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GUEST POST: You are not a feminist

October 22, 2013

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Stop coopting the term “feminist.”

If you privilege trans concerns over woman-born-women’s concerns, you are not a feminist.

If you believe that the question of “what does it mean to be a woman?” has been settled, and that the only legitimate answer is that a woman is anyone who declares that identity, you are not a feminist.

If you regard a love of pink, frills, makeup, and high heels as evidence that a person is really female deep inside, you are not a feminist.

If you believe that being a woman is based on personal conviction, and that body, genetics, and socialization are irrelevant, you are not a feminist.

If you use the phrase “radical feminist” as an ugly epithet, you are not a feminist.

If you uncritically believe in “brain sex,” you are not a feminist.

If you insist that everyone who self-identifies as a woman must be one and that such a self-identification needs no explanation or justification, you are not a feminist.

If you believe that the declaration “I am a woman!” must never be questioned or critically examined, you are not a feminist.

If you spend more time railing against “lesbian transphobia” than you do against the people who rape, disparage and degrade those who do not conform to gender expectations, you are not a feminist.

If you don’t care about lesbophobia within the trans community, you are not a feminist.

If you believe that lesbians are just another group with “cis privilege,” you are not a feminist.

If you scoff at the concerns lesbians have brought up about about trans women’s presence in women-only space, you are not a feminist.

If you believe that gender nonconforming children need medical or psychological evaluation, you are not a feminist.

If you believe that people who do not identify with gender stereotypes are outliers who are “gender queer,” you are not a feminist.

If you have summarily dismissed this blog post as “transphobic,” you are not a feminist.

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GUEST POST: We Are All Non-Gendered

May 14, 2013

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One of the reasons I am very public with my contact information (410-336-9857) is because people (Men AND Women) need room and space to realize that their queer theory views on gender are actually conservative and anti-woman. Many people who started out as stridently pro-gender and aggressive towards me specifically (I don’t take it personally, by the way) have subsequently realized that gender is the problem. I also get lots of emails and calls from people who have direct experience with “being transgender.” What follows is a post from one of these folks. It is vital that people have space to have these critical discussions and to change their minds (or not).

GUEST POST: We Are All Non-Gendered

I am an XY male who tries not to gender, I came out very young cross dressed publicly for a few years, transitioned at 23, stopped at 29 or so, I’m a 30-something non-gendering male, my legal status is still female/ post-op, all my papers etc. say female, I couldn’t care less, one day I will change it back over but it was such a hassle to start that it’s not really an issue for me as I don’t use things that can cause an uproar…I use men’s rooms, etc., never barge or interrupt female spaces as I am not one. I still take estrogen as synthetic testosterone is very horrible, I don’t know how the FTM crowd does it, holy crap that stuff is scary, plus I do feel better on estrogen mentally, and that is more important than breasts or hips, ever will be.

We are all non-gendered, gender is a very external expression and worn only like accessories, a jewelry for the masses and self.  We all in some way want to be recognized, admired or loved and accepted. We are social creatures and it’s only natural that we be a part of that social connection/acceptance.

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I have never seen anyone wear that triangle.

The naked body is biological both internal and external (mostly external for males)(and yes, there are the percentage of folks who are either intersected or have ambiguous genitalia) as we know breasts come in all shapes and sizes for both sexes but predominantly in females as can bone structure between the two. (hips, hands, feet etc…)

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GUEST POST: A Woman with Turners Syndrome Discusses Feminism and Gender

February 13, 2013

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By June42. You can read more of her on her blog.

I have recently started getting involved with a radical feminist group, something I have been intending to do for a couple of years.

Part of why I have wanted to get involved is that I have found feminist thought on a number of issues (gender roles, women and the medical profession and reproduction) very useful in helping me explore and come to terms with certain aspects of Turner’s syndrome or TS.

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There are serious issues around the way doctors deal with women with TS. The medical profession is still, like many professions, dominated by men. While I have experience of several female GPs, I have had very limited experience (if any) of being treated by female consultants. My treatment by male consultants has impacted how I view myself as a woman, and how consultants project a view of what is feminine onto girls and women with TS.  Feminists have been the one group who have examined the way the medical profession has treated women and how it is an inherently patriarchal profession (as most are!) [...]

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GUEST POST: You Are Next

January 20, 2013

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First they came for Janice Raymond
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an academic.

Then they came for Mary Daly
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a lesbian.

Then they came for Norah Vincent
and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t even read her book.

Then they came for Lierre Keith
and I didn’t speak out because I was afraid that I’d get attacked too.

Then they came for Sheila Jeffreys
and I didn’t speak out because her honest analysis makes my queer friends uncomfortable.

