As some of you may or may not be aware of, I am an LGBTQIA+ person, that being a lesbian. I am also currently exploring my gender far more, questioning pronouns and what not (I might be leaning on nonbinary, but I'm not too sure myself). As you all also know, I am also an avid fan of the Muppet franchise. So not too long ago, as I was dicking around on Discord, I had myself a moment of realization. The song, "Man or Muppet", actually reflects a lot on the idea of gender. Okay, this seems like a stretch thus far, but please, hear me out.
I reflect on my reflection and I ask myself the question
What's the right direction, to go I don't know
I look into these eyes and I don't recognize
The one I see insi-i-i-ide
It's time for me to decide
Here I go again I'm always running out of time
These lines in particular are reminiscent of the pains of gender dysphoria, and how it feels as though there’s a constant race to find your gender identity. How you feel as though there's a specific time and date on what you'll identify, and if that'll be that way forever.
Am I a man or am I a muppet? (am I a muppet)
If I'm a muppet then I’m a very manly muppet ?(a very manly muppet)
Am I a muppet, (muppet) or am I a man? (am I a man)
If I'm a man, that makes me a muppet of a man (a muppet of a man)
The chorus overall is akin to the feelings of questioning one’s gender. Constantly flipping back between man, muppet, muppet of a man, a manly muppet. Gender really is a confusing thing, so questioning it isn't too out of the question.
Now I understand, who I am
I'm A Man!
I'm A Muppet!
I'm a Muppet of a man
I'm a very manly Muppet
I'm a Muppety Man
That's who I am
The last few lines of the song represent finally embracing your identity. Coming to terms with who you are as a person, and at long last, coming out, proud of who you are.
Holy, crap, I just went off, didn't I?
In conclusion, The Muppets say trans rights babey! Be the muppet of a man you want to be! Be the very manly muppet you want to be! You're super-duper valid, and if anybody tells you otherwise, they can go stub their to onto the corner of a wall.
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