Transsexual is not a Subset of Transgender

Transgender is not a synonym for transsexual nor is transsexual a synonym for transgender.

They are two totally different things one is about changing ones assigned at birth sex while the other is about gender.

Transsexualism stood on its own for forty years before Tapestry and IFGE which grew out of the transvestite movement decided it would be politically useful to annex transsexualism.

The irony is that transgenders deeply despise transsexuals and everything the lives of transsexuals are about.

Anger a transgender and the verbal abuse just flows.  Sort of like it does from abusive on the street or in relationships.

Clothes do not make the woman.

The idea that transgenders get to demand that transsexuals support their cause is abusive.  Just as their demand that gays and lesbians drop working towards marriage equality and work instead on the transgender cause is both homophobic and abusive.

Transsexuals are individuals and the fact that some consider themselves transgender does not mean all transsexuals go along with that.  Nor does it mean that those of us who refuse to go along with this annexation are separatists.  One is not a separatist for refusing to be part of something, especially when an abusive party has annexed your being and now declares ownership of you.  Geronimo, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull were not separatists they were freedom fighters.

Colonizing people and telling them they must now think and act according to your dictates is both demeaning and abusive.  Like a man telling his wife as he beats her that she has no alternative.

When some transgender idiot gets in my face with the crap about how, “Like it or not transsexualism is a part of transgender.” I want to punch them until they die while telling them what oppressive fucking morons I think they are.

Today I became part of a Facebook Community, “SDS and 60s Radicals”.  I asked to join and was accepted based on my having been part of SDS and a 60s radical, it is a voluntary community of choice.  Not a fucking slave colony where I am told what it is permissible for me to think or say.

It Transgender is so valid, make the claim to validity base on the validity of transgender and stop using post-transsexual women as a way of hiding who transgenders really are.

Post-Transsexualism: Smashing the Transgender Paradigm of “Once Transsexual always Transgender”

A transgender Troll who hides behind the alias “indiyesreally” was drawn here by the post I wrote on Saturday.  Like most Trolls this troll was not interested in engaging in any sort of reasonable discourse or acting as though she  was attempting to actually make a point.

Acting like a feces throwing monkey in the zoo gets everything you post moderated and when you throw feces it doesn’t make it to the blog.

Some of this person’s taunts center on  transgender supremacist Laura Blake Masters’ generated term “cis”, an absurdity aimed at creating a false dialectic based on dividing the world between “trans” and “cis”.

I say false dialectic because gender itself is a fiction, a social construct that assigns behaviors and modes of dress based on what one has between their legs.

I’m not totally writing off some innate gender behavior as I grew up around animals ranging from cats and dogs to horses and cows. Most innate gender is centered around reproduction and propagation of the species.  The very thing the Transgender Borg seem to totally want to disconnect from gender.

This means that the whole snips and snails and puppy dog tails vs sugar and spice and everything nice dichotomy is pretty damn much social constructed oppressive bullshit.

I’m an unabashed left wing Second Wave Feminist.  I don’t buy into defining people by what clothes they wear or how closely they adhere to some form of sexist gender stereotype.  Last week some one described me as retro.  Okay… If by retro you mean I’m grounded in an era when the rights of women were expanding and there was an actual fight being waged against women being shoved into second class citizenship based on sexist/gender stereotypes then I am retro and proud.

On the other hand I view the ideology of the Transgender Borg as one of the most sexist, misogynistic piles of crap I’ve ever seen.  Defining someone as a man or a woman based on how they dress and act.  Oh I forgot the nebulous “identify”.  What the fuck is identify?  Without action that gets made real how is this relevant?

I mean really.  I can identify as a World War II Russian sniper named Vasily Zeitsev (a real person who killed hundreds of Nazis) while playing “Call of Duty”, a first person shooter.  But that doesn’t make me a WW II sniper and I may have killed hundreds and hundreds of Nazis playing the various “Call of Duty” games over the years.  In fact one of my favorite forms of gaming involves killing Nazis.  But, that doesn’t translate at all to the real world where I have a hard time keeping a fish I’ve caught and get upset with the trauma I’ve caused the fish by catching it.

There is a difference between the real world and the virtual world.  I know that a lot of the people who are transgender warriors on line aren’t living the life in the real world. They tend to hide behind aliases and troll a lot as their way of proving what real transgender warriors they are.

