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cis privilege and passport applications

Posted on 2008.10.08 at 21:12
update... i am so sick right now, spiking a fever, i'm not even sure what i'm writing, or even what writing is. but what i do know is that i haven't updated my LJ in way too long.

i haven't felt this degree of shit in a long time. i *never* get sick. the timing (is there ever a good time to get sick though) isn't good as i'm planning on going to montreal this weekend to do a workshop at the waves of resistance conference in montreal.

i'd hate to not be able to go to the conference. i also feel that the work that i'd be doing there is super important. discussions of cis privilege and cissexism are sadly rare. most people haven't even been introduced to these 'concepts' before taking one of my workshops. as a sidenote, that these are 'concepts' is indicative of how this privilege is so masked, so unexamined, cis privlege is something that all cis people, it's an ongoing experience that all cis people have (to varying degrees), they just need to be awakened to it...

what was a major aggravation for me to day was that my application for a UK passport was sent back to me. thankfully it was 'incomplete' rather than 'rejected'. apparently i need to send them a doctor's note that says 'rebecca cannot psychologically accept the sex of her birth and has made permanant, irreversable changes to live in the other sex'. changing my sex on my birth certificate (not to mention all my other i.d.) wasn't enough for them.

with this letter, it became crystal clear again that my identity is conditional, its social validity and institutional existence being controlled by a physician. this was such a degrading experience.

this sense of conditionality, of invalidity as a woman (or man) is something that cis people never experience.

*we live, i scream to the clouds, in a cisnormative world.*

cis experiences, cis life-courses, cis identities, these are all valid, these are all 'normal'. these are, moreover, the ONLY valid and normal expeirence. to reenforce this, trans existences, where permitted, have their 'non-normal' status cemented through needing professional approval to even come into social and institutional existence.

no matter how we good we pass as cis, we will always be trans. cissexist agenda, one so insidious and autonomomic that most cis people don't even realize it's there, keeps us in check as 'non-normal', as 'conditional' and 'pathological'.

well, to end on a bright note... can't wait till i actually have my UK passport! i'll be able to not just travel to the UK (and the US) but to live and work there (and anywhere else in the EU as well)!

Comments:


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rebecca
splinterjete at 2008-10-09 02:22 (UTC) (Link)
you're too sweet. xox
Kate Lamothe
mindtheft at 2008-10-09 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
Sucks about being sick :(
I'm sick too though...so if you do come to Montreal, and manage to make it through the conference, would you care to come over for some tea/cuddling?

xoxo
Kate

P.S. I'm a good vegan baker so there may even be muffins involved if you were to come *nudge nudge* :P
rebecca
splinterjete at 2008-10-09 02:20 (UTC) (Link)
thanks sweety. muffins and tea would be awesome. like right now. but i can wait. :)
Emilie
coyotesdaughter at 2008-10-09 02:52 (UTC) (Link)
when did you get UK citizenship?

oO
rebecca
splinterjete at 2008-10-09 02:56 (UTC) (Link)
well. i can claim it because my father was born there. provided he was married to my mother when i was born (thus his sperm made me or so the thinking goes) then i can claim UK citizenship. it's pretty awesome and i'm going to do it before they decide to change the rules or something. ;)
DNA
sj936 at 2008-10-09 03:31 (UTC) (Link)

Hmmm..

I didn't know you were a UK citizen!? By Birth?! Hotness!

I had a hella mess of mother fuck'n proportion trying to get all my identity documents right. US = Big Mess. *ugh* Totally crazy. I am wishing you the best of luck in feeling better quickly! *MUAH*
~D*
queerasmoi at 2008-10-09 06:27 (UTC) (Link)
Just to add: tyresias had to deal with the UK as well. The experience did not seem pleasant. I suggest asking him for his input if you have any further frustrations.
Mara
etherealgrace at 2008-10-09 11:38 (UTC) (Link)

I'm with you there. What a pissy experience. This biological determinism is a pain in the ass, really. I'm so sorry you have to deal with it.

Kai'enne Cybin Tyrmerik
xshardsx at 2008-10-10 21:12 (UTC) (Link)
...But what about the positive aspects to being trans? I never hear about any of those; from you nor anyone...
rebecca
splinterjete at 2008-10-10 21:21 (UTC) (Link)
:) being trans rocks! it's just that cis people don't get that.

don't get me wrong. i'm only meaning to draw attention to how we're kept down, how we're prevented from being seen as equals and owning/embodying that sense of equality.
Kai'enne Cybin Tyrmerik
xshardsx at 2008-10-10 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
This is of course sporting and nothing more: but I playfully dare you to write an entry of any length extolling how being trans has shaped you for the better and made your life extraordinary.
rebecca
splinterjete at 2008-10-10 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
:) okay. that'd probably be a good thing (for me, and for everyone).
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