Tag Archives: Transphobia

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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Letter to the Community

April 12, 2013

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April 11, 2013

 
Letter to the Community
 
On March 28, an activist named Red Durkin posted a petition on Change.org asking artists and attendees to boycott the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival until organizers fully and openly welcome all self-identified women.  This petition has intensified a long-running debate about and within the Festival, a debate that has often included intense misrepresentations about the political heart of this gathering.  There is no doubt that complex political debate is healthy and necessary within our communities; however, a boycott, within this context, fails to advance resolution and only seeks to exact damage.  As the Festival’s producer for her full 38 years, I write today to clarify the festival’s herstory, intention and my desire for understanding within our communities, as well as to clarify where I stand on these issues. [...]

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That time when someone said something unintentionally ironic on Facebook

November 21, 2012

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Interesting Discussions going on here about women’s space in connection with a now-ended event called Age Diversity and Gender Fluidity: A forum sponsored by the San Francisco Dyke March.

Me being a hugely “transphobic” evil person, local dykes who live in fear of being ostracized by Gender Queers for having “an unpopular opinion” asked me to comment on the event page, and some Women (and Gay Men) cried “evils” when I said controversial things like “Trans women are men.” [...]

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June 12, 2012

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LOLOLOL – Joe, I am not the person meme-ing you, and I am not in charge of all the transphobia on the internet. Maybe stop acting like as asshole towards women, and you won’t get this attention. More about Joe: http://bugbrennan.com//?s=joelle&search=Go

UPDATE: Joe has locked down her blog. Everyone should ask her for permission to view it! It’s the most feminist blog on the Internet!

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Female-Only Spaces

May 21, 2012

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HOW THIS CONVERSATION SHOULD GO

Female: We respect trans women as women, but they are not female. Females have a right to organize as females, apart from trans women. Females suffer because of our female biology, which is used to keep us second class worldwide. So, we have issues we care about as females. Perhaps we can work together at other times on issues where we have solidarity of interest on issues we both care about. We appreciate that we can have this time.

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One Reason Why Females Want Female-only Space

April 5, 2012

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Because some Trans Women are violent. See this post, which I copypaste below.

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Threats, We Got Threats!

April 3, 2012

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threats plural of threat (Noun)

  • A statement of an intention to inflict pain, injury, damage, or other hostile action on someone in retribution for something done or not…:  “the family has received death threats”
  • A menace of bodily harm, such as may restrain a person’s freedom of action.

Old Roz K. post “explaining” threats.

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