If images of pregnant trans people don't make me feel held and represented, what will?
Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your journey.
Thank you so much for sharing parts of this journey. This is so beautifully written and incredibly thoughtful. For me, it upends so many assumptions and beliefs that are not all that helpful to any pregnant person. And I thought back to when I was pregnant with my two children (now 21 and 23). I realized that I never felt that the those archetypes of pregnant women/motherhood seemed to fit and I assumed my experience was wrong. Your essay gives me permission to reject that assumption (which I didn't realize I needed), but also I am encouraged (perhaps inspired) to revisit that time of my life again.
This essay sent me on quite a journey! Your observations and curiosities inspire (almost insistently) me to write, to explore, to continue opening myself to a wider field...of and with everything. WE are the archetypes we have been waiting for. Thank you.
Thanks again, looking forward to listening to the podcast and the idea of finding resonances in the other than human is a really powerful and important one.
Also, I never like it when (usually cis) people bring up the vimalakirti sutra as trans rep. in Buddhism and 'to make a point' puts into exactly why.
Thank you for sharing this important and nuanced perspective. ❤️