I had fond memories of my childhood up until recently, playing football down the park with the lads, getting covered in mud riding our bikes down country lanes, building a snow person at Christmas time with my brother, but over the past couple of years a dark realization has crept into my train of thought and as a fully grown cis white male I know now that the time has come for me to make a necessary change in my life.
I have always been a very boisterous individual, bearded and muscular, a manly man, and here is where my problem lies. I’ve been so happy with my situation, nice job, nice car and home, wonderful loving wife and 3 children if only I could have seen through my blinkered vision truly what a selfish monster I had become.
The plight that women face in everyday life never really seemed to be an issue to me, the wage gap, rape culture, these were just things that were barely on my radar, and now that my eyes have been opened it feels like such a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. The oppression women face under this vicious male patriarchy is in plain view now thanks to the wonderful and wide array of information available to us in 2017 and I feel I’ve become enlightened by the brave work of 3rd wave feminism. I apologize wholeheartedly on behalf of me and every other cis white male on this Earth. Sadly I know that the vast majority of my kind are still blissfully unaware of the impact their existence is having on the modern world.
Don’t be part of the problem
As I sat watching the rugby last week an idea hit me and it was like a bolt of lightening. Don’t be part of the problem, be the solution, and maybe others will follow your lead, and so after very little deliberation, I’ve decided to level the playing field and become a beautiful woman. Madness right? No. For far too long have I enjoyed the benefits of a privileged white male, assigned at birth to the team who already had everything and so without even knowing I was already a monster. I didn’t realize what had happened, that a doctor had made a decision for me that would change my life forever without any consent from me. I feel free like I can finally do some good in the world and fight for the rights of women all over the world! I watched the woman’s march and felt so much shame that these strong and beautiful women were stood in solidarity against the patriarchy whilst I stood on the sidelines supporting the wrong team. Well no more.
My family and I are all so excited and I have my first consultation in May. I know that my sons will be so proud of me in the long run and I will continue to show them why this is the right thing to do not just for me but for all white cis gender males. With my decision and hopefully some of yours, we can make a difference to this planet and show women everywhere that we will sacrifice anything for the well-being of our mothers, daughters, and sisters everywhere.
Thank you, Matthew