Just A Quick Heads Up About Where #autogynesmile Came From. #sorryaboutyoursmirk

15 Dec

So there’s a hashtag out there called #autogynesmile that’s currently 90% cute trans lady babes and allies, a handful of completely baffled gendercrits, and this asshole:

autogynesmile1Ugh, I hate masculinists. Saul St. John is awful too.

Mostly the tag has been met with a ton of confusion, which makes a lot of sense. It’s a really, really, really fucking obscure joke. And that joke is the kind of absurd horseshit that passes for “gender critical” social class analysis.




No, seriously… this is really the kind of thing they consider social class analysis. This weird essentialist idea that all trans women manifest this special “autogynephile smirk”; just yet another in a list of increasingly absurd “tells” they document. Seriously… they scour the photos of trans ladies they are currently stalking to perform this ridiculous exercise in cognitive bias.

autogynesmile7And here is Morrissey doing… whatever the hell he is doing right here.

So anyway, I’ve been making fun of this for a while:


It came up in a particular forum I moderate, and someone in the thread posted a selfie doing “the smirk” and captioned it “autogynesmile” and then BOOM hashtag happened.


Seriously tho… how the shit sad is it that trans ladies have to reclaim smiling of all the goddamn things from a so-called “feminist” critique?


7 Responses to “Just A Quick Heads Up About Where #autogynesmile Came From. #sorryaboutyoursmirk”

  1. sarahlizzy December 15, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Hi. Here’s a better link to their list of “tells”: http://www.sarahlizzy.com/blog/?p=281

  2. Jenn Nodine December 15, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Unless my parents have misled me for my entire life and unless men can bear children from their own bodies, I can assure anyone reading this that I am, in fact, a woman in every possible understanding and definition of womanhood.
    That said, my own natural smile looks a lot like the so-called #autogynesmile or smirk described above. It began a few years ago and I have no idea why I smile this way now. I’ve never suffered a stroke or Bell’s palsy. It just is, for whatever reason. Now, if I smile this way, being a “natural woman” – that is to say a woman who was born with a vagina and has suffered the pains of childbirth first-hand – then I believe it’s pretty safe to assume other “natural women” like me do as well. For anyone to say this smile is a “tell” of transgender women is absolutely ludicrous.

    • Josh December 16, 2014 at 6:28 am #

      @Jenn Nodine: some men have given birth. They are trans men. I appreciate that you are trying to support trans women, but please don’t support trans women by equating having a vagina with being a “natural woman.”

  3. Skye Berry January 4, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    This puts the nail in the coffin, I totally knew it this whole time, but here’s the irrefutable evidence; CATHY BRENNAN IS A DEEP-STEALTH, SELF-HATING TRANSWOMAN! … The evidence right here: http://thesocialnetworkstation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/cathy-brennan.png … is completely undeniable. How else could she have the #autogynesmile ?!

  4. B!ue January 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    TIL: A telltale sign of being a transwoman is working in IT. I mean… I’m down with that. Was that supposed to be a putdown?

    And it makes me lol that they would suggest only transwomen take selfies. Have they met facebook and instagram?

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