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Trans-Thermidorian Reaction: The Old-Guard Has Gone Full #TERF

1 Aug

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So here we are, in the throes of the burgeoning so-called “Transgender Tipping Point” or whatever, and Andrea James is riding in like Merlin de Theonville to say we’ve gone too far, carrying the guillotine-severed head of RuPaul (who I guess is Georges Danton) wedged tightly between her buttcheeks. Playing the part of Robespierre is, um, Jennifer Boylan? GLAAD?

Fuck I dunno. Momma didn’t raise me to write gender-bent historical fan fiction.

Anyway, last week Andrea James decided the best way to use her social platform as a trans activist was to compose new hit-piece du jour in Queerty (which I’m not linking to) claiming that trans women have *too much* representation. Um, ok. The piece was a bunch of tedious hand wringing pretending to be concerned about fair representation when in reality, any pretense of said concern is complete bullshit. It’s hard to take seriously a piece that argues that a non-trans heterosexual has more right to be involved in queer matters than queer folks.

But really, this sort of invective from Andrea James is unsurprising to anyone paying attention. I’ve been counting down for months til the day James splits open along her surgery seams, releasing hundreds of freshly-Naired TERFspiders afflicted with Harry Benjamin Syndrome spilling out everywhere… all of them screaming about how they are the “truest trans”, Highlander-style, if Highlander was directed by Don Coscarelli.

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And as you’d imagine the cooperation of TERFs with violent trans activists with a history of abuse like James, the finer details come out in the wash.

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So, a few months ago I signed a thing (which also resulted in the first time my name appeared in a Huffington Post article). Shortly afterwards all sorts of accusations came about what kind of person I must be for agreeing that Calpernia Adams and Andrea James are genuinely awful people (which I learned later was at least the second time such a thing was written). Everything from “newly minted queer” to (hilarious) accusations of homophobia and resentment of the drag community to being flat out called an autogynephile.thermidor14thermidor15 And it’s like, you got your backwards-ass pop radphlegm psychology flipped if you think I’m an autogynephile. By their standards, I’m one of those sad gay dudes that can’t hack it, having my fabulous faggotness medicalized out of me by evil Big Pharma. Hell, most actual TERFs pick this up pretty quick:

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A BLOO BLOO BLOO I’m contributing to the erasure of gender-non-conforming and gay men through transition by my assimilation into mainstream society as a Satan-worshipping anarchist trans woman noise musician-

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Really; I’m pretty much the opposite of the caricature they present. I rarely use trigger warnings on my writing, I occasionally call myself a “f*ggot” and even sometimes “tr*nny” (tho anyone calling me that is welcome to GTFO of my life), and I enjoy all sorts of problematic entertainment (that I have the presence of mind to enjoy critically). I’ve been around gendering so long I still have copies of Melanie Speaks and Creating A Feminine Carriage that are nearly two decades old to show for it. It’s pretty safe to say that I still have a good relationship with the drag community (despite different perspectives). I’m pretty much the kind of person James and Adams are pretending to represent, but fuck that because a decade and a half ago women like them were sneering at me and calling me a “drag queen” like it was the worst thing in the world to be.

All because I have a different opinion than them on the “tr*nny debate”. Seriously. I swear to fuck all these lumbering old dinosaurs seem to think the most pressing civil rights issue the trans community faces is making sure people that aren’t trans can use that word.

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A little over two years ago, Cristan Williams declared the Death Of The Trans Separatist Movement, which may have been a bit premature considering the turn things are going. Hell, here in Portland the “New Narratives” cult (hey yeah I’m not linking to that either) is forming and spreading across social media. It was founded by Tumblr quislings GenderMinefield and SnowflakeEspecial, and apparently their first meeting drew a whopping eight people, which doesn’t sound like much until each of them create eight sock-puppet Twitter profiles to rhetorically fellate each other with.

