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the insanity of the term “cisprivilege”

November 14, 2014

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Originally posted on Plastic Girl:

(and why this made-up term is really bullshit made up by trans-centered and clueless transactivists. Julia Serano comes to mind, actually, as do her neophyte glomlings)

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cisprivilege

Noun

cisprivilege

(LGBT, neologism) The social advantage enjoyed by those who are cisgender/cissexual.

Who uses the term “cisprivilege” and what does it mean to them?

Transwomen use this term without having any idea at all how profoundly offensive it is to born-females.

What transwomen mean when they said born-females enjoy “cisprivilege”

  • You can grow your hair long and NOBODY questions you! omg!
  • you get to wear dresses and pantyhose and paint your toes and nobody calls you a fag!
  • shopping for highheels. srsly!
  • having doors held open for you by chivalrous dinosaurs
  • getting “dressed” in feminine clothing of any kind, especially little black dresses
  • being a cheerleader, or Hooters girl.
  • going to a bar and having all your drinks paid…

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Lena Dunham and Feminism: Beware the Vitriol of the Sisterhood

November 5, 2014

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Cathy Brennan:

There is something very twisted about using Jo Freeman’s eloquent essay on trashing as a shield to defend against what many people – right, left, center – believe to be, at best, questionable behavior.
And Laverne Cox is actually a man.
Lena Dunham is not being “trashed” for her politics. She is facing criticism for the way in which she described acts in which she engaged as a child and a teenager – descriptions for which she herself has no apologized.

Originally posted on TIME:

“Sisterhood is powerful. It kills. Mostly sisters.”

Those were the words of Ti-Grace Atkinson, an author and philosopher, when she resigned from the Feminists, a radical group she had founded in the late 1960s. They were repeated, forty years later, in the New Yorker​ by Susan Faludi​, who ​described them as “one of the lines most frequently quoted by feminists.”

​If Lena Dunham’s latest lambasting is any indication, the words are still applicable today. The vitriol of the sisterhood is alive and well.

The latest controversy over Dunham goes like this: Last month, the 28-year-old creator of Girls published a memoir, Not That Kind of Girl. In the book, much in the same way her HBO series does, Dunham takes on all sorts of taboos, in revealing, unfiltered, at times uncomfortable sections on virginity, sisterly intimacy, date rape, and more. She is graphic in her sexual descriptions, including…

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What’s With The Banter?

November 2, 2014

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Originally posted on Let's Talk Vaginas:

I was walking home from the hospital when a man called out, “Hey beautiful! What’s up?” I carried on walking. I didn’t even turn around to look at him. I hoped, and prayed, that he would ignore me and leave me alone. But the comments continued.

“Look at those tits. Girl, you are blessed. I wish I could get my hands on those”.

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How Trans Women Can Be Good Allies to Females

October 25, 2014

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Originally posted on Pretendbians: Exactly Like Lesbians, Except Not:

Anonymous asked: Hi. Can you tell me what the perfect trans ally for feminism would look like? Or is there one. If we said “Yes, we are male sexed” but also women, would we be accepted as sisters? Can you describe your vision of an alliance between transgender persons and feminism? If we said “Yes. There are differences between us and cis women” would that be enough?

I can tell you how my trans friends who are allies help females.

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Dear trans women

October 25, 2014

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Originally posted on Feminists Unknown's Blog:

Dear trans women who are also feminists

Inclusion is a huge issue in feminism right now, particularly in relation to trans issues. Here are some handy tips on making your feminism more respectful and inclusive:

Merely existing as a woman — any woman — is hard. But it’s not, in and of itself, a form of activism. It doesn’t make you a hero to the feminist cause. It doesn’t give you extra special insights into gender or power or oppression. It doesn’t mean other people should fall at your feet, desperate to hear each precious word of wisdom. Feminism involves listening and giving (as does womanhood, too much of it at times. But if you want to be treated as a woman, don’t expect a free pass).

Non-trans women don’t exist to define you. They’re not your foils. They’re people in their own right and their inner lives, experiences, thoughts…

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Dumb

October 25, 2014

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Originally posted on Hypotaxis:

So apparently the blogger GallusMag has been “outed” by trans – ahem – “activists.” And apparently these trans “activists” are screaming all over the internet-sphere about what a victory this is for . . . for . . . uh, something? A victory for male hackers, I guess? I don’t fucking know.

