this was written in 1322
i can’t imagine how hard it must have been struggling with gender shit back when physical transition was a total impossibility, even theoretically
i’m trying hard not to cry
we have a history. we have existed in every culture of the world at every moment of human history. cis institutions have tried to suppress this history or claim it as their own but it is not theirs. it is ours, and always will be. we must uncover and reclaim more of our history, and we must make more ourselves
just pointing out that this is a huge treasure for jewish trans people, and that this is a beautiful look at how judaism and transness relate to each other. i really think it’s important to emphasize that yes this is a trans poem but it is especially a jewish trans poem, since clearly to this author her judaism was just as much a part of her as her transness. and speaking as a jewish trans person, that is so so so important. our own people have suppressed this from us, but here it is, teaching us that our jewishness and our transness transcend our current situations and tie us to our ancestors.