Radfems claim to speak for all women. In reality they speak for almost no women.
Their claim to represent the interests of women is sort of akin to Aryan Nation’s claiming they represent the interests of white people. Radfems are to feminism what the Susan B Anthony Pregnancy Crisis Centers are to Planned Parenthood.
They are a bunch of anti-sex bigots who try to hide their bigoted woman hating agenda behind the label of Radical Feminism.
How can a hate group centered on pushing bigotry towards a minority group, especially a hate group that actively supports denying the minority group medical procedures needed to live in the same physical comfort enjoyed by the majority group, possibly be considered to be feminist?
How can a group which claims to represent lesbians, call for mandatory reparative therapy and the repression of another sex/gender minority group within the queer alphabet soup, possibly be considered feminist?
We didn’t have the Internet or Facebook in the 1970s. We had small circles of friends and if one was both TS/TG and feminist you were quite often on your own.
Back then we just sort of took the beatings using the lessons learned during non-violent protests. Cover your face and head form a ball on the ground and let them kick and punch you until they get tired.
Those of us who weren’t targeted kept our mouths shut and kept on being the “token trannie” in the Lesbian Feminist Group. The token who worked so hard to prove she wasn’t like those other “trannies”, shucking and jiving like Alan West does in the Republican Party.
We mistakenly believe that radfems were real feminists and that if we just showed we too were good dedicated feminists then transsexual and transgender people would be accepted
Agreeing or at least not saying how fucked we thought the radical feminist trip was, was a way to avoid being targeted.
But something happened in the thirty years since then.
Today there are probably more transsexual and transgender people than there are radical feminists and we are better organized.
We also have righteousness on our side.
LGBT/T people are saying to the Christo-Fascists. “Your right to claim your religion condemns us does not give you the right to deny us our equal rights, or our human dignity.” LGBT have both righteousness and the law on their side.
We let the radfems get away with their bullshit the last time around because we were few and pretty much invisible.
That left us isolated. By 1982 the only lesbian Group in the Bay Area that welcomed us was the S/M group Samois and the other sex positive Outlaws.
It was really liberating to march topless down Market Street with the outlaws in 1982.
During the 1970s I watched as feminism was taken over by this small faction of totally insane people who used trashing to drive women out of the feminist movement.
If you stop for a second to think about it transsexual to female and transgender women kind of have a serious vested interest in supporting many feminist issues. Our access to medical treatment may not be the same as access to abortion and contraception, but it is put under similar constraints such as no-government funding and limiting of access based on claims that those procedures and treatments are immoral.
Many if not most TS/TG people are completely dependent upon earning a living. They have to deal with the same income level biasing as other women and then a good deal more in the form of anti-trans-bigotry.
While the change of social status from male to female isn’t a consciousness raising event for all of us it is for many of us and that makes us feminists.
In the face of that radfems invoke the same sort of slogans about god not making people transsexual or transgender that the religious right do.
If we are attracted to women they call us pretendbians. But these are people who like the Christo-Fascists believe people can choose to be straight or gay/lesbian. Pretendbian. I love that one when it comes from people who claim that being a lesbian isn’t really about being a woman who has sex with other women. Hence the ever opportunistic Robin Morgan who was long married to Kenneth Pitchford gets to claim to be lesbian.
Oh well. This is now and that was then. Now there are a shit load of often quarrelsome factions of people who have had their lives impacted by trans-prefixed words . Gone are the days when our lives were defined by doctors who studied us and books written by authorities. Hell in those days half of our memoirs were ghost written.
In the years since those days we’ve discovered there are far more of us than we imagined and that we are far more talented than we imagined.
Artists, musicians, writers, doctors, lawyers, philosophers, and professors oh my…
Enough of us to constitute a whatchamacallit? Oh yes an offended discriminated against minority class…
Another funny thing happened during the intervening thirty-forty years.
Transsexual and transgender people lost that wounded sense of shame and guilt.
That doesn’t mean we all run around in Transsexual Menace t-shirts but it does mean we have stopped letting people beat up on us and have started fighting back.
Turns out that now we are no longer forced into dropping out of high school, now that we are even able to go to college we have the verbal weapons and the computer skills to defend ourselves.
The most empowering thing of all was realizing we no longer had to be turned into depressed suicidal wrecks by a bunch of bullying radfem thugs calling us the same sort of filthy names the Christo-Fascists and Nazis of Aryan Nation call us.
We gave that sort of abuse a name. It is called transphobia and it is a close relative of racism, sexism and homophobia.
It is an ugly form of bigotry which makes the radfems who spew it identical to Aryan Nation and the Christo-Fascists.
We analyzed transphobia because we can use the same tools that every other oppressed minority have at their disposal.
All the radfems can spew is reprocessed hatred and bigotry of the type put forth by every bigot from Jan Raymond to the authors of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
We have exposed this bigotry for what it is and now the bigots are whining just like the Taliban Christers who are no longer able to claim their bigotry is God ordained and protected.
We didn’t set out to attack the radfems. Hell we thought they were just a dark blot on the history of the development of both feminism and the LGBT/T movements.
The truth is radfems no more speak for women in general than Concerned Women for America or Phyllis Schlafly speaks for women in general.
The radfems represent a perversion of feminism of the order of the Susan B. Anthony Pregnancy Crisis Centers.
They are an anti-feminist fraud made up of jack booted thugs and bigots.