Right now we have the Christo-Fascists and the Ultra Right Wing waging an outrageous “War on Women” attacking their access to both abortion and contraception. Indeed even attacking women’s right to vote.
We have this same band of Neo-Nazi/KKK types attacking the rights of LGBT/T people.
Lets leave aside all the racism and anti working people stuff.
Why has this dormant band of radical feminist thugs arisen like long undead vampires, coming out of their coffins to attack transsexual and transgender people?
Even when we are all uncomfortably lumped together in an ill defined group we are at best this tiny minority that is so fucking powerless that seeing a post-transsexual sister win legal arguments and get allowed in a beauty pageant feels like a victory to us.
How the fuck did we manage to become the world’s biggest problem/threat to feminism and women when nearly half of us are unemployed or under employed?
Lumped together or even taking just post-op women and men, the groups arguably most accepted by the straights we still fall into the category Thurgood Marshall described as the “despised and dispossessed.” Even if they put us together in a sort of ill defined class and view us as a whole, we are still pretty damned powerless.
So why are we suddenly the targets of this group of self proclaimed radical feminists?
Cui bono? Who Benefits?
Isn’t it amazing how the last time these so called radical feminists went on a rampage attacking both transsexuals and sex positive women was during the late 1970s, when the right wing was waging another war on women?
For those of you too young to remember Phyllis Schlafly raised the specter of unisex bathrooms “having men in the women’s rest room” as one reason to kill the Equal Rights Amendment. The right wing used this sort of crap to rally women behind Reagan.
As a result Jimmy Carter, one of the most honest and decent men to ever serve as President, was defeated by that scumbag Reagan, whose policies have brought us to the point where we are in economic chaos. Republican policies that totally ignored the looming disasters of Climate Change, Peak Oil and the end to growth.
What is happening now?
Who in their right mind would vote for any Republican unless they are part of the one percent?
Bigots will, racists will.
But the tide has shifted on marriage equality. Hell, Obama became the first President or Presidential candidate to openly proclaim his support for marriage equality.
Many of these LGBT/T issues seem to just be a matter of time. DADT is gone. Marriage Equality and an inclusive ENDA seem in line to follow. None of this means an end to struggle or an end to being a despised minority group but we are gaining the tools to fight discrimination.
One of the things that is forgotten about transsexuals in the Second Wave Feminist Movement is we were there. Otherwise we wouldn’t have been targeted for attacks.
Just as there were sex positive Second Wave Feminists.
In spite of the endless game of “World of Transwarcraft” transsexuals and transgenders are actually getting along half way decently in both the LGBT movements and the feminist movements. Hell, people are even learning that some of us prefer the transsexual label or variation on that theme and some prefer the transgender label. That’s in the real world where people tend to show more respect for each other than they do while playing “World of Transwarcraft.”
Who benefits from feminists being distracted from the Republican War on Women and the importance to all women to avoid having Republicans who will take away their reproductive rights take over the government.
Who benefits if women get sidetracked in to fighting over the imaginary threat of this small despised minority group having rights?
Stop me if you see a pattern.
When Black people get suckered into voting for racists who use the N-word when they describe Obama, because it is more important to prevent gays and lesbians form marrying, than it is to prevent racists from taking over the government…
When working people and the poor are convinced by the one percent that the migrant worker who makes less than minimum wage is a bigger threat than the one percent who have raped the working people of this country and reduced them to virtual slavery…
Who is behind this?
This is a fair question, not one that should cause the knee jerk accusation of paranoia.
Turns out there are all these ersatz grass roots groups out there taking funding from the ultra rich right wing. They are organizing to disrupt progressive organizations as well as sucker people into voting against their best interests.
So I think it is a fair question to ask.
Who and what is behind this resurrection of this so called radical feminism, whose main tenet seems to be anti-transsexual/anti-transgender bigotry?
Why are they using material and rhetoric that sounds as though it came from the American Family association, Focus on the Family and Concerned Women of America? All of those groups are ultra right wing extremist organizations. at least two of them are listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hate Watch Lists.
These so called radical feminists need to be investigated to see just who it is that is financing their efforts and who is behind them.