Then they came for Germaine Greer
and I didn’t speak out because she seems a little full of herself.

Then they came for Diane DiMassa
and I didn’t speak out because Hothead Paisan is soooo 1990s.

Then they came for Julie Bindel
and I didn’t speak out because she seems unpleasant.

Then they came for Cathy Brennan
and I didn’t speak out because I hate that woman.

Then they came for Christine Benvenuto
and I didn’t speak out because she was married to a man.

Then they came for Issa Rae
and I didn’t speak out because I have never seen Awkward Black Girl.

Then they came for Julie Burchill
and I didn’t speak out because I don’t like that she said “shims” in a political essay.

Then they came for Gallus Mag
and I didn’t speak out because I forgot how to speak.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

- An Anonymous Woman

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GUEST POST: Women Who Care About Women Don’t Bat For Team Patriarchy

November 12, 2012

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Women Who Care About Women Don’t Bat For Team Patriarchy

By Jacqueline S. Homan

A feminist scolded her sisters for being righteously indignant about the capo-like behavior of patriarchy’s handmaidens and honorary men, saying that being critical of women who deliberately throw their sisters under the wheels of patriarchy’s shit train distracts from the primary focus of feminism. She says that discrediting these capos doesn’t do anything to help women as a class.

Well, I have a LOT to say about that.

Although it’s true that women didn’t initiate patriarchy, and although it’s also true that some women’s bad behavior is not the same as men’s behavior under male supremacy because of the undeniable power differential, failing to publicly discredit honorary men does a far greater disservice to feminism and to women as a class by giving these handmaidens a free pass just because “they’re women, too.”

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GUEST POST: College

September 21, 2012

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This is a Guest Post by Lanie about rape. Lanie’s story is shockingly common. It makes me murderously angry that Lanie’s story is common. Her story is my story, and I suspect it is yours. Thank you Lanie for sharing.

It was supposed to have been a reward for having survived high school, new people and ideas. It instead was one of the worst years of my life. I started college before my 16th birthday. A few weeks before school started my Mom got a call from the University. From what I could hear it was, “…yes my daughter has finished high school and is planning on attending your University, yes she was accepted. Ok next Wednesday? We’ll be there.” Then my Mom hung up the phone and told me something about having to meet with the Vice President of Student Life and how it could keep me from attending. That was the overwhelming tone of my interaction with my mother my freshman year. I was a risk, I was constantly at risk, of doing something wrong and it was because four years earlier I agreed to go to prep school after sixth grade.  I was gonna be trouble. The school decided it, and judging from my mother’s general uneasiness she had been sold on the idea.

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GUEST POST: Back In The Day

July 25, 2012

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Back in the day,

When we were young and

Full of hope,

When women had their places

To dream and plan

A future for their daughters,

Where women could love women

Freely

And not be defined by tv, fashion mags

And porn.

We were so innocent then,

We thought that we

Could fix it all with talk.

30 years,

Still we talk,

Still our lives and sex

And safety stolen from us.

Cis’d and dismissed.

Ali Batts

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GUEST POST: You don’t care about some girl…

July 9, 2012

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You don’t care about some girl…

You don’t care about some girl in the 80s who was raped a week before her 18th birthday.

You don’t care about her being raped in the 90s.

You don’t care about her daughter being raped at the age 8.

You don’t care about another daughter being raped 10yrs. later.

You don’t care…. because it’s so fucking “normal”.

If I’m going to fucking weep… I weep for all the daughters as I cheer them on.

Go.

Go. RUN!!

You were **smacked** on the ass the second you were born and they yelled out…

IT’S A GIRL!!

Wrapped in pink w/millenniums of bullshit fiber.

What a fucking privilege.

Run my daughter.  I care. 

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GUEST POST: Rethinking Gender Abolition by Pogoniptrail

July 3, 2012

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Rethinking Gender Abolition

by Pogoniptrail

The goal of eradicating gender has become axiomatic for radical feminists over the past several years. Not only the debased role of woman but gender itself–the very concept–has been framed as the root of all women’s oppression. It is my position that gender abolition is neither necessary for women’s liberation nor a worthy goal. I base this conclusion on the following points:

1) Gender abolition is a reactionary position that has gained traction as a result of the assault on women’s autonomy vis-a-vis transactivists and gender identity theorists.

2) It is a disembodied view that emphasizes minds and brains over women’s entire physical being.

3) It is an abstract solution imposed on an existing order rather than an organic theory arising out of women’s experiences.

4) It does not allow for sex-based diversity in religious and ethnic subcultures.

5) It frames autonomous women’s spaces and organizations in negative rather than positive terms.

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