December 24, 2013
December 18, 2013
Originally posted on firewomon:
Misogyny is alive and well and thriving on Twitter. ‘Twitter?’ you say, ‘Twitter is not real life’. Well with over 500 million users worldwide and as one of the top ten most visited websites, Twitter is very much real life. Twitter is a very powerful tool and, like any powerful tool, in the wrong hands it can wreak havoc.
If you’re a woman with an opinion on Twitter, be prepared for regular misogynistic onslaughts from people you have never met and are never likely to meet. Twitter is the bully’s manna from heaven: they sit behind the relative anonymity of their computers, seeking out victims to taunt, mock and abuse. At the merest whiff of blood, they tweet their bullying comrades, inciting a ‘pile-on’ of their quarry – and apparently taking a perverse pleasure in doing so.
If you are a woman who dared contribute to the current #sharedgirlhood hashtag, the chances are you had the misogynists coming at you in droves. Hashtags attract trolls and #sharedgirlhood is no different (“Bitches have never before been more collectively confused about how to exist. Find a man and rest easy” opined one charmer). But much more sinister and disturbing was the overwhelming number of trans activists who popped up on #sharedgirlhood to tell us the hashtag was ‘transphobic.’
November 10, 2013
No idea what this person is talking about re: percentages? ! For one thing, the transgender population is not 88% male by any measure. Hello? Reblogging for links only. Great data collection here. If I had to guestimate the percentage of MALE transgenders who transition due to autogynephilia? I’d say around 100%.
Originally posted on OUT of My Panties, Now!!!:
Okay, I rounded… I admit it. I rounded 88% up to 90%. Substantially all still applies. Do not mistake that.
88% of the transgender population, those people who are protected by gender identity and gender expression laws, are, as reported by their own advocacy organizations, males with a psychosexual disorder. (1)
Many men with psychosexual disorders practice their fetish in the privacy of their own homes. But as many as 13,946,348 of them in the US, at the time of this writing, will be free to practice their fetish in public, in front of your children, in women’s locker rooms, in the girls bathroom at school. (2) This will be enabled by current and pending transgender legislation throughout the US. (3)
“Men have never dreaded anything more than women talking together, realising our condition and acting upon each of our realisations. “
Originally posted on radical wind:
Or where has thinking gone? Why are so few feminists interested in THINKING (and writing those thoughts down for other women to read)? It’s interesting to notice that while women are made to feel no longer qualified enough to listen to other women’s suffering, to relate it to our own, to support each other and see what we can do for ourselves, at the same time discussions about how men’s violence affects us has been mostly wiped out of feminism as a regular or central practice.
Feminism has indeed become much reduced to tedious, boring organisational meetings, institutional work or media campaigning, hierarchical and professionalised, father-state-controlled-and-paid women’s aid, conferences or lecturing, planning one action after the other up until exhaustion. All have in common that there is very little profound thinking, horizontal talking about our lives and furthering radical feminist thought, because it’s either focused on changing men in male-defined, energy-sucking ways, based on male top-down talk modes or patronizing “victim-helping” from a supposed “non-victim” or “non oppressed” position.
So we have this situation where talking about how men’s violence affects us has been confined to a secluded, professionalised, depoliticised and unequal ‘therapeutic” relationship, which leads to feminists dissociating their feminist-doing from their own lives, as if we didn’t need freeing any more, as if we no longer needed to decolonise from men’s mindbindings and had reached a certain point where our only task is to free other women through LOTS OF ACTIONS. Shouting, picketing, demonstrating, lobbying, campaigning, conferencing, etc. More, more, more, we just haven’t tried hard enough!
August 27, 2013
A must-read post. Not to be missed. Wow.
Originally posted on redressalert:
My unpopular perspective is that the adoption of trans identity is frequently a trauma response. Some of the first cracks of daylight that could pierce my former ideology came from Carolyn Gage’s article on how the reality of sexual abuse can complicate FTM trans narratives (“The Inconvenient Truth about Teena Brandon,” Trivia, Issue 10, February 2010).
I recently learned that in the mid-90s, Aaron (still Holly, then) Devor even did a study suggesting that some FTM identity formation is a response to abuse, perhaps a form of dissociative identity disorder. (This resonates: approximately 2/3 of my sexual abuse support group transitioned ftm and identified as “multiple.” This was years after I detransitioned but before I really got what it had meant in the first place.) The study interviews FTMs and specifically some who are trained therapists. According to Devor, “all three of the participants who were therapists mentioned that they thought that their own abuse experiences might be related to their transsexualism.”
There are FTM detransitioners who now say that they were reacting to the corresponding abusive cultural forces–generalized misogyny, hatred of lesbians, if not specific traumas. I knew women who openly said they were transitioning not because they believed they were male or men, but because they did not want to be women or to be treated as such. They wanted to be women in private, among lesbians, but not in the hostile outside world. In some ways, this works like an individualized inverse of the goals of women’s land–a way to create your body as a protective mechanism instead of a target, separating your psyche from the daily assaults of being perceived as female in order to find out what your humanity is. The women I’ve known who start transition later in life have essentially cited the usual body hatred but also said it was because they did not want to be *old women* in particular. In other words, these are pragmatic choices made from deeply compromised positions.
This is sort of mindblowing… seriously.
Originally posted on Sex matters.:
I made this excel spreadsheet of “gender identity” anti-discrimination legislation almost a year ago. I have hesitated to share it on the internet because there are surely errors (in the weblinks and citations if nothing else) and because IT SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR LEGAL RESEARCH. But still, it’s pretty sweet and helps frame the larger legal picture.
