When my partner and I created WBT as a meme in 2001 we discussed how women born women was being used to beat us up on the boards at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival and WBT was a snappy comeback aimed at making people think.
It was also a way of incorporating a phrase going around the Usenet and mailing lists “woman of a transsexual history”. WBT had the power of being a short acronym that was strictly for post-SRS women and unlike “transwoman” put woman first.
What had caused us to think of this was my hearing a MBT describe himself as T to Male. Which makes sense if we look at what is coming out about transsexualism being a result of how our bodies process hormones.
The transgenders hated it. Cursed us out as divisive. Called us elitists. They still do.
Our crime was not wanting to continue to let the men in dresses use us to legitimize their claim to being just like us only with penises and in the case of het transvestites straight male privilege.
HBS has stranger route to incorporation into our lexicon of memes. It was first refered to as ” Benjamin Syndrome” by a transgender “from Spain” who feigned innocence when we pointed out that in English BS had a distinct and universally understood meaning. “She” clained innocence and that in “her” language it was “Sindrome Benjamin”.
Anyhow others changed it to HBS and ran with it.
I am apathetic regarding its usage, although I will grant that Dr. Benjamin was pretty much on a gut level convinced it was something we were born with and if you were naturely physically very feminine even before hormones he saw that as evidence of an intersex condition. That turned out in some ways a more accurate determinant than the crude XY bucal smear as diagnosis for ny intersex condition.
Someone recently said it seemed almost as though all the most active of the transgender spokespeople were disabled. Disability, especially with a history of having served in the military is one of the last sources of “free money” that permits one to be a full time activist.
The others being paid spokespeople etc.
I do this on my days off and before or after work and am therefore limited in the scope of what I can do by myself.
I have only this to say about the bannings from various forums for dissenting from the transgender party line. Sock puppets and WiFi posting sites. They do it to us so let’s get subversive on them in return.