Normally when I write I make jokes. But this morning I find I really don’t feel like joking about any of this right now. I finished working late yesterday afternoon to discover Graham Linehan telling me on Twitter that Twitter had announced a potential new policy that would lead to the ‘immediate silencing’ of my voice. And when I read the proposed policy I realised, with a wash of sudden cold shock, that he was right. Those of you who know me, know me. You know that I have dedicated my entire adult life to thinking about injustice, and to analysing how mechanisms of domination function to destroy the lives of vast numbers of people, because of their sex, or sexual orientation, or socio-economic class, or race. You know I’ve never bothered much with accumulating civic or financial power, because I think we live in a bankrupt neoliberal patriarchal white supremacist environmentally suicidal clusterfuck of a society, and all I really care about is saying that over and over again. And you also know, I hope, that I do this, because I believe, deeply, that all human beings have the right to live meaningful lives in which they have a chance to fulfil their potential, and to be treated with dignity, respect, and social support. But that’s not what Twitter now potentially believes. Twitter believes that people who believe what I believe think something so inexcusable that we shouldn’t be allowed to participate in public political discourse. And this is the story of why that is so.
As many of you also know, there is currently a deep and ongoing dispute between the trans rights movement and feminists who hold a material, sex-based analysis of women’s oppression. The trans rights movement has, over the last 6 or so years, effected an incredibly powerful take-over of the majority of our civic institutions. Four of the UK’s political parties (Conservative, Labour, the LibDems and the Greens) are entirely onboard with trans rights discourse, as are all of our LGBT+ organizations (at national, institutional and student level). When the government did its initial consultation on changes to the Gender Recognition Act, they consulted only with trans rights organization, and accepted, without question, the argument that changes to the definition of what a woman is, and how that impacts public policy, was of no political or material concern to women, and that women’s perspectives shouldn’t be entertained. Groups like Gendered Intelligence have rolled out trans awareness training in schools, social services, health care and universities, and the policy of charities like the Girl Guides is also being determined in consultation only with trans rights organizations, as is the policy of the vast majority of our trade unions (as shown by the TUC vote last month in favour of self-ID.) This sounds tinfoil hat, but unequivocally, it is not. And it should also give us pause when considering the claim that the present trans rights movements is working only in the interests of the most marginalized and politically powerless constituency in history.
While all of this is happening, a large swath of the British public remain completely in the dark about exactly what is happening, or their awareness extends only as far as thinking that the trans rights movement is just – as it presents itself to be – the latest frontier in the extension of liberal human rights. That is, a good chunk of the British public remain completely unaware about the ideology that informs the present iteration of the trans rights movement, and completely unaware of the practical implications of this ideology should it come – as it actually is at a staggering rate – to inform the creation of public and institutional policy.
One of the reasons the public remains so ill-informed about this ideology and its implications is because there has been a near-total freezing of public discourse on this matter. From the moment of its emergence, the current form of the trans rights movement has sought to make all interrogation of its discourse, or the effects of its discourse, an act of illegitimate hate-speech, and has sought to demonize critics, mostly feminist women, as evil TERF-bigots who should be vilified and ignored. I wrote about this tendency in more detail in 2015, and over the intervening years, it has only become more pronounced. The trans rights movement and its allies have exhibited a consistent pattern of no-platforming, refusal to engage with critics (and refusing media appearances in dialogue with critics), harassing institutions that give space to critical voices, and raising twitter mobs to pressure any public or commercial body that commits the sin of publishing wrongthink. In recent weeks alone this has manifested in the dismissal of humanist student Angelos Sofocleous from 3 of his positions for the thought-crime of believing that there are male and female humans, pressuring Brown University to disavow a study investigating whether the dramatic increase in girls transitioning might be due to social contagion, the Girl Guides decision to expel two leaders who had concerns about the inclusion of male-bodied children in groups of Guides, and the successful efforts of one Dr Adrian Harrop to get a billboard removed which had been placed in Liverpool for the Labour Party conference, and which merely stated the biological definition of the word ‘woman.’
