic man is unreasonable and unreasonable. Or in the terms of Michael Ben-Ari: It’s a hallucination, it’s a joke. Luckily there is an alternative.