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That Awkward Moment

April 15, 2013

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One of the charges Transgender Warriors and their Signal-Boosting Liberal Allies regularly lodge against Radical Feminists is that Radical Feminists are “biological determinists” for knowing that human biology exists.

According to these folks, biological determinism makes us Nazis and KKK members and right-wingers. Transgender Warriors and Outstanding Liberal Allies engage in this blitz attack on Women to ensure that the dominant message Popular Liberal Media hears is that Transgender Ideology is a progressive path towards “liberation” and Feminists are bad.

Authors much smarter than I have deconstructed Gender Identity for the retrogressive, conservative, women-hating philosophy it is (Hi Sheila Jeffreys! Hi pretty much every Radical Feminist blogger).

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What About The Men?

January 22, 2013

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I am an avid reader of your blogs (I think I sent you a FB message once saying something to the effect of “keep fighting the good fight”). I was wondering if you might write up a post some day on how lay men who are not part of this particular struggle can be allies to females. I understand that this could mean we need to shut up, respect female-only spaces, and divest ourselves from patriarchy as much as we can. I think that you might have something to say though beyond that, which I think the handful of observers like me would be interested in hearing. Keep fighting the good fight.

Men can be allies to Women. [...]

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A Trans Man Walks Into A Man’s Spa…Have You Heard This One Before?

December 13, 2012

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Meet Levi Pine.

Levi is a trans man who lives in Chicago and does union organizing. He seems like a good person.

And he’s not trying to invade women-only space, even though I’d welcome him (as he’s actually Female).

It’s Levi’s “actual Femaleness” that led Levi to cross my desk. The Windy City Times reports that Levi has filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights for gender identity discrimination.

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Cisterhood is Powerful

December 12, 2012

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I need to be honest with you, Internet.

I am completely bored by the conversation about your gender, your gender identity, your gender expression. I find the endless selfies and YouTube introductory videos disturbing and evidence of a nation in the grips of a narcissistic delusion. I am weary of the hyperbole that any trans-critical analysis kills thousands of trans women every year (because, let’s be honest, we all know who kills trans women).

Indeed, trans-critical analysis isn’t that hard, and it is pretty obvious. And writers much more interested in it than I have skillfully unpacked bizarre post-modern concepts like “cisgender.”  So, my interest has waned, significantly, and I have been putting my political attentions towards other things.

But this cisgender thing, it just sticks in my craw.  It has become so completely accepted for Women who consider themselves to be Feminist activists to say things like “Everyone has a sex AND a gender.”  It has become required for supportive allies to affirm that THEY are cisgender. [...]

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When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A Lesbian

September 6, 2012

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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.

A baby girl is born. It’s a girl! Pink! Baby Dolls! Dresses! Other Stuff! From this moment, the girl is groomed for life as a Heterosexual Woman. She is groomed for a life as a wife and servant for Men. She is groomed to  want to have babies and raise the children of men. She is groomed for Compulsory Heterosexuality, the concept coined by Baltimore native and Radical Feminist Adrienne Rich that identifies heterosexuality as the agent that keeps Females from actualizing their full sexual and emotional capacities, an agent that denies a sexual way of being unrelated to Male pleasure – Lesbian sexuality.

All girls in our culture are groomed towards Compulsory Heterosexuality.

All of us. Including Lesbians. As Lesbians, we have been socialized since birth – like all Females – to be sexually accessible to Males. As Lesbians, many of us work for years with internalized self-hatred and misogyny before we finally are able to confront our sexual attractions and honor our sexuality. This is a long and – for many of us – a lifetime process, as we are constantly bombarded with cultural messages that Lesbian sexuality is wrong.

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You Don’t Know Dick

August 10, 2012

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In my late twenties, my then-partner and I decided that we wanted to have children together.  For a number of reasons, I ended up having them. And by “having them,” I mean that we obtained sperm from a Male person and inserted it close to my cervix, resulting in – ta da – pregnancy and birth.

This is where babies come from. As a Female, I am *unable* to manufacture sperm.  As a Female, I am, however, able to become pregnant – which I did, twice. This reproductive capacity is a shared characteristic of the class of humans called “Females.”  And although there are certainly Females who cannot become pregnant, it is biological fact that it is only this class of humans who can become pregnant.  Males – the class of humans from which I obtained the sperm I needed to “make a baby” – cannot become pregnant. Ever.

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The Trouble with Transgender – Presentation at Radfem Reboot

August 3, 2012

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Hai! Tribbles are cute when it’s just one, but they are deadly when they suffocate the Enterprise. Analogy!

These are my notes from my presentation at Radfem Reboot, Portland, Oregon. I was going to write a blog post that was more formal, but I am too tired. If you have questions about any of this, please leave a comment.

GROUND RULES FOR MY TALK

1. GENDER IS THE FOUNDATION OF MALE DOMINATION

2. GENDER IS A WAR – A WAR AGAINST WOMEN

3. GENDER IS PERFORMANCE THAT PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION OF MALE DOMINATION OVER FEMALES

4. GENDER NEEDS TO BE DESTROYED IF WE SEEK TO OVERTHROW PATRIARCHY

5. TRANS WOMEN ARE MALE AND TRANS MEN ARE FEMALE

6. WOMEN-ONLY ORGANIZING AND THE ABILITY TO ESTABLISH A BOUNDARY BASED ON SEX IS A KEY COMPONENT OF REJECTING RAPE CULTURE.

7. RAD FEMS WANT TO ABOLISH GENDER, TRANS WANT TO KEEP GENDER BECAUSE TRANS CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT GENDER. THIS IS A HEAD ON CONFLICT IN THE FUTURE OF FEMINISM

8. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THESE STATEMENTS, YOU CAN STAY AND REMAIN QUIET OR YOU CAN LEAVE.

“Disrespect is crucial. Disrespect for the cultures, values and institutions of male domination is the very foundation and sine qua non of feminism.” Sheila Jeffreys on religion, equally applicable to gender.

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Compulsory Heterosexuality, Queerified

July 13, 2012

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Much has been written over the last 15 years regarding the issue Transgender inclusion within the Gay and Lesbian Movement. The argument for inclusion originates in the notion that we are all Queer, that we are all read by the larger heteronormative society as Queer, regardless of how our own identification varies on this theme.

In the last few years, however, the tenor of this discussion has changed, with Transgender people asserting different needs – and different goals – for their Community.

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Females: Silenced By Trans*

July 6, 2012

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As Females, we have devoted much time to supporting Trans* causes. Why are we doing this, when it seems clear that Trans* does not extend us the same respect?

Abortion: Here. Here. Here. Here. Here.

Free Speech: Here. Here.

Rape: Here.

Birth Control: Here.

Add your own links to comments, articles and the assorted detritus of the Internet where Trans* people make it very clear that they don’t give a flying fuck for Females.

We need to change this.

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Allyson Clarke: That’s No Lady

June 25, 2012

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Only in Trans Land does a transwoman harass a dyke at the Dyke March and then have the balls to accuse the dyke of sexually harassing her.

Allyson, you are repulsive.

Heterosexual male.

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