The trans rights movement has effected this near-total silencing by collapsing the present ideology of the trans rights movement into the existence of trans people, and presenting all critique of its ideology as an act of hatred directed at trans people. It variously leverages claims that feminist criticism of its ideology is responsible for the deaths of trans people, that all criticism of its ideology are acts of bigoted ‘transphobia’ analogous with right-wing expressions of homophobia, and by consistently linking the thought of left-wing gender critical feminists and their allies with the alt-right, the Christian right, and with white supremacism. It has been devastating successful at convincing the majority of right-thinking left-leaning people that anyone who raises concerns about the trans rights movement is motivated by nothing but pure baseless bigotry and spite, and that there are no legitimate questions or concerns that need to be given full public consideration before they start determining public policy. The practical upshot of this is that both the left-wing press and the vast majority of academics in the United Kingdom – and other English-speaking nations – are either fervently opposed to allowing criticism to be expressed, or, in many cases, voices of dissent are too scared about the professional consequences of speaking out to put their heads above the parapet. (The writing, and backlash to the writing, of the work of Professor Kathleen Stock, is a prime example of how this is working in the academic context.)
As feminists who hold an analysis of the sex-based oppression of women, we maintain that this is a political, and ideological, disagreement, and that it is the collapsing of criticism of the ideology of the trans rights movement into an act of hate speech directed at trans people, and the silencing of political discourse that this effects, that is democratically illegitimate. The heart of this disagreement is the way trans rights ideology is committed to erasing the fact that humans are sexually dimorphic, the denial of the political importance of the existence of male and female humans, and the effort to ensure that all public policy is executed in line with this denial. One of the great obstacles we face in informing the public about this ideology and its effects is that it’s core ideological structure runs so entirely counter to how everyone who has not been indoctrinated by trans ideology understands the world, that it is incredibly difficult to persuade people that this is a) what the trans rights movement really advocates, and b) that public institutions would be so easily swayed by this ideology and that public policy would end up being made according to its precepts, with almost no debate.
The trans rights movement will tell you that what we say is hatred. If, however, you look at the examples above of people who have been dismissed or censured for committing ‘anti-trans’ thoughtcrimes, what you will see is that, excepting the example of the Littman study, all they did was think that there are male and female humans and that this might be politically or practically important. As I discussed in my last piece, the ideology of the trans rights movement is committed to the thought that whether a person is a man or a woman is only and exclusively a matter of their ‘gender identity’ – that is, that ‘gender identity’ overrides and determines physical sex, and that all public provision that has hitherto been provided on the basis of sex should now be provided on the basis of self-declared gender identity. I don’t want to get bogged down now in the long discussion of the ideological and practical problems of this. You can find an excellent discussion of the incoherence of the concept of gender identity by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper here and here, and I have outlined my analysis of the issues and implications of the erasing sex as a meaningful political category here. What I want to stress here is that I do not consider it to be an act of hatred to think that there are male and female human beings and that that is politically important. Indeed, shockingly, I believe that it is a fact that there are male and female human beings, that the oppression of female humans cannot be explained without understanding and describing this fact. And I think, moreover, that it is actually impossible to give an account of how any system of domination arises and functions if we cannot take account of the interaction between culture and material reality.
By contrast, the trans rights movement, and the form of ‘intersectional’ liberal analysis with which it is aligned – believes that there is no such thing as material reality, that everything is culturally constructed, and this applies also to the existence and perception of human sexual dimorphism. (See my discussion of this here). What this amounts to is the conviction that the existence of male and female humans, and the fact that we can perceive the difference between male and female humans within nanoseconds, isn’t something given by the world and our perception of it, but is, in fact, purely the result of cultural training. (This is equivalent to saying our perception of all objects – trees, river, mountains, roses, tables, whatever… has nothing to do with the existence of objects in the world and our perception of them, but is entirely produced through our concepts and language. That is, it’s a crass, reductive form of a kind of debased misreading of postmodernism which fails to understand the fundamental deconstructive insight that all cognition in humans arises through an interaction between ourselves and the world.) Anyway, the thinking goes, that if we only perceive male and female humans because we have been trained into perceiving male a female humans then, tah-dah, we can just be trained out of it. Because no, there is nothing at all sinister about trying to dictate how humans perceive the world so that it conforms to your political ideology. (Ends justifies the means, right side of history, we are the possessors of the one righteous truth, this doesn’t sound much like ‘queer’ anything to me etc.)
