Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Sunday, 22 April 2007

OK, I'm not someone who is hung up on how people express their gender identity.  If you're a man and you feel feminine, do what you have to do to resolve that.  I'll be OK.  Butch female?  No problems, people have made disparaging comments on their perceptions of my lack of "femininity".  I'm not about to judge someone else.  We all try to get through this life the best way possible.

But.

Am I the only person having trouble processing the new peanut commercial on TV now?  "Mr. Peanut", with his monocle and cane has never really struck me as anything but a slightly stuffy male peanut character.

But suddenly here he is strutting his stuff and using his hourglass-form "peanut" body like a female dancer's hips and shoulders.  And I'm having trouble with that.  I'm used to Mr. Peanut being a man, and now he's different. The Mr. Peanut I grew up with is very different and the changes are sudden and unexpected. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to respond to him, and not having those handy consistent gender-based references makes me uncomfortable. 

Sorry, Mr. Confusing Transgender Peanut, you need to give me a little time to work this out.

Sunday, 22 April 2007 09:29:06 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Monday, 23 April 2007 05:36:05 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Well, there are intersexed people who are raised one sex and then at puberty it becomes apparant that the person is a sex other than what they were raised. This is not common in America because we demand that one choose one sex or the other at birth and surgically alter them (the results being, mostly, that they are unable to have any sexual function but at least the rest of us feel better about our abiility tyo use gender stereotypes to identify them). However, usually it is a male that was taken for a female and puberty brings out the male qualities thus they are identified male. I know little about intersexed peanuts.
a small penguin
Monday, 23 April 2007 07:40:22 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
A small penguin,

Oh, I get that. It's just a difficult adjustment to make when someone you know "switches teams". There's a whole lot of "gender shortcuts" that you are used to taking that no longer seem appropriate. It feels weird and takes some getting used to.
Monday, 23 April 2007 08:16:21 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
hehe - Sorry but this must be said. I don't even like his nuts!
Mark
Monday, 23 April 2007 09:23:36 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Mark,
Thanks that just puts the final cap on this whole rediculous post.
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