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Reading through The Patchwork Girl, I found a lot of parallels between the creation and the transgender community. Both feel as though they are in this in-between state, between being who they want to be and what they are. These two things do not match up for the PWG and for some members of the trans community, which causes a lot of turmoil in their lives. Their perception of what it means to be whole is completely different from what they see in the mirror. For the PWG it’s more of a literal being whole, but for trans members, the whole is something they can not feel on the inside. Both are shunned by the ones that they love, but both have a chance to find a community that welcomes them. In this instance, the PWG is able to find that community, but that is not always the case for some trans men and women. In a larger sense, The Patchwork Girl advocates for the ones that do not feel whole. The members of society that are looking for themselves in a sea of uncertainty and self-doubt. This may not be what Shelley Jackson intended, but I see this as a positive message for members of the trans community.

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  1. I also agree that this is a valid parallel and believe that, although perhaps not meant by Shelley, this opens some new perspectives and possibly provides a “positive message” for the trans community as Jasmine suggested. I do believe that, as a whole, society is beginning to create a more welcoming and open environment to these conditions and there are more groups now that advocate for the equal rights and treatment of the trans community, take the LGBTQ organization into account. Many colleges for instance are beginning these programs to allow everyone to feel equal. PWG may not have been a huge advocator of this, yet the same theme translates over and many of the same ideas.

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