As I suggested in my last piece, trying to structure a political movement around the denial of a fundamental and readily perceptible fact about the world marks the trans rights movement as fundamentally divergent from all previous civil rights movements. Campaigning for the removal of value-judgements and systemic discriminations based on differences between peoples is not the same as attempting to enforce the belief that such differences do not exist and must not be perceived. The totalitarian political tactics of the trans rights movement are not, therefore, an accident. Rather, they follow necessarily from the fact that attempting to legislate that human beings must not perceive a fact about the world that we do, in fact, all perceive, is totalitarian to its very bones. (Orwell was right, the existence of material facts is a fundamental bulwark against totalitarian thought control. (Trump is President of the United States FFS, how are you people still thinking that that all this ‘post-truthiness’ is liberation????)). The reason, therefore, why the trans rights movement cannot allow there to be a public discussion around its political ideology and its implications is because if people really understood that it’s political ideology is committed to denying that there are male and female humans, then the collective ‘What the Actual Living Fuck?’ would be so deafening that the whole political project would be dead in the water. So, instead, it has had to be achieved by a) a ton of behind-the-scenes collusion between trans rights organization and individuals in positions of political and civic power and, b) silencing public interrogation by bullying dissenters, hamstringing the press and public bodies, and making sure that everyone understands the very high social sanctions for speaking out.
So enter Twitter. Given the extent to which public discourse has been closed down around this issue, there are presently only a few significant online public spaces where there is anything resembling an open discussion around the nature and political implications of the trans rights movement. One of these is Twitter and the other the ‘Feminism and Women’s Rights’ boards on Mumsnet. As I’ve said before, it’s no accident that women who have created and fed other humans with their bodies are not buying this ‘bodies are politically irrelevant’ business – in fact, it’s an axiomatic non-accident, because what is at stake here is all about the political importance of reproduction, and the immemorial patriarchal erasure of the mother. ‘Mumsnet Towers’ have done a sterling job, in the face of persistent harassment by the trans rights movement, of defending the rights of women and mothers to name their bodies, the political importance of their bodies, and to analyse the political stakes of the erasure the trans rights movement is currently effecting. Unlike Twitter, however, Mumsnet caters to a particular segment of the population. It is not, as Twitter is, the 21st century virtual equivalent of the Greek agora – the public square where people (well men) came together to debate and discuss the political and philosophical issues thrown up by running their early, democratic city states.
For better or worse, Twitter is where we now do democracy – on a global (although very much tilted, like all global power, to the Western) scale. When the internet first took over our collective lives, there was a good deal of talk about its ‘democratising’ potential – and while that utopian promise has inevitably been corrupted by commerce, and, as in the case of Cambridge Analytica, by the collusion between social media corporations and nefarious political power, it’s not complete hogwash. For all its ills, the great virtue of Twitter is that anyone with a computer and a phoneline can get on there and start shouting. It has the capacity to connect people in power, and people with public voices, with people who have particular political interests, expertise and concerns. And it has the power, sometimes, to actually give direct political voice to people who otherwise would have none.
The resurgence of feminist activism at the beginning of this decade, was down, substantially, to Twitter. Almost the entirety of my feminist political life – the friendships I’ve made, the meetings I’ve attended, the writing I have been empowered to do and the audience it has found – has been down, substantially, to Twitter. The expression and organization of resistance to the impact of trans rights activism on the lives of women, girls, lesbians, and homosexual men, is organized, substantially, on Twitter. When people find themselves confounded or shocked by something they hear briefly on the news – that Lilly Madigan has become a Labour Party Women’s Officer, that a trans woman has assaulted four women in a female jail, that Pips Bunce has won an award for being a female executive although he is a transvestite and not actually a female person – they come to Twitter. And on Twitter they find a LOT of people talking about this. Serious, smart, well-informed, researched up-the-wazoo women and men who have serious theoretical and political objections to a discourse that is holding our political life in a kind of stunned zombie-thrall. And Twitter knows this. And Twitter wants it to stop.
The proposed policy that Twitter announced yesterday would pass quietly under the nose of anyone who is not well-versed in this conflict, and in its ideological and rhetorical tropes. Despite the fact that Twitter has tolerated women being inundated with death and rape-threats – most famously in response to Caroline Criado-Perez having the temerity to campaign for there to be one woman left on a British banknote – Twitter has now decided its policy on policing hate-speech needs to be tightened up. It has decided that hate-speech is defined by dehumanizing language – fair enough – and then decided that there are two principle examples of this kind of dehumanizing speech. The first, uncontroversially, is comparing humans to animals or viruses (vermin, cockroaches, plagues etc.) So, no problem there – it’s an much-used and well-documented trope of othering groups of people, and it never goes anywhere good. The second – and this is where a MASSIVE alarm-bell starts ringing – is “reducing groups to their genitalia.” Something Twitter describes as a form of ‘mechanistic’ dehumanization.
