Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage to Everyone Else

Tired of Trans-Purity Wars, Tired of Identity Politics

I get called a Trans-Separatist even though I find the energy exerted by those sisters who spend so much of their time defining themselves by their difference from “The Transgenders” to be a waste of both time and energy.

I’m hard pressed to see how transsexuals and transgenders fighting with each other accomplishes much of anything.  It’s like sitting at the computer engaging in a never ending game of “World of Warcraft”.

If one person isn’t being demonized it is someone else.

Today on Pam’s House Blend Autumn posted a piece about being out as transgender.  Great if that’s what works for her, then that is perfectly fine for her.

For me outing myself tends to be clumsy, like sharing too much information.  So I rarely do it.

Yesterday I learned from the one friend I have from High School that another friend of mine, a classmate lives in the D/FW area, where I live. I looked at his Facebook Profile.

If my life weren’t complicated by having changed sex back in 1969 I’d friend him.  But I did and so I hesitate, I don’t really feel much like educating him regarding something I did so many years ago, even though I suspect he might have known something was different about me way back in High School.

Honestly speaking being post-transsexual can sometimes be a real pain in the ass when it comes to complicating life and relationships.

Because of this, even though I blog as post-transsexual having once been transsexual isn’t that big a part of who I am.

Unfortunately a lot of different people want my having been transsexual many years ago to carry a lot more baggage than it generally does in the world I live in.

I’m not a “trans-activist” but I generally support the trans-activist in their goals of passing hate crimes laws and non-discrimination laws.  I do this just as I support other minority groups having those things.

But I don’t want to be drawn into petty bullshit arguments regarding people like Dan Savage, who I generally like.  Don’t expect me to automatically go along with you when you decide certain gay and lesbian people are your enemies because they said something you don’t like.  The quickest way to alienate me from you or your cause is for you to start using the f-word or bad mouthing feminists.

I don’t like the petty bullshit of horizontal hostility.  I don’t like the streaks of homophobia and misogyny  that crop up among TS/TG folks.

I don’t like the bashing of activists, particularly those TS/TG activists who are working in HRC and GLAAD.  When You start bashing them to me perhaps it would be wise for you to consider that I might well be Facebook friends with those people.  The same goes when you randomly bash various feminists or gay men.

You might be bashing someone I respect and think is working hard for progressive change in society, or someone I consider an important person in history.

Don’t expect me to join in.

Politics trump identity as far as I am concerned.  If you are a right wing Republican Fundie Christian it doesn’t matter if we shared a fucking hospital room when we had our SRS, you are not my sister.

My sisters and brothers support Occupy.  They support marriage equality and an inclusive ENDA.  If they aren’t atheist they nonetheless support a separation of church and state and freedom from religion as well as freedom of religion.

I’m old, lately I’ve started hitting a community health club because retirement isn’t going to happen and good jobs are vanishing.  With age and sobriety I’ve learned to not sweat the petty shit.  Deal with the big issues.

Glitter bombing Dan Savage is bullshit.  Seriously…  If Dan Savage or some gay man using the word “tranny” is the biggest problem in your life you have way too much fucking privilege.

I’ve been reading Dan Savage’s columns for nearly 20 years.  Do I always agree with him?  Hell no.  Has he done more good than harm over the years?  Yeah, hell yeah.  His making Santorum synonymous with a frothy mix of shit and anal lube earned him that.  I won’t go into the “It Get’s  Better” campaign.

While this stuff was going on Vanessa Foster and other TS/TG activists have been part of Occupy.  Not as a publicity tool but because they recognize that without decent jobs that pay living wages things like non-discrimination policies are meaningless.  But more importantly by working with things like Occupy you can gain the support of others beyond your sphere of identity politics, people who will support an inclusive ENDA.

From listening to those involved in the purity wars and identity politics one would never realize there is a war against women going on.  This is seriously a case where if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

Too often I hear both TS and TG folks bring up the crap spewed by a small group of self anointed “radical feminists”.  Yeah their crap is BS.  But look at the mountain of crap the right wing is about to dump on all women, TS and TG included.  You aren’t special  just because you give misogyny a different name when it is applied to you.  Calling it transphobia doesn’t make it any different from the misogyny that is being dumped on all women.

