On Being ‘Trapped’ By My Body - And Reclaiming It

It took Dateline NBC's Hoda Kotb approximately 13 minutes into her segment - on medical treatments for trans kids - to ask 11-year-old trans girl Josie Romero of Tucson, Arizona: “Do you feel trapped in the wrong body?” 

Whenever this question is posed, I find it to be more of a leading statement rather than a true inquiry or invitation for a trans subject to speak about their life experience or outlook on their relationship with their bodies.

Whenever it’s posed it never sits well with me. And here’s why: