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A Wig, a Begging Bowl and Me [UPDATED]
jehan: pudgy tranny
jehan: pudgy tranny
jehan: pudgy tranny

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[UPDATE: June 11, 2016] Since May 8, 2015 I have made my home in Utah. What inspired me to leave the life and path that I adopted during Occupy Wall Street? In Utah, I have a place that does not destroy my soul.

Some have suggested that I delete this interview from the site. I believe that it's important to tell the truth, to remember your experiences and share them with others.

What have I learned from my Occupy Wall Street adventure in poverty, Buddhist practice and homelessness? I have learned the nature of suffering in its most obvious and literal sense. I have learned that this suffering is not unique to any single group of people by ethnicity, nationality or race. I have also learned that the effort and burden of this suffering is an experience that many minds and hearts are not able to withstand.

I survived this adventure. I am healthy. I am sane. And, I have arrived in Israel.

[Originally published May 18, 2016] Once again, I believe I have arrived at the realization that I'd rather be living in the country. Or something like that.

I have been working in New York, on the street, with my card board sign and begging bowl for the umpteenth time since October 2015. But, when I skidaddle, I'm skidaddling forever! I'm serious!

Anyhoo... I had the pleasure of six weeks of vacation in comfort and the warmth of Florida weather during February.

Listen to this. This is my idea of a vacation. I walked from Fort Lauderdale to Homestead, Florida. I walked practically all the way to the Everglades. Yes, I was carrying my giant rucksack. Yes, it's true. I enjoyed it. That's my idea of a vacation. Relaxation and enjoyment. That and putzing around with Perl and PHP. I enjoy that sort of thing.

The weather is warming but very slowly. It is unseasonably cold and it's very annoying, but I'm endeavouring to enjoy life without worrying unnecessarily about things like the weather. I believe that there are people who believe that other human beings can control the weather, but if that is true, do I know them? Do I have influence with these people? I do not know.

So, during the days that I have chosen to take a vacation from being a beggar, I've been enjoying working with Perl. I have it in my mind that I would like to write a Perl version of this very website's engine. "For what purpose?" you ask. I enjoy it. With that in mind and the absolute truth of my sitting on my butt for hours and hours as I enjoy this activity, I have resumed going to the gym.

I had the joy of three hours of cardio on a very sturdy treadmill. I did not watch television. I listened to my favourite playlist for three hours. Very enjoyable.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Is that a wig on your head?" Yes. I bought a wig. I have not worn the wig for several days though. It's not me. I enjoyed wearing it though. It was like wearing a costume or something. Everyday, I entertain thoughts of buying some mechanism to shave my hair into a faux hawk. And, everyday I think better of it. My internal monologue says, "That is vanity. You are a monk. Just groom yourself. Don't indulge in vanity."

That's my fantasy image of myself. A smart hair cut, fresh from the barber. A pudgy tranny.

I have been eating a steady diet of cheese. Literally. Cheese and Rice Cakes. Rice Cakes and Cheese. I love that! Did I tell you that I have resumed going to the gym?

Wikipedia said:

Gender is the range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. Depending on the context, these characteristics may include biological sex (i.e., the state of being male, female, or an intersex variation), sex-based social structures (i.e., gender roles), or gender identity. Most cultures use a gender binary, having two genders (boys/men and girls/women); those who exist outside these groups fall under the umbrella term non-binary or genderqueer. Some societies have specific genders besides "man" and "woman", such as the hijras of South Asia; these are often referred to as third genders (and fourth genders, etc).

Sexologist John Money introduced the terminological distinction between biological sex and gender as a role in 1955. Before his work, it was uncommon to use the word gender to refer to anything but grammatical categories. However, Money's meaning of the word did not become widespread until the 1970s, when feminist theory embraced the concept of a distinction between biological sex and the social construct of gender. Today, the distinction is followed in some contexts, especially the social sciences and documents written by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In other contexts, including some areas of the social sciences, gender includes sex or replaces it. For instance, in non-human animal research, gender is commonly used to refer to the biological sex of the animals. This change in the meaning of gender can be traced to the 1980s. In 1993, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started to use gender instead of sex. Later, in 2011, the FDA reversed its position and began using sex as the biological classification and gender as "a person's self representation as male or female, or how that person is responded to by social institutions based on the individual's gender presentation."

The social sciences have a branch devoted to gender studies. Other sciences, such as sexology and neuroscience, are also interested in the subject. The social sciences sometimes approach gender as a social construct, and gender studies particularly do, while research in the natural sciences investigates whether biological differences in males and females influence the development of gender in humans; both inform debate about how far biological differences influence the formation of gender identity. In some English literature, there is also a trichotomy between biological sex, psychological gender, and social gender role. This framework first appeared in a feminist paper on transsexualism in 1978.

- So sayeth Wikipedia, 09/02/2019 19:57:06

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