First of all embracing SCUM and Valerie Solanis kind of marks people off as nut jobs.
Prior to going on to becoming famous for shooting one of the 20th century’s most important gay male artists (nearly murdering him) Solanis wrote a screed titled The Scum Manifesto.
The RadFem hagiography would have people believe Valerie Solanis was a misunderstood genius with impeccable feminist credentials and not a zoned out homicidal maniac from Alphabet City.
I know there was a movie that tried to paint her as someone cruelty abused by Andy Warhol and the people of the “Factory”.
Reality: She was an abusive stalker.
While SCUM Manifesto has a few viciously funny observations in it it is mostly the blathering of a mentally disturbed person.
After Valerie Solanis was released from prison she wound up dying of exposure while sleeping on a roof top because none of the feminists who lauded her wanted to actually be within pistol range of her.
Oddly enough Solanis wasn’t all that anti-transsexual/transgender or I should say the movie, I shot Andy Warhol, portrays her as being not all that anti TS/TG as it shows her being a friend of the late Candy Darling.
Well, fast forward and the radfem bigots have blogs that invoke Valerie Solanis’s screed.
Like Valerie they are both truth and sanity challenged.
But this blog and others among the radfem and their dubiously claimed intersex male ally Nicky (Komododragon) have embraced Valerie as some sort of icon; they are using this blog and others to attack Julia Serano.
Well not just Julia Serano, but JOS at Feministing too, as well as a whole range of highly reputable TS/TG bloggers who have had the audacity to say that the misogyny faced by TS/TG women and transkids is the same misogyny faced by assigned female at birth women and girls.
Unless one is incredibly privileged access to abortion and birth control are not the only issues faced by women today.
This is obvious enough to women who aren’t partners in law offices that defend some of the scummiest corporations in America.
Otherwise the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act wouldn’t be such a big deal.
If women weren’t being fucked over by those Wall Street Banks and Firms defended by the law offices of the above mentioned radfem, then women wouldn’t be out there as part of Occupy.
One has to wonder why the radfems, who sound identical to the Christo-Fascists and radical right, cropped up now to disrupt feminism which is engaged in fighting against the right wing/Christo-Fascist War on Women. Especially since many TS/TG women are also feminists. Some, like this Blog regularly keep people abreast of the right wing attacks on reproductive rights.
Julia Serano wrote a serious book that showed the intersectionality of transphobia and misogyny. A lot of us read it and said, “Fuck Yeah!”
Everyone knows that according to radfems TS/TG women are nothing but mindless fembots controlling the fashion and cosmetic industry forcing women into a subservient position all .001% of us, sort of the same way the Jews supposedly control the world and are responsible for all the evils of the world.
Somehow Julia found time from her busy schedule of perpetuating the patriarchy to write this book that caused a lot of TS/TG sisters to come to the conclusion that transphobia was misogyny directed at a tiny minority group of people who are women in spite of not being assigned female at birth.
Of course the radfems whipped out the disingenuous charge that TS/TG women were some how raping women by taking hormones and having operations that allowed us to feel at home within our very own skins.
Never mind how feminism has chided those who use rape as a metaphor for actions other than actual rape.
Or that TS/TG people can and are often the victims of rape, assault and murder.
Radfem transphobic bigotry is identical to right wing racism and antisemitism, a whipping up of hatred and bigotry using exaggerated claims and collective guilt. The same sort of bigotry one finds behind Jim Crow and Apartheid laws. The same sort of hatred and bigotry one found behind the Nürnberger Gesetze:
The Nuremberg Laws (German: Nürnberger Gesetze) of 1935 were antisemitic laws in Nazi Germany introduced at the annual Nuremberg Rally of the Nazi Party. After the takeover of power in 1933 by Hitler, Nazism became an official ideology incorporating antisemitism as a form of scientific racism. There was a rapid growth in German legislation directed at Jews and other groups, such as the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service which banned “non-Aryans” and political opponents of the Nazis, from the civil-service.
The lack of a clear legal method of defining who was Jewish had, however, allowed some Jews to escape some forms of discrimination aimed at them. The enactment of laws identifying who was Jewish made it easier for the Nazis to enforce legislation restricting the basic rights of German Jews.
The Nuremberg Laws classified people with four German grandparents as “German or kindred blood”, while people were classified as Jews if they descended from three or four Jewish grandparents. A person with one or two Jewish grandparents was a Mischling, a crossbreed, of “mixed blood”. These laws deprived Jews of German citizenship and prohibited marriage between Jews and other Germans.
The Nuremberg Laws also included a ban on sexual intercourse between people defined as “Jews” and non-Jewish Germans and prevented “Jews” from participating in German civic life. These laws were both an attempt to return the Jews of 20th-century Germany to the position that Jews had held before their emancipation in the 19th century; although in the 19th century Jews could have evaded restrictions by converting, this was no longer possible.
The laws were a legal embodiment of an already existing Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses.
Yes I am comparing the thinking of the radfems to Nazi antisemitism.
Not only are they attacking TS/TG women but any AFAB women who support us including those feminist bloggers.
Ironically I have reason to believe that several of the “radfems” are in fact self hating post-op transsexuals who also hold AFAB women in contempt.