We who live two lives, for at least some of our life, understand the reference right away. It is from 'The Matrix'. In that film, Mr Anderson has another life online as Neo. I don't imagine every transperson creates an online persona in the gender other than the one assigned, but I had several over the years, including a lady who was my avatar in a golf game that my son and I played on the computer quite often. He has never mentioned that ... hmm.
When the character Morpheus said “What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.” some of us got it right away. We related strongly because we knew there was something terribly wrong with our world.
So you can read the rest here then click the link at the bottom or, of course, you can take the blue pill ...“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
I didn't see 'The Matrix' when it came out in theatres in 1999. It was in the early 2000s via VHS tape that I heard the Oracle tell me, as she told Neo "Sorry, Kid. You got The Gift, but it looks like you're waiting for something."
What I was waiting for I had to find for myself. This article has reminded me that without the computer, and the internet, I likely would never have been able to put all the pieces together. I might never have used my gift to discover that one of my lives did have a future.
The article is called 'I, too, was living a double life': Why trans fans connect to 'The Matrix' and it is on the NPR site in the US.
It's interesting of that the director later transitioned and the allegory was lost on me at the time as well :)ReplyDelete
There is a mention in the NPR article of a character 'Switch' who was originally written to be born male, but presents female in the Matrix. As the Wachowska's say, the establishment who were producing the movie weren't ready for a transgender reference at that time. Sad that such an obvious reference was removed. But then again, some things have to find their time, and so it was with transition.Delete
Everything in due time :)Delete
When the first Matrix film (1999) came out they were both in transition. They had always kept a low profile with the press and it wasn’t until 2008 that Lana came out publicly and Lilly in 2016. I must say I didn’t know about them wanting to have transgender references in the films but it’s understandable with what they were going through at the time.ReplyDelete