As you, gentle readers may have noticed about this blog, while it is titled “Women Born Transsexual”, transsexual and transgender specific issues are rarely the blog’s main focus.
This is because I am post-transsexual, a woman with a medical history of transsexualism that is so ancient as to make so much the the identity politics of both the Transgender Borg and Transgender Inc seem like news from a distant alien place and time.
Instead many if not most material I present has to do with economic issues, the environment, women’s rights.
I am a lesbian feminist because I have committed myself to the tenets of feminism and because I have a woman as my life partner.
I have also been called all sorts of filthy names by member of both the Transgender Borg and Transgender Inc over the years because I am in the words of Autumn Sandeen, “A Genital Surgery Essentialist”. This is due to my refusal to give gender identity/expression primacy over the physical differences between male and female.
I grew up in the country. I watched animals give birth. I even helped pull a calf that needed guiding during its birth. I know enough to look between a lot of mammals legs and tell male from female.
Until I got on line some 15 years ago I never really thought all that much about gender. Some people had sex change operations, I was one of those people. That meant that even though I wasn’t assigned female at birth I was surgically reassigned to female later in life.
I didn’t have a pronoun problem with actual transgender people who lived full time as members of the sex not indicated by their current genitals. Transvestites, straight or gay were a different story. I never have quite figured that one out unless they are in drag and then it is a case of politeness.
I have listened to endless lies and fictional history regarding those of us who came out in the late 1960s through the end of the 1970s.
I have been told that I was told things by doctors regarding never even being friends with other sisters. The irony is that while I was friends with a few sisters, who I went through the surgery program with I found I had little in common with most transgender people or even other transsexuals of that era.
I was further to the left than most of them. I didn’t take femininity all that seriously. I was more like the naturally feminine hippie women and feminists I met at meetings, the Women’s Building and on campuses.
I was considered too serious. I actually had transgender women tell me I had made a mistake because I was a lesbian feminist and more of a warm fuzzy dyke than someone who was maximizing my natural prettiness.
I read, oh did I ever read. Ti-Grace Atkinson, Kate Millett, Shulamith Firestone, Notes from the Second Year, Charlotte Bunch
Over the years I have watched members of both the TG Borg and TG Inc emphasize the murder and violence experienced by TG who are often sex workers while ignoring the female sex workers who suffer the same levels of murder and violence. This in spite of how placing the TG victims of this violence within the context of sex work might help bring about protections for all sex workers.
When I listen to the arguments coming from Transgender Inc that the Gay and Lesbian Community should give higher priority to a “Trans-inclusive ENDA” than to Marriage Equality I am reminded of heterosexual men’s rights advocates exercising both their male privilege and heterosexual privilege to dictate the politics of women and gay men.
I have been watching the latest dust up between radical feminists and the Borg regarding the paper presented by Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
I had the audacity to say that when push comes to shove I am a woman identified woman and support women, hear their concerns, give women primacy over the interests of both the Transgender Borg Collective and Transgender Inc.
Separatist was one of the nicest things I have been called for taking this position.
I am puzzled. Transgender as umbrella is a social construct, a political identity that developed in the mid 1990s, over twenty years after I had SRS. When I had SRS our goal was to get away from the queen ghetto and have “normal” lives. (What ever normal lives meant other than not being part of the queen ghetto.) How can I be separating from something I was never voluntarily a part of?
In my case getting away from the queens (transgenders) had to do with their incredible misogyny/homophobia. It wasn’t the doctors who had the problem with our being lesbian, it was the transgenders. It didn’t matter if one was a straight transvestite or a gay one. If you were post-SRS and weren’t a dick crazy heterosexual the transgender people treated you like a freak and didn’t hesitate to tell you.
It was even worse if you were a lesbian feminist. Queens and heterosexual transvestites would ask if you were going to go back to being a man, berate you for not being a fembot, for being committed to lesbian feminism.
When I first read Janice Raymond’s book I thought Virginia Prince should sue her for plagiarism, because all Raymond did was regurgitate stuff that was being pushed by Prince, who coined the term, transgender.
Is it any wonder that people like me disassociated ourselves from the queens (TGs).
The latest has Autumn Sandeen over at Pam’s House Blend suggesting that the TG Borg/Inc colonize the newly reintroduce Equal Rights Amendment. It is pure male privilege and entitlement that keeps these people from seeing just how wrong that is.
Various members of the TG Borg have started warning post-transsexual sisters as to how the radical feminist will “throw us under the bus” or how they will abuse us.
But at this point I wouldn’t support the misogynistic and homophobic efforts of the TG Borg/Inc if I were paid