¡Ya basta! Enough already!
I’ve fucking well had it.
Women are adult females. I respect the womanhood of non-op transwomen who live as women 24/7 based not on their “identity” but rather on the basis of social politeness, which means you do not question the femaleness of a person presenting as female, nor do you question the maleness of someone presenting as male.
But I have to admit I am somewhat of a physical essentialist. I didn’t have “Gender Conformation Surgery.” I had a Sex Change Operation aka Sex Reassignment Surgery. Like we said back when nearly 50 years ago, the surgery makes it real.
For most of us back when it also cut the ties that bound us to what has become known as the Transgender Community.
A few days ago a friend of ours called us and told us her son had come out as transgender and was becoming a woman. Of course she used the wrong pronouns. But when she told us how her child was going about this we were horrified because she had gotten DD breast implants after only 3 months on hormones and never living as a woman.
I don’t remember stuff like this happening back before all this gender identity thing. Dr Benjamin told me I was as perfect a candidate for SRS as anyone he had seen but that I still had to live as a woman for at least a year.
The process was one of physical change of becoming female or male as the case maybe.
After SRS I grew and became more and more feminist. I saw my oppression in terms of sexism and misogyny.
“Oh, hard is the fortune of all womankind,
She’s always controlled and always confined
Controlled by her parents until she’s a wife
A slave to her husband the rest of her life”
Joan Baez “A Wagoner Lad”
To me Gender, the social roles and their constraints that defined proper masculine men and feminine women were always part of the problem and not part of the solution. My heroes were women who didn’t conform to the proper roles dictated by gender.
One way to step off the road described in that folk song was to never marry and not have children. Another was to ignore the dictates of gender because having a cunt between my legs made me a woman, not wearing high heels, high fashion, perfectly manicured nails and make-up. I could be a woman tech tracking down a problem with a data probe or o-scope and I was just as much a woman as the perfect ten fashion model.
I support Trans-Rights because I support Equality for all people along with the right to live in dignity.
I cannot in good conscience support the erasure of women as adult human females. I cannot in good conscience join people who say that having a vagina between one’s legs and going through life with that vagina isn’t a major part of womanhood. Particularly when so many in the Transgender Borg World have cut themselves off from the life experiences of non-trans women and men by their sneering contempt towards “cis-gender” folks.
After SRS I took my place in the world of women, a world where having a vagina between one’s legs makes a real difference in one’s life experiences. I’ve had a vagina between my legs for nearly two thirds of my life. I’ve forgotten what it was like before or even what it was like going through the process.
I’ve been an adult female most of my life and I am offended by the banning of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues based on their some how not being inclusive of transwomen.
As far as I am concerned the Transgender Borg are so off base on this as to show their absolute cluelessness about what it means to actually be a woman.
Furthermore Eve Ensler has in the past staged readings of the Vagina Monologues with transwomen who have read their own vagina monologues.
I’m just going to put up the links to post regarding this latest TransWorld Controversy.
Reason: Women’s College Cancels ‘Vagina Monologues’ Because It Excludes Women Without Vaginas
Advocate: Vagina Monologues Playwright Responds After Show Canceled for Not Being Trans-Inclusive
Huffington Post: Kids Do the Darndest Things! The Vagina Monologues in the Context of Historical Ignorance
Time: Eve Ensler: I Never Defined a Woman as a Person With a Vagina
Huffington Post: Community Civility and a Response to the Controversy Over The Vagina Monologues at Mount Holyoke