About That “250 Incidents Of Transgender Criminal Activity” Link Going Around Tumblr.

8 Apr

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PROTIP: This is not a trans woman.

transcrimez2Apparently this concept is difficult to grasp.

With that in mind, some of you may have already had this link of  “Over 250 Reported Incidents Of Transgender Criminal Activity” shoved in your face as supposed “proof” that trans women are as inclined (or even more so) to violent criminal activity than gender-conforming men. Pretty fucking daunting, right? TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY CASES BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

It’s sobering and certainly makes you reconsider your ideology and…

I honestly wonder how many people even bothered to actually read it tho.

Sweet lord Satan I did, and if I had a genie I’d wish for those couple of hours of my life back. But here we are.

Before we get the article, how about a little background of it? Because I am nothing if not thorough. Near the bottom of the original Tumblr post, it sources out to a post on the WordPress blog called “Out Of My Panties Now!”.  The owner of the blog calls herself Panty Popo, a reference to her being the “Panty Police” (because white people using outdated AAVE is totally “radical” and not something your out-of-touch, casually racist dad does). She’s known for bringing this sort of progressive dialog to the table-

 

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Seriously, when even Roseanne Barr of all people steps aside and asks you to dial it back, you’re pretty far out there in the realm of anti-trans rhetoric.

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The ultimate premise of the blog “Out Of My Panties Now” is to encourage pathologizing and criminalizing all forms of feminine gender expression in males (hm, where have I seen this before).  You know, because “gender-critical” theory is the path to liberate gender-non-conforming individuals from patriarchal oppression by making everyone masculine. The whole point of the movement is to become Western civilization’s overbearing dad, demanding we all cut out hair and stop being such goddamn sissy faggots. Because that totally makes sense and isn’t just homophobic as fuck and, literately, masculinism.

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So now that we’ve got some background on the motivation for the post, let’s get to the post itself. Whew doggie. In a move that surprises literally noone, nearly every link is sourced from rabidly homophobic religious-right “news” source like FOX News, The Daily Mail, and Free Republic.

I mean Christ. Forget caring that most of them are “crossdressers” (in many ways the absolute loosest sense of the word) because amongst the people they are claiming are “trans women” was like 40 naked dudes wearing nothing but high heels, a dozen men in MALE THONG underwear, a dozen dudes in spandex, a guy in a toga, and A GUY WEARING A PURSE ON HIS HEAD.

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I like how, to the “gender critical” mindset, literally no one is a trans woman until they want to compile crime statistics and then suddenly LITERALLY EVERYONE IS A TRANS WOMAN.

I mean, if you honestly think there’s an army of butt-naked men in high heels politely waiting for the passing of trans-friendly legislation, and that fighting it is the most effective way to prevent their infiltration and defiling of sacred women’s bathroom space, well shit I don’t even know what to tell you.

In many of the links, the crossdressers were simply questioned by the police and released with no charges, and an awful lot of the links are about shoplifting, which is apparently a crime on the level of rape and assault because we’re all suddenly living under the Code Of Hammurabi or something.

Not to mention that many of those links are dead (probably from maleviolence I guess) and in a good dozen or so the transvestites and/or trans women were actually the *VICTIMS* of violent crimes and sexual assaults. But hey whatever’s clever right? Might as well villainize us for GETTING RAPED AND BEATEN.

For fuck’s sake, one of the crossdressers is in the list for DROWNING. I guess being born with a penis means you even drown in a maleviolently criminal manner, apparently.

I mean, I’m not an unreasonable person. Out of those 250 links there’s a pretty solid 30 or 40 (so 20% of the total, tops) of men with pretty blatant psychosexual disorders that surfaced as compulsive and fetishistic crossdressing, and maybe a dozen (and I’m being generous here) people that legitimately fall under the trans umbrella that committed some pretty heinous stuff. Certainly that could be enough to inspire a robust discussion of the issue of toxic, violent masculinity and the value of women’s space, right? But no, it has to be literally buried in garbage to become this unintentionally hilarious monolith to willfully-blind groupthink and knee-jerk mindless hatred.

You act like FOX NEWS, and I’ll take you as seriously as I do FOX NEWS.

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29 Responses to “About That “250 Incidents Of Transgender Criminal Activity” Link Going Around Tumblr.”

  1. leannepenning April 8, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Well said! I had an encounter with someone with pure hatred for the transgender community who had the cheek to say it was in the name of feminism, it felt very cathartic to write a post in response in which I highlighted her small-mindedness and sexism.

    • GT Patterson April 8, 2014 at 9:22 am #

      Wow. Thanks for the free education. I had no idea people like this existed and were so incredibly hateful for no logical reason.
      Lollerskates @ “when Roseanne Barr tells you to dial it back”. Too true…

      • dannawaldman April 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

        Good essay. Wonderful page. Glad I followed the breadcrumbs. Love your ‘tude, language, and smartness (and smartassness too). I look forward to reading more.