Okay. So, first off. I’m pretty well-versed in the types of tropes that have been used in historic acts of dehumanization against groups of people, and as far as I know, ‘reducing people to their genitalia’ is not, and has never been, a form of widely used dehumanization, or a precursor to systemic violence, against any group of people. Using genital-based insults aimed at individuals is a pretty standard form of English-contempt-giving (‘dick’ ‘prick’ ‘cunt’ ‘twat’ ‘cockwomble’ etc), but these types of insults are never used to present an entire groups as either a threat, or to dehumanize an entire groups in order to legitimize violence against them. So what the hell is going on here? As anyone versed in the rhetoric of the trans rights movement will immediately recognize, ‘reducing someone to their genitals’ is one of the used-like-clockwork phrases trans rights activists turn out when arguing about why it’s not okay to distinguish male from female humans, or why it’s ‘problematic’ to think the definition of ‘woman’ has something to do with being biologically female. It’s a totally bogus argument because it relies on collapsing the distinction between ‘something being defined by’ and ‘something being reduced to’ – to say that being a woman has something to do with having the sexual characteristics of a female is not to reduce a woman to being only those characteristics.
And what’s more, the reason for arguing this is transparently not because the trans rights movement is unduly concerned about women being reduced to dehumanizing body parts or functions. In the name of inclusivity they have promoted the use of phrases like ‘uterus-havers,’ ‘cervix-havers,’ ‘menstruators’ and in one particularly charming example, ‘bleeders.’ The function of this argument, that is, is purely political. And it’s political function is to claim that it is morally reprehensible to distinguish male and female humans, in the service or arguing that no public policy, or organization of public space, can legitimately be made of the basis of that distinction. In the case of the Twitter policy here, this function is further amplified by the fact that Twitter apparently recognises that both ‘gender’ and ‘gender identity’ are acceptable ways of identifying a group. But it does not recognise that sex is. (That is, it will allow us to talk about ‘women’ and ‘men’ because the category of ‘women’ potentially includes male people who identify as women. But it will not allow us to talk about female people).
When Graham Linehan told me that my voice would be silenced by the new Twitter policy, this is what he was talking about. The political line I, and many other women, have been trying to defend, is the political importance of the difference between male and female humans. The reason why we are defending this line is not because we hate trans women. We have no political argument with transitioned trans women who have committed themselves to the social and medical process of living amongst women. But we have serious concerns about changing the definition of a woman to include ‘any male person who simply asserts that he is a woman.’ And the reason why we’re concerned about that is because male people pose a very significant statistical danger to female people, and there is no reason to believe – and no empirical evidence to support the idea – that male people cease to commit male-pattern violence against women and children simply because they say that they are women. Nor, moreover, has the trans rights movement expressed the slightest shred of interest in thinking about the way that a policy of fundamentalist self-identification is manifestly open to abuse by predatory men and men who want access to children.
The other major concern we have is that feminism is fundamentally a political movement dedicated to articulating the interests of female people, and in explaining why female people are oppressed as female people. Women are oppressed by gender, but they are not, fundamentally, oppressed because of the way they perform their gender. Men rape female people. Men exercise violent coercive control over female people. Foetuses are aborted because they are female. Clitorises are cut out because they are the organs of sexual pleasure of female people. Women are paid less because they are female. And none of this can be avoided, or changed, by the way women do their gendering, or by trying to coerce everyone into thinking that female people do not exist. All this will achieve is to make the speaking of the sex-based oppression of women impossible, which is exactly what we’ve been saying is the threat hiding in plain sight in trans ideology this whole damn time. What Twitter is doing, therefore, by seeking to ban as hate-speech the actually non-existent dehumanization of groups of people by ‘reducing them to their genitals,’ is to prevent the speaking of the feminist analysis of the oppression of women, which they just happen to have framed in precisely the language used by the trans rights movement. That is, Twitter is trying to ban women from the only major public democratic space where we are more-or-less freely still able to express our political criticism against a massive assault on our rights – and it is seeking to do so explicitly in the interests of the trans rights movement.