Which is great because what we really need out there to prevent male violence is more self-righteous frothing trans women high on TERF Kool-Aid

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And of course this wouldn’t be a proper document of gross old problematic has-beens without bringing up the racist-ass Cummings couple… they of the *thousands* of completely inept looking Blogspot blogs:

hamonyouIncluding “Ham On You”, which I assume is some really-gross porn site

Recently they had a certain someone on their show

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And here’s the part where you’d expect me to blah blah blah about giving a platform or whatever, but nah. These two are perfect together. As long as the rhetoric isn’t aimed at someone I care about, the only thing that bothers me about her doing her gender-crit song and dance is that it’s distracting from time she could be making more karaoke videos. I mean, I’m by no means a fan of the movement,

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…but the fact that this exists is actually pretty amazing in it’s own way. But that could just be because I’m actually a terrible person that enjoys ridiculous social train wrecks.

I didn’t make it more than halfway through the video, however. Even my “transgender male masochism” has limits, apparently. Hell, I almost didn’t make it through the intro because Mark Angelo Cummings is literally the worst musician ever. His music sounds like Nickelback having sex with Nickelback on a pile of Nickelback Albums with Nickelback playing in the background. Painful.

The interview opens with one of her mean-spirited “parody” videos, mocking a certain teenage transfeminine person’s vlog. Mark immediately chimes in that he watches it all the time, laughing. So we’re already off to a marvelous start; with three grown-ass middle-aged adults openly mocking the efforts of a teenage queer person figuring things out at a confusing and painful time of life. These grown-ass middle-aged adults want to be seen as advocates and leaders in their respective sexual orientation and gender identity-based movements.

Truly marvelous. But that’s not even my favorite part.

My favorite part is when Jessica Cummings has some sort of an epiphany. Or maybe a stroke, I can’t tell. “I see all these trans women out there, and they know nothing about being a woman,” she notes, nodding mindlessly. “All they know is stereotypes!” she giggles coquettishly, bottle blonde head suddenly cocked provocatively to the side as her Valley Gurl accent intensifies.

Truly, truly marvelous.

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But what really makes this a brilliant piece of tragic comedy is how much the two just eat that shit up. I’m sure they’re all like, “that’ll show them newly minted queers!” as if they’re in on the joke. As if, as a heterosexual couple no matter how you slice the gender pie, they were somehow outside the crosshairs of her uneasy musings about the “heterosexual infiltration of the gay liberation movement”.

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At no point (that I saw) did they ever catch on. Marvelous.

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When You Defend Terrible Jokes, I Assume You Are Terrible At Jokes.

24 Apr

I’ve had the dubious pleasure the past few weeks of seeing gaybros on social media wail and gnash their teeth about how RuPaul’s drag race is dropping the “You’ve Got Shemail” game and the way they whine about it you’d think a comedy light had been snuffed out forever. And it’s like seriously, bros? IT’S A REFERENCE TO AOL FOR FUCKS SAKE. It was a tired ass reference when it titled a Tom Hanks movie in 1998, it doesn’t suddenly become comedy gold because you throw in a reference to a radical feminist anti-trans manifesto to sound edgy.

I find myself bothered by people over-zealous to defend rape jokes and slurs and all that sort of thing not because I particularly find it offensive, but because the jokes themselves are hamfisted and forced. They’re unfunny because they are actually not well-written jokes.

yousuckatjokes2You wind up looking exactly as queer and transgressive as this douchebag.

Maybe it’s just too much to ask for queer humor to be smart or, y’know, funny. I wonder sometimes.

Despite all the rhetoric going on from the other camp (get it? because… oh never mind), the last thing I am is a prude or whatever. Christ, the first time I stuck a cock in my mouth I was 17 and it was the mid-1990s so you’d be seriously stretching the definition to ever call me a “newly minted queer”. For what it’s worth, there was never a moment in my entire adult life where I was anything close to being a “heterosexual man” despite the stereotypes going around about who is arguing what here. By all means, I’m exactly the type of person Calpernia Addams and Andrea James claim to be speaking for, and I don’t appreciate it. And I’m hardly unaware of drag or camp gay culture-

10Yeah, it’s pretty safe to say I know a few drag queens or whatever.

