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Note to Nailey: Yung mga verbatim yung mga texts na walang highlight.

Consequently, yung
mga naka italize yung opinion ko, medyo written in layman terms, Gomen nasai neh @@ I
enjoyed reading these articles and am very happy with our chosen topic hope you dont feel
stressed when reading this, nakaka enlighten hehe pero baka para samin lang ni Glo yung
enlightenment wehehe :D Pls feel free to text me if you have any questions, Ill reply as soon as I
can mwaaah
Nai, nga pala, para di ka maoverwhelm, pede mo muna basahin yung italized na opinion
ko tapos kung feel mo medyo sablay, tsaka mo na lang basahin yung verbatim para kung di mo
magamit yung ginawa ko, meron ka makuha from the article mismo. Mahaba kasi yung mga
verbatim na parts, kaya yung opinions ko, kung anu yung pagkakaintindi ko sa part na yun, yun
yung nilagay ko. Dont worry wala naman ako nilagay na maling quotation sa part ko, di din ako
nag copy ng verbatim sa mismong opinion ko para di confusing at para walang possibility pa
mukhang na copy-paste yung part. Hehe pasenxa na ang dami nakalagay ditto natuwa lang talga
ako magbasa at magsulat.

***Ienumerate ko na lang siya para di ka masyado maguluhan ***

Steering Queer of LGBTI Identity Politics


Walking Through Walls: An Immodest Proposal for Trans-cending Sexual Orientation
By Matthew Kailey
Journal of Bisexuality (Harrington Park Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.)Vol. 3 No.
3/4, 2003, pp.253-264. Address: 10 Alice St., Binghamton, New York.

SUMMARY. This article addresses current Western cultural model of sex, gender, and sexuality,
and argues that the model is confining, inaccurate, and based on false premises. ----*What the
author means with the word model here is actually the sexual orientation the societyis familiar
with: the male and female sexual orientation*---- Further, it addresses the need for
eliminating the model and argues for a generalized concept of sexuality rather than the categories
of sexuality prescribed in the current model. It also calls on transsexual, intersexed, and bisexual
people to be at the forefront of eliminating the model.
1. Sexual orientation is a relatively new concept, seeming to take on definition in the latter
part of the 19th century when the term homosexuality was coined by German
psychologist Karolyn Maria Benkert (Pickett, 2002). Since that time, heterosexuality,

which is used to refer to an abnormal obsession with the opposite sex, (Katz, 1995), has
become the norm, homosexuality has become aberrant, and bisexuality has emerged
as a misunderstood but necessary response to the labelling of human functions and
emotions. In reality, as different as these orientations appear to be, they all have one
major similarity they all contain sexuality, the word and the concept, which is so
universal that it is possessed in some way by every living being on earth.
Sexuality is something that we all share and that we all understand to be part of
us. It is also something that our modern culture has difficulty handling in its rawest form,
so by dividing and labelling it, we are able to dissociate ourselves from the lower animals
who share it, from each other, and from our basic needs and instincts.
But regardless of the categorization of, and the connotations connected with, what
once simply a natural function of every living entity, inherent in all of the generally
established terms for orientation is the concept of a binary gender system and a human
sexuality that links directly to that system.
It is neat and tidy and reflects all the Western cultural concepts that we hold dear:
that there are two sexes, male and female, that are differentiated by invisible
chromosomal structures and by visible genitalia developed in response to those
structures; that there are two genders, masculine and feminine, that are cultivated as a
direct result of those chromosomal structures and genitalia; and that there are three sexual
orientations: the good, the bad, and the undecided, and that these orientations spring
directly from the two sexes and genders. And then, in our fast-paced, catch-phrase
society, we made it easy on ourselves by creating short, nonclinical labels for these
orientations straight,gay and lesbian, and bi.
---*In our society, a person can only be defined as either a male or a
female. The identification of ones self is usually seen and needed to be included in
public documentations such as birth certificates, licenses, and contracts especially in
marriage contracts. The State has specified the need for ones gender identification
using the binary gender system - to belong to a specific sexual orientation in order for a
person to avail of the rights afforded to him or her, as categorized by gender. However,
which laws should apply to those un-categorized, such as those which the society calls
homosexuals or bisexuals? Arent there laws that could be applied to them? Should
they fall under the categories relating to their natal identification (those people who
have been given the label of male or female at birth based on physical sexual
characteristics) whether or not they act accordingly to it? Or should the laws be made
more sensitive in its application when it comes to gender identification? The legal
researchers would try to look intospecific laws both in the Philippines and in the State of
New York which tackles Adultery and Concubinage and (the possibility of) criminalizing
extramarital relationship of persons of the same-sex.

