I love it when the Transgender Borg Collective pulls out the meme: “Transsexual is just a subset of Transgender.”
If they had an freaking sense of humor they would add, “We are Borg, you have been assimilated into the Borg collective and we have decided you are a subset.”
It is a very male privileged trait to have the arrogance to decide that a whole class of women are a “subset” of a bunch of predominantly heterosexual male transvestites.
Excuse me… I forgot how the Prince of heterosexual transvestites pathologized the term transvestite along with transsexualism, the better to coin a new and improved term that better suited his misogynistic ideology of gender. He was very good at coming up with alternative terms for transvestites. Almost as good as he was at training Transvestite Men’s Rights Advocates in how they should abuse their wives to get them to go along with hubby’s hobby.
After all the ideology of transgender sprang from such misogynistic works as The Transvestite and his Wife and How to be a Woman, though Male.
All the babble about gender reduces the differences between male and female to a matter of clothes and behavior, something that is in and of itself extremely hostile to equality between the sexes, since gender defines women as among other things submissive, empty headed, and trivial. A care giver rather than agent in control of her own life.
Defining transsexual as a subset of transvestite/transgender is straight out of the Book of Prince. He defined us that way. He was often given to saying that transsexuals were either gay men who had surgery so they could have sex with straight men (Who he automatically assumed were more attractive than gay men). That those who had SRS and came out as lesbians had made a mistake. (He urged the medical establishment to not operate on transsexuals who would become lesbians after surgery.) He also pushed the inverted penis, dead hole meme, good only as a sperm receptacle when having sex with men.
Transsexuals had every reason in the world to hate transvestites and the whole Transgender Borg ideology, as it has a more negative impact on us than the handful of strange lesbian separatists. For one thing those lesbian separatists are not claiming dominion over us or colonizing us and making us unto a subset.
The very idea that transgender should “include transsexual” is virtually identical to the idea that the words ‘man and mankind’ should be deemed to include “women and womankind” but that women or womankind can not serve as a substitute since that would be insulting to men by degrading their status to the level of women.
It seems absurd for me to have to lecture people on the basics of feminist challenges to patriarchal reinforcing grammar some 40 years after those challenges were first made.
For the Record: If you need to grasp the basic critique of misogynistic usage of grammar rules to reinforce the patriarchal dominance of men over women I highly recommend you read Words and Women by Kate Swift and Casey Miller.
Perhaps then you will recall how men took it upon themselves to speak for women and used language as a tool of oppression.
“Subset”; the very idea of such a denigrating and dismissive term fostering any sort of relationship among equals smacks of male arrogance.
Make no mistake about it you can dress transvestism in all sorts of drag and use all sorts of fancy euphemisms, all sorts of highly academic sounding bullshit, in an attempt to put lip stick on a pig, but behind all that image is still the hard core misogyny that gave birth to the Transgender Movement. Look deep enough, follow the trail and eventually you get to the chief male pig, the Prince of many names.
So post-transsexual women are a subset of a bunch of men who live behind the pink door of gender where clothes and adherence to strict gender roles make one a man or woman. So post-transsexual women are a subset and therefore subject to shanghaiing into the world of gender queers and their fascination with fucking gender and the creation of a third sex/gender comprised of transgressive “gender outlaws”.
For millennia women were considered a subset of men with men providing the definition of human and women tagging along as a “subset”.
Simone de Beauvoir called her feminist masterpiece, The Second Sex.
To be woman and be considered a subset of men means being considered less than men on every level.
When Julia Serano, who I generally admire, trotted out the subset bit in a recent post on her blog A “Transsexual Versus Transgender” Intervention*. she made a fool of herself. Thereby, once again proving the correctness of my partner Tina’s dictum. “Transsexuals should keep their mouths shut and their minds open for the first few years after they have SRS.”
But moreover Julia used the term subset during her efforts to rein the post-transsexual dissenters from the ideology of the Borg back into the Borg collective.
That is like pouring liquid oxygen on a fire.
I have had to rewrite this post a half dozen times to not have it be totally filled with rage and the word fuck plus variations on the basic word fuck.
Nothing says we own you so get back in line like having a bunch of basically heterosexual Men’s Rights Advocates albeit males who wear women’s clothes and embrace feminine gender roles telling a bunch of female bodied people to STFU and get back in line.
You see our role as post-transsexual women is to be enablers of male transvestites albeit full time transvestites who may take hormones and call their dicks neo-clits, but who are men nonetheless.
Our role is to be used as shield that legitimize their bullshit. To be used to pass laws that are not necessarily in the interests of women, either women assigned female at birth or reassigned via SRS to female later in life.
Even after several rewrites I am so totally furious at the use and presumption of labeling transsexual as a “subset” of transgender I want to fucking scream: I am not a fucking subset of a bunch of men in dresses. I do not give a damn what sort of tower of gender babble they use.
Women have vaginas. Men have penises. If there is doubt as to what you are pull down your pants and look.
If you wonder why post-transsexuals have staged an anti-colonialist revolution look no further than your oppressive Men’s Rights Advocates in Dresses misogynistic rhetoric.
I am not a subset. Especially a subset of transgenders.