Hmmm…This is kind of a tricky question.
First off: Very important to remember that “trans” is a product of *our* culture in *our* time. If you dug up a Neanderthal, if would be very presumptuous to call that Neanderthal trans, since we have more or less no idea what Neanderthal system(s) of gender were, if they existed at all, or if they ever had anything to do with Neanderthal biology.
But let’s say you’re doing Historical Archaeology or something, and you know pretty well that certain grave goods are associated with a particular gender. Like, women are buried with swords and men are buried with coins or something. And let’s say you find this really huge skeleton with a v-shaped pelvic notch or whatever it is you use to ‘sex’ skeletons (full disclosure: not a Physical Anthropologist, just hung out with Archaeologists who liked to rag on them) and this person is buried with a sword. What then? It looks like you found a person whose ‘sex’ was male but whose gender was female, right? Is this person trans?
Well, like I said, it would be anachronistic to use that word at all, but putting that aside for a second (since you did say you were unsure of your wording), there are still some issues. It’s possible that you sexed the skeleton wrong; like, maybe this skeleton falls outside of the range of variation for modern biosex females, but can you be sure your archaeological population has the same distribution of traits? This point is less important for sex, where biological differences are often very pronounced, as well as for more modern populations, but it’s still important, especially if we’re talking about “race” (shudder).
Other alternative explanations for the sex being different from what you would expect given the grave goods abound. Like, maybe this person is intersex, and if you had met them before they were a skeleton, you would have assumed them to be female and a woman. Maybe there’s some sort of ‘cross dressing’ going on (yes, I know that word is anachronistic, hence the scare quotes), where one member of the family died and another family member of a different gender/sex started impersonating them, causing the person who died to be buried as if they were their siblings gender. Get creative and I’m sure you can think of a few more explanations.
Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that the only way to *know* another person’s gender is to ask them, which, sadly, archaeologists can’t do. So no, I don’t think an archaeologist could ever say definitively that they’d found a person who was trans.
When I grow up I want to be Ming-Na Wen.
She’s the voice of Mulan, as if she wasn’t amazing enough.
Girl is 50 years old.
FIFTY. YEARS. OLD.
fun fact: When you break things with your hands like that you have t break your fingers on purpose before so that they heal stronger. So basically this woman is so badass she broke her hands just to do this.
You asshat, you’re making it sound like she snaps her fingers in half.
Martial artists like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee (and yes, fucking Ming-Na Wen, that beautiful badass) will build up their bone strength by repeatedly (and fairly gently) striking sand, gravel, wood and steel - this creates tons of microfractures in their bones (smaller than even a hairline fracture) so the bones will heal over again and make the bones stronger and denser with increased deposits of calcium.
This has to be done over long-ass periods of time, so the bones have time to heal, and none of the fractures expand into actual breaks.
Oh, and she’s doing precise-ass kicks in HIGH HEELS.
with all the force of a great typhoon
I love the bond that forms between students in an awful class
vagina’s are able to stretch wide enough to give birth to a fucking baby and then return to it’s original size but of course being penetrated by that grass blade you call a penis is what’s going to make it “loose”
Uhh. The baby doesnt come out of where the penis goes in…
stay in school y’all
i hate to be the bearer of bad news but the vagina and the vagina are, in fact, the same thing
|Song: She Blinded Me With Science|
|Artist: Thomas Dolby|
|Album: The Golden Age Of Wireless|
Artist: Thomas Dolby
i used to know a girl with a beautiful port wine birthmark and my family had a history of vitiligo both of which have become really fascinating and lovely to me
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