July 4, 2015
Declaration of War
by Vee Elessar
. I am a Woman. I will not be re-classified by men who “feel like” women. I will not tolerate being called CIS-woman, biological-woman, genetic-woman, woman-born-woman or female-woman. I will not tolerate being accused of having CIS privilege, obtained illegitimately at the moment of my birth. I will not tolerate being accused of wielding this privilege over men. I will fight back against this misogynistic attack that only seeks to silence me and make me invisible.
. I am a lesbian. I will not be re-classified by men who “feel like” women. I will not call men who “feel like” women, lesbians. I will call them what they are: heterosexual men. I will not put up with being accused of having “mono-sexual privilege” that I wield over men. I will not be shamed and bullied into having sex with men who say they are lesbians and I will call those who try what they are: sexual predators. I will never sign up, line up or shut up about the genocidal assimilation of my lesbian sisters into your transgender cult. I will gather with my sisters wherever and whenever I please and I will not grant you access no matter what woman hating law I am breaking. I will fight back against this misogynistic/homophobic attack that only seeks to silence me and make me invisible.
. I am a woman. I will not stand for the ridiculous premise that I am trans-misogynist. It is my birthright to speak out loud about any idea or practice that harms women. I will continue to speak out loud about male privilege, male entitlement and male pattern violence. I will continue to expose the real hatred that men direct at women, wether those men happen to “feel like a woman” at the time or not. I will fight back against this misogynistic attack that only seeks to silence me and make me invisible.
. I am a woman. I reject all notions that there is such a thing as ‘Gender Dysphoria’, female brain, woman feelings, or any other gender based idea, theory or practice. I reject your gender binary straight jacket. I reject your pornographic version of woman and the sexual slavery you promote. I will fight back against this misogynistic attack that only seeks to silence me and make me invisible
. I am a woman. That word belongs to me. I get to say what that word means. I will not use the word woman or she to include one man. I will not use the word woman or she to describe one man. I will not ally myself with any man who uses woman and she to describe himself no matter how much of a “good guy” he says he is. I will protect the word woman, and in protecting the word woman, I protect my ability to speak about myself, my experience, my future, my past and the entire history of women. You will not rob me of my ability to know my sisters through language. I will fight back against this misogynistic attack that only seeks to silence me and make me invisible.
. I am a woman. It is my birthright to speak about my body, my experience, my life using my own words. My vagina is not a front hole any more that your penis is a front tail. I will continue to talk about my period, watch the Vagina Monologues, hear Germaine Greer and all my beloved feminists speak, and call other women my sisters wether you “feel” excluded or not. I will gather with my sisters wherever and whenever I please and I will not grant you access no matter what woman hating law I am breaking. I am not afraid of you. Calling me names will not stop me. Threatening me will not stop me. I will fight back against this misogynistic attack that only seeks to silence me and make me invisible.
I am a woman
and I will defend myself !
[images added by me-GM]
June 27, 2015
June 22, 2015
What is a “true transsexual”?
Sex roles, or “gender” assigns the cultural behaviors and traits of supremacy and domination to males, and assigns the behavior and traits of inferiority and subjugation to females. Gender is a political hierarchy, a social caste system of males on the top, ruling, and females on the bottom, serving them. Those of us who’ve been educated in such matters have been informed by the transgender movement that “transgender” is an umbrella term for anyone whose social behavior or whose personality traits deviate from the stereotypes imposed on all of us based on our reproductive sex for the purpose of codifying and perpetuating male supremacy over the bodies of females.
Except for gay people, whose deviation from sex-stereotypical social norms is due to sexual orientation (unless we are also non-conforming in ways indirectly related to sexuality: butch dykes or gay queens, or perform in drag shows, and then maybe…)
And except for crossdressers, who are men dedicated to the fetish hobby of performing their own idealized, objectified version of the female sex-stereotype, an activity which sexually arouses them as men. Unless such men are socially persecuted for their hobby, in which case they are transgender. And unless such men form an attachment to their ritualized “female other” persona, and decide to expand the practice into a full-time lifestyle, like Bruce Jenner, who wanted to become “her”, in which case they are transgender.
And except for women who passed as male in order to escape the female role, to avoid male rape and violence, persecution for homosexuality or to engage in activities and careers forbidden to women. Unless they are now dead, in which case they posthumously are transgender.
