I’d like everyone to know one new thing about me…
I now Identify as two-spirit. Two-spirit = Native American transgender person one of the reasons they got respect was out of fear, because two-spirits were considered to be touched by the spirits and considered to have powers on the order of a shaman. In many tribes, a shaman would consult the tribe’s two-spirit for advice in spiritual matters!
It has been determined that there were male two-spirits in more than 150 differentNative American tribes, but there were female two-spirits, as well. two-spirits were considered to be a “third gender,” and female two-spirits were considered to be a “fourth gender” similar to the way in which both male and female homosexuals are considered to be gay, while females are also considered to be lesbian
Due to their perceived spiritual gifts and physical strength, male two-spirits were considered to be “super-women” and as such were often prized as mates. A warrior’s strength was seen as being augmented if he counted among his wives one or more two-spirits.
Traditionally, “real” two-spirits have been intersex (formerly referred to as hermaphrodites), a trait they share with the hijras of continental India, who consider “real” hijras to be intersex. In this paradigm, intersex people are “automatically” two-spirited and “automatically” hijras because they comprise the cores of both masculinity and femininity physically as well as psychologically. In seeming corroboration, two-spirits and hijras have both been said to describe themselves as “not man, not woman,”
You cannot identify as a two-spirit. You have said you are not native.
First of all, I was hesitant to bring this to attention until that response to that anonymous person.
At first I just assumed you were Native and maybe didn’t have a concept of intricacies of being two-spirit and how it differs from culture to culture.
Saying “Two-spirit = Native American transgender person” is flat-out wrong. There are two-spirit trans* people and there are two-spirit people who are not trans*
The vast majority of this is inaccurate.
It is a complicated identity that you have no place adopting as your own.
I don’t care if your ancestors came over during WWII. I don’t care if you weren’t personally responsible for any atrocities. But by adopting this identity you are stealing something we’ve fought for.
I am native. I am two-spirit. You cannot be either.