Too often both transsexual and transgender women come off as lacking any connectedness to assigned female at birth women.  It seems like they think AFAB women live in this wonderful world behind the pink door where they never face any real discrimination, never have to cope with lookism, ageism, sexism or gender discrimination based on stereotypes dictated by the patriarchy, and quisling women who suck up to the patriarchy.

I get tired of the trans-obsession.  I don’t give a shit if the latest super model is trans.  Good for her..  I still won’t buy the clothes and fashion magazines are still a waste of trees.

When people use the term “gender-variant” regarding me I want to punch them until they die.  Especially if they get their panties in a knot when some nelly queen uses the word “tranny.”  Don’t claim grievous insult and then go around insulting people.  Or as they say in Brooklyn, “Fuck you, you fucking fuck!”

If you want me to pay more than passing attention to transgender causes it is time to drop the anger towards gay and lesbian people working for same sex marriage.

Particularly if you are in a heterosexual privileged marriage where your marriage is recognized everywhere in the nation and by the federal government.  If you turn around and bitch about gay and lesbian people working towards  their relationships having the same rights and privileges, well then as they say in Brooklyn, “Fuck you, you fucking fuck!”

So go ahead call me a separatist or whatever.  I’m sick and tired of being expected to go along with stuff that is bullshit.  I’m sick of y’all never turning out for gay/lesbian causes or for women’s cause or working people’s cause.

You aren’t special. Transsexual and or transgender is just one of hundreds of different things that result in getting dumped on and used as scapegoats by the rich white scum suckers that run the world.

Noam Chomsky, Hegemony and Its Dilemmas

From Tom Dispatch:  http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175502/tomgram%3A_noam_chomsky%2C_hegemony_and_its_dilemmas/

Posted by Noam Chomsky
February 14, 2012

Back in May 2007, I stumbled across online sketches at the website of a Kansas architectural firm hired to build a monster U.S. embassy-cum-citadel-cum-Greater-Middle-Eastern command center on 104 acres in the middle of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  They offered an artist’s impressions of what the place would look like — a giant self-sufficient compound both prosaic (think malls or housing projects) and opulent (a giant pool, tennis courts, a recreation center).

Struck by the fact that the U.S. government was intent on building the largest embassy ever in the planet’s oil heartlands, I wrote a piece, “The Mother Ship Lands in Iraq” about those plans and offered a little tour of the project via those crude drawings.  From TomDispatch, they then began to run around the Internet and soon a panicky State Department had declared a “security breach” and forced the firm to pull the sketches off its website.

Now, more than five years later, we have the first public photos of the embassy — a pool, basketball court, tennis courts, and food court to die for — just as the news has arrived that the vast boondoggle of a place, built for three-quarters of a billion of your tax dollars, with a $6 billion State Department budget this year and its own mercenary air force, is about to get its staff of 16,000 slashed.  In a Washington Post piece on the subject, Senator Patrick Leahy is quoted as saying: “I’ve been in embassies all over the world, and you come to this place and you’re like: ‘Whoa. Wow.’ All of a sudden you’ve got something so completely out of scale to anything, you have to wonder, what were they thinking when they first built it?”

The answer is: in 2004, when planning for this white elephant of embassies first began, the Bush administration was still dreaming of a Washington-enforced Pax Americana in the Greater Middle East and saw it as its western command post.  Now, of course, the vast American mega-bases in Iraq with their multiple bus routes, giant PXes, Pizza Huts, Cinnabons, and Burger Kings, where American troops were to be garrisoned on the “Korean model” for decades to come, are so many ghost towns, fading American ziggurats in Mesopotamia.  Similarly, those embassy photos seem like snapshots from Pompeii just as the ash was beginning to fall.  Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the news is similarly dismal with drawdowns and withdrawals suddenly the order of the day.  Something’s changing.  It feels tectonic.  Certainly, we’re receiving another set of signs that American imperial plans on the Eurasian mainland have crashed and burned and that the U.S. is now regrouping and heading “offshore.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175502/tomgram%3A_noam_chomsky%2C_hegemony_and_its_dilemmas/

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The Billionaire’s Brokered GOP Convention?