Men who believe their personalities are aligned with any characteristics they assign via sexism to women based on our reproductive biology are transgender, even if they sport full beards, cock and balls, and answer to “Bubba”. Donna Perry is transgender, even though he brutally murdered five women as a sexual sociopath and serial killer on the path to discovering his true authentic self.
Genderqueers are women who don’t want to be thought of as female because the female sex-role is oppressive. Their pronouns are “anything but female” but that doesn’t stop them from being raped and assaulted by men. They are transgender.
Coy Mathis and Jazz Jennings are boys whose parents with Munchausen By Proxy pimp them out to the media as pediatric transgender Honey-boo-boos for fame and profit. They are transgender.
Chaz Bono is Cher’s self-hating lesbian daughter who complained that the Ellen Degeneres Show was “too gay” and “moving too fast for society” before she began injecting testosterone. She is transgender.
Morgan Page, Julia Serano, Dana Beyer are autogynephiles that are very upset that lesbian people exist because they believe female homosexuality discriminates against males by rejecting males as sexual partners. They are transgender.
So it seems that “transgender” is an umbrella term for anyone whose social behavior or whose personality traits deviate from the stereotypes imposed on all of us based on our reproductive sex for the purpose of upholding a caste system which benefits males and disadvantages females, but only if such a person supports these sex stereotypes and believes that sex roles are innate and define sexual reproduction instead of actual reproductive biology. Or something.
Of course, females who transgender can’t “identify” their way out of the subordinate caste and the requisite male rape and male violence which enforces it, unless their biology is completely disguised and their origins unknown. Female “Transmen” aren’t exactly fighting for their right to be housed in men’s prisons when they get arrested. They aren’t demanding “male” abortion services and pap smears at the local urology clinic. The transgender community itself is notoriously sex-segregated and misogynist towards females who transgender because there really is no benefit to the males (“Transwomen”) even attempting to undo their socialization as the dominant and superior members of the sex caste. That’s about as likely to occur as men deciding to stop raping us because we ask them to. What’s in it for them?
Transgender is a Men’s Rights Movement. It seeks to expand both the dominance of males and the subjugation of females, and all with a tidy profit made by what one commenter here called the “Gender Industrial Complex”. Transgender also acts as a release valve to siphon off and neutralize female rebellion against the sex caste system of gender by allowing women to access some superficial privileges of maleness (such as avoiding a measure of public surveillance by men on the street, etc) in exchange for pledging fealty to the hierarchical premise of the caste system and voluntarily submitting oneself to monitoring by the medical authorities.
So. Now that we know what “transgender” means: what is a “True Transsexual”? I’ve been hearing so much about the “truly transsexual” these days, and from the most unlikely of places! It seems a cohort of heterosexual women and men calling themselves “gender critical” are now forwarding the idea of the “true” vs. “false” transsexual. These folks have taken to defanging the work of Radical Feminists and Lesbian Feminists by re-writing (or just downright plagiarizing) with a few significant changes, or perhaps “corrections” in their view: namely they remove the lesbian and women-centered analysis and instead center the concerns of their men friends who would like to transgender. The straight women and “transwomen” (who are “gender critical” male femulators in the same way that Rachel Dolezal is a white “race-critical transblack”) seem to be trying to create a liberal feminist version of gender critique the sole purpose of which is to center men who impersonate women and to replicate the heterosexual dynamic.
“The “radical” in radical feminism means getting to the root of the problem. The root of the problem is gender, meaning the idea of male (masculine/dominant) and female (feminine/subordinate) personalities,” says one of these women.
Huh? The tribal legacy of violent male control over the means of human reproduction (Females!) is not the root? Wow. Learn something new every day. The root of female oppression is not violent sex-based exploitation but rooted in the barriers to full expression of male personalities. Huh. Well, we’ve nearly got this all sorted, then. Male liberation now! The sooner the better! This whole global history thing really was a big misunderstanding! Ritualized cultural sex-caste traditions are the problem, not the violent control of those bodies capable of creating offspring, which is at the root of such traditions.
This is Trans-feminism. This is Mans-feminism. The author goes on to lecture women that we should “offer safety” in the male-occupied land of women to male “refugees” from the ruling caste –(weary is the head that holds the crown!)- men who want to call themselves Meredith, take estrogen, wear yoga pants and try to pass themselves off as “transwomen”. Like we don’t have enough problems, we should perform as unpaid femulator academies for the male lesbians.
