In Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Victoria Findley writes that color arises through oscillating electromagnetic waves – comprising us, our world and our universe – absorbing and rejecting various “colors” to arrive at the “color” we see.
“Red,” for example, oscillates in such a way as to absorb blue and yellow and reject red. Thus we see red.
Then I applied this phenomena to gender:
As a transsexual man, I oscillate in such a way as to absorb female, feminine and various other types of gender, and reject masculinity and/or male, which is why I/we see male.
Unscientific for sure. But I think it makes a nifty alternative metaphor to the born-in-the-wrong body trope.
Transsexuality gives me the freedom to tell whatever story I want about why I am the way I am. People may not believe me, but at least I get them thinking.
What other theories – wacky or humble – have you folks offered up? How have you transformed your stories over the years? Are you more serious or impish?