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The Long History of the War Against Contraception

From New Deal 2.0:   http://www.newdeal20.org/2012/02/14/the-long-history-of-the-war-against-contraception-71990/

by Ellen Chesler
Tuesday, 02/14/2012

For those surprised about the recent fervor over Obama’s contraception coverage decision, a look at its deep roots.

Republicans for Planned Parenthood last week issued a call for nominations for the 2012 Barry Goldwater award, an annual prize awarded to a Republican legislator who has acted to protect women’s health and rights. Past recipients include Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, who this week endorsed President Obama’s solution for insuring full coverage of the cost of contraception without exceptions, even for employees of religiously affiliated institutions. And that may tell us all we need to know about why President Obama has the upper hand in a debate over insurance that congressional Tea Partiers have now widened to include anyone who seeks an exemption.

It’s a long time ago, but it is worth remembering that conservative avatar Goldwater was in his day an outspoken supporter of women’s reproductive freedom — a freethinker who voted his conscience over the protests of Catholic bishops and all others who tried to claim these matters as questions of conscientious liberty and not sensible social policy. With Goldwater on his side, Obama sees a clear opening for skeptics wary of the extremism that has captured Republican hopefuls in thrall to the fundamentalist base that controls the GOP presidential primary today. Holding firm on family planning — even if it means taking on the Catholic hierarchy and other naysayers by offering a technical fix that would have insurers cover costs instead of the churches themselves — is a calculated political strategy by the Obama campaign, not a blunder as it has been characterized by many high powered pundits, including progressives like Mark Shields of PBS and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post.

Recent public opinion polling on the subject is worth reconsidering. For years, it has been perfectly clear that a substantial majority of Americans see the value of expanding access to contraception and reliable sex education as essential tools to prevent unwanted pregnancy and abortion and to help women balance the competing demands of work and family. But unlike a zealous minority on the other side, these moderates have not necessarily privileged these social concerns over important questions of economics or national security that mattered more to them at election time.

Continue reading at:  http://www.newdeal20.org/2012/02/14/the-long-history-of-the-war-against-contraception-71990/

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Keystone XL Pipeline: Texas Farmer Wins Temporary Restraining Order Against TransCanada

From Huffington Post:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/keystone-pipeline-restraining-order_n_1277615.html


Posted: 2/14/12

A coalition of environmentalists, conservative property rights activists and landowners are mounting a full court press against TransCanada in an attempt to derail the oil company’s attempts to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. On Monday, they won a small victory when a Lamar County judge issued a temporary restraining order against the company’s plans to do construction work on a farm near Paris, Texas.

The coalition’s efforts are reminiscent of another battle during the last decade over eminent domain in Texas, concerning a massive “superhighway,” known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, that Republican Gov. Rick Perry had sought to build with the help of a Spanish company. Perry lost that fight to a coalition of conservative ranchers and environmentalists, dealing him a serious political blow.

“We are involved because it’s starting to look a whole lot like the Trans-Texas Corridor battle,” said Terri Hall, founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom. “When push comes to shove, it’s clear to me that my party is more interested in oil and gas interests than property rights,” added Hall, a Republican.

Debra Medina, a property rights activist and Republican, has counted 89 cases so far in Texas where TransCanada had exercised eminent domain, she said. The company cites the pipeline’s status as a “common carrier” under Texas law as the reason for its ability to use governmental power to take land. Eminent domain battles have periodically erupted as TransCanada has bought easements on property for the pipeline that would cross six U.S. states if built.

Continue reading at:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/14/keystone-pipeline-restraining-order_n_1277615.html

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‘Who runs Greece? Bankers who pit poor vs poor’

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