the-eunuch

lilia-perdibus-destrue  asked:

How platonic or not was Crippled/Nightclaw (on Crippled's part, of course)? Related question: how old was Crippled when he became an eunuch? Was it the same incident when he lost his legs?

For the first question, I think I might rather want the comic to tell the answer. People can make their own conclusions.

On the second question (geesh, I should draw new ref sheets, the old feel kind of cringeworthy now), Crippled was castrated by his own choice, it wasn’t an accident. He was fully grown at the time (although a lot younger than current comic time) where as he lost his hind paws as a puppy.

An elaboration before I get to other things,

As others have pointed out before me, the process of misgendering a trans woman is not actually one of positioning her in the social place of a ‘man’. If this were the case, I would be treated better when I didn’t pass versus when I did. Like, if the issue were that I was being read as a man, wouldn’t that hypothetically make me more likely to get a job? Yet that is clearly not the case.

I usually don’t like the equivocation of historical eunuchs with trans women, but I’ve become more and more interested in the similarities at least in the rhetoric used against both groups.

In his attacks on the eunuch Eutropius, Claudian continuously refers to the assigned sex of Eutropius, yet holds those attacks in tension with his argument that eunuchs don’t really properly belong to either sex, esp. since they are unable to have children.

Most pointedly he calls eunuchs “you whom the male sex has discarded and the female will not adopt“

And even tho this was written over 1500 years ago, that sort of social position feels like how cis people come at trans women. While they continuously cite our assignment, in reality they see us as some sort of rejected Other, and treat us accordingly.

That sense of placeless-ness (or, abjection) typifies most of the social responses to trans women. There’s a certain tragic symbolism in being discarded frequently both from our birth families, yet also being in a certain sense, orphaned of gendered community too.

When I’m called a ‘man’, it means a completely different position from cis men, and is only used because it denotes disrespect. The people who have called me an ‘abomination’, or an ‘ugliness’ have been much more eloquent in what they are trying to say.

Roman Bronze Castration Tongs, 1st-4th Century AD

Two arms hinged and closed by a screw nut form an oval-like ring, accompanied by the serrated teeth of two longer arms. The penis was kept out of harm’s way by insertion through the oval, while the teeth sliced away the skin between the scrotum and the body.