Back on Thursday, F.C. threw out this “June Jour Challenge” prompt:
Imagine that you have a superpower. What would it be and why?
That would be an easy choice for me, although I did think about the wide assortment of superpowers I could have and the possible benefits I would have gained:
- The power to be faster than a speeding bullet? Well, that would save me time when getting ready for work every morning, not to mention gas money.
- Having more strength than a powerful locomotive? Well, I should tone up my muscles first before having that power.
- Being to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Not very useful in my day-to-day life.
- Having x-ray vision? Not very useful for me either; besides, what advantage would I gain in seeing one’s shortcomings? I mean, ew!
- The power to alter time (rewind, freeze, fast forward)? Just like that “speeding bullet” thing above, this could save me time (and gas) every morning, and it could help me reverse my errors; but the sight of everyone standing still or running in reverse or fast forward would be so silly.
- Being able to fly? Yet another gas saver, but how could I carry my groceries home with me?
- The power to make money as I please? You mean other than my job? Well, that would be cool, but I imagine the Superpower Superstore would have a big demand if they were to put it on sale.
All are well and good, but the superpower I would want pertains to the person I represent myself on this blog — the power to change the gender I display at will. You know, kind of like Mystique. In the Marvel comics (and don’t make me out as a comic book fan, because I admit I’m not), Mystique has the power to shapeshift and mimic any person she wants to be, male or female. As a crossdresser, I think that would be an awesome power to have. As I first mentioned in passing after launching this blog, I am comfortable with my full-time male/part-time female status, but I have imagined what living full-time as a woman would be like.
When thinking about being able to shift genders at will, it would be like the best of both worlds for me:
- I could live and work my normal life as a male, but I could go all presto changeo if I wanted to try on a nice-looking dress at the department store.
- If I want to go a little bit incognito and have my neighbors pay me no mind, Boom! They won’t know who that female visitor exiting my apartment is.
- If I’m feeling really adventurous and want to turn a few heads walking down the street… just a snap of the finger and I’m Allison!
- If I want to be the best-looking queen in the pride parade, or at least on Flickr, let’s say I’d have a big head start in the transformation process.
Yeah, changing appearances at will would be an awesome thing. Of course, having great power brings great responsibility. So, I wouldn’t go all sinister or evil with my quick-change superpower, using it only for good and only for limited personal gain (no Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde deal for me). I would use it with caution and likely on a limited basis, or whenever some need arises (like, say, trying on dresses at the mall). And if, hypothetically speaking, a transgender sister or brother wanted this power for their own use, I would gladly share it or give it away, without question. Hey, I’m one to wants to make others happy, and if they would use that power to make them feel happier about themselves for at least a little while, who am I to judge?