I have been running around on Twitter for the last few months, saying, repeatedly, to pretty much anyone that will listen, that the trans rights movement is the most totalitarian thing I have seen in my entire life – and yet, somehow, I still don’t believe, even though we are so far off the political map of normal, that any of this is really happening. That, for all the political complicity, and manifest misogyny, and the incessant, day-in-day-out, drum beat of violence and disrespect aimed at women, that we are seriously in a position when feminist women could be ejected, en masse, from the global public square, for saying that female people are oppressed as female people and that that matters. Even though I know, and have been saying, for the last five years, that the fundamental structure of trans rights discourse threatens to make feminist speech unsayable, I still somehow don’t believe that they are really trying to frame a policy to make us stop saying it. And yet, I can’t help coming to the conclusion that they really are. For those of you out there still sitting on the fence, or who still believe that I, and everyone opposing this ‘civil rights movement’, is just a nasty evil hate-mongering bigot, please, if you give one shit about women and the protection of women, wake-the-fuck-up. This is actually happening, it’s scary as shit, and we may well be running out of time. This is what woman-hating totalitarianism looks like. This is not a fucking drill.
I came late to this debate via glinner. I had a discussion a few days ago with a trans activist and I thought I was mistaking what they were saying about the irrelevance of being embodied and self identification. But, to my horror, they were exactly as you have described in your article.
This is a really thoughtful, excellent read
You’re right. A lot of people don’t know this. I didn’t until I read about phillip bunce. I was astounded at his ego, his sexist woman outfits, hie entitlement. And then I saw it everywhere. The actual hate these trans women have for women who dare discuss their agenda. Their dismissal of our concerns accusing us of being bigots and hateful. There were some very disturbing posts from transvestites very objectify ing of womens bodies. They are doing an incredible disservice to confused youngsters who may or may not have dysphoria. What a mess
You are so correct gender self identification is fundamentalist in essence and the ideology totalitarian. I was just tweeting with a trans activist telling them they want to control what people see with their own eyes. This is the goal of totalitarian regimes but even they cannot control people’s eyes and inner beings. And then I see you write about it here.
The difficulty in explaining what the transgender ideology REALLY is I recognize very well. I regularly feel it is as if the many transwomen activists know exactly what they are doing. Undermining every aspect of what it is to be a woman and manipulate every system in their favor. It is what narcissists do.They are so effective at manipualtion of reality.. I think it is fair to say transgender isn’t only a narcissistic ideology but a sociopathic one.
Great article, appropriate fury.
But is there a word missing in this sentence? After “working” perhaps? I don’t understand it.
“…it should also give us pause when considering the claim that the present trans rights movements is working only the interests of the most marginalized and politically powerless constituency in history…”
Thank you. I keep referring people to your article and remain eager to translate it into French for the TRADFEM compendium of radfem translations, if you agree. Our book publisher, Christine Delphy, is showing a growing interest in tackling this issue and has had us translate a NYT profile on Rachel Dolezal to document the analogies involved.
Excellent piece. You’re right re very few people seem to know much about this, though the girl guides thing seems to have bumped it up the news agenda. I was wondering, when you say: “We have no political argument with transitioned trans women who have committed themselves to the social and medical process of living amongst women”, I read it as meaning that if a man has genital reassignment surgery he/she can be properly considered a woman/female. Is that correct?
When I say we have no political argument – I mean that there might be things that need to be negotiated, but they’re not implicated in this political argument insofar as they are not advocates of trans ideology. That is, I want to stress that our argument is with the ideology and not with the existence of transitioned trans women. My position on this, which is shared by many, but not all of us – is that trans women are trans women. That is, they are male people who have transitioned to exist in the social role of women, and they can in many respects be treated socially as women – although not in all. I consider that in a non-patriarchy this might not be meaningful and were gender roles not prescribed the way they are, we have no idea what would be left of being trans, but under current conditions I accept that dysphoria is a real condition, and that transition can help relieve it, and that it is important to keep a compassionate space for that. Trans women are, however, *never* female.
Soon a little girl victim of FGM will tell her story, and a TA will surely answer “stop complaining ! you had a clit ! you should be grateful for that !”
And then the world will be even worst …
No they started conflating FGM with circumcision in May 2018 on Tumblr.
They are trying to come after Radical Feminism. And the best way you can destroy something, is by laying claim to it.
Brilliant, like every bit of your writing I’ve seen so far.
