“a frightening instance of what feminism could lead to” or as “living proof that feminism isn’t necessary.”
“At a minimum, it was a diversion from the widespread problems of sexual inequality.” She writes that, although she supports the right of individuals to identify as they choose, she claims that, in many cases, transsexuals “surgically mutilate their own bodies” in order to conform to a gender role that is inexorably tied to physical body parts. She concludes that “feminists are right to feel uncomfortable about the need for and uses of transsexualism.”
“If the shoe doesn’t fit, must we change the foot?
Was it fair for women to face someone trained physically and culturally for forty years as a man?
In other words, transsexuals are paying an extreme tribute to the power of sex roles. In order to set their real human personalities free, they surgically mutilate their own bodies…
Instead of serving more lifesaving but often less lucrative needs for their surgical and hormone-therapy skills, some physicians are aiding individuals who are desperately trying to conform to an unjust society. It’s a small group of successful physicians she [Janice Raymond] names ‘the transsexual empire’.
THANKS FOR STANDING UP FOR WOMEN, WOMAN!