They claim to really be transsexual women, but, they would run like hell and offer a million reasons why Cybele’s knife shouldn’t come within cutting distance of their genitals.  Even if SRS were free.

The other thing I have noticed is how many of these transgender women scream like an animal being dragged to the slaughter house when the topic of transgender being a way to maintain heterosexual male or male privilege while claiming to be “women”.  Conversely some in the F to M world cling to their membership in the lesbian community while claiming they are really men.  But here’s a major flaw.  Men don’t get pregnant, a pregnant man is an oxymoron.

Back to my being retro.  That pretty much means I define maleness and femaleness by body parts and consider man and woman to be synonyms for adult males and females. Clothes don’t make the man or woman, nor does masculinity or femininity.

You see femininity has always been a social construct that left women with the shitty end of the stick so to speak when it came to being considered fully human.  Basically gender defines women as objects not doers.  Taught to be pretty and man pleasers, gender really defines women as sperm receptacles and baby droppers.  I know that is a brutal truth but it is one the right wing has been hammering home lately by attempting to deny women abortion access even in cases of rape and incest.

I know that brutal truth doesn’t line up with transgender pretty in pink life behind the pink door but that’s life in the reactionary woman hating world that has arisen since 1980.  This reactionary line of thinking and defining of women as object is at the core of the idea of their being a gender binary.  It is no accident that the ideology of the Transgender Borg use this same concept of there being a gender binary on which to base their behavior, identity and dress troika of claims to womanhood.

Since the only “Second Wave” Feminist any of them can cite at length (and who they cite ad nauseum) is Janice Raymond they have missed writers like Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKennon.  Therefore most have missed MacKennon’s pithy comment on gender.  “Men rape women. Subject, verb, object.”

Gender reduces women to objects, defined by appearance and dress, limited to sexist gender defined roles.

This leads me to reject the core ideology of the Transgender Borg.

I can’t be a separatist as I never joined the Transgender Community.

Years ago I had an operation for transsexualism.  That operation cured my transsexualism.  It was a total success.  I’ve never wanted to change my sex since having that operation.

While my having had a sex change operation is a fact of my life the experience of changing sex took place decades ago and pretty much ceased being the center of my life after a few years had passed.

As I have said I am a product of the Sixties and Seventies, a time when both men and women were freer to just be without being as defined by gender roles.

As a woman that meant I was free to try things like buying an electric guitar, a synthesizer.  I took up building kits of sound modifiers for my guitar and synth.  I did Taekwondo, graphic arts, photography.  Joined a coven and danced naked on the beach under the full moon.  I stopped shaving my legs and under arms, wearing make-up.

I learned to define myself through being and doing rather than whether or not I was a pretty object desired by men who wanted to fuck me.

I was part of a generation of Second Wave hippie left wing feminist women, many of whom were lesbian or bisexual.

Gender is just reactionary sexism in a new dress being peddled by people who want women back in the role of object.

The whole idea of their being this inescapable transgender is a fraud.  Gender isn’t rigidly binary or at least isn’t rigidly binary outside of certain cultures.

I’m not a woman because I wear pink dresses and high heels or because a man finds me desirable enough to fuck.  I’m a woman because I have a cunt.  But beyond my having a cunt is leaving behind this world of transgender, this melange of identities and ridiculous claims, this snakepit of of judgmental gate keepers always trolling for any deviation from the ideology of the Transgender Borg.

When I read of a transwoman being murdered, she is just another murdered woman and a reason to fight violence against all women.

When I read about a transsexual or transgender fashion model it doesn’t change my thinking that the whole idea of fashion sucks and is both exploitative and oppressive.

I read the memoirs of some transsexual people and ignore others as a waste of time.

I like certain kinds of music and don’t like others.  I go out of my way to find women who perform in the areas of music that I like.  If they are post-transsexual or transgender there is a good chance I will at least give them a listen.  But their playing music in an area of music that I listen to is more important than their association with a trans-prefixed word.

One of the Transgender Borg taunts is that we will never be “cis”.  This is bullshit based on the idea that there is a set of conditions that define one as “cis” or as “trans” rather than an “identity”.  Never mind that I consider the whole idea of identity to be suspect and Cartesian rather than existential.

