“It’s just fucking typical that a man-born lesbian can’t get the concept of not being allowed somewhere.”

Excerpt from Diane DiMassa Interview

Bitch magazine, Summer 2004 (Issue #25)

[About a musical based on DiMassa’s cartoon, Hothead Paisan being premiered at Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, which excludes transsexual women:]

Bitch: What about the MTFs?

DiMassa: Oh, they’re very angry. Okay. It started out with, “We knew you were such a supporter of the transgender community because you drew [the ambiguously gendered Hothead character] Daphne, and how could you let this happen?” and on and on and on. Then it turned into the rumor:
“I heard you’re putting on a Hothead play that excludes Daphne!”

So, you know, it’s a widening fire. But, as Susan has explained to me, Michigan’s official policy is that Michigan is a space for women-born women who have experienced what it’s like to grow up female in our patriarchal society. And just by saying that, they recognize that there are different types of women.

Now—should I say this on the record? It’s just fucking typical that a man-born lesbian can’t get the concept of not being allowed somewhere. “How dare you! I must be allowed in there.”

Unfortunately, this is going to get interpreted that I am antitranny, and that’s not the case. Daphne has become sort of the transgender hero character. But I never used that word. I never said which way she was going. I never said if she was MTF or FTM. At one point, I was going to announce that she was transitioning from butch to femme. I wanted the point to be: Why do you have to know what she is in order to know how you feel about her?

[Animal] wants to start another festival that’s inclusive of everyone. Because her stance is the same thing: Michigan is for what it’s for, and instead of wasting your energy prostesting, go start one. So she’s working on that.

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6 comments

  1. radicalwoman · ·

    Now I❤ DiMassa even more. Time to drag out my giant anthology!

  2. There is no such thing as “male-born lesbian”it’s an oxymoron. And whatever happened to the festival that Animal was going to create that is open to everyone? Why aren’t tran* pouring their energy into creating something instead of destroying something?

    1. Because they’re mostly, men and that’s what men do: destroy.

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  4. AntiCorporatePride · ·

    Do lesbians feel as excluded from feminist spaces that are predominately held down by who are straight women? I personally do not and if they needed more space, I would not take something like that personal.
    A common assumption that people THOUGH. OUT.THE .SPECTRUM. make when they identify with Feminism:
    That it can buy you “rights” or “guarantees” you space.

    It’s just not true.

    I am a biological woman, lesbian, feminist and do not feel entitled to be in anyones space for any reason. No matter if they are my girlfriend, and another list, and another list of why.

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