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The term "egg" is a very useful term to for trans people to retroactively describe our past selves. It is also useful in the abstract sense, and having a shared language brings the community together.

The line should be drawn at using it to describe actively-questioning people.

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It's also acceptable to ascribe it to fictional characters.

I personally find it to be a very important word in describing the trans experience, as nothing else describes what it does nearly as succinctly nor accurately.

What I'm saying is don't harass trans people for making egg memes on r/traa - that's a really silly hill to die on.

@QuestForTori I basically operate of the level of "egg is fine but don't use it on/about people without their consent" which is a basic and fair standard imho

I don't care for the term, but it's a valuable tool for others and it's no skin off my back.

@revolverocelot that's a very good standard! The main reason I posted about this is because I've seen a lot of people say that the word should never be used in any circumstances, which bothered me.

@QuestForTori I'm personally not comfortable with it, but like...it's not a slur. I think people shouldn't be hassled for one using it to describe oneself.

I have a problem with people insisting OTHER folks are eggs but even without that term, it'd still be a problem. It's not "egg"'s fault.

@QuestForTori and like, I never lived a life where I was ever an 'egg' that 'hatched' but like... It doesn't take much consideration to realize that /not every trans person had the same experience/

@QuestForTori and honestly??? Anything that allows younger trans people to be able to explore themselves when the whole world is against them... I'm not gonna fight against that.

@QuestForTori 💯‼️ you wrote the best, clearest "egg" take on the internet.

i initially hated the word because i didn't think it described pre-transition me particularly well, then found it useful shorthand when talking to other trans people about ourselves and came around a bit.

when it's used to imply that other people don't have full agency to figure their own shit out on their own schedule, that's the line.

@VyrCossont @QuestForTori it’s almost as if ... disregarding people’s self-identification and assigning genders to them based on the stereotypes we think they fit ... is Bad Actually

how could anyone in the trans community possibly have predicted this???

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