In the latest celebrity news, apparently Lady Gaga (pop singer whose songs include, “Just Dance” and more recently “Poker Face”) has balls…and not the kind that mean she’s gutsy, like actual balls aka nuts aka sperm sacks. She’s confirmed she’s a hermaphrodite (also more hearsay that I have yet to research myself because I have no desire to view a youtube video of her on a motorcycle, sitting up to adjust herself and *wham* balls fall down outta no where…feel free to google it yourselves). Hermaphrodite is defined under the link as not to be confused with “friscodyke” an undefined term used in Snoop Dogg’s, “Nothin But A G Thang (Baby)”.
I kinda wanted to refer to her as a “shim” (combo of she and him created circa 2006, probably from some Jerry Springer fan) now. But in deeper thought processing, I began to ponder, who created the gender roles and why are we so stuck on them? Are we more than our X and Y chromosomes?
In the case of the hermaphrodite, where the are actual organs present and natural to that persons body, it’s understandable for them to define themselves as either male or female. But in the rest of the confuzzled world where you can now somehow create an artificial penis on a woman (Chastity Bono is reported to be getting this surgery), and a man can have a vagina…it’s hard to understand. I don’t know what it feels like to “be in the wrong body” so I’m not going to say it’s totally absurd but very hard for me to grasp. It’s become a phenom of more than gay and straight, but who am I really, deep down?
When “butch” gay women can pretty much look like a dude without the organ, and give the organ to their mate artificially, why oh why would someone be so unhappy with their “parts”? Transgendered men confuse me even more because since they’ve now “become” a woman, and continue to date men, they no longer see themselves as gay. Maybe it’s not the whole population but I have heard this (Tyra* did an episode/experiment with people that have different sexual backgrounds – both gay (feminine) and gay (masculine) males and females, a male cross dresser (who was also gay), a transgendered woman (used to be a man – looked damn good!), and a bisexual male). Oh yea, and there’s pre-op (before operation) and post-op (after operation) transgendered people. In a different episode, Tyra offered “Isis”, a pre-op transgendered model (male to female) the money to help do her surgery or “transformation” as they were calling on the show.
Are you accepting of people “choosing” their own gender? Where does it get confusing, or where does the understaning stop? What about in the case of a hermaphrodite?
*When I went to the Tyra Show website, there are video’s of upcoming episodes and in today’s she’s rocking the straight back cornrow look, which took me aback. I’m not opposed to cornrows (on women or boys) but the straight back style with the parts showing just reminded me too much of Queen Latifah in Set It Off. It’s a little too thuggish por moi…what ya’ll think?