What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open – Muriel Rukeyser
“If you’re not trying to make something better
Then as far as I can tell
You are just in the way” – Ani Difranco
‘All cowardice comes from not truly loving, or at least, not loving well.’ – Ernest Hemingway
Any time you beg another man to set you free, you will never be free. Freedom is something that you have to do for yourself.
– Malcolm X
Transgenderism is often discussed in terms of personal identity — a person expressing themselves, becoming their true self, connecting their outer persona to an internal feeling, etc. — but what about those around them? What happens when a woman’s partner decides he is, in fact, a woman? How does this impact the relationship?
In this episode, I speak with a woman who saw and experienced this firsthand. In a relationship with her husband for 14 years, Shannon Thrace’s life went into turmoil when her husband decided he was, in fact, a transwoman. She describes the extreme changes to his personality as well as the painful impacts on their relationship and on her life.
“I don’t care if they eat me alive.
I’ve got better things to do than survive.” – Ani Difranco
“Language is power, and when we find the right way to frame our experience, we’re not being crushed by it.” – Tegan Bennett Daylight
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lamott