Trans Nature, TransCulture and Trans God

Posted on juni 19, 2008


Ryan is interested in the monstousness of trans bodies. He quotes Susan Stryker:

The transsexual body is an unnatural body. It is the product of medical science. It is a technological construction. It is flesh torn apart and sewn together again in a shape other than that in which it was born.

This got me thinking of where to place God in the gap between nature and culture. Especially since christian fanatics often label anything unnatural and deviant as against the will of God. Does God want us to stay in the stone age? Human culture is not natural, but at the same time it is part of nature to develop culture. Then that is what God wants us to, as He created us with it.

The transsexual body is in some respects the ultimate form of the human natural need to cultivate nature.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female image, created he them. Genesis

The divide between male and female is one of our deepest. To transgress this boundary might be considered the second most important transgression that can be made. The first of course being transgressing the gap between life and death, as Jesus did.

So why not concider transgender people a blessing from God? The Genesis states that God is himself both male and female. Do we not as christians want to be reunited with God?