This morning, I read a message thread on a trans message board which touched upon the subject of passing. One writer opined that trans people put too much emphasis on passing... that passing is not important... that acceptance is more important than passing... yadda yadda yadda.
I'm sure you have heard these arguments before (and I know I touched upon them here in the past).
Note: I am now putting on devil's advocate hat.
I think that some trans people use the argument (that passing is not important) as a cop-out because for whatever reason, they do not pass.
In addition to being an excuse, it is also a put-down of trans people who do pass, i.e, yes, they pass, but what they are doing is not important, so they are just wasting their time.
I resent that!
I take a lot of pride in my presentation and I admit that it takes some time and effort to get the results I want, but I feel that it is worth it because:
* I pass some of the time, which is a wonderful affirmation of my hard work.
* When I don't pass, at least I don't look like a caricature of a woman. Rather, I look like I am trying my best to emulate a woman and I believe that fosters acceptance.