Screw “The Community”

Yesterday I got into an argument with a Transgender Warrior on Facebook.  Someone named Bayne MacGregor.

Looking at Bayne’s photo I hope they don’t insist on using the Women’s Restroom.

It isn’t enough that the gender queer/third sex wing of the Transgender Borg have managed to get post-op transsexuals included in “The Community” now they are getting us included in the right wing bills that would make it illegal for us to use the restrooms consistent with our genitals.

I listened to this person mansplain to me about the risk heterosexual women faced from lesbians using the same restroom.

“When I protested his bullshit and stated: I put women, as in adult females first.  I put their concerns first, even before the interests of transgender people because that is what it means to be a feminist.” Bayne used his privileged position to tell me I needed therapy to overcome my internalized transphobia.  Interestingly the spell checker in most programs doesn’t recognize “transphobia” as a word.

Bayne wildly exaggerates the number of “non-binary” what ever the fuck that phrase is actually supposed to mean any where other than on Tthe Planet of the Transgender Borg. Bayne is truly out of this world, when it comes to dictating to transsexuals, especially post-op what their role in this Brave New World Order will be.  Sort of like Stokley Carmichael back in the days of SNCC dictating that, “The position of women in SNCC is to be prone.”

Well I’ve come a long way, baby.

Mansplaining doesn’t fly.

Nor does transsplaining.

There is a whole new crowd of kids coming along and hopefully in a generation or so the phenomena of people coming out in middle age will be a thing of the past.  Hopefully the whole Transgender Community will wither on the vine along with the politicos and professional activists of the whole LGBT Inc begging industry.

Some one posed the question of what advice I would give Jazz or any of the public transkids.  My advice would be, “Get your SRS, change your name.  Leave the Transgender Community and assimilate into the world of non trans-folks.

Planet Confusion

From The Dallas Voice:  http://m.dallasvoice.com/planet-confusion-10192130.html

Leslie McMurray

I’m pissed off; I’m perplexed, and I’m scared. I’ll try and sort out what’s swirling in my pretty little head.

On Feb. 28, a female member of the Planet Fitness in Midland, Mich., complained to management about someone who “looked like a man” being in the women’s locker room. The woman who made the complaint ultimately had her membership revoked, with Planet Fitness officials citing as their reason the woman’s disruptive activities in warning other female members that the gym might let “men” into the women’s locker room facilities.

Planet Fitness has a policy of “No Judgment” and permits members to use whatever facilities match their “sincere, self-reported gender.”

Fine. But honestly, I’m conflicted.

I have held off on addressing this. My fear was that the person in the locker room was a cross-dresser, and that’s what she appears to be: no hormones, no transition.

To me, that is abuse of the privilege and is exactly what the opposition wanted in order to illustrate their point that “men” who “feel like a woman today” can waltz into women-only spaces with impunity.

That makes me sick.

Where do you draw the line? I have been on hormones for years now. I’ve had years of therapy, gender reassignment surgery, breast augmentation and electrolysis. I’m a broke — but happy — woman.

I work out at a gym and use the ladies locker room, but I also have a vagina. I’m not sure if that should be a requirement, but discretion sure should be if you have the original equipment.

Should we require hormones? OK, for how long? Who checks?

The best I can come up with is that if you are irrevocably committed to living your life as a woman, then come on in. If you are trying it on? Do us all a favor and stay out.

This whole thing really pisses me off.

Living in Texas, where too many people would like to see us all dead, I sure as hell don’t need anyone making my life more difficult than it already is. I am so careful and so respectful; I don’t think that it’s too much to ask for others to be the same way.

Right now, one bad apple really can screw it up for all of us.

Continue reading at:  http://m.dallasvoice.com/planet-confusion-10192130.html

Disappearing women

Reposted from Paisley Currah:  http://paisleycurrah.com/2015/03/13/disappearing-women/

By
March 13, 2015

In her most recent column, “Who Has Abortions?,” Katha Pollitt  says, “We can, and should, support trans men and other gender-non-conforming people without erasing women from the fight for reproductive rights.”  I agree.  I’ve got a draft of quite a few fragments and links for a long blog post on feminism and trans politics–on reproductive rights, on women’s colleges, on how TERFS have derailed real conversations about feminism in trans communities, and on the outsized role those on the trans-masculine side of the gender spectrum play in setting out the official gender line for trans politics. I’ve not had the time to pull it all together, so instead, I’m just posting bits and pieces.  Pollitt’s column today prodded me into posting the first bit.

But yes, I think Pollitt is right on this one.  Here’s part of her explanation:

The real damage of abolishing “women” in abortion contexts, though, is to our political analysis. What happens to Dr. Tiller’s motto, “Trust Women”? There was a whole feminist philosophy expressed in those two words: women are competent moral actors and they, not men, clergy or the state, are the experts on their own lives, and should be the ones to decide how to shape them. It is because abortion gives power specifically to women that it was criminalized. How did Selina Meyer put it on Veep? If men got pregnant, you could get an abortion at an ATM. Restricting abortion is all about keeping women under the male thumb: controlling women’s sexual and reproductive capacities is what patriarchy is all about. Indeed, that women should decide for themselves is controversial even now. Although the Supreme Court ruled decades ago that men were not entitled to be notified if their wife was planning to end a pregnancy, some polls show large majorities of Americans believe husbands have a right to know. Once you start talking about “people,” not “women,” you lose what abortion means historically, symbolically and socially.