Count me as one of those people who can’t believe this is happening. Even though I’ve been watching it happen since forever (2008?). That was the time I was struck all of a heap by the realization that a trans activist aggressively full of their womanness (or whatever it should be called) was arguing and behaving exactly like some pushy dudebro. A woman? I thought. Not so much. I thought the craziness of it all would make it immediately self-limiting. Hah.
What I do not understand at all is the lightning speed with which they’ve taken over “progressive” thinking. Is it really that obvious to everybody propping up the patriarchy that the trans ideology buys into it completely? I would have thought traditionalists would freak out at any sexual weirdness. I would be wrong.
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Sister, been fighting this infiltration into Female spaces 25 years, ans cannot believe how bad its gotten for us Lesbians and women as a whole the last 5 to 10 years…
I been fighting this fight the last 25 years, Sister, on the behalf of us Lesbians and our wbw spaces, on the behalf of us Butches and so many, more and more drinking the koolaide and wanting to transition. It has primarily been a Lesbian struggle until it finally surfaced into the mainstream in the last 5 to 10 years. Basically Lesbians, strong Feminists and any womon advicating by and for Females as a whole is being villified and silenced by the powers that be. For a small pariah community 25 years ago, I cannot believe how rapidly they moved and leapfrogged light years beyond us Lesbians and Feminists throughout the world fighting for the rights of Females as a whole. That now the ENTIRE Feminist movement and ALL we have worked for is in serious jeopardy.
Well written. Thank you
This is a great overview.
The thing that is most concerning is the near monopoly (oligopoly?) that a few powerful providers have over all discourse. They choose to shut women down, and that’s it, we’re shut down. They have marched into the public square and declared that they will control discourse from now on. We have no redress, they have no accountability.
I’d also add one more online community to your twitter and mumsnet, and that is the radfem/gendercritical boards on Reddit. There is a wealth of discussion there going back a number of years (many being refugees from now defunct or dormant feminist blogs, who were there before twitter really took off) – with the same themes of the lies, propaganda, censorship, threats and totalitarian nature of the transcult
https://www.genderhammer.com/genderhammer.com/viewforum.php?f=48 is another gencrit, rather new forum deeply involved with feminism and the threats against women.
Reducing people to their genitals? There’s an entire endocrine system. It affects so much more than a bit of plumbing. One of the weird things about being ASC is to survive you need to really listen to what people say, or you do what I do, and accidentally annoy people. Men and women do talk differently, its one of those things people dismiss as sexist, but they do. As a straight male I know I perceive things differently to my lesbian house mate (and yes I have seen the potential sitcom- ASC man sharing with lesbian!).
Men act differently around women than with other men. I assume it is the same for women. If someone is trans, fine, no problem (over the past 20 years I’ve known 4 trans people). But to deny there is any physical link to gender identity does seem to be flying in the face of our experience.
We know men are bigger and stronger. We also know they are more prone to violence and sexual crimes. Some of that is down to hormonal influences. To reduce a persons psyche down to just “how they feel” does seem to be missing something.
Your last line chills me. “This is not a drill”
Between transgenderism and the rise of surveillance society we are in need of fierce resistance.
Work in small cells. Write. Sticker. Strategize. Offline. It’s the boys toy, remember the 98% who resisted the Brits in IRA never did anything much other than the communications smuggling.
I want female freedom from male tyranny. When di I want it? Now. Grrr. Yesterday, really.
civil rights United women, poor, blacks, gay and lesbian lives long enough to scare shite out of them. Hence, student debt, hamstring us over abortion and now gender whisperers taking away our human rights.
That frankly makes me want to puke. I’m Second Waver, cannot believe the sly lies and man cruelty what brought us here.
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Damn. Just go read it all.
Great post! 👍
Great recap. The only thing that TIMs and the TRAs have done, is to create a Feminized White Supremacist Patriarichy.
I would suggest you go to the Transadvocate.com website. And Type in “Radical Feminism was Trans Women Inclusive” Cristan Williams Ed. Is the equivalent of Joseth Goebbels for the
The Way to destroy Radical Feminism, is to lay claim that it was Trans Inclusive. They are trying to go through French Materialist Feminist: Simone de Beauvior, Monique Witting.
They are also including Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon as being Materialist Feminist. So expect the next outrageous claim when Trans women and TRAs start calling themselves Radical Feminists.You know they have to put their “metaphorical” DICKS in everything.
