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<title>gender options</title>

By Rae White

<title>gender options</title>

<!DOCTYPE cis-centric>

<option value="biological">      MALE</option>
<option="TRUE">         female</option>
<option="other">         404  404</not-an-option> 

>>Gender not found<<

if (value == "trans")
return false;

if (value == "they/them")
then devalue; {disrespect};      <!--tolerance
                is sufficient-->

((deconstruct; {in pieces}
  like mold-rotted floorboards))
))debate; {interrogate! silence!}; 
  like echo-cold court rooms((
  our trans <bodies> are crimes -- are prisons --
    <!--are defined =by us=
    not you>

Artist's Note

Note: This poem was previously published in my poetry collection Milk Teeth (2018, University of Queensland Press).
Rae White is a non-binary transgender poet, writer and zinester. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in 2018 Anne Elder Award. Rae is the editor of enbylife.net, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives.