I heartily agree Shain. I enjoyed Fall’s story too and had no trouble relating her description of Barb’s attachment to her acquired gender to Serano’s description of holistic gender, that gender is both essentialist and yet socially constructed too.
Why shouldn’t it make sense that in a technological environment that allows pilots to become the gender of an attack helicopter that some of the population would have an innate affinity for such, despite it not being the gender of their birth.
The desire for transhumanism, as well as the phenomenon of xenogenderism suggests our understanding of self-awareness has been woefully hidebound for far too many centuries.
Or has it? Perhaps in all imaginative writing across the ages we can see the spark of recognition that other ways of being have always been possible.
Maybe now finally we are on the cusp of realising that human society will not fall apart at the seams if those of us who are adaptive to less prescriptive modes of living and of self-conception are allowed to live in peace.
As a trans woman I can live in hope.
Much love, many hugs.