As One: response to ‘Norway’

In this aria, Hannah after travels to Norway to get away from her life in the states.


Kara: Where I used to live, there’s this wooded area near a park and I would go there sometimes when I wanted to be there by myself…I would play my flute there sometimes because I get nervous when people hear me play the flute.

Jax: There’s this one part of the beach [that I go to] all the time because it’s really nice and there’s nobody there. Every I get there, there’s probably just one other person. So there’s a lot of listening to me.


Anonymous: In that stanza, the last two lines say “I only care if I pass to myself.” The idea of passing for transgender people is when you pass as the gender [you identify with] The idea of passing to yourself is something I usually go through a lot in public because I just, in general, don’t like public bathrooms at all. I have to determine if I pass well enough that day to be able to go into the men’s bathroom without having any problems, and even if I can go into the girl’s bathroom without any problems. Even in the girl’s bathroom I had this little kid say, “Mommy, why is there a boy in here?”

Anonymous: I still don’t go into the women’s restroom ever. The reason I didn’t go today is because I forgot to shave.

Anonymous: It’s just everyone’s preconceived notion of what a woman’s supposed to look like. Even if you don’t shave, you should go in there.


Anonymous: I like this stanza because I have a love-hate relationship with passing. I think it shouldn’t matter but I want to pass so bad. I think that it’s really important to not look at transgender people and say things like, “you don’t pass yet but you have really big eyes and that’s feminine,” or to try and find all these things that make them fir into the gender that they’re trying to pass as. Just think of them as the gender they are and say, “you’re a woman. it doesn’t matter if you pass yet. If you don’t want to pass ever you’re still a woman, or you’re still a man.”

Anonymous: They want to reassure you. To me, it’s kind of insulting because I feel like when they look at me, they’re telling me that my passing game is so pathetic that they have to find something for me or they’ll feel bad.

Anonymous: Sometimes you’ve got to look at yourself and be like, “I’m still a man. I’m beautiful! I’m still a man!”