What I do know is that the language around the alleged “outing” of GallusMag has been, not unsurprisingly, problematic and scary.

The people claiming responsibility for doxxing this blogger are all, notably, males who identify as female and as they share details of GallusMag’s alleged identity, home address, image they warn their minions “do not inflict violence.”

Can we take a moment to address the fact that women seldom (if ever), when confronted with an idea or public figure they dislike, have to be warned, “don’t be violent”? Christ, if I had a nickel for every time someone…

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Straw Transwoman err Man

October 23, 2014

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A straw man is a logical fallacy based on the misrepresentation of an opponent’s argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument.

Transgender Women and their Helpful Allies DEPEND ON the straw man specifically with regard to arguing against “Cathy Brennan.” I generally do not engage straw man “arguments” because it’s a dishonest tactic.

It is very easy for me to continue to dismiss “my critics” (this is a GENEROUS WORD I AM USING) when none of you can be bothered to engage with what I believe, what I  have written, or what I have said.

I understand that Transgender Activists do their level best to suppress my original arguments. They have to – they have nothing else.

That you fight Straw Men is “your problem.” It is not mine.

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This is a Man who has engaged in a smear campaign about what he thinks I believe for more than a year. You would have thought he might have ACTUALLY READ WHAT I BELIEVE before engaging in such tactics.

I do not answer to your words, I do not respond to your terms, I will not embrace your definitions.

You are fighting a battle with yourselves.

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OutLIARS (or menmenmenmenmen)

October 9, 2014

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Originally posted on phonaesthetica:

*This piece was a joint effort with the ever-genius Hypotaxis.

Unsurprisingly, Dana McCallum, a man who identifies as a woman, was given a little slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to spousal abuse and rape. Most males, like McCallum, do not receive sentences that are in any way proportionate to the trauma inflicted upon their victims.

Also unsurprisingly, LGBT media outlets have been clumsily and desperately trying to lionize poor Dana McCallum as a troubled soul with a drinking problem, instead of naming him, accurately, for the abusive man he is despite his lady presentation. “But she Tweeted in support of rape victims” one LGBT publication lamented. So? So that means what? He’s not a rapist? He’s not an abuser? Because he thumbed out 140 characters in support of abused women? The logic of the modern-day LGBT “movement” seldom approaches anything resembling a sane and rational thought.

Frankly, I am now…

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Riddle Scale adapted to separatism

October 1, 2014

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Originally posted on Feed the Fishes:

Today I decided to combine two of my favorite concepts: Women’s separatism and the Riddle Scale of Homophobia.  The Riddle scale offers a range of positive and negative attitudes along a spectrum, acknowledging that homophobia is not an ON/OFF switch, an either/or.  And, it contributes the complicating assertion that “tolerance,” quite the buzzword in workplaces and schools, is still a very negative approach, all things considered.

An important consideration: When I use the term “women’s separatism,” I’m not merely referring to Lesbian separatist land communities.  I’m using Marilyn Frye’s definition from “Some Reflections on Separatism and Power.”  She writes, “Feminist separation is, of course, separation of various sorts or modes from men and from institutions, relationships, roles and activities which are male-defined, male-dominated and operating for the benefit of males and the maintenance of male privilege–this separation being initiated or maintained, at will, by women.”  Since these male institutions…

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“He For She” or, “What About the Men?”

September 23, 2014

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Originally posted on Hypotaxis:

*This piece was a collaborative effort between myself and the amazingly brilliant Phonaesthetica. (If you’re not reading her blog, you should, because she’s an incredible writer.)

It’s review day. Let’s clarify, once more, the differences between radical and liberal feminism.

Liberal feminism asserts that women’s liberation comes through equality with men, and therefore positions men as a benchmark, the “best possible case,” the default setting, the gold standard, the brass ring – if only to be respected like a man, if only to be paid like a man, or to be free to “choose pornography” or fuck anything that moves like a man. In liberal feminism, male is aspirational.

In liberal feminism, society itself isn’t broken, we just need to learn how to better exist within it – like men.

Radical feminism, on the other hand, understands that if you polish a turd, it’s still a turd…

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