Earlier this week a Transgender Borg Troll left the mother ship and came here to visit, apparently under the assumption I would permit my blog to be inundated with TG Borg Troll abuse.
Of course I was accused of censorship when I refused to let this person use my blog as a platform to abuse me.
Here’s one thing to remember. It ain’t censorship when anyone with a reasonable set of computer skills can go to Word Press or Blogspot and build their own blog for free or very little money over and above things like Domain Registration. Mostly it is commitment to be informed and pass on information, even if that information is pointing your readers to material you recently found interesting.
The one thing this person said was “If you aren’t cis then you are trans.”
This needs, calls out for a bunch of unpacking. Mainly because the entire premise of this argument lacks validity anyplace other than on the Borg Mother Ship.
I had never heard the word “cis” prior to coming on-line some 15 years ago. When I came on line the Usenet was still the place to go and have interesting as well as often times nasty exchanges of ideas.
There was a transgender person on those groups, someone named Laura Blake Masters, a rather nasty piece of work.
Laura was the prototype for the nastiest of the Transgender Borg. Absolutely hated transsexuals, thought we were all delusional transgender people who should have followed her example of getting up off the gurney and saying no to SRS.
The trans-wars have been going on since I first came out in 1969. The main difference has been how many heterosexual transvestites have gotten involved as the Transgender Borg have gained power.
The ever increasing push to substitute gender for sex has paralleled the rise of the ultra right wing and religious fanaticism. Perhaps because the two share the commonality of reducing woman to performative femininity.
Through out history the patriarchy have used very oppressive gender stereotyping to define who is really a woman.
Stereotyping is what gender is all about.
Historically gender has been coupled with sex: female=woman+femininity=”real woman” or male=man+masculinity=”real man”.
Eliminating sex from that equation by decoupling female from woman or male from man leaves us with a social construct determining who is a “real woman” or a “real man”.
Gender as a claimed identity or performed act is a social construct.
The Transgender Borg have substituted “cis-sexual” and “cis-gender” for the social construct of “real woman” or “real man”. Embracing this dialectic is extremely reactionary, reactionary on the level of closely resembling the sort of abuse of the concept of gender used by the insane Religious Right.
When I speak out against this I get called a Second Wave Radical Feminist, as though that is a bad thing. I get called a lot of other things too, like a left wing hippie radical, again, as though that is a bad thing to be.
In case people have forgotten the 1960s and 1970s were really very progressive times, more progressive than anything we have seen since.
- The Black Civil rights Movement
- The pill and with reliable contraception sexual liberation.
- The ending of censorship
- The peace movement
- The Chicano/Latino Civil Rights Movement
- The Native American Civil Rights Movement
- The Black Panther Party
- SDS and the Student Movements
- “The Feminine Mystique” and the Feminist Movement
- “The Silent Spring” and rise of the Ecology Movement
- The spread of the availability of sex reassignment surgery
- Stonewall and the rise of Gay/Lesbian Liberation Movements
- Personal freedom to be androgynous and not governed by stereotypes of “real man” “real woman” which translated into it being okay to be a strong woman or sensitive man.
Since 1980 the right wing has openly waged war on all those things and more.
They absolutely hated how the Sixties and Seventies made it okay to be a strong woman or sensitive man. They hated long hair on men and women who didn’t wear bras, high heels and make-up.
They waged a major anti-feminist propaganda war. Indeed the Transgender Borg often regurgitate right wing talking points regarding Second Wave Feminism, reminding me how so many of them came out of the Prince founded Transvestite Movement (which BTW also surfaced in the 1960s). Misogyny and hatred of transsexuals who actually get SRS being a hallmark of the Prince founded movement.
The right wing reimposed and the media reinforced the concepts of “real man” and “real woman”. Their definition of a real man is pretty macho asshole and their real woman is pretty much limited to girly girl either fuck toilet porn star or good girl baby dropper.
The funny thing is how much in tune this is with the Transgender Borg’s construct of “cis-sexual/cis-gender” because if you aren’t 100% “real man” or 100% “real woman” then the Transgender Borg have decided they have the right to claim you as transgender.
If you disagree with this, they call you names. The nicest one of which is “Separatist” and it goes down hill from there.
These folks are touchier than the Christo-Fascists and have absolutely no sense of humor. They most remind me of the Stalinists that made up The Progressive Labor Party in the 1960s in their exacting level of political correctness and brow beating of dissenters.
But then what can one expect from a group with a high ranked former Scientologist as one of their leading theorists?
The other very reactionary aspect of the Transgender Borg is their adherence to the one drop rule, which means post-transsexuals are never permitted to move beyond where they were as recent post-ops, even when the intervening years have made the period of transition into an ancient memory.
Even more disturbing is a new tendency to claim women who don’t adhere to the feminine mystique stereotype, or feminine men. I say disturbing because the transgender idea of man and woman is the opposite of liberating as it is dependent upon there being rigid gender roles.
What happens when a “man in a dress” isn’t seen as transgressive but just as a man who prefers skirts over pants. Sort of the way women aren’t seen as transgressing gender just because they prefer pants over skirts?
In a society with looser expectations of what constitutes a man and what constitutes a woman we pretty much fall back to male or female because the social construct of gender isn’t treated as the most important feature determining who is really a man or who is really a woman.
Even in a freer society transsexuals would still have sex changing operations but if performative gender is less important the idea of transgender some what withers on the vine.
As it stands today the sexism of the right wing and the religious fanatics reinforce the idea of rigid gender roles defining who is a man and who is a woman. It seems like half the people the Transgender Borg are claiming would have been thought of as transsexual or even transvestite in the 1970s before the constructing of the imperialistic Transgender Borg ideology.
Sometimes I wonder just who constitutes this imperialistic category “transgender”. There seems to be this public face they want to represent them comprised of post-op transsexual professionals, or full time folks I might actually consider transgender, yet when people question just who is going to get allowed into women’s restrooms and locker room suddenly any requirements of proof of the person actually being transgender goes out the window.
Then the Transgender Borg start with the name calling, just like they do when transsexuals point out the differences between people who get sex reassignment surgery and those who do not.
Indeed the Transgender Borg are great at throwing their ideology around sort of the way any ideologue throws around talking points. They are great at regurgitating the talking point but really fall down on explaining exactly what they mean with those buzz words.