By Rhonda Williams
Today's post is written by regular Femulate reader and occasional Femulate contributor, Rhonda Williams.
March 1962, was a time when an important awakening occurred for me. Although born a boy and a very normal 14 year-old acting boy, I knew that deep inside me I was different. I loved my mother’s beautiful shoes. I preferred the company of girls at a time when most boys called them icky. I would go to bed at night thinking how wonderful it would be to wake up the next morning a girl. I loved the woman’s section of the Sears’ catalog and studied it at every opportunity. I remember, oh so well, the beautiful red dress my cousin wore one Sunday singing in the church choir. Oh, what I would have given to look like she did – maybe be her. Yes, different, but I did not know the depth or that my feeling had a name.
Why March 1962?
I ran with a little older group of boys from my neighborhood and they knew about a magazine called Sexology. It pretended to be scientific with doctors contributing scholarly articles about sex. Remember these were the dark ages of sex education so this addressed notions not talked about in polite company or any company.
There was no Internet, no on-line bulletin boards, no AOL and sex was barely mentioned. Certainly, the concept of a boy/man wanting to present as a woman could not be discussed or even hinted. The magazine Sexology was sold from under the counter and how my friends knew about it, I do not know. But, wow! And double Wow!
I went about the process of growing up knowing that transvestism or as we know it now, being transgender, would need to be dealt with, but, that came later.
So we have come a long way, baby. Caitlyn Jenner is on the front cover of the mainstream publication, Vanity Fair.
Thank you Virginia for opening the door of enlightenment for me. We are yet to see how the Caitlyn Jenner reality circus will play out, but I hope this will be an awakening for many, as was my 1962 moment.
Transgender now has a face. A tentative “Thank you, Caitlyn.”
Watching SNL reruns on VH1, my transradar went off during a commercial for an upcoming VH1 show featuring a variety of rock performers. As the announcer rattled off the performers who will appear, short video clips of those performers appeared on the screen and I noticed that one of the performers, Ezra Furman, was wearing a dress.
Using Google, I discovered that Ezra is a rock performer who occasionally wears female attire. Google turned up photos of Ezra performing on stage in a dress and also pointed to a music video for his song "Restless Year," where he really gets femmed up.
Here is the link to the video ― I think you will enjoy it.