I wrote a draft of this post over the weekend, and events have overtaken me, as Gender Trender is now back on line. I’m still putting up the post, as this is unlikely to be the last time a woman expressing an opinion about gender gets trampled on.
It’s amusing to watch the Guardian bend over backwards in an attempt to atone for their sins. For example, here, we have a male transvestite telling us that sexism is bad, and how we should do feminism – thanks Guardian! I couldn’t have worked any of that out with out a man with a femininity fetish telling me first!
It’s worth pointing out, also, that trans women actually have more legal protections that FAB women. Hate crimes against transgender people are (rightly) recognised under law, but hate crimes against women are still treated as acts of individualised, isolated violence that have no wider meaning in relation to misogyny and women’s low social status.
I should have written something sooner.
I should have written something back in 2012 when ‘The Cotton Ceiling’, a manifesto for bullying and manipulating lesbians into having sex with male-bodied trans women, happened.
I should have written something when RadFem2012 was banned from Conway Hall, because Conway Hall decided that women politically organising together in a women-only space discriminated against men.
I should have written something when trans women organisers of the NYC Dyke March took part in harassing and threatening Cathy Brennan, and when part of the march was the ‘Hole-y Army’, trans and ‘queer’ women ‘celebrating’ women as ‘holes’ to be ‘fucked’.
I am saying something now. Gallus Mag, the author of the Gender Trender blog, has been locked out of her own account. This happened after she reported on the Observer’s censorship of Julie Burchill’s column, which Burchill wrote in defence of Suzanne Moore, after Moore (and her children) were bombarded with rape and death threats because Moore refused to offer a grovelling apology for the line “We [women] are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual.”
This isn’t new, the liberal-left press, such as the Guardian/Observer and liberal ‘feminist’ blogs such as ‘the F-word’ have operated near total censorship on this issue for some time now, so that even talking about the subject in a way that isn’t in line with current trans dogma is labelled ‘transphobia’ and silenced (and I mean real silencing, as in having your words erased, not the identity politics version of silencing, as in ‘being disagreed with‘).
‘Transphobia’ has become a convenient excuse for hating women. Trans women, ‘cis’ men (and some female-assigned-at-birth women) love nothing more than to threaten women and girls with torture, mutilation, rape and death. If the woman in question has committed the crime of ‘transphobia’, the threats become ‘progressive’, they become ‘social justice’.
Trans dogma is harmful to all female-assigned-at-birth (FAB) women and girls, it is harmful to lesbians, it is harmful to gay men (who get harassed for not wanting to have sex with female bodied persons).
Trans dogma has reached the point where it is an accepted truth that ‘gender’, the set of cultural norms that is built on sex hierarchies and women’s social and reproductive oppression, is hard-wired into our brains, even though gender norms vary across societies and through time, and our brains in infancy are very plastic, so that we do a lot of our development outside of the womb, in society; while ‘biological sex’, the idea that a penis is a male reproductive sexual organ, and a vagina a female reproductive sexual organ, is a social construct.
Trans dogma says that there is no such thing as a woman (but trans women are still real women), that ‘woman’ does not exist as a social-political category that a female baby (and a number of intersex babies) will be placed into at birth, and denies that this categorisation makes any real difference to a woman’s life experiences.
Trans dogma says that there is no such thing as a woman, except as a feeling inside a man’s head. Trans dogma says that there is no universal experience of being a woman, but, at the same time, that a man who spent his whole childhood as a male, who developed a career in a male-dominated industry as a male, who married and fathered children as a male, who then decides to ‘transition’ in middle age, experienced misogyny exactly the same as a FAB women did growing up female.
Trans dogma says there is no such thing as male privilege, that FAB women are privileged over trans women because we are ‘allowed’ to be feminine, that we oppress trans women simply by existing in our female bodies.
Trans dogma says that everybody oppresses everybody else, but that trans women are always the ‘Most Oppressed People on the Planet Ever’ (really? Try being a baby girl born into poverty in China or Africa or India).
Trans dogma refuses to name the agent when it comes to the real actual violence experienced by any gender non-conforming person (whether they call themselves ‘trans’ or not): men. Men are the ones beating and raping and murdering women and children and gay men and trans, but according to trans dogma it’s FAB women committing this violence.
Trans dogma says that only trans suffer from body dysphoria (or, rather, it is the only suffering that matters), and that ‘cis’ women are all happy with their bodies, perform gender roles perfectly, and are happy doing so.
Trans dogma says that nobody’s ‘gender identity’ can ever be questioned, making it easy for male sexual predators to use ‘gender identity’ as an tool for accessing women’s and girls’ safe spaces (toilets, changing rooms, homeless shelters).
Trans dogma says that any gender non-conforming child should be given powerful medication to block puberty and cause sterility (in preparation for a life-time of ‘sex change’ surgeries and drugs), even though there are no studies on the long-term effects of such drugs, and even though most gender non-conforming children do not grow up to be ‘trans’.
A significant number of such children will grow up to be gay, and the implications of this should be obvious; trans dogma is about disappearing gay and gender non-conforming children, it is about violently policing sexuality and gender norms.
Trans dogma says that the above is ‘breaking down’ gender binaries.
Trans dogma says that reproductive rights aren’t about protecting women from death or disability or a life-time of economic and social dependency on a violent man or a violent state, but that it is about a trans woman’s right to genital surgery.
Trans dogma tells women that they need to use a trigger warning every time they write about menstruation.
Trans dogma tells women who have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of men that they are not allowed to be triggered by penises.
Trans dogma says that any FAB woman from history who disguised herself as a man, to go to war, to get an education, to live with a female lover, or simply to live freely, was actually a ‘trans man’, because nobody who does anything strong or brave can possibly have a puny ‘female brain’.
Trans dogma is destroying feminism and harming FAB women and girls, and I am sorry I have not said this sooner.