For the sake of discussion let’s leave the truck load of baggage and loaded terminology parked at a rest stop and examine a couple of alternatives.

Transgender and transsexual are handy labels for people at various times in their lives.  Transgender people, because they don’t get SRS stay in that place.  I know it’s a free country and you can claim to really be transsexual but that one is kind of bullshit if you don’t at some point and time climb up on a table, put your feet in the stirrups and submit to Cybele’s knife.

What people in the Borg have done is demand that people who don’t share their identity submit to the will of the group and don the label.  Even if the label is of recent invention.

What if all the claims the Transgender Borg make are a bunch of invalid word games.

What if many post-transsexuals just go on to be post-transsexual, part of the same communities as the rest of the world of non-transgender people?  With the same concerns about their health and well being that everyone has.  Are they still transgender or are they “separatists”?

The whole thing is so fucking cultish I walked away from even fighting with people.  But I’m not going to let trolls from this cult tell me to STFU.

You see they do not get to dictate how I live. I’m not a member of their cult.

What’s Really at Stake in 2012

From Truth Dig: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/whats_really_at_stake_in_2012_20120216/

By Bill Boyarsky
Posted on Feb 16, 2012

Observing the liberal Democratic critics of President Barack Obama set me wondering whether they ever listen to the Republican candidates. Haven’t they noticed that the Republicans want to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the rest of the economic protections for the poor and the middle class?

For example, take Paul Ryan. Ryan, 42, a Republican from Wisconsin, is chairman of the House Budget Committee and the man behind the conservative House anti-government drive. His Roadmap for America’s Future proposes starting to privatize Social Security, giving Americans small tax credits to buy private health insurance, turning Medicaid for the poor over to the states, and reducing taxes for the rich and for business.

Grover Norquist, spark plug of the anti-tax movement, made it clear that these and other radical portions of the Roadmap would be the controlling guide for the Republicans if they retain control of the House and win the Senate and the presidency. He laid it all out in a speech this month to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

As reported by David Frum in the Daily Beast, Norquist said congressional Republicans will run things, and all the new Republican president will have to do is sign the bills.

“All we have to do is replace Obama, Norquist said. “ … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/whats_really_at_stake_in_2012_20120216/

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Santorum’s Gospel of Inequality

From The New York Times:   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/opinion/blow-santorum-exalts-inequality.html?_r=1

By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: February 17, 2012

“Santorum Praises Income Inequality.”

That was Fox News’s headline about Rick Santorum’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday. Santorum said, “I’m not about equality of result when it comes to income inequality. There is income inequality in America. There always has been and, hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be.”

Unbelievable. Maybe not, but stunning all the same.

Then again, Santorum is becoming increasingly unhinged in his public comments. Last week, he said that the president was arguing that Catholics would have to “hire women priests to comply with employment discrimination issues.”

Also last week, he suggested that liberals and the president were leading religious people into oppression and even beheadings. I kid you not. Santorum said: “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine.”

Yet for Santorum to champion income inequality in Detroit, of all places, is still incredibly tone-deaf.

Detroit has the highest poverty rate of any big city in America, according to data provided by Andrew A. Beveridge, a demographer at Queens College. Among the more than 70 cities with populations over 250,000, Detroit’s poverty rate topped the list at a whopping 37.6 percent, more than twice the national poverty rate. And according to the Census Bureau, median household income in Detroit from 2006-10 was just $28,357, which was only 55 percent of the overall U.S. median household income over that time.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/18/opinion/blow-santorum-exalts-inequality.html?_r=1

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Medical Marijuana Activists Set to Destroy DEA Ruling

From Freedom is Green:  http://www.freedomisgreen.com/medical-marijuana-activists-set-to-destroy-dea-ruling/

2/16/2012

Activists are preparing to gather at the Federal building in Trenton today to destroy a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruling as part of a national medical marijuana protest. Members of NORML-NJ and The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jerseywill shred a copy of The Federal Register Vol. 76 No.131 dated July 8, 2011. The document contains the DEA’s most recent denial of a petition to reschedule marijuana.

Thursday’s protest is organized by Americans for Safe Access and is taking place in cities across the country. Portland, Maine is another East Coast city participating in the “Rally for Safe Access.”