I think it’s entirely possible to point out that it’s not just women who become pregnant and still keep in focus the bare political fact that abortion rights and access are gender issues, that it’s almost only women who get pregnant and who need abortions, and that abortion rights and access are under assault all over the US precisely because it’s primarily a “women’s issue.” Obviously abortion access shouldn’t be restricted by gender identity and providers should clearly communicate this in the messaging. Trans men need to know they can access to these services.

That said, taking “women” out of abortion rights rhetoric,  putting “vagina” on the list of unacceptable words, has the faint reek of misogyny.  Pollitt doesn’t call it by that name, but she writes:

But a feminism that can’t say “women”—or “vagina” or “sisterhood” or even the cutesy “ladyparts”— is cutting the ground from under itself. It’s not just about slogans like “the War on Women“ or “Stand with Texas Women, “ important as they are and challenging as it would be to replace them with gender-neutral language that carried the same emotional charge. How do you even talk about women’s being underrepresented politically, or earning less than men, or being victims of rape and domestic violence? In an era where politics is all about identity, as a tool for organizing and claiming public space, are women about to lose theirs?

It’s not just reproductive rights language that is fast being “de-gendered.” Women’s colleges are also being asked to get rid of that exclusionary category.  Many of us have long argued that women’s colleges need to admit trans women, regardless of the gender listed on their identity documents. And students who were admitted to women’s colleges as women and whose gender identity shifts during their college years need to be allowed to stay, and supported in their transition. But some of the discussions about changing who counts as a woman for college admission have morphed into an argument that everyone but cisgender men should be eligible to apply. Monica Potts, at the New Republic, says this is simply misogyny.

Feminist blogger and prison abolitionist Emma Caterine sees it differently. As she argues in a piece bluntly titled, “Trans Women are Not Agents of the Patriarchy”:

One of Potts’ main concerns is the push on women’s campuses to eradicate words like “sisterhood” from use. But this isn’t an example of trans activism, as Potts puts it, being “indistinguishable from old-school misogyny”; that’s just old-school misogyny disguised as trans activism. Trans activism fights to make a world that is better for trans people, and while trans men are an important part of that, the fight to make a place for themselves at women’s colleges has nothing to do with them being trans and everything to do with them being entitled men.

Trans women are on the precipice of being recognized as women at women’s-only institutions.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that now is also the moment when those institutions are being asked to retreat from their historic mission of educating women.   It’s certainly not the intention of the activists calling for the all-but cis men rule, but the effect is to suggest that once trans women gain entrance, all bets are off, everything is up for grabs. The unstated but inescapable implication of all this–that trans women aren’t women.  That’s trans-misogyny.

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Michael Douglas finds Judaism and faces anti-Semitism

From The LA Times:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0315-douglas-anti-semitism-20150315-story.html

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Gray hair becoming hallmark of coolness

In 2004 I stopped dying my hair.  I had stopped wearing make up long before that. Maybe it was my hippie roots but I’ve always been bothered by corporate selling of gender, gender, gender.

Buying/wearing make-up doesn’t make me a woman. Changing the color of my hair isn’t something I have to do because I am a woman.

I think more folks need to read Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. Long before everything about being a woman became all about gender, gender, gender she wrote about how gender is used to define and limit women, making them truly the second or lesser sex.

She wrote how gender defines and limits, enslaves women and keeps them from achieving greatness or even the freedom to be themselves.

From The Columbus Dispatch:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/02/20/1-gray-hair-becoming-hallmark-of-coolness.html

By Susan Reimer
THE BALTIMORE SUN
Friday February 20, 2015

Joan Didion, 80 and fragile-looking, appears under wispy, chalk-white hair in the spring advertising campaign for the French brand Celine.

With her signature cheekbones as hard as granite under her long silver tresses, Joni Mitchell, 71, stands out as the new face of the Saint Laurent Music Project.

Dolce & Gabbana, too, features gray-haired models in its spring and summer collections.

Meanwhile, young celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie have all played with gray tresses.

Various trend reports call gray hair a hot look for 2015 — for both younger and older women.

For the past several years, though, gray hair has already been seen on the catwalk and the red carpet.

When model Kate Moss first showed gray streaks in 2010, everybody thought it was a dry shampoo gone wrong. Nicole Kidman sent thrills though the fashion world with her silvery strands.

Glamour magazine in the United Kingdom even asked whether gray hair among the young is the new “granny chic.”

This is great news for women of a certain age — who spend an average of $330 a year hiding their gray because they’re afraid that it makes them look old or puts them at a professional disadvantage in a work world filled with younger women.

Charla Krupp, author of How Not To Look Old, reinforced that fear when she once said, “When you’re competing for a job with someone who’s 10 years younger or 20 years younger than you are, being gray is the equivalent of wearing a necklace that says, ‘57.’ Would you do that?”