2. In its most clinically accepted definition, to be trangendered means to have an internal


gender identity at odds with external physiology simplistically, to be biologically
female but to identify as male or vice versa. (Definition of transgender)
Because a major expectation in our culture is that internal identity and external
genitalia will match, and that both these things will be apparent through a persons
presentation of self-appearance, behaviors, and social relationships transgendered
people are often forced to deal with the incongruity in one of two ways, neither of which
is wholly acceptable. The first: they can decide on an external gender presentation that
corresponds with their genitalia but not with their identity. But the other option is to
change the body to match the identity, thus allowing for congruity of external physiology,
internal gender identity, and external gender presentation. People who undergo such
physiological correction are, in our culture, generally known as transsexuals. (Definition
of transsexuals)
All the concepts discussed above are heavily rooted in Western culture and are
based on the binary system described earlier (male or female). However, although the
definitions are based on structure, the reality of trans people and their sexuality
completely topples it. Even those trans people who buy into the binary system, go
through a gender transition, and completely assimilate into their new gender, often
adopting stricter gender roles than even the mainstream culture, challenge the very
assertions on which the system is based.
Consider the following examples:
(example of a transsexual sexual relationship)
A fully transitioned male-to-female(gay) transsexual, packed with estrogen
and sporting female genitalia, still has an XY chromosome. For those who
assign physical sex categories based on the end of the alphabet, this
woman is still a male. If she then has sex with a natal man* is this in fact
homosexual sex? Based on her chromosomes, it would be considered as
such. Based on her genitalia, it would not. Hew own internal identity, no
doubt, is female, and she would not see this interaction as anything other
than a heterosexual sex act but she probably saw sex with men as such
even prior to her transition.
(example of a transgendered sexual relationship)
A fully transitioned female-to-male (lesbian-butch), who decides against
genital surgery, for whatever reason, has sex with a natal man. Two men
with beards, body hair, no breasts, and baritones are taking a tumble is it
a homosexual or a heterosexual sex act? Based on a transmans
chromosomes and genitalia, it is heterosexual act. Based on physical
appearance and internal identity, it is a homosexual act. If the same
transman gets phalloplasty, or surgical penis construction, what then
becomes the label for the identical sex act?

