‘Gender Blender’ by Chana Rothman

April 29, 2015

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36 Responses to “‘Gender Blender’ by Chana Rothman”

  1. AreUSayingWhatUThink Says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!! I’d like her to talk to Diane Sawyer, seriously.

    • GallusMag Says:

      I love it too! It’s FANTASTIC.

    • GallusMag Says:

      I hope the messaging on the rest of the album is as good. I kind of doubt it will be, because I see on her website the album contains a song by the dreadful Jeremiah “Mya” Byrne, the homophobe that endlessly stalked and harassed lesbian artist Kate Pierson last year, even obliquely threatening to commit suicide if she didn’t self-censor her “Mister Sister” song.

      That does not bode well. They don’t make ’em any more anti-lesbian and anti-feminist than creepy-ass stalker Jeremiah Byrne.

      Also, she’s booked for the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference! LOL.

      Also, the album was funded in part by a grant from the Leeway Foundation. One of their representatives, Tess Yardney, was one of the genderists who assaulted a Lesbian Feminist at the NY Dyke March because of her gender-abolitionist politics.

      I expect the rest of the album to be packed chock-full of pro-gender politics.

      But who knows? I would LOVE to be as pleasantly surprised as I am with this song.

      • GallusMag Says:

        If anyone thinks it’s impossible to cross-over and please both genderists and feminists: although it is very rare, it is possible. Cheryl Kilodavis arguably did it with her ‘My Princess Boy’ project.

  2. Atranswidow Says:

    It makes me sad that we should even need songs like this nowadays. When I was seven or so my favourite dressing up outfit was an Indian chief complete with full headgear. Was I transgender or transracial ? No, in my head I was able to be Chief Joseph leading my imaginary tribe for a few hours. Fantasy and imagination is what childhood is all about. At least it used to be.

    I’m so glad I grew up before the Disney Princess era. What choice have girls got who are not into pink?

  3. Larichus Says:

    “This track is private” …? Did she already anger the usual suspects?

    • GallusMag Says:

      hmmm… dunno. The GLAAD Media Reference Guide says the term “gender bender” or “gender-bending” is “dehumanizing” and “defamatory” towards transies, but “Gender Blender” is not mentioned. So: Bending bad and Blending good?

      • MaryMacha Says:

        When did gender-bender join the no-no list? I remember people describing themselves this way during the early years of queerdom. Just like transexuals used to refer to themselves as “trannies” as a way of self endearment.

      • GallusMag Says:

        It’s an ever growing list!


  4. Reblogged this on Stop Trans Chauvinism and commented:
    Sometimes people say silly things
    They don’t mean to hurt you but ow it stings
    Maybe they’re genuinely perplexed
    They don’t know your gender’s
    Not the same thing as your sex
    They open their mouths and the words come out
    But they don’t always know what they’re talking about


  5. I really like her voice, and I do think she is talented.

    @Gallus,

    “If anyone thinks it’s impossible to cross-over and please both genderists and feminists: although it is very rare, it is possible. ”

    Rare, but possible I might buy. In reality, I seriously doubt it because sooner or later the genderists will take over. If it were possible, I don’t know how it would work, or what it would look like.

    Women have been bending over backwards to appease genderists for years, and where has it gotten us? It’s no secret that there was an explosion in the number of FTMs when “Gender” took over the “Women’s Studies Department” in most colleges and universities. As it stands right now, a male’s “gender identity” trumps a woman’s right to privacy.

    I’m a gender abolitionist, and I don’t even like the word “gender”. I don’t want the word “gender” attached to me in any manner whatsoever. There is nothing in “gender” for me to celebrate. I don’t have a “gender”. I am female.

    @Atranswidow,

    “It makes me sad that we should even need songs like this nowadays. When I was seven or so my favourite dressing up outfit was an Indian chief complete with full headgear.”

    Girls that were called tomboys twenty or thirty years ago are now dragged to “gender therapists” where they are told that they really are transgender and “boys”.

    First of all, genderists and transgender activists do not have some sort of copyright or trademark on all non-traditional behavior both past and present. Throughout history, there have been some intrepid souls that stepped outside of the boundaries of traditional sex roles. They went my many names.

