Knowing only one thing about someone can be a dangerous thing because when we make decisions and come to conclusions about others in the context of just one story the problems of prejudice, negative stereotypes, and the policies of discrimination take root. If we’re not careful, we run the risk of only ever knowing people who are the mirror image of ourselves, and everyone else becomes the demonized “other”, like Mary Shelley’s monster, Frankenstein.
Originally posted on Montreal Gazette:
THIS POST HAS BEEN AMENDED AT THE END If only she hadn’t complained. If only Yvette Cormier had simply shrugged when she saw a transgender…
“We [those of us in the trans community] have a lot of work to do. There is a lot of heavy lifting, and it isn’t going to be easy. But, there is also a lot of letting go, and I am here to tell you that it can be done.”