And like, not sure if the title of the website slipped by ya or something, but I’ve been performing as a noise musician for well over a decade. I’m not too shy to say I’m uncomfortable with all the unchecked white supremacy, misogyny/masculinism, casual racism and homophobia that creeps up in the experimental music scene either. There’s a point where transgressive art ceases to subvert oppressive paradigms and begins to reinforce them. Walking that thin line is the only way to stay interesting. The idea that participation in or even enjoyment of an entertainment medium means that you must consider it above critique is absurd and antithetical to the creative process. I mean yeah, I have a copy of one of GG Allin’s tattoos, but I also have a copy of Kurt Cobain’s only tattoo, and he had no qualms telling his own fans they could go to hell if they were racist, sexist, homophobic boneheads. Punk rock began because a new generation found the old a bunch of pompous blowhards stuck in the past, and then they got old and became tired old irrelevant dinosaurs and 90s punk happened and so on…

yousuckatjokes3Jayne County, making me forget why the hell I idolized her for over 20 years. Bye Felicia.

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Speaking of irrelevant dinosaurs, Jayne County has her panties in a wad because she threw a fit like a 14 year old 4channer and got temporarily banned from Facebook. She claims this ban was over the word “tr*nny” (it wasn’t) and not over her gratuitous use of the word “f*ggot” (it was), in order to make some sort of bonehead point. But then, she also claims the Facebook ban reminds her of the struggle for gay rights somehow. Except somehow our side is the histrionic crybabies. I think it’s pretty blatantly clear why Jayne is so fucking scared of the younger generation and their scary Twitter use-

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And then you have Calpernia Addams stepping in yet again, looking like a Dollar Store knockoff Amanda Lepore doll, reminding us that it’s perfectly ok to cruelly mock trans women, as long as you prefer men. Or whatever that paradigm-shifting gibberish was. Anyway, sure thing guuuuuuuuurl. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but I prefer to not weaponize my preference for men against other trans women. But hey if it’s helping push your ridiculous zither music or whatever more power to ya I guess.

yousuckatjokes6Whatever, hippie.

But this conversation seems to be waking up all the ghosts of trans activism past, where you have Andrea James making shitty Silence Of The Lambs jokes at every trans woman that disagrees with her and cuddles up with anti-trans group Gender Identity Watch.

yousuckatjokes7yousuckatjokes8Not even joking with the @jokestress.

Not to mention pushing the absurd idea that Parker Malloy is “homophobic” or somehow resentful/angry at either gay men or trans women that come from/are involved in the gay community like myself. Hell, both Parker and I simultaneously called out Jared Leto’s problematic “no homo” treatment of the character he was obviously playing for Oscar bait. To be fair, my sentiments predated hers by a few days, although I hadn’t had a chance to write my own piece by then. This is actually a pretty serious issue when two heterosexual men star in a movie about the AIDS crisis and are too busy overcompensating heterosexually to even say the word “AIDS” in interviews. But no, to Calpernia Addams and Andrea James, the only reason anyone could find a problem with the movie was because of being a so-called heterosexual “skin transvestite”, which I can only assume looks like this:

leatherfaceindragYou just know I was waiting for an excuse to use this pic in another blog post on here.

Seriously, for a Twitter handle like @jokestress, Andrea James doesn’t seem to know dick about funny.

And Christ do not get me started on this bullshit video that appeared on HuffPost last night:

yousuckatjokes1SSION has sure let himself go…

Like, how narcissistic and self-negating do you have to be to simultaneously portray people that disagree with your language use as both powerless (“I have a Tumblr with 18 followers”) and oppressive? Which is it? You’re either admitting you think that certain people are too small and powerless to care about, or you are literally incapable of handling the slightest bit of criticism. Either way, you are not subversive, and you are not clever. You are literally the Jeff Dunhams and the Larry The Cable Guys of gay culture, and I hope you’re preparing material for when you host dinner theater for the casually racist and homophobic dads of the world, because soon enough that is going to be the only audience for you hacks.

I mean, you know who also makes tired-ass Tumblr jokes? This talentless douchebag-

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Feel free to follow me on Tumblr for more oppressive SJW rhetoric, lol.