Transgender: blah,blah, blah.
Transsexual: blah, blah, blah.
None of which means shit to a tree.
For the record I used to be transsexual and I had a sex change operation. When I came out you could be arrested across much of the nation for wearing the clothes of the opposite sex in public.
I get to talk about my own life using my own words and some politically correct dogmatic asshole doesn’t get to correct my language with proper current terms.
The reality is I hate PC Stalinists as much as I hate Reich Wing Nazi bigots and self proclaimed TS/TG hating “radical feminists”
The war between the Transgender Borg and the group someone called the “Sisters of Transsexual Purity” has come to resemble the never ending wars of “Game of Thrones”. I’ve read the first four books nearly 5,000 pages so far and no winner.
I’ve listened to the dogmatic bullshit of both sides and it makes me want to slap both sides around for their shear utter stupid waste of time and energy.
I can’t believe people have so little connection to the real world that they can continue fighting to deny each other their right to use the words they wish to define themselves.
I’m actually one of the pioneers of the early days of the transsexual and transgender movements. I’m an inconvenient irritant because I was actually there and actually had a sex change operation at a time which is considered “The Dark Ages” when it was supposedly impossible for anyone a “fembot” white middle class person who was young strictly heterosexual to get “gender confirmation surgery” (sic).
I get ignored by the PC identify as transgender or else folks because I won’t embrace this “identity” that has arisen in the last 20 years or so and I get vilified by the “sisters of transsexual purity” because I don’t much give a shit about discovering scientific reasons as to why I’m transsexual.
Oh in case you haven’t noticed I think things like Earth Day are more important than the perpetual wars.
Having been born with transsexualism has made my life far more interesting than it would have been otherwise. In ways both wonderful and really fucking painful. If some scientist had a eureka moment and found the definitive “cause” what would that change? Would people have been less mean to me when I was a kid? Would the Nazis on the police forces have actually treated me with respect when they never treated any of my non-TS friends much better and certainly treated my black and brown friends much worse?
I got sex reassignment surgery for myself. I got it because I needed to have it to feel whole within this body. The moment I started taking hormones was the moment I started to feel more comfortable within my own skin. Christan Williams can play word games until the cows come home, reciting all the gender claptrap she wishes and you know what? If that works for her, that’s just great. Still doesn’t give her the right to shove what I see as a bunch of psychobabble bullshit on me.
Christan is like one of these religious types who is so convinced of her faith she feels compelled to proselytize, share the truth. Won’t take, “Sorry but I’m an atheist.” as a hint that someone like me doesn’t give a shit about all her research.
I don’t have to rely on a bunch of obscure clipping to remember what the late 1960s and 1970s were like, my friends and I lived through those rocking good times.
Why I even remember when “Gender Studies” was called “Women’s Studies”.
Transsexualism was never the only thing about me. It was something I took hormones and had an operation to treat. It wasn’t a political cause.
You want political causes. I’ve got political causes up the yin/yang. I’m a left wing old hippie who embraces left wing causes.
So why don’t I embrace “transgender”?
Well for one thing I’m not transgender. It came along too late and sounds really reactionary and vaguely anti-feminist. I’m just not all that into gender although some folks are.
I didn’t have a sex change operation because of gender. I had it to feel at home in my own body.
The Christan Williams of the world are obnoxious trip pushers who bear every bit as much responsibility for the transwars as the sisters of transsexual purity.
Paawwque… I spit on both your houses and curse you both.
Yesterday I read a quote from Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”
Being post-transsexual is only one small issue in my life. Call it intersectionality of oppressions or what ever the current academic buzz phrase is but I have a fuck of a lot more issues and political concerns than fighting a 15 year old transwar.
So do most Trans-Activists. From Riki Wilchins onward so many have become seriously involved in other issues as well. They have made the connections, had the eureka moments when they realized, hey maybe being trans is only one of the reason this giant corporation that employs slave labor in China and is destroying the rain forest is fucking with me.
Or the aha moment when you realize that being out and trans means the cops treat you the same way they treat other minorities.
How hard is it to respect the labels others choose. If some one says they are gender queer, transgender or transsexual just fucking accept their right to decide upon how to describe themselves. Stop acting like the goddamned Christo-Fascist trip pushers.
You don’t have the right to cram your trip down the throats of other sisters and brothers so STFU and move on to important issues.