We're all supposed to get "fixed" for somebody's profit. And we'll only put ourselves through this mutilation if we're taught to hate the selves we feel ourselves to be.
And that leads right into the subject that is roiling gay community waters at the moment: the willingness of "our leaders" (Congressman Barney Frank) and "our friends" (Speaker Nancy Pelosi) to drop protections for transsexuals from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, the bill which would outlaw employment discrimination against us. They say they can't pass it with transsexuals in. Much of the community knows that if they cut out the transsexuals, the bill (which Bush would veto anyway) would lose most of its value. Why? Because effectively it would only apply to gay people who play by conventional gender rules.
The Bay Guardian summarizes what's wrong with the watered down ENDA:
That is, a stripped down ENDA would only serve gay people who could pass as conventionally heterosexual. These are the gays who least need protection. Without language outlawing discrimination based on gender presentation, what's to keep an employer from deciding that dyke salesperson scares the customers and should be canned?
Sure, lots of discrimination is motivated by various forms of "ick" reaction to our sexuality -- but even more happens when our very being seems to pose a challenge to the norms of male and female gender identity. Queens, dykes and trannies suggest that not only sexual attraction, but also gender itself, are not immutable, fixed. Gender can change; people can express their gender identities in individual ways. Lots of our gender norms are just convenient ways of reinforcing male dominance. Gender deviance terrifies those who cling to patriarchal norms. And imposed gender conformity starts with learning to hate our unmutilated selves.
It has been very heartening to see how many LGBT leaders and institutions have protested the gutting of ENDA. Good for us. We're learning.
Hat tip to The Agitator for the soap company video.