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Picture your average trans woman for a second. Ok, good. Now, take a second to picture the sorts of people she has sex with. If you just imagined a tall woman with a strong jaw and a penchant for dresses that has sex exclusively with men, congrats. As far as pop culture and the prevailing societal narrative is concerned, you are correct. However, in reality, you are very, very wrong. And, while your ideas about what the average trans woman looks like and what she wears are inaccurate, a lot of your mistake actually ties back to who society has told you the average trans woman has sex with.
As the mainstream image of what a gay man is continues to morph into more of a hero and less of a victim, we continue to cast our most handsome, athletic and masculine men in the leading roles of the gay movement. As our rainbow fades to pastel, society now understands that gay men can be just like the rest of mainstream society. Our community has a new cast of gay heroes who place our most chiseled, scruffy-jawlined faces forward for everyone to see. From TV stars like Wentworth Miller to athletes like Jason Collins, the world now knows that we can be strong and manly and fit right in with the rest of the boys.
The message for gay and bi men browsing through dating apps in Jordan is clear: masculinity is in, femininity is out. Shirt and rings, model's own. Picture by Alisa Zaira Reznick. All rights reserved.