These heterosexual transfeminist women propagating a rootless mansfeminism stripped of sex-based analysis so that they can better serve the needs of their TBF* (*Transwoman Best Friends- the straight woman’s “gay best friend” is like, so five minutes ago, apparently) would be laughable if they weren’t so damn harmful to the women and girls who actually have a dog in the transgender race, so to speak. It’s no coincidence that all of the new radlib transfeminists parsing out the “true transsexuals” from the nasty bad false ones are straight. It’s not a coincidence that they de-lesbian their analysis. The fact that they also dis-include “Transmen” (who are actual females! hello?) from their MansFeminist Tranifestos is no coincidence.
I’m going to tell you now what a “True Transsexual” really is.
This is what enters my mind every. single. time. one of these straight women makes the distinction between the “True” transsexual with “Real Sex Dysphoria!” and the “False” bad kind. I don’t think about their TranswomanBestFriend and whatever shit he does to himself. I really don’t care what men do to themselves.
From the WPATH World Professional Transgender Health Symposium, Bangkok, 2014:
Gennaro Selvaggi, MD, PhD, MSc, FRCS, Rickard Branemark, MD, PhD, MSc, Anna
Elander, Joacim Stalfors, MD, PhD.
Preoperative planning and titanium implant fixation for “boneanchored penile epithesis”.
The principle of osseointegration is accepted and used in reconstructive surgery: different
types of epithesis (ear, nose, etc.) can be fixed via titanium screws to the recipient bone.
We present the first series of patients where titanium implants have been implanted onto the
pubic bones of femaletomale (FTM) transsexual patients, in order to attach a “bone anchored” penile epithesis.
Following patients’ selection based on patients’ wishes, pubic bones of five FTM transsexuals
were analysed with CTscan.
CTscan images were uploaded on Surgiguide 5.0 software and a virtual planning was made,
simulating various implant (“fixtures” and “abutments”) sizes and locations.
A surgical plan composed of a two separate stages was developed.
To the date of the submission of this abstract, six FTM transsexuals underwent stage1 surgery, and 3 underwent stage2 surgery.
During the stage1 surgery, two titanium implants (“fixtures”) were implanted onto the pubic boneof each patient,
lateral to the pubic symphisis. Four weeks postop, a new CT scan was performed to analyze osteointegration and the final implant position.
During the stage2 surgery, the soft tissue of the pubic have been reduced; abutments have been inserted and passed through the skin.
After few weeks, a penile epithesis is connected via a “retention” system to the titanium implants.
Preoperative virtual planning is crucial for the selection of the appropriate implants size and the
anatomical location where to set the implants.
Both stage1 and stage2 surgeries occurred uneventfully in all patients.
Postoperative CT scan is demonstrating implant osteointegration in all 6 cases.
Functional results of the use of the epithesis will be provided as soon as available.
This experimental clinical study demonstrates that titanium osteointegration onto the pubic bone is feasible.
This new approach for penile reconstruction in FTM transsexuals constitutes another alternative for these patients.
Further technical development is needed to validate the stage2 surgery and the penile epithesis.
There are six women out there, somewhere in the world, please God bless them and keep them, with titanium rods screwed into their pelvic bones and expressed (sticking out through perpetually broken, lymph oozing skin) through their groin in the hopes that one day a dildo might after “further technical development” be affixed to the metal. Who knows what else these surgeons are doing to female “True Transsexuals” that isn’t being presented to the public at WPATH. I say a prayer for these women every time I think of them, and I think of them every single time I hear a “feminist” say the words “True Transsexual”. I hope you do now too. With a prayer.
June 22, 2015
June 6, 2015
Our daughter in college just announced her/hir intent to start taking Testosterone. What should we do?
April 23, 2015
Request for advice and guidance from a concerned parent:
Our almost 21 year child just announced yesterday her/hir intent to start taking T and said that she was considering top surgery eventually as well but “that’s all”. Ze has been wearing men’s clothes for a couple of years now, hates having a period, and appears very butch. Seems most interested in/connected with other butch/lesbian individuals. We have tried to understand and have asked if hir intent is to transition to a male, but she claims not; stating that she’s just tired of being seen as a female, despite the butch clothes etc but does not want to be a “full male”..more like androgynous or “non-binary”.
