I simply do not give a damn creating a counter group to fight Transgender Inc and the Transgender Borg. That is one of the luxuries of being post-transsexual.
I’m not part of the cult. I don’t particularly hate them although their ideology is seriously fucked up, in a Stalinistic sort of way that is wedded to a bunch of mumbo jumbo that I consider bullshit.. I can even vaguely support their rights on the same basis I support the rights of other minority groups that I am not a part of.
If that makes me a separatist… Well then so be it. I view it as simply a matter of my not having any stake in the fight.
When I started doing documentary photography in 1973 I realized the cameras were an instrument of distancing, making me a participant observer and documenter instead simply one of the participants.
Writing does the same. I observe, document and comment on. I was making those same choices of what to show and comment on by choosing the moment to click the shutter as well as the myriad of other decisions that distance and freeze reality in a photograph.
I suspect that most long time post-transsexual women are neither part of the Borg/Inc nor part of HBS/Classic Transsexual crowd.
Particularly if we ever heeded the “Get a life!”, imperative.
Who needs the constant fighting.
Besides part of getting a life after transsexualism was getting back to my roots and interests. Today is my birthday and some of my presents to myself arrived. DVD guitar lessons and guitar lesson book, some Earth First buttons, a feminist book.
The title of this blog is Women Born Transsexual, not Transsexual Women. This is why so many of the news articles and teasers I run are not specifically about matters that affect transsexuals, but rather are about matters that affect women and ordinary working people. The POV is atheist, environmentalist, left/anarchist rather than trans because I am an atheist, lefty/anarchist and tree hugger. I’m an old hippie dyke not a transgender warrior.
I’m not transsexual anymore except in a historic sense. I had an operation for transsexualism and it cured it, I haven’t wanted to change sex since.
I am a lesbian feminist and that is why I am offended by the homophobia and heterosexism as well as misogyny within the Borg/Inc.
But there is something else. Next year I’ll be post-SRS 40 years. How long am I supposed to be focused on the needs of people in transition? As for being focused on the needs of those who do not get surgery… Why should I have ever focused on their needs? Beyond concern for human rights.
Given a choice between going to a Transgender Conference and say a Media Reform Conference I’d go with the Media Reform.
Jillian Weiss made a comment on one of Mercedes Allen’s posts asking how one creates a movement to of “Not Transgender”.
The answer is by voting with your feet.
Leaving. Letting it be known you find being labeled as transgender to be highly offensive. Then proceeding from there. Because the constant fighting and name calling is counter-productive since it keeps one mired in the argument.
To cite an other organization’s name just “Move-on”. Leave the transgender folks to their own devices.