Musical Selection: Kanye West (& other Lyricists)|Monster
An audio-poetic rant
People have been “misgendering” me
before calling it out was a thing.
I carry a “male” name; one that typically
appears before I do.
I cannot tell you how many times
I have said, “But I am a woman,” or
“It’s actually Tree•Maine.”
If I had a dollar … You know the rest.
I’ve lived a life of correcting people
about who I am and how I exist
before I was old enough to vote.
Before I was old enough to
sort out who respected me vs. who
just wanted to enunciate two syllables
the way they wanted to.
There is no patience in
learning one’s name or the
person tasked with enduring it
until the grave embraces them;
not in this country.
Here is something I’ll share
for free; if a person asks you
to pronounce their name correctly,
If a person asks you to use
their nickname, do it. (Chances are,
they’re tired of correcting you.)
If you have assumed the person
is whatever gender you’ve envisioned
for them before meeting them
because you thought their name
will lend you someone else,
“That is a YOU problem.”
**I am NOT a Kanye West fan; Nicki Minaj & Jay Z’s verses are my favorites.