It’s a long story, like many, but it started when she went to college and found her “place/home” in the LGBTQ community, and then changed her major to “Gender & Women’s Studies”. We are so concerned about whether this T medical treatment and surgery is truly what will make her happy versus being pressured by the environment she is currently in. She wants to change her name legally this summer. She seems attracted to other lesbians from what I can tell which may not be much! I know this may not be PC but what we’ve seen develop in her school experience feels “cultish” to us. Maybe we’re in denial? We are so very concerned about the permanent nature of this “transition” and that it is being done without any in-depth psychological evaluation or counseling. There is a possible history of abuse from a male babysitter when she was 4, but it was never possible to establish exactly what happened..she was examined and no physical evidence of anything was found. We did take her to counseling of course. She was also bullied in both middle and high school. She does suffer from anxiety and has trouble handling “stress” She has done extremely well academically and is very bright. She has always been quite nurturing and wonderful with babies and young children and even thought about becoming a preschool/elementary school teacher up until fairly recently.
What should we say to her about this upcoming transition? Should we give her any advice or information? We have tried to be accepting/loving parents but we are so afraid she is making a mistake that she could seriously regret later in life once the changes are permanent and that her decision to do this is encouraged so much by the community she is now involved with.
Thank you so much for reading this and any suggestions you can make would be very welcome.
From comment left HERE.
Lisa Vogel, the creator and visionary behind the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival announced today that the legendary multi-generational women’s encampment and music festival will end this year.
After four decades of overcoming every sort of challenge imaginable in order to create the miracle that is Michfest, Vogel posted the following announcement an hour ago on the festival’s Facebook page:
Dear Sisters, Amazon, Festival family,
It has been my honor and privilege to produce the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for 40 years. It has been my life’s work, my deepest commitment, my constant challenge and my most profound joy. Every single thing of value I have learned in the world I have learned in the process of being part of building this beloved community. Almost every friend and family member who I cherish I have met on that hallowed ground, and every single way I have learned to put my mind/heart/shoulder into the purpose of creating something beautiful that honors womyn has come from the sweat I earned on that Land.
I am writing to tell you that the 40th Festival will be the last Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. The spirit of this community will live on forever, the friends and family we have found on the Land are eternal. Everything we have created together will feed the inspiration for what comes next. It’s possible that I will come back with something else, or that other sisters will take the inspiration of the Michigan community and create the next expression of our Amazon culture. What is true for me is that now is the time to bring this 40-year cycle to a close, stepping out on joy at our most incredible anniversary celebration.
We have known in our hearts for some years that the life cycle of the Festival was coming to a time of closure. Too often in our culture, change is met only with fear, the true cycle of life is denied to avoid the grief of loss. But change is the ultimate truth of life. Sisters – I ask you to remember that our 40 year Festival has outlived nearly all of her kin. She has served us well. I want us all to have the opportunity to experience the incredible full life cycle of our beloved Festival, consciously, with time to celebrate and yes, time to grieve.
There have been struggles; there is no doubt about that. This is part of our truth, but it is not–and never has been–our defining story. The Festival has been the crucible for nearly every critical cultural and political issue the lesbian feminist community has grappled with for four decades. Those struggles have been a beautiful part of our collective strength; they have never been a weakness.
For many of us this one week in the woods is the all too rare place and time where we experience validation for our female bodies, and where the female experience presides at the center of our community focus. A place to lay our burden down from the misogyny that pervades our lives from cradle to grave…a place to live in intergenerational community, and to live in harmony with Mother Earth. I know this is true for me. And I have a deep trust that each and every one of us can take what we have experienced on that Land and continue to create space that feeds our spirit, creates diverse community, honors our experience and supports our struggle as womyn making our way through the patriarchal world. Please take what you love about Michigan and use it to create something new and beautiful.
It is important that each and every one of us knows she is empowered to build on what we have experienced together on the Land. Everything you feel on the Land, everything you see – is something of spirit, and love, and passion for female empowerment….for womyn’s community. The Festival’s 40 years of culture and community are a powerful seed and our communal experiences have created fertile ground to plant in. I know that we will find inspiration and vision to create our next time and space.
For those of us who will be gathering for our 40th anniversary this August – let’s joyously hold up our incredible community and allow ourselves to be strong enough to consciously let go of this incarnation of her, with all the love we each hold in our beautiful hearts. Let us gather this August knowing that what we truly cherish about the Festival lives on in each of us, and more will come from this fertile ground. Let’s do this up together – Amazon proud!
I will meet you there in August – my eyes meeting yours, heart wide open.
With all of my love and respect,