First the Transgender Borg erased transsexuals by colonizing us under the transgender umbrella.
Then they bastardized the meaning of man and woman. They did that by decoupling man from adult male and woman from adult female.
The insidious substitution of gender for sex when the two words mean something quite different was part of the right wing religion based war on women and feminism. I wasn’t all that surprised with the Transgender Community’s embrace of that concept as it was straight out of Virginia Prince’s “How to be a Woman, Though Male”.
Just as the Transgender Borg’s streak of homophobia has deep roots within the heterosexual transvestite community origins of “Transgender”. The Transgender Community rose to power at a time when AIDS effectively wiped out the gay drag scene.
Its colonization of transsexual came about as straight middle-age male people who had been part of the heterosexual transvestite community came to realize they were actually transsexual. They may have transitioned but they brought the ideology of the heterosexual transvestite community with them complete with the homophobia and misogyny.
Yesterday in the comments regarding a post I wrote regarding the need for post-transsexual women to support feminism in the present battle against the misogyny of the religious right someone using the alias “Black Swan” tried to pick a fight. One of the final posts I let through before getting tired of playing with this person had a comment that came off as very transvestite and enchanted with life behind the pink door gendermania.
Contrary to the transgender mantra, for me it was about sex not gender. The gender part was just coupled with the changing sex part. I sort of consider the gender aspects sort of superficial, perhaps because I was feminine prior to coming out. Or maybe just androgynous both physically and in mannerisms. I thought I passed as a boy, lots of other people had a different opinion.
Lets talk about hormones and the physical aspects of changing sex. Take back the fucking discourse from the genderphiles.
Max Wolf Valerio and I are on different ends of the political spectrum and we went in opposite directions when it came to the sex changing process. But we agree on the profound effects of the sex hormones when it came to changing our interior lives as well as our bodies.
Transsexuals who want to talk about the physical get labeled separatists because our being and our reasons for doing what we do are not part of the ideology of transgender. I’m not fucking gender, nor reifying it. Gender was already there, it was the uniform society hands out according to people physically being a certain way. The pregnant “man” may be a “gender variant”, but I am not.
I always found the transgender divorcing of actually changing sex from transsexualism to be extremely weird with regards to transsexuals. But, not so weird when looked at as a way for transgender people who do not change sex to piggyback onto social accommodations that have been made for post-transsexual people.
I went through the process in the early 1970s, along with a bunch of girl friends. We didn’t describe ourselves as actually being women until after we had our sex change operations. We used to say that those sex change operations made us really women and ended anything we really had in common with queens who didn’t get surgery. You see prior to getting sex change operations it was sort of hard to know for sure since queens took hormones, had facial surgery and implants just like transsexuals, but they always had other priorities when it came to getting their testicles removed and their penis used for tissue donation. Or they had a hundred different reasons as to why they thought we were sick, confused or delusional for getting actual sex change operations.
Now there is a lot of stuff about what we were supposedly told by the doctors with regards to how we should live our post-transsexual lives. Stealth has always been a sort of nebulous concept and most of us lived out lives with varying levels of controlling our histories. Some wrote books and appeared on TV shows, some had sister best friends forever. Some didn’t tell their life partners. Others considered the telling a vital level of trust for that type relationship.
The whole Transgender Umbrella paradigm is of recent origin. I’ve always found the ideology sketchy at best and horribly oppressive to post-transsexual people.
I find the whole trans vs. cis dialectic rather repulsive. I don’t embrace the work of Judith Butler because I don’t see what I did as being “gender transgressive”. Indeed I find this whole business of gender to be rather suspect like using pink ribbons and pink everything to sell women rather shoddy products. Gender seems to be a repackaging of sexism and sexist stereotypes all wrapped up in flowery pink paper with a big pink ribbon bow.
Just how exactly is this supposed to be empowering?
My first suspicions regarding the Transgender Borg were aroused when they started telling me I shouldn’t call the surgery I had a sex change operation or even sex reassignment surgery but rather “gender reassignment surgery”. WTF? The surgery changed boy parts into girl parts and had nothing to do with make-up, clothes or manner of acting.
Then the obfuscation grew ever more layers, many of which made zero sense except as a way of pushing the idea that people with penises and testicles could really be women, or that people with functioning female parts including the ability to bear children could really be men. Not in the social sense of practicing polite fictions and addressing people by the name and pronouns of their own choosing, but in the sense of phallic women and vaginate men.