This isn’t just about anti discrimination laws and protections. This is absolutely the Settler-Colonizing of all Women’s, Feminist’s and Lesbian Spaces and Histories. Some of are more Tech savvy Sisters have documented, with side by side screen shots,the revistionist history of the following: women, Women’s history [perceived GNC women have been Trans Manned] lesbians, lesbians history [Trans Manned and Queerified] Feminist and Feminist History. This includes the assault at Speakers Corner and the Linda Bello’s court case.
Trans are already calling themselves radfems though they haven’t a clue what it means. Of course they must be better feminists than women.
As with others commenting, I appreciate that you are bringing up these important issues that deserve social discussion, particularly the erasure of sex (& sex differences; and sexism).
In the midst of this tricky gender time, I wonder if we need to work to really clarify terms, and this might involve resuming the use of the term transexual.
As you well note, being transgender makes sense only from a misguided essentialist conception of gender, and once we recognize that gender is, in fact, a social construction that serves to oppress women as a class (and some men), being transgender makes no sense. You can do gender however you want, but that bears no relationship to your sex, which is biological. How we deal with those who change the external markers of their birth/biological sex should be discussed, but moving sex to center stage rather than erasing it with an essentialized gender might be a useful step.
Gender has totally muddied matters. Opened that whole I feel and identify as whatever but I don’t have to do or be anything that is representative of. Thus the crazed bearded blokes lurking in toilets and getting people in trouble for misgendering.. I am more comfortable with Transexuals who recognize their biological sex (important for science, research, medical records, police records, statistics etc) and do have GD and seek transition as adults and for adults.
Prophetic and brilliant as ever. Hope your appeal is successful Jane. We need you on twitter as well as here. Solidarity and strength… x
An honour to follow you on Twitter and I have written to Twitter asking what the f@ck gives with your suspension. Unbelievable.
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“THIS IS NOT A FUCKING DRILL”.
Another point which is hinted at here which is not overtly discussed is the fact that that a lot of obstacles that biological women face in Western economies are structural issues relating to the way biological reproduction is isolated from economic production. Men can and often do have kids later in life than women. Men can and do shift parental leave around more than women and take less time off after having kids. Therefore men have more career freedom than women without paying as high a cost in one’s personal life.
This is not reducing people to genitalia. It is understanding that experience regarding reproduction is a fundamental aspect of life and something which has economic and social implications.
The answer is not to erase biological sex or to try to ensure we cannot talk about it. The answer is to recognize that there are liminal people out there (and *all* GLBT people are liminal to a sense of gender grounded in the relationship between economic production and biological reproduction) and that liminal people have roles to play in society as well.
Reblogged this on vaskaxtumir and commented:
“I still don’t believe, even though we are so far off the political map of normal, that any of this is really happening. That, for all the political complicity, and manifest misogyny, and the incessant, day-in-day-out, drum beat of violence and disrespect aimed at women, that we are seriously in a position when feminist women could be ejected, en masse, from the global public square, for saying that female people are oppressed as female people and that that matters. “
Indeed, women’s socialization as nurturers, caregivers and child raisers will be our undoing. The transgender juggernaut has blindsided us and serves as a cultural Trojan Horse. What we should and must do is train our daughters to be the fierce warriors, protectors and defenders that we, as mothers, once were. We must reclaim the matriarchy if the planet is going to survive.
What a fantastic essay that cuts right to the heart of all of this craziness. Thank you so much! Re-posting to FB now!
I would like to add, that IMO I dont think LGB and T belong in the same category at all as they are fundamentally different
I am relatively new to this whole issue – less than 2 years of knowledge – so am on a steep learning curve. I am in New Zealand, where we are following faithfully along in the path of the UK and Canada on this stuff, though the majority of the population are totally unaware of what is going on. We women are being erased from language day by day – our Green and Labour Party members are busy getting such legislation as the Abortion Reform Act re-written to replace the word “woman’ with “pregnant person” throughout. As in the UK, our feminist attempts to argue against gender ideology are being met with de-platforming, silence, a refusal from the TRAs to engage and discuss, and applying the label of hate group to our activists.
One small point I’d like to raise – could you please not put an apostrophe in “its” when it is a possessive pronoun? Very distracting for those of us who are grammar pedants!! Otherwise, I can’t praise you enough for a brilliant. article.
All of this is perfectly said, and I thank you for saying it. I can scarcely add to it except to say that when major news organizations view “someone is criticized on Twitter” as an actual news story, Twitter matters far too much and is, as you say, a huge part of the problem.
Thank you for your presence, your voice, and your sanity.