Tuesday, November 20, 2007


My feelings are that you can be any thing you wanna be even another gender. You can't really help feeling uncomfortanle the way you are. What some biggest don't get is that in some states, like Hawaii, being transgendered acually isn't frowned apon and is sort of culture, they call them selfs the fafafine ( Fa-Fa-Fee-Nay ). Being transgendered
isn't wrong it just depends on how you look at it.


Siren said...

Wow, girlie! How did you find out that information about the fafafine? I've never heard of them before! The range of topics you know something about surprises me every day, Siren.

You might enjoy reading about the hijras in India. The world is such a large place. I just love learning about all the different ways that people view themselves and those around them.

Lisa Harney said...

Nice, I'd never heard of the fafafine.

Have you heard of the Gallae? They were priestesses to Cybele.

Or Two-spirits? Lots of cultures have had a place for transgender / transsexual people, although they didn't really define us that way, due to not having surgery and hormones available now. Of course, some who see themselves as two-spirit (for example) do see themselves as both man and woman, rather than constrained to one or the other, or wanting to change from one to the other.

Anonymous said...

Thank you muchly for the sounding out of fafafine, I wouldn't have known how to pronounce the word otherwise. You have a very nice blog, it's been a pleasure to read you =)

Octogalore said...

Interesting post. Yeah, I think our culture can learn a lot about acceptance from others in a number of respects. I also hadn't heard about the fafafine.

Anonymous said...

There are actually a lot of subcultures like this in a lot of different places. I have a big file somewhere here of different words from different cultures... it's startling how much thee are.

little light said...

Hey, nicely done.
Fa'afafine mostly come from Samoa, I think--you kind find out more about trans people in Hawai'i if you look up 'mahu', which is the most common word there. And there's bantut and bakla from the Philippines, like my great-great-aunt, and other folks from all over.
Thanks for writing!

Daisy said...

Very nice post and *educational* too. :)

There is so much I need to learn about the people of the world. Thank you for sharing what you have learned!

cripchick said...

isn't it amazing how we frame everything in the way WE see the world? the fact that you point out that some cultures really appreciate transgender people really says something.

glad that you are blogging!