Such a sentiment hasn’t deterred men from showing the gray.

Continue reading at:  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2015/02/20/1-gray-hair-becoming-hallmark-of-coolness.html

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This is Why We Can Not Have Nice Things, or Win

Patricia Arquette gave activists a gift horse and they promptly shot it in the face

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/patricia-arquette-gave-activists-a-gift-horse-and-they-promptly-shot-it-in-the-face/

Tom Boggioni
25 Feb 2015

Welp, we did it again.

Every few months or so progressives (the term of choice for high-maintenance liberals) launch a jihad on an unsuspecting ally for the crime of “not using their words properly,” and the focus shifts from real world problems to semantics and this, to put it politely, is why shit doesn’t get done.

Sunday night at the Oscars, Patricia Arquette made an impassioned — but frantic due to time constraints — appeal for equal pay and equal rights for women.

She said:

To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights! It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America!

Outside of a Fox News nitwit, who can argue with that?

However, if you are to believe certain activist factions whose hobbyhorse Arquette failed to ride, she destroyed everything they have ever worked for with her off-the-cuff comments backstage when she said:

One of those superior court justices said two years ago in a law speech at a university that we don’t have equal rights for women in America, and we don’t because when they wrote Constitution, they didn’t intend it for women. So the truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface there are huge issues at play that really do affect women. It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for — to fight for us now!

What should have been a call to arms for everyone to get behind a very basic and simple human right became a very horrible terrible awful bad thing because Arquette failed to properly express herself using approved terminology with appended footnotes and peer-reviewed study citations.

In a quicky presser.

Backstage at the Academy Awards.

Less than twelve hours after Arquette spoke, Katie McDonough wrote at Slate (under the classic Slate-pitch headline: “What Patricia Arquette got right (and wrong) about equal pay”):

And in a speech that is directly about equal pay, Arquette’s call for solidarity from “all the gay people and all the people of color” ignores the fact that the wage gap for women of color and LGBTQ women is much, much worse than it is for straight white cis women.

I won’t even get into the usage of “cis,” which is the “fetch” of gender studies chit-chat, but it is worth noting that Arquette called for wage equality for all women, and, to mangle in old expression: a rising wage tide raises all women’s boats, regardless of a more detailed taxonomy.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/patricia-arquette-gave-activists-a-gift-horse-and-they-promptly-shot-it-in-the-face/

Consider the following Raw Story article: Malcolm X’s daughter: It’s ‘ridiculous’ that white people aren’t allowed to use the N-word


12 Feb 2015

The daughter of slain Civil Rights activist Malcolm X told TMZ that she believes it is “ridiculous” that white people are not allowed to use the N-word.

“Do you listen to rap at all?” the TMZ reporter asked.

“I do,” Ilyasah Shabazz replied.

“Do you cringe when they drop the N-word?”

“I think it’s just ridiculous sometimes. I think it is. I think it’s a bit ridiculous,” she said.

“What do you think about white people singing along with the N-bombs?” the TMZ reporter asked.

“I mean, you know, I think if we’re going to — I don’t know that you can — if you’re gonna use it, then everybody should be able use it,” she replied. “So if you don’t like other people using it, then we shouldn’t use it.”

When asked if her father would have voted for Barack Obama, Shabazz said, “I would imagine so, he was a very strong candidate.”

She was, however, adamant that Americans do not sufficiently celebrate her father’s legacy — although she believed the young people now are more understanding of the sacrifices he made.

They are, she said, appreciative of “the fact that he was a very young man who sacrificed a lot, that he was killed at a very young age and in 12 short years [as a public figure] he gave a — he made a significant impact around the world when people weren’t even traveling.”

Complete article at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/malcolm-xs-daughter-its-ridiculous-that-white-people-arent-allowed-to-use-the-n-word/

Ridiculous indeed, not because I am fond of the n-word.  Actually I would prefer if no one used it because it is a foul and demeaning word.

Yet so many of the arguments on the left are about words rather than substance that it sometimes seems like the word wars are all about personal status and a game where one wins by being the most sensitive in the world.  I attribute some of this to modern child rearing that treats children like precious little princes and princesses sheltered from the real world where kids get hurt playing and learn independence at an early age.  The sheltered precious little darlings become adept at word games and one-ups-manship as tools for gaining status.

We have a generation of so called progressives secure in identity ghettos where group think is the rule and deviation from group think turns others in to something out of “Lord of the Flies.”

Alternet ran an article taken from Salon: Dear Patricia Arquette: Here’s What Your Oscar Speech Failed to Mention
Black America’s hidden tax is why this feminist of color is going on strike.

Identity Politics means putting your own groups goals before all others and refusing to work together with anyone else on a package that would benefit all.

At the start of the Second Wave of feminism black activists denounced the women’s movement as a distraction and black women announced they put the issues of the African American Community first. Many black activists denounced the LGBT movements as unworthy of making the claim that their movement was one of civil rights.

And so on and so on…

We have so called progressives who love getting down and dirty when it comes to going to war over fucking words but who refuse to lower themselves to work in party politics to get progressive Democrats elected.

In the words of Elvis Costello.  “I used to be disgusted, now I’m just amused.

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