A recurring theme on this blog is the relationship between transgender identity and gender roles and stereotypes. We have seen over and over and over again that when trans people talk about how they experience being transgender, they rely heavily, if not exclusively, on gender stereotypes. From wanting to wear specific clothes as toddlers to wanting specific hair cuts as teens, to wanting specific fashion choices as an adult, all kids of superficial things are taken as evidence of some innate identity.
However, since most people agree that gender roles are not actually progressive or good, but actually restrictive and bad, there is also a rush to assure people that being transgender does not actually have anything to do with gender roles or stereotypes:
Except for when these same stereotypes and roles are used as a direct reason for transitioning:
But when someone explicitly asks about the connection between stereotypes and transitioning, they are quickly told that the two are never connected:
So nobody transitions so that they can dress a certain way, except this person, who wants to wear short shorts and knee-high boots, but cannot because they are for girls:
Or this person, who wishes to “rock this or that outfit”.
Or this person, who upon transitioning from male to female looks forward to never having to wear a tie again:
Or this person, who is looking forward to buying clothes from any store:
Funny how many examples there are of this thing that supposedly doesn’t happen, isn’t it?