A 15 year old kid posts to r/asktransgender. He wants to wear beautiful dresses, and feels confused.
The online transgender community is saturated with extreme stereotypes of what it means to be male or female. It is no wonder that young people who feel that they do not fit into the stereotypes for their sex become confused. Look at this thread about “being girly”: “boys clothes, makeup, fashion, being cute soft and bubbly”:
This commenter feels like there is an “internal feeling of femininity”, that is caused by “looking pretty”.
This commenter, who is FtM, lists a bunch of sexist stereotypes, and adds “little wonder that I didn’t enjoy being a woman”. Why is taking testosterone and calling yourself a man the solution to this problem? Where is the “free to be you and me” style feminism in the lives of these people?
Another commenter thinks longing to go into clothing and shoe stores at the mall makes him a woman:
This is what trans people come up with when trying to describe their feelings of being women. 1950s style outrageous stereotypes. It’s not even remotely progressive, it’s not “smashing the binary”, it’s not liberation. It’s a prison, where you have to “fix” your body to match your mind, instead of being free to like whatever you like and wear whatever you want to wear.