There are 3 tabs in the spreadsheet.
- The main tab includes a complete accounting of all state “gender identity” definitions used for the purpose of anti-discrimination protections with sex override text in red (17 states total).
- The middle tab highlights “gender identity” definitions that sloppily confuse or otherwise lump sexual orientation and gender identity together (6/17 states).
- The final tab features additional legislative language that makes exception for sex in particular contexts such as locker rooms, bathrooms, and sleeping quarters; or for particular reasons such as privacy or safety (11/17 states).
Here are the column headings/information that you may sort by:
June 10, 2013
Originally posted on RadFem Rise Up!:
Please note: this is the original, authentic website for the RadFem Rise Up! conference that took place in Toronto from July 5th – 7th. A mock website, called RadFems Rise Up! [note the 'S'] has been set up by our detractors. It is full of vicious slander [for example, alleging that we wish to exterminate trans people] and incorrect information. The mock website reveals a lot about the psychology of people who clearly have nothing better to do with their time, but it has nothing to with the actual conference or its organizers.
Welcome to RadFem Rise Up!
The radical feminist conference for womyn who want to get active and smash the patriarchy.
May 6, 2013
Trans*forming Mom’s response to GenderTrender commenters. Read more here:
Originally posted on Trans*forming Family:
I’ve had this blog for about fourteen months, and during that time have considered myself fortunate to have received very few negative comments or emails regarding my decisions about my transgender child. I also rarely check my blog stats, and at any given time could not even tell you how many followers i have (although my son occasionally updates me). I find it easier to imagine that i’m just writing to those of you who regularly comment and to those few whom i’ve shared this blog with who know me personally than the overwhelming and intimidating thought that any and every human connected to the internet can read what i write here.
However, i recently discovered that some very kind folks were sharing the link to my blog with others on various websites, so i’ve started looking at my stats more often to see where folks are coming from, so i can learn of these links and thank the people who shared them.
And that’s how i found the link to the most harsh criticism i’ve received yet. The referring website had the word “gender” in the url, so i expected something totally different from what i found when i arrived at the site. What greeted me was a blog run by a self-identified lesbian radical feminist who posted photos stolen from the blogs and websites of trans men, of both top and bottom surgery results, along with disrespectful commentary and refusal to recognize these individuals as men at all. And, in the comments section, the conversation turned to parents — and that is where i found the link to my blog posted with comments that misgendered my son, questioned and criticized my parenting, and generally showed an offensive level of transphobia.
“But there’s no such thing as autogynephilia!”: Phone Sex, the Male Gaze, and How Blanchard and Trans* Activists Both Get It Wrong
May 3, 2013
From the post:
“The sooner trans* people acknowledge that yes, creepy autogynephiles and people who idealize femininity in ultimately patriarchal ways are in their movement, the sooner it will be easier for radical feminists and trans activists to have a reasonable conversation about the complex conflicts involved in letting trans* women into women’s spaces. Pretending that these people do not exist does a disservice to the women who know that they have been economically, emotionally, socially or physically coerced into helping men live out their fantasy lives as women.”
Originally posted on culturallyboundgender:
Whenever radical feminists and trans* activists clash about trans* issues, there’s a major divide on the issue of something called “autogynephilia.”
Autogynephilia is often advanced as one of two forms of transsexuality for men–the other involves a very feminine homosexuality that manifests as transsexuality. I don’t buy into Blanchard’s easy two-part typology. But at the same time, it’s ridiculous for trans* people and their allies to claim that autogynephilia isn’t real.
I know this, because I worked as a phone sex operator for a number of years.
From FCM: ” we are absolutely swimming in the erasure of radical herstory right here, right now. remember this.”
An important post.
Originally posted on femonade:
ive been doing this awhile now, and i can report that i have been a target from day one or thereabouts, when the fun fems and sex-pozzers first tried to silence me. this was even before i received my first rape or death threat — it was the women that nearly did me in! granted, half these “women” were probably men, but not all of them.
in the beginning — notably, before i had even found my voice or gone anywhere near the ends of my thoughts — in order to amass currency and credibility, i was invited to “check my privilege” to the point of nearly (even clearly) identifying myself publicly. (i declined that invitation.) in the same vein, accusations were lobbed at me of various “privileges” (and continue to this day) inviting me to reveal details of my life as a “rebuttal” lest i encounter negative outcomes (like losing currency and credibility, due to all the privilege). or to, you know, ignore it.
this is no accident BTW. this “privilege checking” business mirrors doxing and outing exactly. the outcome at least is identical, where the result is to make radical feminist bloggers more vulnerable to violent men in real life, in order to silence us, or cause us to self-censor out of fear. this outcome — womens identities and personal information being revealed in order to silence radical women or original, female-centered thought — is what men want, and this is what men get. handed to them on a silver fucking platter. by us, via “privilege checking.”
Originally posted on Sex matters.:
It was recently announced that the Oregon Health Plan, which provides healthcare coverage to low-income residents of Oregon, will cover “medical care” for “transgender” children starting October 1, 2014. 
The official text of the Oregon Health Plan guideline reads:
“Hormone treatment is included on this line only for use in delaying the onset of puberty and/or continued pubertal development with GnRH analogues for gender questioning children and adolescents. This therapy should be initiated at the first physical changes of puberty, confirmed by pubertal levels of estradiol or testosterone, but no earlier than Tanner stages 2-3. Prior to initiation of puberty suppression therapy, adolescents must fulfill eligibility and readiness criteria and must have a comprehensive mental health evaluation. Ongoing psychological care is strongly encouraged for continued puberty suppression therapy.”