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Trans Activist Challenges Internet: Look at My Massive ‘Bulge’ and Say I’m Not a ‘Real Woman’

Trans Activist Challenges Internet: Look at My Massive ‘Bulge’ and Say I’m Not a ‘Real Woman’

“Ok, we all see the elephant in my photo.”

A transgender activist posted a photo of her sizable package to social media Wednesday in what she described as an effort to combat bulge-shaming.

Imogen Loxley, a 27-year-old from Sydney, Australia, said she had been inspired to display the contours of her penis and testicles after witnessing an injustice a day earlier. On her way to pick up her hormone treatment, Loxley told the Daily Star, she had seen a group of people harassing a transgender teenager.

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The young woman was being “publicly ridiculed and shamed for having a visible bulge in her skirt,” Loxely said in her post to Instagram and Facebook.

Loxley explained that by sharing a selfie of her own “#untucked” manhood in pink underwear, she hoped to prove to “cis society” that transgender women are “real women” and “equal human beings.”

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I said I would post it, so here it is! Yesterday I witnessed a young trans* girl being publicly shamed and ridiculed for having a visible bulge in her skirt, so I said that I was going to publicly post a photo of me with my visible bulge just to prove a fucking point, that whether you’re tucked or #untucked – you’re still a woman! • Trans* women are held to a higher standard than cis women, and society as a whole makes us feel like we have to constantly try and prove to them, STRANGERS, that we are “real women”. We try our best to look as passable as we can, just so we can fit in amongst the cis society that don’t even see us as equal human beings regardless of our physical appearance. We don’t need to try and fit in when we were ALL born to stand out and live an authentic and happy life! We are who we are, we love who we are and we were born this way! Being transgender is NOT a choice! • Ok, we all see the elephant in my photo, no pun intended… but now look up at my face, you see a woman, right? Good. Because even if I have my bulge out like this, or if you see a trans* woman on the street with a visible bump or bulge in her pants, she still identifies as a WOMAN and a bump or bulge doesn’t make her ANY LESS of a woman! • Even if you don’t like or know a person, you should at least respect that they are also a human being doing everything they can to live a good and happy life… and just so you know, unless you’re a trans* woman or a #dragqueen, you have NO idea how hard, uncomfortable and painful it is to tuck. • #freethebulge ✊🏼🍆🏳️‍🌈💅🏼

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“We don’t need to try and fit in when we were ALL born to stand out and live an authentic and happy life!” she said. “We are who we are, we love who we are and we were born this way! Being transgender is NOT a choice!”

Loxley’s post came amid backlash over a transgender athlete who dominated a women’s powerlifting competition. A number of female Olympians came forward to say that however they identity, transgender women are physiologically male and should not be allowed to compete against biological women.

But according to Loxley, people should be able to tell she is a woman, rather than a man, simply by moving their gaze upward from her “elephant” penis, past her breast implants, to her surgically altered and heavily made-up face.

“Ok, we all see the elephant in my photo, no pun intended… but now look up at my face, you see a woman, right? Good,” she said. “Because even if I have my bulge out like this, or if you see a trans* woman on the street with a visible bump or bulge in her pants, she still identifies as a WOMAN and a bump or bulge doesn’t make her ANY LESS of a woman!”

Loxley concluded her post by suggesting that the world should thank transgender women who do make an effort to conceal their male genitals: “[A]nd just so you know, unless you’re a trans* woman or a #dragqueen, you have NO idea how hard, uncomfortable and painful it is to tuck. #freethebulge.”

The comments suggested that her message had been received.

“This made my day❤️#bodypositive,” said Schuyler Bailar, a transgender member of the Harvard University men’s swim team.

“A woman is a WOMAN. So proud of your bravery and advocacy babe,” said a fellow transgender woman.

A number of people were impressed by the substance of the photo as much as by its symbolism.

“[Y]ou’re packing heat,” noted one private account.

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Cover image: Imogen Loxley poses for a selfie in Sydney, Australia, on April 30, 2019. (Instagram)



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