Interesting article by Jean/ne, a bi-gendered writer and aspiring historian, about the gendered readings of scars, and such, from this month’s Scavenger:
‘As a person who has presented themselves to the world as a man and a woman at different times in life, I have been in a unique position to see how the concepts of gender and physical appearance play themselves out against each other, especially when it comes to the body, scars, and perceived gender.
I have 100+ scars on my body, 75% of which are self-inflicted and many which are hard to miss and impossible to look away from.
Most people have the good manners and sense to not ask about them and I volunteer no information about them, not even when asked.
My scars are neither a sense of pride nor shame for me. They were what I had to do in order to survive. They are a statement of fact, completely neutral, and I do not downplay nor exalt them.’