    • Teresa Michelle Landreth April 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      there is a whole group of feminists who are transphobic, primarily against transsexuals, but anyone who is not born a female is attempts to be one in their eyes. they are called TERF’s, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists, and members of this group have: led attacks, with the help of “religious” organizations such as PJI against trans kids, including one of their “leaders” Cathy Brennan who put out this transgirls name on the internet, and she was bombarded so much, she had to be put on suicide watch.

      the beginning of this story has contradictory information, they claim that cross dressers do it for the sex. they dont, it is generally (and even doctors mix this up so confusion is the order of the day i guess) Transvestites as they mention at the end of their first quote.

      also a lot of people forget that while cross dressers, transvestites, drag queens, etc are transGENDER they are NOT transsexual. a lot of people get them confused, combine them etc. Transgender is a general category for anyone who does not fit the “traditional” roles of male/masculine or female/feminine. asexual, gender queer, intersex even are considered Transgender.

      • Florence April 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

        “also a lot of people forget that while cross dressers, transvestites, drag queens, etc are transGENDER they are NOT transsexual.”
        from what i’ve seen, as its commonly used, “transgender” refers to anyone who doesn’t identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. a man (who was assigned male at birth) who crossdresses is still cisgender because he identifies as the gender which he was assigned at birth. so not all gender non-conforming people are transgender.

  2. atomicdunce April 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on atomicdunce and commented:
    Hard to classify this kind of hate.

  3. Alejandro Bearden April 9, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    I’m going to stick to keeping my personal opinions to myself and not letting it ruin or get in the way of other peoples happiness. Also I don’t get too determine the scale of people’s happiness because it’s not my own to judge.

  4. James Long April 9, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    I believe that I am forty nine per cent female and fifty one per cent male Genetically, That the Social Context attempted to kill off the female part of my existence at about three best guess, based on years and years of therapy. I discovered my little girl through a dream as a result of a Men’s Group, where the female part of ourselves was sought out in order to reconnect with our with our Authentic Selves. Jungian Concept, Right now I think of you as part of the true Bride of Christ, but I am open and willing to learn, I am just old and a slow learner, I do not believe in any type of violence, I do not think that sending our daughters to war is progress, we needed to not send our son’s or groom them for war, I believe your art is essential. I have been gravely wounded by the Feminist through the court system and thought of wearing a dress to court so they might not treat me like a criminal, my wife has been able to lie and once labeled you can not escape the grist mill of the Social Context. Currently they are using medication and hate through the courts, trying to take his rights away, as a result of them disabling him. Thank you for being here and hopefully I can learn more.

    • destroyedforcomfort April 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      When you say “Part Of The Bride Of Christ” are you referring to the Gospel Of Thomas, with the verse in particular:

      “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [heaven].”

      Just curious. Take care.

  5. Anonymous April 9, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    im starting to wonder if the right-wing and allies want to bring back the Code Of Hammurabi

    • destroyedforcomfort April 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Their rhetoric and appeals to some sort of universalized morality certainly appear to sound that way.

  6. Casey April 9, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    It just cracks me up, that’s John Belushi from Animal House. It saddens me, I wish we could all live and let live. I was born inter-sexed, I had to fight for respect in a male dominated field. Before hormones I grew facial hair and was taunted relentlessly for my birth certificate indicates female. I’m still fighting to have it changed. I have male pattern baldness and have to fight for identity. I feel for the trans-women, it takes a lot of courage to be ones self. Who would want to choose that, it’s not a choice. I make more money now being male. I’m sure they don’t want to make less, or be objectified. That’s our world. We have to fight to make it better.

    • destroyedforcomfort April 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Thank you so much for your reply. I appreciate you opening up like this. I share your concern for the shameful way intersex individuals are treated in our society and hope trans and intersex folks can work together effectively as allies to dismantle forces of misinformation and bigotry. Take care and good luck.

  7. Trixie April 20, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    On “howstuffworks.com” they make an article about intersex. When they mention infant genital mutilation they say it is “hotly debated” and do not give their opinion on the matter. But this same website makes an incredibly biased article saying that there is no possible way the World Trade Center was an inside job. Okay, so you clearly are allowed to make biased articles, yet you won’t throw in your 2 cents and tell me chopping some babies dick off is wrong? That’s like making an article about genocide and rather than say it’s a horrible thing you simply say “it’s a hotly debated topic whether the genocide should be stopped.” Like, wtf.

    • destroyedforcomfort April 21, 2014 at 1:43 am #

      Yeah it’s pretty awful how people dismiss it so much, I wish more people took a stand against it.

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  10. burnseleanor21 July 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    I have a sneaking respect for that blog, as at least it doesn’t try to whitewash its utterly blatant hatred of transpeople with the usual patronising claims to have any interest in trying to help the poor souls. At least in openly declaring her “crusade” (her term) to have us all indefinitely banged up as sociopathic criminally insane perverts, we all know where we stand… though I would prefer it, admittedly, if people weren’t eagerly lapping up this sort of vindictive bile. 😦

    • destroyedforcomfort July 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      I agree with this sentiment so much. Thank you for posting.

      • burnseleanor21 July 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

        And thank you profoundly for having the patience (and the stomach) to dissect that tedious stream of tabloid muck. I am relieved to have my instinctive scepticism of it backed up, but I doubt I would ever have invested the time or mental energy to do that miserable job myself…

  11. Flow Ir In October 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    you can dismiss some, but not all. Every one that you cannot dismiss is another female victim laid at the altar of male narcissism.
    the Law needs to make a distinction between functionally heterosexual males and trans women.

    • BaphometGrrl666 October 2, 2015 at 12:02 am #

      You couldn’t miss the point harder if you tried.

      Thanks for the withering condescension, laughable hyperbole, pointlessness and strawmanning tho, TERF. I’m sure this was a fine use for your time.

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