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EleCivil

Transgender Dysphoria Blues

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A while back, Tom Gabel, the lead singer of the punk band Against Me! came out as transgender, changing his name to Laura Jane Grace and living as a woman.

I really, really love Against Me!. "Baby, I'm an Anarchist" is one of my all-time favorite punk songs. And Tom Gabel's rough, aggressive vocals are part of that. When I heard this announcement, I was curious as to whether Laura Jane Grace would change her voice to sound more feminine.

Nope! Against Me!'s new album is just as aggressive as their classics, and maybe even a little more connected to their punk roots than some of their more recent releases. And its opening track is the most badass song about wearing a dress I've ever heard.

Your tells are so obvious:
Shoulders too broad for a girl
Keeps you reminded
Helps you to remember where
You come from

You want them to notice
The ragged ends of your summer dress
You want them to see you
Like they see any other girl
They just see a faggot
They hold their breath not to catch the sick
Rough surf on the coast,
Wish I could have spent the
Whole day alone with you

You've got no cunt in your strut
You've got no hips to shake
And you know it's obvious
But we can't choose how we're made

You want them to notice
The ragged ends of your summer dress
You want them to see you
Like they see any other girl
They just see a faggot
They hold their breath not to catch the sick
Rough surf on the coast,
Wish I could have spent the
Whole day alone with you

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Made me turn it off. All I can here is distorted noise.

I must be getting old.

Nah, you're not getting old. It's punk rock - it's SUPPOSED to sound like distorted noise.

EleCivil, have you played that track in class yet?

Colin :icon_geek:

Haha, no. But I do wear a pink Against Me! pin on my tie, sometimes.

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