When Identity Becomes a Direction Part 2: Transition Highway

 

When identity becomes a direction rather than a box a person can see what is obstructing their desired direction, is it their body or something outside them obstructing them bc of their body. Is their desired direction one in biology, and is that need to take that direction in biology there bc another social direction is off the map until they take that direction in biology. Think of it like an highway that separates two landscapes, this highway is called transition highway and its littered with patrols. All around its entry points are eyes, and they are all staring, the same eyes are all over both landscapes and they are watching everyone. On one side of transition highway the landscape is marked male and masculine, its painted blue and all the people there who fit into male and masculine are also painted blue, so the eyes dont see them and the people dont laugh. The other side of transition highway the landscape is marked female and feminine, its painted pink and all the people there who fit into female and feminine are also painted pink, so the eyes dont see them as they blend in and the people dont laugh. Most of the people there dont question the colour of the landscape, or why the people must be the same colour as it. Others know why, its so the eyes dont see them and its so the people dont laugh,  its so everyone blends in with the landscape and are safe. They get on with it bc this is how it is, and they watch other people and offer advice on how to stay blue or pink and not stand out against the landscape so the eyes wont see them and the people wont laugh, but they remain unaware they are the eyes too.

 

Some people in these boxes cannot keep their colour as it falls off them. When the person’s physical anatomy is determined to be female they are painted pink and added to the pink landscape, they must build a direction in that pink landscape and how well they do so determines if they keep their colour or if it falls off and returns them to the natural state they were born. When a persons anatomy is determined to be male they are painted blue and added to the blue landscape, they must build a direction in the blue landscape and how well they do so determines if they keep their colour, or if it falls off and returns them to the natural state they were born in. How well they adjust is important, so the eyes dont see and the people dont laugh. If a person is born who has taken a different direction in biology to the two medical categories of male and female, they are sent to transition highway against their will and must be restructured to fit into one of the allowed definitions of biological sex before they can enter either landscape. How successful this restructuring is determines if the eyes see and the people laugh when they reach their assigned landscape. They will be painted pink or blue depending on which method of restructuring of the person’s anatomy is rated as more likely working, based on their chances of fitting in either box. This is again based on the eyes not seeing and the people not laughing. The people may never be told they ever went to transition highway, or that it even exists at all just as long as they keep their colour(perform their role).

 

Many people who want to keep their colour work hard to not have it fall off, other people work hard to wash it off, while some paint themselves other colours in protest to the original colour. No matter what they do though, all are confined to the landscape they were assigned based on their sex and will forever be under the watch of the eyes and listening to the people laugh at all their attempts to get free. This is because when those assigned pink paint themselves blue they will still be looked at against a pink background for as long as the eyes read them female. The fact that inborn anatomical features are coded pink and blue means that presence of those anatomical features in front of the eyes will always cause the eyes to contrast the person against the associated coloured landscape(which represents the assigned sex role). So when people act outside the sex role scripts in any way, be it sexually or emotionally or physically or in identity the eyes always see and in many cases the people laugh.
The only way to get to the pink landscape if you are coded as blue or to the blue landscape if you are coded pink is via transition highway. This is bc one will not be looked at against a different background until they are perceived to be the sex assigned to that colour. Transition highway only allows two directions, blue to pink or pink to blue and in many cases its a one way trip. The journey along transition highway is one that many do not survive, many are crushed by the heavy patrol cars, others give up as the eyes constantly watch and the people constantly laugh. People take the journey for all kinds of reasons, and many would not take this journey if there were alternative routes. Others will always make it even in the times when sex role scripts have gone and transition highway becomes the safest road in town, full of fancy hotels along the way. Transition highway will become a network, in an ever expanding landscape not divided into pink and blue. Transition highway wont be a route people need to travel due to any social reason and doing so will not have social implications in terms of landscape one may occupy or roote one may take because of it.

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