Saw some promotional video for Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing With The Stars yesterday. I must admit that I think Chaz makes for a very nice looking young man. If I didn't know any better, I'd think he had been a man all his life. I've seen him on a few talk shows lately as well and thought he made a very good representative of the transgender community. His mother is obviously very proud of her child, and I think if he were still alive, Chaz's father would be equally proud.
I know ftm transsexuals are fewer in number than mtf transsexuals, but I have always felt it was easier for them to, for lack of a better term, to "pass". Perhaps as a mtf transgendered person, I'm more critical when it comes to looking like a woman. The few times I completely dress-up, I go all out for the most realistic female look possible, but always end up admitting that only surgery and hormones could ever come close to making me look the way I wish to look. And I don't intend any harsh or critical remarks towards my tg girlfriends, but I often find myself thinking the same thing about them, like she might be able to pass if she didn't have such a big male nose, or her beer belly completely gives her away. Think of it as "gay-dar", only for me it's "tg-dar", and that actually makes no sense.
I found Chaz's mannerisms completely in synch with his male personae, but was still surprised when I saw him dancing. He seemed to be having a great time, and carried himself well as a man. The idea occurred to me that dancing could be a wonderful way of developing feminine moves and mannerisms. Chaz, as the man, gets to support his partner whenever she dips or twirls or jumps into the air. If you ask me, the girl gets the toughest yet prettiest dance moves. I'd try it in a heart beat, if only I could find a six-foot tall woman to dance with.
Anyway, I've never watched Dancing With The Stars, but I hope Chaz does well. Perhaps I'll fantasize about being his dance partner.
Hmm... just reviewed my latest blog entries. Where the heck was I in August?