I remember about a dozen years back when Norah Vincent wrote a piece in a gay publication where she asked, “WTF?” Now I think Norah Vincent is a conservative jerk but she was the first to point out the insidious substitution of gender for sex.
I had sort of an “Aha” moment. You see I had heard some in the transgender movement suggest that if one could change their gender without having to change their sex then there would be no need for sex change operations.
First they attacked the idea that sex reassignment surgery really changed a person’s sex. That was something the Transgender Borg shared in common with radical feminists like Jan Raymond. They used the same words to describe the genitals of post-transsexual women.
Gradually even the usage of sex reassignment surgery has vanished as the rhetoric defining getting SRS has ratcheted up. Now those who say life after SRS is different and that we feel completely different, are labeled as elitists and genital surgery essentialists. Transgender Activist Monica Roberts not only calls our vaginas “inverted penises” and “vanilla scented coochies” but implies that post-transsexuals are really racists. Something I find odd given that there are post-transsexual women of all races.
“The surgery makes us real.” At the Center in the 1970s we discussed this prior to going under the knife. It was a way of acknowledging the finality of surgery and readiness to commit to living the rest of our lives as women. We knew we were leaving the world of queens behind.
That doesn’t work in the Transgender Ideology as the difference the surgery makes is supposed to be merely cosmetic and not change your being transgender. In the ideology of transgender you are always on the trans side of the divide and will never, can never move to the “cis” side. To me that sounds like something dictated by Jan Raymond or Mr Frothy Mix Santorum.
To me there appears to be a not too subtle tendency on the part of the Transgender Borg to denigrate transsexuals, sex reassignment surgery, and replace the whole concept of transsexualism and changing of sex with the primacy of social gender presentation.
I am extremely concerned with the movement to end sterilization as part of sex reassignment.
It definitely appears to be an orchestrated attempt to end sex reassignment surgery and replace it with word games and paper fictions. This fits in with the assault on contraception by making sterilization suspect.
It is part of something unconsciously misogynistic to replace sex with gender.
Already I have heard transgender activists describe women who wear clothes such as jeans, t-shirts, running shoes, and flannel shirts as being transgender or as transgressing gender.
This is a real nightmare for me something straight out of a Margaret Atwood novel like “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Gender is just the misogyny of sex roles in different drag with a new set of psychobabble jargon.
This latest pile of crap is kind of the final straw.
Men have penises, women have vaginas. Men do not carry babies and women cannot impregnate.
I believe that sex reassignment surgery should involve sterilization.
I am for requiring sterilization as part of sex reassignment surgery. After all women don’t have testicles and men don’t have ovaries although men might not have testicles and women might not have ovaries.
Ending sterilization as part of sex reassignment surgery seems to be the first major step in ending SRS.
17 European Countries Force Transgender Sterilization
By Nicole Pasulka
Thu Feb. 16, 2012
People rightly flipped out across the internet last month over news that the Swedish parliament would not be repealing a barbaric law that forces sterilization on trans people seeking to change their gender on legal documents. While it’s despicable that Swedish politicians are opposing the law change, much of the outrage, no doubt, occurred because people previously didn’t realize that a forced sterilization law existed in Sweden.
Considering how shocking people find Sweden’s law, it’s worth pointing out the country is 1 of 17 in Europe (shown in red below) that require trans people to have a surgical procedure that results in sterilization before legal gender change is made to their identification ID. The law is currently under review in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Portugal, and in Ireland a name change (which acknowledged gender change) was granted for one woman after a legal challenge that went to the high courts, but no laws exist on the matter.
According to a report on transgender rights (PDF) in the EU by the Directorate-General for Internal Politics, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe says, “These practices run counter to the principle of respect for the physical integrity of the person, in particular because transgender people appear to be the only group in Europe subject to legally prescribed, state enforced sterilization.” For all the instances that require ID—health insurance, travel, driver’s license, university enrollment, jobs—when name and gender on a state-issued ID don’t match up with the gender a person presents, that person is subject to debilitating challenges and discrimination. It also leaves anyone who doesn’t identify and present as specifically male or female out of the conversation completely.
Surprised? Well, the discrimination doesn’t stop in Europe. On February 3, the CBC reported on an amendment to Canada’s Identity Screening Regulation stating that airlines should not transport a passenger if he or she ”does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents.” Live as a woman but have an “M” on your passport? You might not be able to get on a plane in Canada, even with an accurate photo ID.