30 October 2011

Is She a Man or a Woman?

On October 17th 2011 in Facebook, I saw a picture of Grace Jones. I introduced a question if she (Grace Jones) is a man or a woman because I looked at the picture and liked it because here is a female that is expressing shades of masculinity and femininity together. An answer was given that she is a physical body -- signifying that it’s just a picture presentation.

I was then asked questions, "Is the 'Grace Jones' personality real?" and "What did I connect to the picture of Grace Jones?" I re-membered a time in the past where I was looking at the word 'androgyne1' in Wikipedia and saw Grace Jones' picture as one on a list of contemporary trends of androgynes.

The question that I pose on myself is why did I react within such questions being asked? It is when I was asked if the Grace Jones personality is real after seeing a picture of Grace Jones and becoming mesmerized by it. The underlying point within all of this is the point of transgressing gender conformity within polarity. It 'excites' me to see a person that is transgressing gender conformity and playing around with gender identity. Because within that, is a point of redefining what it means to be masculine or feminine. But within all of the gender play, is still a point of limitation within the spectrum of gender identity because in order to transgress gender identity takes a conformity of gender roles to transgress them, in a sense, to create the appearance that one is defying gender laws. This, in turn, creates definitions such as transgender2, genderqueer3, third-gender4, two-spirit5, gender-bender, pangender6, androgynous, etc.

If we are able to look at the word 'gender' in the dictionary, gender is the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles. As a simplistic example, a male has a penis, and a female has a vagina, but if everyone looks the same (had no penis nor a vagina), then there wouldn't be a polarity point to transgress. So it is within the point of the physical characteristics that births deterministic factors of what makes a male a male and a female a female according to the mind.

But if we are able to see, that the physical is expressing itself simplistically as the physical form that it is. It is simply the mind that differentiates one form from another through comparing that form with its perceived opposite. This is all how gender identity thus creates the point of 'transgenderism' as its polarity opposite. So how does one actually express one's own gender? It is simplistically to realize that Self is expressing itself as the breath within/as the form whether it's male or female -- thus not to conform within the form in separation through gender conformity (everything that makes a man a man or a woman a woman according to the mind) and gender transgression (everything that rebels those points according to the mind), but to realize that Self is equal and one as all that exists.

It is to also release Self from all points that Self perceives as what makes masculinity masculinity and femininity femininity. It is through the media wherein the feminine form is manipulated through cosmetics and then thus clinging to that definition of femininity through makeup, lipstick, the particular hairstyle and apparel that is defined as 'feminine', etc. And then through transgenderism, one is able to take that definition and manipulate the illusion of femininity and masculinity as a form of transgressing gender altogether. Thus, transgenderism becomes a different dimension of the mind within gender identity.

So therefore, we can redefine transgenderism as 'breath expression' -- realizing that Self is not defined by being neither cisgender7 or transgender. Within breath expression, I am 'here'. I am all genders; I am no gender; I am the awareness of my 'breath' -- and it is within the awareness of me as the 'breath' that one realizes the stability of who they are. The 'breath' can be used as a stability point within breathing -- realizing that by being aware of the breath, as me, one is able to stabilize their existence as the breath in every event -- to not participate / react to the event in separation through the mind as thoughts, feelings and emotions, but instead, become the event as the breath. Within being aware of the breath, as me, one directs Self to remain stable in every moment -- in/as the event to not conform to the mind as thoughts, feelings and emotions. Thus when one conforms to the mind as thoughts, feelings, and emotions, one becomes the event in separation -- creating new definitions of Self as the mind in separation -- such as being cisgender or transgender because of how one perceives Self in separation to the experience that one experienced -- defining the experience as 'more than', thus, defining Self as 'less than' through ones own self-definitions that one has created as a 'balance point' -- thus not seeing / realizing that Self is all life 'here' as the 'breath' -- as all life -- as both polarities equal and one.

androgyne1: referring to the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics
transgender2: a general term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies to vary from culturally conventional gender roles
genderqueer3: a catch-all term for gender identities other than man and woman, thus outside of the gender binary and heteronormativity
third-gender4: individuals who are categorized (by their will or by social consensus) as neither man nor woman, as well as the social category present in those societies who recognize three or more genders
two-spirit5: describes Indigenous North Americans who fulfill one of many mixed gender roles found traditionally among many Native Americans and Canadian First Nations indigenous groups
pangender6: a term used to describe people who feel that they do not fit into binary genders, instead identifying as mixed gender (both male and female), or all gender labels altogether
cisgender7: an adjective used to describe an individual that conforms to the 'normal' gender roles of their 'assigned' gender

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