I’m Special, I am a True Transsexual, I Have a Female Brain

Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah…

You are not freaking special and I’m tired of all this female brain shit.  That one is such a misogynistic rap and basically reifies the idea of women as second class citizens.

You are transsexual if you want to get an operation to change your sex and you want to get an operation to change your sex because you are transsexual.  The reason is the reason and is tautological.

We live in an era where many people are experiencing economic hardship.  Just managing to keep a job and a roof over one’s head is a major accomplishment for people with an unemployment or under employment rate that pretty much matches that of young black men who have dropped out of high school, been arrested and now have criminal records.

Often what separates  women with transsexualism, who get SRS from those who wind up struggling to survive the best they can, living as transgenders dealing with the same internal feelings, is a matter of luck as well as class privilege and often times white skin privilege.

In his song “Working Class Hero” John Lennon sang, “First they  abuse you and torture you for twenty odd years, then they tell you to go pick a career, When you can’t hardly function cos you’re so full of fear.”  But of course transsexual and transgender people aren’t supposed to suffer from all that abuse.

After all Conan the Barbarian quoting Nietzsche, “That which does not kill us only makes us stronger.”

Except it doesn’t it just leave so many of us so full of pain that we are lost.

I spent a long time in confrontation games with sisters who came out later in life than I did basically trying to figure out why and the answer kept coming back to fear with the subtext of histories of abuse.

The game of how one person who got SRS is better than another person who got it because of some imagined element is a product of trans-childhoods spent knowing no one else like ourselves.

When you grow up thinking you are the only one that feels a certain way it comes as a shock to learn we are damned near as common as dirt and like today when Tina and I went to Fry’s to buy OEM copies of Windows 7 and the person who pointed us to the right department was a sister.  We are everywhere.

It kind of sucks to waste so much energy tearing each other down when we could be building each other up instead.  But then that is what those kids who bullied us in first grade and are now in political office or are ministers want us to do.

Ask the APA to Remove “Transvestic Disorder” Diagnosis from the DSM-5

Reposted from Bilrico with the permission of Author

http://www.bilerico.com/2010/03/the_international_federation_for_gender.php

By Kelley Winters

March 16, 2010 1:00 PM

The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) has posted an online petition calling for removal of the Transvestic Disorder diagnosis (302.3) from the pending Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Please help put an end to this defamatory and hurtful psychiatric label by adding your name and spreading the word to your organizations, friends and contacts.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) released draft diagnostic criteria for the DSM-5 last month, and a period of public review and comment ends April 20th. Their proposal includes the diagnostic category Transvestic Disorder, previously called Transvestic Fetishism, which classifies crossdressing by birth-assigned males as mental illness.

This diagnosis perpetuates false stereotypes of sexual deviance that are used to deny human dignity and civil justice to gender variant and transgender people. It punishes feminine gender expression that does not conform to masculine conventions. It pathologizes harmless consensual sexual expression and sexualizes gender expression that is not necessarily sexually motivated.

The Transvestic Disorder category is not limited to crossdressers or male-identified people. It also targets transsexual women with a specifier of “autogynephilia,” a deeply offensive label to many transwomen, implying that all transsexual women transition for sexual reasons rather than harmony with gender identity.

Please ask the the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Task Force, Board of Trustees and elected leadership to reject the proposed Transvestic Disorder category and remove this gender nonconformity diagnosis from the DSM-5.

http://dsm.ifge.org/petition/

[I know how many feel about Cross Dressers but the root of pathologizing male cross dressing is primarily found in misogyny.  It is part of pathologizing not only TS/TG folks but anyone who strays from some imaginary  set of rules governing appropriate behavior for males.]
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Friday Night Fun and Culture

New Movie: “The Runaways”

I was living on Sunset Blvd near Fairfax Avenue in the mid 1970s during the era when the Runaways were around.  They hung out at Rodney Bingenheimer’s,  Starwood, the Whiskey. Went to after clubbing 3:00am breakfasts at Ben Franks and the Denny’s near Rodney’s club.

They were so young and so cute and we loved the very idea of girls playing hard core rock and roll.

It is about time there was a movie about them.

From the New York Times

Proving Their Mettle in the Men-Only Era of Rock

By A. O. SCOTT
Published: March 19, 2010

“The Runaways,” which takes place mainly in Southern California in the mid-1970s, evokes its moment and milieu with affectionate, almost uncanny fidelity. It’s a sun-baked teenage wasteland of muscle cars and hamburger stands, and the two young 21st-century movie stars who play the main characters seem to fit right in. Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, who are Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, lead singer and guitarist for the band that gives the movie its name, were born a long time after the book had closed on the real-life Runaways, but the seriousness and self-confidence with which they tackle their roles goes a long way toward establishing a sense of authenticity.

Continue reading at: http://movies.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/movies/19runaways.html?ref=movies

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More on the “I’m Really Intersex” BS

I’m an archivist and keeper of the history.

Recent reads and rereads have included: ROBERTA COWELL’S STORY, An Autobiography and Becoming a Woman: A Biography of Christine Jorgensen

Both claimed vague intersex conditions.  Neither had those claims substantiated by their physicians.

I mean we can all suspect these sorts of things but I have watched these claims go to ridiculous and unbelievable places.  Further in Roberta Cowell’s book she felt it necessary to attack Christine Jorgensen as less valid than herself.

That is sort of what I see happening with all the HBS/Classic Transsexual BS.

Lady Gaga shows more common sense. Why not leave it at, “We were born with transsexualism.”  Or…  “We were born with transgenderism.” as the case maybe.

To put it bluntly.  If you opt to have an operation that changes your assigned at birth sex once you have reached the age of agency you are or at least were a transsexual.  All the modifiers are BS and just aimed at being more equal than others.

All the claims of unsubstantiated and improbable if not impossibly contradictory claims of vague and obscure intersex conditions making you special are as harmful to transsexuals as a class being taken seriously as the actions of Norrie May-Welby (I want my identification to show me as neither male nor female) or the “myn” who seem to be competing with Octomom to out do each other in dropping babies.  It is stupid and boring as well as undermining the chances of transsexual/transgender women and men being taken seriously at a time when we are struggling to get removed from the DSM, as well as get employment non-discrimination measures passed and marriage equality for all, not just straight people.

Lady Gaga – Lady Gaga Says Homosexuality Isn’t A Choice

Statements like this are cause me to really seriously love Lady Gaga.  Notice she knows that there are both transgender women and transsexual women.  This is exactly what I and others have been asking for, a recognition of the two different groups rather than the erasure of either.

Lady Gaga Says Homosexuality Isn’t A Choice

Lady Gaga says people have no choice in whether or not they are gay, as she believes you are born that way.

Lady Gaga says being gay is not a choice.

The 23-year-old singer, who has previously discussed her own bisexuality at length, believes homosexual men and women are “born” that way.

Gaga – who claims her new video ‘Telephone’ is “groundbreaking” because she showcases lots of different types of sexuality in the nine-minute promo – said: “There are transsexual women and transgender women and suddenly it becomes poisonous and something else because there are some people in this world that believe being gay is a choice. It’s not a choice, we’re born this way.

Continue reading at:  http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/lady-gaga-says-homosexuality-isnt-a-choice_1136053