In your opinion, why are so many transwomen obsessed with being allowed to use the female bathroom? I don't see transmen up in arms violently threatening men about being allowed in the male bathroom. Just curious
That particular fixation, in my view, is the result of a search for validation combined with standard male entitlement.
If you are someone who is easily identifiable as male and you have centered your entire sense of self-worth around a flimsy “identity” as a woman, accessing female-specific spaces like bathrooms is one way for you to justify your claim to womanhood. The loudest voices on this issue come from people who are unlikely to be read as female in any context, and thus I think that they are acting primarily as a result of a desire for recognition. Because these individuals have lived their entire lives as boys and men, they are accustomed to getting what they want from women, and having their supposed “right” to enter female spaces challenged makes them angry in a very male-typical way.
There’s a big difference between saying that trans women aren’t really women because we aren’t a part of a rigorously defined female sex-class and saying that all trans women are gender non-conforming men. The former is, as far as I understand it, a logical conclusion of…
what’s the difference?
Being targeted by men because you appear to be female is a very different experience from being targeted by men because you appear to be a feminine male.
Though I use the word “woman” to refer to the gender caste position occupied by individuals who are perceived to be female, I take no issue with the “adult human female” definition of womanhood, which naturally excludes assimilated transsexuals and is preferred by most radical feminists. However, I object to being defined as a gender non-conforming man, because this completely misrepresents the reality of my life. It is certainly possible that the male socialization I underwent prior to my transition colors the way I see myself presently, but as someone who is consistently read as female, my position under patriarchy does not differ from that of other white and class privileged women. In the six years that have passed since I transitioned socially, I have had plenty of experiences that attest to the fact that I am both subject to “casual misogyny” and very much at risk for harassment and violence from men on the basis of my apparent sex. In my view, to insist on defining me as a man of any kind is to suggest that these experiences are somehow illegitimate.
My whole reason for being in this Industry is to satisfy the desire of the men in the world who basically don’t much care for women and want to see the men in my Industry getting even with the women they couldn’t have when they were growing up.
I strongly believe this… so we come on a woman’s face or somewhat brutalize her sexually: we’re getting even for their lost dreams. I believe this.
I’ve heard audiences cheer me when I do something foul on screen. When I’ve strangled a person or sodomized a person, or brutalized a person, the audience is cheering my action, and then when I’ve fulfilled my warped desire, the audience applauds.
The fact that it’s almost one in the morning and I’m awake and reading legal journals - which are completely incomprehensible, by the way; my sympathies to any law students who follow me - really speaks to the special kind of horrible that this semester has been.
I feel bad that it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything good, but hopefully I’ll be able to make up for it during break. Of course, that’s assuming I’ll actually survive my final exam schedule, which I’m almost certain was determined by Satan this time around.
I notice you changed the description on your sidebar from 'gender abolitionist' to 'gender-critical' - is there any specific reasoning behind that?
I changed it purely because “gender abolitionist feminist” is an incredibly clunky descriptor.
do you know of any good radical feminist blogs that are mainly focused around disability? thank you very much :3
I’m sorry, I can’t think of any off the top of my head. If any of the women who follow me have suggestions, they would be appreciated.