In solidarity with Trans women, this October you can generate empathy and solidarity with — wait for it — your nose!
Yes, we are sincerely asking all women to please spend more time smelling their poo during bathroom breaks from here on out. It is high time that we do the work to truly empathize with the sights, sounds, and smells endured by every member of our large and beautiful gender community — including those with distinct smelling neovaginas:
Based on Gram stain the majority of smears revealed a mixed microflora that had some similarity with bacterial vaginosis (BV) microflora and that contained various amounts of cocci, polymorphous Gram-negative and Gram-positive rods, often with fusiform and comma-shaped rods, and sometimes even with spirochetes.
But before we get to the science behind unique genital scents, read on to learn about the sad story that sparked a poovolution in a Canadian public school.
“As I was transitioning, I found it triggering that my cisgender female friends didn’t smell like poo,” the top of the fateful note read. It had arrived by the Trans Express.
That’s what they called it there. The relatively small but respected Canadian school had just set up an anonymous tip box for LGBTQ folks to alert the faculty to issues faced by their community. It was a lavender wooden box, decorated with cheery handwriting, plastic flowers, and other colorful accoutrements, discretely placed by the janitor’s closet near the main bathrooms.
Three times a week the woman describing herself as the school’s “trans mama bear” ceremoniously poured its heartrending contents out onto a table in the faculty lounge….