Even when the trope [a woman disguising herself as a man] isn’t used as transphobic comedy it can still feel a little troubling to me. My life has only gotten harder and more complicated since coming out as trans. So stories of cisgender women disguising themselves as men in order to make their lives easier has a weird, bitter taste to me. On the one hand, I do understand that, especially historically, being able to pass as a male did bring privileges; yet at the same time it can feel a little like cisgender slumming. The woman reaping the benefits of passing as male, yet always knowing she has the option of going back to living as a cis woman when passing as a cisgender man becomes less convenient
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