The Schedule I status under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 is the reason that marijuana is prohibited. Schedule I drugs are described as having “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States;” and lack “accepted safety for use under medical supervision;” and, have “a high potential for abuse.”

In the past 40 years voluminous criminal code has since been created at the federal and state level to enforce the Schedule I prohibition of cannabis. Suffering the worst part of this continued effort are seriously ill Americans. They live in fear of losing their lives not just to their disease, but to prison because they find relief from a medication that remains illegal.

Advocacy groups including NORML and MAPS petitioned the DEA for many years seeking to move cannabis to another schedule. The most recent denial last summer culminated a process that the DEA under several presidents, obfuscated for more than a decade.

Continue reading at:  http://www.freedomisgreen.com/medical-marijuana-activists-set-to-destroy-dea-ruling/

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Billionaire Bigot Bankrolling Mitt Romney

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/story/154206/billionaire_bigot_bankrolling_mitt_romney?akid=8277.304909.sqZgjp&rd=1&t=18

Frank VanderSloot’s business practices and anti-gay activism–as well as his history of bullying journalists and bloggers–have brought the Romney backer lots of attention.

By Joan McCarter
February 19, 2012

 In a column sure to rain lawsuit threats down upon him, Glenn Greenwald exposes many of the scandals surrounding Mitt Romney’s national finance co-chair, Idahoan Frank VanderSloot. VanderSloot is a billionaire whose deep pockets have funded no small number of Idaho’s political figures. As Greenwald details, his business practices have drawn plenty of unwanted attention, as has his involvement in numerous far-right causes, particularly his anti-gay activism, including running a billboard campaign against Idaho Public Television for running a documentary about teachers talking about lesbian and gay issues in age-appropriate ways. His wife, Belinda, donated $100,000 to California’s Prop 8 campaign.

VanderSloot also has a storied history of bullying journalists and bloggers. He seems to have a staff person devoted entirely to googling him and forwarding uncomplimentary instances of him name to his lawyers, so they can send threatening letters and bully said journalists and bloggers to pull their stories. His rabid anti-gay politics combined with his propensity to bully in one particularly disturbing incident involving local media, the Boy Scouts, and the Mormon Church. The “small, independently-owned newspaper in Mormon-heavy Idaho Falls,” The Post Register ran an investigative series uncovering the story of a local pedophile in the local Boy Scouts troop who had molested dozens of children. The paper sued to obtain sealed court records from a civil suit in the case, and “then detailed how a Mormon bishop knew of his pedophile history yet still recommended him as a Scout master, how he was protected by several Boy Scout lawyers who were aware of more abuse but did not tell the boys’ parents, and how top-level local and national leaders of the Mormon Church had also received warnings.”

The newspaper then began uncovering the presence of several other scout-master pedophiles. As the Post Register‘s courageous Managing Editor, Dean Miller, detailed here, the backlash against the paper, its editors and reporters was severe.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/story/154206/billionaire_bigot_bankrolling_mitt_romney?akid=8277.304909.sqZgjp&rd=1&t=18

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Mayor Cory Booker Responds to Question about NJ Marriage Equality Referendum

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Utah Bill Would Make Videotaping a Factory Farm the Same as Assaulting a Police Officer

From Green is the New Red:  http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/utah-bill-photgraphy-farms-animal-rights/5714/

by Will Potter
February 17, 2012

Utah is the latest state to consider new laws targeting undercover investigators who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms. A new bill would make photographing animal abuse on par with assaulting a police officer.

Rep. John Mathis calls undercover investigators “animal rights terrorists,” and says video recordings that have brought national attention to systemic animal welfare abuses are “propaganda” and fundraising efforts.

The bill, HB187, targets anyone who videotapes or takes photograph on a farmer’s property without permission. It creates the crime of “agricultural operation interference,” a class A misdemeanor which is elevated to a third-degree felony on the second offense.

It comes at at time when the FBI has considered “terrorism” charges against undercover investigators.

Continue reading at:  http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/utah-bill-photgraphy-farms-animal-rights/5714/

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Rep Blankenbeker To Married Couples: “Practice Abstinence”

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Canadian government is ‘muzzling its scientists’

From BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16861468

By Pallab Ghosh
17 February 2012

The Canadian government has been accused of “muzzling” its scientists.

Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed.

But one Canadian government department approached by the BBC said it held the communication of science as a priority.

Prof Thomas Pedersen, a senior scientist at the University of Victoria, said he believed there was a political motive in some cases.

“The Prime Minister (Stephen Harper) is keen to keep control of the message, I think to ensure that the government won’t be embarrassed by scientific findings of its scientists that run counter to sound environmental stewardship,” he said.

“I suspect the federal government would prefer that its scientists don’t discuss research that points out just how serious the climate change challenge is.”

The Canadian government recently withdrew from the Kyoto protocol to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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NJ Assembly Democratic Response to Gov. Christie’s Veto of Marriage Equality Legislation

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How Rick Santorum Ripped Off American Veterans

From Mother Jones:   http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/how-rick-santorum-ripped-off-american-military-veterans

A controversial land deal by the presidential candidate robbed a vets’ home of tens of millions of dollars.

—By Andy Kroll
Wed Jan. 18, 2012

Like any good presidential candidate, Rick Santorum heaps praise on America’s soldiers and veterans. He’s pledged to “make veterans a high priority” if elected president, adding, “This is not a Republican issue, this is not a Democratic issue, it is an American issue.” But as a US senator, Santorum engineered a controversial land deal that robbed the military’s top veterans’ home of tens of millions of dollars and worsened the deteriorating conditions at the facility.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home, which is run by the Department of Defense, bills itself as the “premier home for military retirees and veterans.” The facility sprawls across 272 acres high on a hill in northern Washington, DC, near the Petworth neighborhood. The nearly 600 veterans who now live there enjoy panoramic views of the city—the Washington monument and US Capitol to the south, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to the east. At its peak, more than 2,000 veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War lived at the Home.

But with the rise of the smaller all-volunteer military, the Home began to run into serious financial problems. It was clear that one of its primary sources of revenue—a 50-cent deduction from the paychecks of active-duty servicemembers—wasn’t enough to keep the Home operating fully. In the 1990s, the Home scrambled to find ways to avoid insolvency, trimming its staff by 24 percent and reducing its vet population by 800. Still, the money problems began to show, with its older historic facilities slipping into disrepair and decay. To grapple with its worsening shortfall, officials running the Home eyed a valuable, 49-acre piece of land worth $49 million as a potential financial lifeline.

Continue reading at:   http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/01/how-rick-santorum-ripped-off-american-military-veterans

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PETA Promotes The Abuse of Women “Boyfriend Went Vegan”

Great argument for avoiding vegan boyfriends

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The inside story on climate scientists under siege

From The Guardian UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/17/michael-mann-climate-war

Michael Mann reveals his account of attacks by entrenched interests seeking to undermine his ‘hockey stick’ graph

Interactive: Everything you need to know about climate change
How US attack machine undermines climate science

, US environment correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Friday 17 February 2012

It is almost possible to dismiss Michael Mann’s account of a vast conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to harrass scientists and befuddle the public. His story of that campaign, and his own journey from naive computer geek to battle-hardened climate ninja, seems overwrought, maybe even paranoid.

But now comes the unauthorised release of documents showing how a libertarian thinktank, the Heartland Institute, which has in the past been supported by Exxon, spent millions on lavish conferences attacking scientists and concocting projects to counter science teaching for kindergarteners.

Mann’s story of what he calls the climate wars, the fight by powerful entrenched interests to undermine and twist the science meant to guide government policy, starts to seem pretty much on the money. He’s telling it in a book out on 6 March, The hockey stick and the climate wars: Dispatches from the front lines.

“They see scientists like me who are trying to communicate the potential dangers of continued fossil fuel burning to the public as a threat. That means we are subject to attacks, some of them quite personal, some of them dishonest.” Mann said in an interview conducted in and around State College, home of Pennsylvania State University, where he is a professor.

It’s a brilliantly sunny day, and the light snowfall of the evening before is rapidly melting.

Mann, who seems fairly relaxed, has just spoken to a full-capacity, and uniformly respecful and supportive crowd at the university.

It’s hard to square the surroundings with the description in the book of how an entire academic discipline has been made to feel under siege

Continue reading at:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/17/michael-mann-climate-war

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