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So Jessica, I agree that it's unfortunate that the term transvestite is considered derogatory.I actually like the term T-girl, which of course is a derivative of Tranny-girl. And I agree with Leelou, this is just rude, and is not a welcoming face of this forum.Languages change all the time to suit the mood of the day. Listening to the media there are so many descriptive words thrown around I wonder if anyone really knows where he or she falls.Some words used 50 years ago are considered offensive today. Back in the old days the only two words I remember are transvestite and transsexual. As I have constantly said define yourself with complete sentences and paragraphs. The current administration in Washington wants to define a person's sex by his or her birth genitalia. So, Chelsea Manning would always be a male by her birth genitalia.As a writer you do need to research carefully and use the terms in the correct way , I feel we possibly have enough , the more we look for new ones the more it confuses the people that matter around us .I've been through the label box , I know which ones apply but now I'm out full time they matter very little , the general public aren't that bothered , they don't know what anatomy is real and what isn't they either accept me as Teresa when I meet them or they don't .A term used when I was younger but is seldom used anymore and is probably more precise is "Queer" Dictionary result for queer /kwir/ adjective adjective: queer; comparative adjective: queerer; superlative adjective: queerest 1. "she had a queer feeling that they were being watched" synonyms: odd, strange, unusual, funny, peculiar, curious, bizarre, weird, outlandish, eccentric, unconventional, unorthodox, uncanny, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, anomalous, atypical, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, out of the way, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, outr, offbeat, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish; More I know it isn't used much anymore and has changed meaning but doesn't it really describe us better than many of the more used terms?Don't Take Life To Serious, It's Only Temporary CHOICE It is often wrongly assumed that a person chooses to be transgender and one day decides they want to live the remainder of their life as transgender . Transgender is established sometime during pregnancy, probably in the first three months and certainly well before an individual is able to make a choice.
They will never suit everyone and we shall just have to live with the ambiguity and imprecision.The term "transgender" seems to be the media's preferred term these days for anyone who does not fit the conventional gender roles, and the media applies this term to many diverse individuals.But, as a professional writer and editor, the precision of language is important to me.Cross dresser is a word that is harder to change into a glib insult.I wonder about the words transexual and transgender as despite the use of hormones and surgery we cannot really replace our gender.