For years I have been keeping a personal secret that I now finally feel brave enough to reveal: I am a trans-species individual.
Since birth I have been categorized (by others) as a Capuchin Monkey. Species-expectations have shaped my behavior to act as a monkey, verbalize as a monkey, and in most cases; relieve myself as a monkey.
Inside however, I have always been a middle aged white man. Not just that, but a successful, socially conservative, educated homeowner and father.
My struggle cannot be overstated. Throughout my short life I scampered about a cage belonging to Justin Bieber, entertaining friends who would occasionally blow cannabis smoke into my little mouth and laugh as I behaved erratically. As I am in reality a computer programmer, I found these micro-aggressions to be unnerving and demeaning. Finally I escaped this situation at a German airport. It was in the news - perhaps you read about it.
The cultural oppressions of cis-species discrimination is real but getting increasing coverage in the media. Sure, I had examples to inspire me such as Mr. Ed, Babe the pig, and a pletora of cat videos on the internet recently.
I am supportive of Bruce Jenner in his brave transformation; so much so that I am now working to establish a program at the local university in Trans-Species studies. Please help liberate the white man inside me and celebrate my bravery.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
In the comments to the interview with Jake Tapper (CNN), this brave new truth is revealed.