It was a move of absolute genius.
Andrea Jones, a transgender woman from Tennessee, went into DMV to change the gender on her license. After braving the DMV’s notorious lines, Jones was informed that she would not be allowed to change “his” gender on her card, even though she possessed the proper supporting documentation.
In response, Jones stepped outside the building and removed her shirt. DMV called the police, who arrested Jones for “indecent exposure.”
This clearly illustrates the double-standard of treatment that transgender people are facing. On the one hand, DMV is insisting that Jones is a “man,” which in our society gives him the right to go bare-chested in public. On the other, they are insisting that to do so is “indecent exposure” of “her” breasts. I’ve witnessed enough men flaunting their droopy chests in public to know that “size does not matter,” so clearly it’s a matter of treating her body as a woman, but her entity as a man. It doesn’t work that way. Jones says it perfectly when she claims, “It’s not right for the state to ask me to be both male and female. A choice needs to be made. They cannot hold me to both standards.”
News Source: Huffington Post
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