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On transsexuals and transvestites and Ray Blanchard's urge to classify everything as a perversion

The DSM manual is up for revision, and the psychiatric urge to label so-called "paraphilias" is very strong.

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GETAFE "transformista"

Here is a wonderful ad for a Spanish Futbol team, Getafe C.F.  The story is in Spanish with no subtitles, but none are really needed.  It shows a family, proud of their CD / Trans child, admiring, supporting and embracing as she prepares for her evening.  Afterward, we see them in another exchange, where they share their enthusiasm for the futbol team. 

The voiceover states (translated):

“My father is proud of me. I am (a) Getafe (fan).”

Given that Spain has a 'machismo' culture, the humane and loving inclusion of these images, broadcast over public TV - are heartwarming, encouraging and simply a joy to behold. 

(I still hate soccer, but you gotta love Spain!)

h/t to Singularly Bizarre


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Fat Enough to Belong?

Dimensions Magazine is really turning into a great place to find personal and engaging talk on how large individuals identify themselves to society and are identified by society.  The site provides a clear demonstration of how we all seek to be known for who we are, in our own words.  This desire (often times a struggle) varies only by subject matter.  Whether it is weight, BDSM, gender, age, disability or any other conversation about who we are in the world, we all have a unique self that we know ourselves to be.  We all look for a way for others to see that and to accept us as we define ourselves.







by Sally E. Smith

The choice of models featured in the last issue of Dimensions brought up an old question: who is fat enough to belong to the size acceptance movement? The answer should be obvious, but apparently, to many people it is not.

The differences between the two models featured in the last issue of Dimensions (175 pound Catherine and super-size Cathy) were obvious--or were they? While it's true that one model outweighed the other by 300 pounds, the experiences of both women were similar on many levels. The inclusion of a 175-pound model in the pages of Dimensions generated reader comments that range from indignation that featuring a "skinny" model, to admissions that many FAs also find "smaller" large woman attractive, to kudos for embracing size diversity.

This spectrum of reactions mirrors issues that have plagued the size acceptance movement for many years, such as sizism within the movement, the prioritization of the movement' s work, and even how groups and organizations define themselves.

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