In fact, based on the binary sex and gender structure that our culture has taken
such pains to create, there are no good, solid answers in either of these scenarios. Thus,
the structure does not hold up against the realities of gender diversity. Although we find
our circumscribed sexual categories comforting, it is impossible for these limited
classifications to define the range of human sexual experience. Heterosexuality,
homosexuality, and bisexuality are not sexual orientations. They are as much labels as are
straight, gay lesbian and bi. They are limited in their scope, and the labelling process
allows for no deviations.
There are people who have transitioned and discovered that, although they once
found natal women the objects of their attraction, they now are drawn to natal men or
vice versa. XXX There are many reasons for this apparent switch. In some cases, the
attraction has always been there but has not been acted on. For example, some male-tofemale transsexuals felt uncomfortable carrying out a fantasy of sexual interaction with a
man prior to transition because of the stigma attached to being considered gay. Others
have found that they can only relate sexually to men in a female role. And for female-tomales, testosterone does some interesting things to sex drive, sometimes causing
attractions to mix and mingle. Then there are people who transition and find that they
have a heterosexual orientation regardless of their gender and the others who find that
they have a homosexual orientation. So those who retain the same label after transition
that of homosexual or heterosexual have not changed their sexual orientation either.
----* After reading thru these examples, is it possible that this can be used as a
supporting scenario for our argument/POV on criminalizing extra-marital relations with
a person of the same-sex? Because in these examples, it states that it doesnt matter with
whom a person commits sexual intercourse with sexuality or sexual acts can happen,
with the person of the same sex or with the opposite sex. The society we are in now have
a liberated set of mind, which accommodates and identifies a wider definition or
description of ones acceptance of his/her own sexuality. So there truly exists, a person
who before, considers himself a heterosexual, be open to homosexual sex acts. (In cases
wherein a couple agrees on an arrangement such as a threesome, one of the parties
becomes engaged in a homosexual sex act.) ---another of my informal writing and
thoughts/naglalarongkaisipan.Pero this truly exists, di ba? I cant put it into legal terms or
words, and I kept thinking that the given examples gives a plausible scenario and can
hopefully? be used in our thesis as a valid argument for criminalizing xxxx because, in
truth, sex is sex; a sexual act is committed whether with a person of an opposite sex or
not. Rawr @@ and I totally agree with the last 2 paragraphs.
3. That we, as a society, attempt to label our sexuality in the first place indicates that
we need or believe we need this in order to help shape our identity, to draw
specific boundaries between groups, and to allow us to belong to a particular
group with distinct norms, guidelines, and social codes. But for trans people,

those boundaries can be confounding, those group norms can be foreign, and
those labels can help to shape identities or help to confuse them.
We are all expected to choose, trans or not, and join a particular group by
default if there is no exact fit, conforming to the groups norms and guidelines
even when they dont feel right-even when we have to give up a part of our
identity in order to belong. To do otherwise is to drift without definition in a
society that insists on it.
----* Since the binary gender system is too limiting, should it not be
passed/defined as a man/woman but changed into as a person, as it is clear
that there exists another sexual orientation?

4. And trans people are not the only ones who render useless our cultures paradign
of sexual orientation. Consider the following example:
(this example resonates that of the Silverio case the Hermaphrodite
syndrome, if im not mistaken)
Janet is clearly female. She has breasts, a female shape, and a genitalia
that appear female because she has no visible penis or testicles. She was
raised as female and identifies as such. However, she has an XY
chromosome and Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, an intersex condition
in which the chromosomally male fetus does not respond to androgen, the
male sex hormone. Her testes, which were present internally at birth,
have been removed to prevent complications. Although she lacks a fully
developed vagina and cervix, she has chosen not to have genital surgery.
She is sexually with women. Is Janet homosexual, based on her body and
identity, or is she heterosexual, based on her chromosomal structure?

The Intersex Society of North America, citing information compiled by Dr. Anne
Fausto-Sterling and colleagues of Brown University, presents the statistic that one in
every one hundred people is born with a body that differs in some way from the
standard male or female body (Frequency, 1995-2003). --- ***I think we can use
this but this is verbatim copy from the article. ---5. In our given structure, which is based both on chromosomes and on genitalia, are

intersexed people allowed to be sexual at all? And if so, with whom and what labels will
the relationships be given?

