Tag Archives: gender-critical theory

Gender Will Be Abolished By Sensible Footwear. Somehow.

16 May

So about a month ago, I wrote a piece of dystopian fiction. And people flipped the fuck out, because apparently “No seriously guys, it’s satire” is meaningless when trans. It actually earned me my first appearance on the stalkery hate site Gender Identity Watch:

meongenderidentitywatchCome for violent misogyny, leave confusedly thinking GIW is full of shit.

But then, along the way, Sheila Jeffreys wrote a new book called Gender Hurts and proved me right. We’ll get to that in a second tho; let’s talk more about the book for a moment.

From what I can tell from reading it, “Gender Hurts” is a tale in which a cranky old white lady writes an extensive letter to the editor of a tabloid in the 1950s about the science-fiction rise of transsexualism. For some reason this counts as academia, because it’s easy money talking shit about tr*nnies.

The ultimate subtext of the book is that, ultimately, gender is trans women’s fault. All of it. Because naturally we’d conspire to create a world where our lives, loves, and deaths are consistent social punchlines. Where our most basic healthcare is highly misunderstood, expensive, and frequently kept away from us. Where attempting to come to terms with ourselves risks alienating everyone we care about. Sounds like a blast.

If trans women had half the power this loosely collected bundle of conspiracy theories claimed, transition would be as scandalous as body piercing. And funny thing about that…

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Seriously, the word “mutilation” is thrown around so much in this book that I’m pretty close to starting a movement to reclaim it. If my tattoos and piercings as well as my transition is supposedly tied to my previous self-harm ideation (which ceased almost immediately after I started HRT), I’m pretty well fucked because the rest of that isn’t going anywhere.

Not to mention, how corny and out of touch does all that sound? “OOOooooooh transsexualism is mutilation like body piercing!” ugh whatever grandma isn’t it time for your nap?

Anyway, let’s get to the part where she proves me right. Skimming down to the chapter on “Feminism And The End Of Gender”:

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You heard it here first. The end of gender, the pinnacle of the “gender-critical” movement, is comfortable shoes:

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And it’s like, what decade is this even from? Who doesn’t wear pants, except in the most formal of situations? Pretty much everyone wears pants, hell even I wear pants most of the time, and trans folks (like myself) have not ceased to exist. I mean, whatever, I wore a dress the other weekend, but it’s not the point of my transition. Like, how sad would that be? I’ve had no trouble wearing dresses in public since I was a gothy teenager.

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And again, this is the sort of thing that makes me critical of the “gender-critical” movement; it’s entire focus on stamping out all male gender-non-conformity and reifying masculine presentation as a social default. Their goal is to be the overbearing dad of Western Thought, telling us all to cut our hair and stop being sissies. Just render everyone an artless, empathy-devoid, posturing obelisk in trousers and sensible shoes in a world free of whimsy and decoration.

Fuck that.

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.

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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.