    Second, why would people cling to and celebrate a word first coined by men like John Money? This is from “Gender Hurts”,

    “The term ‘gender’ itself is problematic. It was first used in a sense that was not simply about grammar by sexologists – the scientists of sex such as John Money in the 1950s and 1960s – who were involved in normalising intersex infants. They used the term to mean the behavioural characteristics they considered most appropriate for persons of one or other biological sex. They applied the concept of gender when deciding upon the sex category into which those infants who did not have clear physical indications of one biological sex or another should be placed (Hausman, 1995 ). Their purpose was not progressive. These were conservative men who believed that there should be clear differences between the sexes and sought to create distinct sex categories through their projects of social engineering.

    Unfortunately, the term was adopted by some feminist theorists in the 1970s, and by the late 1970s was commonly used in academic feminism to indicate the difference between biological sex and those characteristics that derived from politics and not biology, which they called ‘gender’ (Haig, 2004 ). Before the term ‘gender’ was adopted, the term more usually used to describe these socially constructed characteristics was ‘sex roles’. The word ‘role’ connotes a social construction and was not susceptible to the degeneration that has afflicted the term ‘gender’ and enabled it to be wielded so effectively by transgender activists.

    As the term ‘gender’ was adopted more extensively by feminists, its meaning was transformed to mean not just the socially constructed behaviour associated with biological sex, but the system of male power and women’s subordination itself, which became known as the ‘gender hierarchy’ or ‘gender order’ (Connell, 2005 ; Mackinnon, 1989 ). Gradually, older terms to describe this system, such as male domination, sex class and sex caste went out of fashion, with the effect that direct identification of the agents responsible for the subordination of women – men – could no longer be named.

    Gender, as a euphemism, disappeared men as agents in male violence against women, which is now commonly referred to as ‘gender violence’. Increasingly, the term ‘gender’ is used, in official forms and legislation, for instance, to stand in for the term ‘sex’ as if ‘gender’ itself is biological, and this usage has overwhelmed the feminist understanding of gender.”
    -“Gender Hurts”, Jeffreys

    • Atranswidow Says:

      Thanks. I never knew the term gender was really so recent and that it had been co-opted into feminist theory in that way. I haven’t read Jeffrey’s books yet, but they’re on my wish list. The whole subject would be fascinating if it wasn’t so personal.

    • Dogtowner Says:

      I don’t have a “gender”. I am female.

      DITTO!

      This history of the word gender is a terrific example of how language usage messes with people’s minds. Today an editorial was published in the local paper about keeping guns out of the hands of batterers. Victims were referred to as “she,” but perpetrators were termed “they.” Let’s sweep the fact under the rug that the overwhelming majority of murderers of their partners are MEN.


  6. I really want to support this woman because I believe she is a talented musician and singer, but I don’t know what to think of the “Rainbow Train” chugging by Trans Youth Family Allies and Gender Spectrum that actively push “transitioning” (GnRH agonists, etc.) on children. Let’s all jump up and down and sing “Rainbow Train” while kids are being sterilized. As the “Rainbow Train” chugs along, this talented, but hopelessly naïve woman apparently believes that “transitioning” children comes with no risks, nor are there any ethical issues involved. It’s all magical, fun time.

    She actually lists Laverne Cox and Jazz as “Role Models”.

    http://chanarothman.com/rainbow-train

    Little Ebony Nicole Williams isn’t going to be able to jump on the “Rainbow Train” because she is dead.

    https://www.change.org/p/netflix-remove-laverne-cox-from-the-cast-of-orange-is-the-new-black

    https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/dear-laverne-cox-and-srlp-ebony-nicole-williams-matters/

    Again, I really want to support her, but she is drowning in the trans* Kool Aid.

  7. GallusMag Says:

    Okay, here are the lyrics for further examination. Thank you, to the idiot* who wasted their free leisure time transcribing them:

    Gender gender gender gender gender
    Put it in a blender (X4)

    Mix it, match it, throw it up and catch it
    Stack it, shape it, recreate it
    Send it, bend it, pretend it, end it
    Imagine the space you need then take it
    Share it, tear it, wear it, dare it, sketch it, stretch it
    Throw it up and catch it
    It’s a big world of imagination
    You are the artist of your own creation

    (chorus)

    Sometimes people say silly things
    They don’t mean to hurt you but “ow it stings”
    Maybe they’re genuinely perplexed
    They don’t know your gender’s not the same thing as your sex
    They open their mouth and the words come out
    But they don’t always know what they’re talking about

    So the next time somebody makes you feel blue
    Here is some words you might use:

    If they say “that truck’s for boys” say “anybody can use this toy”
    If they say “Only girls wear pink” say “Color is just a color, don’t ya think?”
    If they say “Girls look like this” say “More ways to be a girl than I can list”
    If they say that “boys don’t cry” well you can just simply ask them “Why?”
    If they say “come on get real” say “real is feeling what I feel”
    And if they tell you who you’re gonna be then tell them “thanks, but actually that’s up to me”.

