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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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You Think Pronouns Are The Issue?

May 2, 2013

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Cemia “Ci Ci” Dove, also known as Carl Acoff Jr., was a transgender woman killed by someone, brutally, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Carl-Acoff

Cemia “Ci Ci” Dove

Acoff’s body “was stabbed repeatedly and dumped into a pond, tethered to a block of concrete.”

An intentional killing, obviously.

The killer did not want anyone to find Ms. Acoff’s body.

I will “speculate” that a Man murdered Ms. Acoff.

Let’s also assume that Ms. Acoff’s “gender identity” contributed to her murder. […]

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We Don’t Need No Education

April 18, 2013

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One of my all time favorite movies is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Have you seen it? It features the incomparable Peter Sellers (one of my all-time favorite actors, male or female) in four different roles, including Dr. Strangelove, who invented The Bomb.

Dr._Strangelove

I’m also awesome in I Love You Alice B. Toklas.

It’s a satire about the fear that permeated the consciousness of Americans during the Cold War of the 1950s and onward, where one superpower – the United States – continually engaged in psychological battle with another superpower, the U.S.S.R. There are any number of excellent histories on the Cold War, including many by Anne Applebaum, check them out. There’s also I Love Lucid: The Cold War, Feminism, And The Ideation Of The American Family.

This isn’t a post about the Cold War though. This is a post about the Language that Transwomen/Men/Allies deploy in their never-ending battle to intimidate Gays and Lesbians (but especially Lesbians) into accepting their propaganda about Gender Identity as Gospel Truth.

I have written about some of the verbal tics of the Queer folks before, including how Transwomen sound a lot like violent Men. […]

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Ruth Barrett Responds

April 17, 2013

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My response to the request to boycott the Michigan Festival. 

April 11, 2013
Dear Community Sisters and Performers of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival,

I want to give Alyson Palmer a standing ovation for her brilliant and eloquently crafted letter in response to the trans-activist’s call to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival performers to boycott the Festival. Alyson speaks to my own sentiments and I could not have said it better. In sisterhood and solidarity, I am writing to add my voice in support of Lisa Vogel and the women who honor and respect the Festival’s women-born-women (WBW) intention.

My friend Kathy, who has attended the Michigan Festival for well over 30 years, said to me last night, “How is it that “women” with penises are given more rights and compassion than female-born women? Why is my right to self determination being challenged by others who at the same time ask me to accept their self determination?” I echo her questions.
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Listen To What Men Tell You

March 25, 2013

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I recently finished the book The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. A feminist friend suggested I read it because of the online harassment I get from Men (and Women, even from “Feminists”). I commend it to you, it’s a good read (oh and there’s a discussion of “sociopaths” in there for all of you who think I am a sociopath. Sadly, there is no discussion of mandaters or whatever other thing I am supposed to be today).

One of the messages of the book is to listen to your intuition. If someone makes your creep-dar go off, honor that (oh and also, if you think I am a creep, honor that and don’t talk to me. PLEASE). Listen to what people tell you. On the Internet, that means “Read the words that person with the My Little Pony avatar writes.” Don’t make excuses for what people say, and don’t project onto the words what you THINK a person is feeling.

Read what they say and understand what it means. […]

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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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For Every One of Us You Silence, 100 More Will Rise to Take Her Place

January 19, 2013

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I received the following (unsolicted) email from Gallus Mag at GenderTrender, which I present unedited:

“As some of you may know, my posting access to my GenderTrender wordpress.com blog was suspended at the end of the business day on Friday January 18. My last post, on Friday morning, was a collection of screen caps: a random sampling of the abusive and threatening tweets directed at Suzanne Moore following her “SEEING RED: THE POWER OF FEMALE ANGER” article re-publication.

Prior to Friday morning’s post I did five controversial posts in succession:

  1. I outed an MD and Phd who threatened to murder a bunch of radical feminists, also specifically targeting myself and Cathy Brennan. 1/10/2013 FRI
  2. I posted the text of Professor Sheila Jeffeys’ submission to the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 1/12/2013 SUN
  3. I posted the entire text (and published imagery) of Julie Burchill’s “Transsexuals Should Cut it Out”, which was subsequently censored in toto by the Guardian/Observer and for which she is now facing a government criminal inquiry. 1/13/2013 MON
  4. I posted commentary and photos and a partial re-blog of Dirt’s article calling out the racism and homophobia at the core of the initial trans response to Suzanne Moore’s use of the term “Brazillian transsexual” in her “SEEING RED: THE POWER OF FEMALE RAGE” article. 1/16/2013 THURS
  5. I posted a video of Precious “Jewel” Davis, a (self-professed) gay drag queen who recently “turned trans” from the “We Happy Trans” project . 1/16/2013 THURS 

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Straight Man Says Women “Bad” For Knowing Sex =//= Gender

January 18, 2013

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racist

I don’t mind casual racism when it goes with my hipster lifestyle and political views on gender!

Dan Solomon is a  “straight, white cisgender man” from Texas who has things to say about Women like Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill who dare to (1) notice that transwomen are men and 2) have the guts to speak out about it.

Dan wants you to know that he’s got the backs of his fellow Men, err transwomen.

And he wants you to know why he takes transgender issues personally…

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To the Victor Go the Spoils

January 12, 2013

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Only in a male mind would harassing someone into submission and having them take such measures to avoid interactions in the future be a success.

This is a post on my OBSERVATIONS of Transwomen. As this post is only my observation based on my personal experience, your experience may vary – or you may notice similar patterns of behavior from “Transwomen.” Not all Transwomen behave like these clowns. Sadly, these clowns are LOUD. Let’s begin!

Transwomen sound like Violent Men. In numerous instances, when we (Women) point out that (1) they are Men and (2) we (Women) don’t want to occupy space and time with them, THEY GET ANGRY. […]

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Intersectionality Has Its Limitations

December 28, 2012

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Why is it that heterosexual third-wave feminists understand “intersectionality” when it comes to everyone except Lesbians?

You know, Lesbians? Your sisters? Your sisters who love other Women (and by Women, I mean Women – not Trans Women).

A friend alerted me to a discussion on the Guerrilla Feminism Facebook page, run by a Woman named Lachrista Greco. I don’t pay much attention to Feminist Facebook pages, as they tend to ban Radical Feminist discussions, and I had never heard of Greco until two days ago.

Greco made a statement on her page that “Transphobia will not be tolerated” in response to a thread that devolved into a “what about the transwomen” discussion.

And she banned Women. A lot of Women (including me, because I am mean and scary).

The “transphobia” was, of course, Women, many of whom are Lesbian, stating that “transwomen are men.”

This statement – that transwomen are men – is KIND OF REALLY IMPORTANT for Lesbians.

Why? […]

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