No. I am in no case going to follow such a dictate. Being a child is one thing. I was
a child, and imagining myself a child in today's world is not an inconceivable thing. I believe in Education, and making a statement through my own being and disappointment in what education has become today is something I can support, even though it is a little... incongruous and impossible. I have no interest in being a woman. What with my responsibility for treating ladies gently, for fighting for them, for showing them every courtesy, I am suddenly to turn and let others take that responsibility on my own behalf? I am to take on their full-blown adult responsibilities, of which I know nothing? I am to dress and change my body with corsets and to wear skirts and shoes in which I am sure I should scarcely know how to walk? I should be first and learn to courtesy rather than bow? I should leave my hat upon my head? I should take up the womanly crafts of embroidery and sewing? I should become even more
vulnerable walking in town than the invalid I am? I should suddenly feel
differently, washed in new and alien changes
? I should learn to sing again - and who could tell to what my voice would break? My thin chest should grow strange, soft and round? I should lose my.... No. Absolutely not. And I have no interest turning into the animal of my choice. And I have no interest in suddenly finding myself in a different time. I have no interest in suddenly finding myself in a different place. I am interested in myself. As I am, or in how I have been, which has made me what I am. And I am interested in my friends and comrades. As they are, and in how they have been, which has made them as they are. And I am not interested either
in suddenly finding myself one of my friends rather than me.
Furthermore, anyone who knows me will realise how frustrating and offensive this really would be.Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
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