Melissa’s Series Part 1: A Secret Revealed

Melissa just put up the first segment of her new series, which I mentioned yesterday. The series is called Unwrapping the Onion, and Part 1 is called A Secret Revealed. Here’s an excerpt:

“When you talk about seeing stuff on the internet, is it about transsexuals like we saw on the Tyra Banks show that one time?”

I wasn’t sure when I had ever seen him this uncomfortable, but he had always been such a terrible liar, I think he knew it would be pointless to try and dodge the question.

“Um, yeah. Actually that is what I am talking about. I try to stay away from it, but eventually after a few months I find myself reading about them again.”

I felt sort of bewildered.

“Wait, so you aren’t looking at porn on the internet?” I asked.

He looked confused.

“What? No! I mean, I’ve come across porn before, but only a couple times, I never look for it. I read about transsexuals, like their stories and their treatments, and their journeys through transition.”

He fidgeted in his seat, looking down at piece of paper he was slowly shredding in his hands. I felt silly over my long time assumption that he had a porn problem, and confused by the new term.

“What is transition?” I asked.

He looked at me cautiously.

“Well, a transsexual feels like they do not belong in the body they were born in, and sometimes they start to live life as the opposite gender, that’s called gender transition.”

My heart was pounding in my ears, but I plowed ahead.

“Why are you so interested in transsexuals? Is it because you wish you could be with a transsexual? Or because you wish you were one?”

Now go read the whole thing!

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Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Paula G V aka Yukimi

    The introduction kind of let the cat out of the bag but this post certainly shows up how Melissa is a very kind hearted and understanding person which in the middle of such shocking news was able to keep calm and just hang on to her loved one above all the prejudices she had been inculcated with.

    I understand that she has a big christian audience and that’s why she is afraid of a huge backlash but I kinda foolishly hope that she is wrong and that the people who know her form RL or form her blog don’t let themselves be blinded by prejudice and even get a little bit more open-minded by this “mayhaps”.

  • Awakingsleep

    I’ve been reading Melissa’s website for awhile now, and, with all she’d already posted, I was wondering what she could possibly still have in the bag that would earn such an introduction in your previous post. But you weren’t kidding! It’s hard waiting for the next installments, but I am just do glad she is willing to do this series at all. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!