Around the turn of this century, or a Fiesta Mexican Party Funny Cinco De Mayo T Shirt , the concept that what each individual believed about themselves trumped what the culture made of them finally crashed into this radical analysis of male/female relationships. For the last 30 or so years of the 20th century, the idea of radical individualism had been steadily growing, particularly in the West. “Do your own thing” of the 60s evolved into “I am what I know I am” of the 2000s. And this meant that someone could disregard what his family, his culture, his country or the world said of him; he was the expert on himself. This individualism, which built from the Frontier myths post civil war, was expressed in Star Trek, and culminated as Ayn Rand’s heroic dream of late capitalism, meant that obviously, if you knew you were a man or a woman, just because doctors said you had the wrong body for that and the culture said “you don’t qualify,” that meant nothing. They weren’t the experts on you. Your job was to compel the community, including the professional communities, to re-evaluate this bias and accept your definitions.
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