    (chorus)

    Gender is a set of made up rules that tell us how we’re supposed to behave
    People live differently all across the world, each of us can be brave
    There are plenty of ways to be and grow if we just open up our minds
    There are plenty of things we can learn and know if we leave our assumptions behind

    (there’s no such thing as girls colors and boys colors, there’s no such thing as girls colors and boys colors)
    (anyone can play sports no matter who you are or nor matter how old you are)
    (*unintelligible* a princess whenever you want)
    (girl colors and boy colors don’t mean a thing, they’re not true)

    (chorus)

    Freedom is what we need
    Freedom to see ourselves
    Freedom
    We must agree
    To be ourselves (X2)

    (what I hear all around me at school is “oh my god your favorite color is pink, that’s a girl color” and I’m like, “what are you people talking about?” So, sometimes it’s confusing, and I feel like it’s just not right)
    (Girl colors is the same as boy colors and boy colors are the same as girl colors)
    (Sometomes, It’s like, from baby girl to big kid boy you are always the same person inside of you)

    (chorus)

    [*that would be me]

    • GallusMag Says:

      Yeah, there’s some mud in the message, for sure. If “Gender is a set of made up rules”, why say “Your gender” to kids, in the possessive? “Your set of made up rules?”

      And the thing about “real is feeling what I feel” is ass. Your personal, speshul feelings do NOT dictate reality, kids! Other people ALSO have feelings! Fancy that. Plus the whole objective reality thing.

      Still, even with the mud it’s overall message is good.

      To be truly subversive she would have done a satirical album parodying “gender” messages to kids. That would have been freaking hilarious. No grant money for that though.

      • GallusMag Says:

        “Calling Daddy a man will make him die”

        “Everyone is exactly what they say they are”

        “Don’t fear the naked man in your swim meet locker room”

        “Short hair is for boys”

        LOL!

      • GallusMag Says:

        B side:

        “Believe whatever you’re told”(medley)

    • Ashland Avenue Says:

      “Imagine the space you need then take it” – doesn’t matter if that space has been created by someone else, or is already occupied! Take it anyway! ‘Cause it’s all about you, baby, it’s all about you.

      *sigh* Maybe I’m reading too much into that line…but experience has taught me otherwise. The fact that she has Jeremiah Byrne on the album? Blech.

  8. Me Says:

    Personally, I’d like to put gender in a wood chipper and not a blender.

  9. Me Says:

    How about
    “Gender, gender, gender….in a wood chipper
    You’ll be much hipper
    A stereotype ripper….”

    Not quite the proper rhythm, but you get the idea.

  10. GallusMag Says:

    Wow! Some fantastic person left a question for Chana on the gender song (I didn’t even know you could do that!) asking about her philosophy vis a vis giving drugs to gay and sex-role noncompliant kids.
    No reply yet.
    That really made my day, btw. Kick ass womon!

  11. Peggy Luhrs Says:

    It occurred to me that this trans delusion we are demanded to believe is a bit like the vaginal orgasm that all women were supposed to attain if they were truly mature, A lot of second wave writing and theory took on the Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm a title from Redstocking’s Notes from the Second Year, an early women’s liberation publication. Ti-Grace Atkinson wrote The Vaginal Orgasm as Mass Hysterical Survival Response. Women are similarly pretending to believe what we are being told we must under penalty of death threats, social shaming and de-platforming.
    So here we are again in another enforced mass hysterical survival response. At least at Gendertrender we’re examining it.

  12. GallusMag Says:

    Chana Rothman says that the Lesbian and Feminist comments in this thread are “So full of confusion and hatred”:
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rjuroshow/2015/05/28/the-rebecca-juro-show–52815-guest-singersongwriter-chana-rothman


  13. […] funded in part with a grant from the Leeway Foundation. Chana Rothman, a heterosexual woman, has publicly stated that Lesbian Feminists who critique gender are “So full of confusion and […]


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