Speaking girl, but with an accent.
I read this post on Twitter recently, it's a poem written by 'Samwitch11'
I speak girl with an accent.
Once, very long ago, it was as natural as breathing,
But the way I looked meant it was safer
To learn a new way to talk
All of that made it possible for me to get here To survive until I could live again And I am so thankful for the privilege That so many others like me never had But now I speak girl with an accent And accents are not always welcome In America
It sums up the experience of many trans folx, and despite the wailing and gnashing of the exclusionists about socialisation being unchanging and unchangeable, their position comes from the wrong end of the stick. I wrote about that wrong end of the stick view in a less adversarial topic of discussion early in the life of the blog.
I speak girl, I've always spoken it, sometimes very quietly, but it is my first language and because of the quietness or lack of use it's rusty, it's accented and I stumble over the words. However when I try and speak boy it's accented as well , I stumble over the words because I don't relate to the structures and the demands that cisgender men accept as normal.
Mermaids' current #IfIHadAVoice campaign ties in with the especially the myths and lies about socialisation and the way in which exclusionary voices paint trans folx, especially girls and women as the being of the sex they were erroneously assigned at birth and choosing to 'invade' the other sex.