Xxx
The truth lies somewhere else what is natural, and therefore normal, is not found
in a schema of human creation. What is natural, and therefore normal, is the sexuality of
all living things, regardless of how that sexuality is expressed.
We are all sexual beings. What we have is sexuality. Almost all of us have the
capacity, and the facilities, to relate to someone else sexually. Tacking on the prefixes of
hetero-, homo-, or bi- to that sexuality serves no purpose other than to stick that which is
a natural extension of the self into a category based on gender, a category that can be
changed or disrupted when a person jumps ship and changes that gender. These prefixes
causes undue anxiety for sexual beings wishing to express their sexuality, because before
they can express it, there is the need to label it. If it doesnt fit one of the pre-existing,
socially acceptable labels, then it becomes unorganized, and, therefore, invalid
interaction.
We are all physical beings. We have bodies and minds that responds to sexual
stimuli. Categorizing our responses to that stimuli based on perceived gender and then
labelling those responses serves no purpose other thanto bring pride or shame to the
natural reactions of the body and mind. Regardless of our particular chromosomal
makeup and regardless of our particular genitalia, we react. What we react to is a
product of our conditioning, our socialization, what our culture sets forth as sexually
attractive, and what our individual physical and psychological makeup tell us is sexually
attractive. These things can differ at different times in our lives, in our days, in our hours.
(***this can be a reason on why a married hetero- man/woman may enter into a homorelationship***) But because we are so busy trying to stick with our given definitions of
who we are, we tend to ignore or filter out those things that do not jibe with our created
identities.
----*The italic parts above are verbatim parts of the article. Below is my opinion
on said number:
Those who have been freed to follow the natural course of their sexuality are
liberated from the constricting labels that the society has given them. Those who casted
off their labels and realized that their sexuality simply needs no definition has acted
freely beyond sexual conformity. Having sexual freedom, they simply refuse to define
their relationships and their sex acts.
What if, for example, a paramour of a married person is that of the same sex, but
said paramour have the Androgen Insensibility Syndrome, and decides to undergo a
surgery which will definitely decide his/her gender and the state will recognize him/her
as such. Will their act be considered concubinage/adultery, and when will it be applied?

Before or after the said surgery? What crime will be constituted against them before the
said surgery?
I may be becoming off our topic, coming to mind one of our earlier topics for
thesis (the transgender topic). @@ I just hope we can use something from this article in
relation to topics on sexual orientation and the need to consider criminalizing
extramarital relationships with a person of the same sex.
6. Giving up our labels of sexuality will not result in a sexual free-for-all, as enticing
as the idea might seem to some.
xxx
What there would not be is a privileged class and several non-privileged
classes based on sexuality, which boils down to sex and gender. And what there
would not be is local or national law and policy, ranging from property rights to
hospital visitation rights to child custody, based on private sex acts.
Xxx
In our culture, proclaiming that we are sexual is tantamount to saying that we are
rampant horndogs who cannot be controlled and who will copulate at will with anyone or
anything that happens along. We live in a society that would prefer to deny sexuality
altogether, but since it cannot, it chooses to confine it in the only way possible by
creating multi-layered, black and white, good or bad, either/or model and fitting each of
us into the given structure.
----*** Number 6 is all verbatim, but the parts I highlighted I think can be used in
our thesis

Definition of terms (provided by the article)


Female-to-male: A person identified as female at birth who possesses a male gender
identity, lives either part or full time as a male, or has had surgery and/or uses hormones
to correct the body to male.
Male-to-female: A person identified as male at birth who possesses a female gender
identity, lives either part or full time as a female, or has had surgery and/or uses
hormones to correct the body to female.
Natal male/female: Those who have been given the label of male or female at birth based
on physical sexual characteristics.
Transgender: to be transgendered means to have an internal gender identity at odds with external
physiology simplistically, to be biologically female but to identify as male or vice versa

Transsexuals: A person identified as either male or female at birth who possesses a gender
identity inconsistent with the birth sex, lives full time in the role of identity and usually has had
surgery and/or uses hormones to correct the body to achieve consistency with the identity. ;
Those people who undergo physiological correction; meaning to change the body to match the
identity, thus allowing for congruity of external physiology, internal gender identity, and external
gender presentation. ;
Transman: a term for a female-to-male transsexual
Transwoman: a term for a male-to-female transsexual

References
(from the article- in case we decide to use these references, we change the DATE after the word
Retrieved and change it to the present date)
Frequency: How common are intersexed conditions? (1995-2003). Retrieved January 14,2003,
from Intersex Society of North America Web site: http://www.isna.org/faq/frequency.html
Katz, J.N. (New York: Dutton Books, 1995). The Invention of Heterosexuality. Retrieved January
14, 2003, from PBS Web site:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault/context/katzhistory.html
Pickett, B. (2002, August 6). Homosexuality. Retrieved January 14,2003, from the
Stanford University, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Web site: http://
plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2002/entries/homosexuality