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The TERMs

Enough already.  We give up.  TERFs are henceforth abandoning our transphobic nonsense and joining the HotP’s (Handmaidens of the Patriarchy, aka libfems).  But obviously there remains a huge transphobic group out there, which trans people have to tackle in the interests of equality – the TERMs, or Trans-Exclusionary Real Men, i.e. men who have the transphobic temerity to assert that their dicks are male sexual organs.  This must be stopped!
All such references in popular culture and medicine need to be addressed – they’re trans-misandry!!!.  You could start with Viagra ads and the entire porn industry – that should keep you busy for quite a while.
Proctologists must also offer screening services to transmen.  Whether they need them or not is irrelevant; you must validate their identities.  Men considering vasectomies must stop mentioning them as it’s trans-misandrist to transmen.  As for erectile dysfunction, don’t go there.  How dare you suggest that your ‘penis’ is in any way more male than an overdeveloped clitoris?  It is absolutely not necessary for you to have an erection for sex to take place.  Just imagine someone penetrating your soft, male vagina and float away on waves of pleasure.  Pink waves.
All casual phrases relating balls to masculinity are trans-misandrist and must be changed to include ovaries.  That would be balls/ovaries of steel, kicked in a painful portion of the male anatomy, he’s got ovaries/balls.  Dudes with balls are henceforth to be referred to as entesticled persons.
Radfems will assist in raising consciousness by briefly identifying as men (perhaps on alternate Sundays), going into men’s bathrooms and filling all the dustbins with used tampons (thanks, SR).  Obviously, any objections would be profoundly transphobic; some men menstruate.  Trans men are men.  Get over it.  (H/T to #ManFriday who are already doing this!)
And we assume that gay transmen will soon be getting together to plan their assault on the Jockstrap Ceiling.  How dare gay cis-men refuse to sleep with them?  It’s transphobic!  (Perhaps you could have your convention in a locker-room somewhere, as the trans-masculine equivalent of Planned Parenthood).
Obviously ‘all-male’ spaces must be challenged and abolished, and we expect to see crude representations of ovaries drawn in pubs, at Republican conventions, and all over the Vatican.  In any case, if Jesus was the result of a virgin birth then he had XX chromosomes, so was probably a transman.  Just like Freddie Mercury.
Rapists will have to have it explained to them that they can no longer use their penises to rape; it contributes to the transphobic notion that the penis is an instrument of male violence.  Clearly, the vagina is equally capable of being an instrument of male violence; we’re sure you’ll think of something.
We’re sure the trans lobby will deal with this as effectively as they’ve handled the TERFs.  After all, we know you’re really, really committed to equality and all that.  You wouldn’t want us to get the wrong idea and think you were just a bunch of narcissistic, misogynistic fetishists, now, would you?

Confronting the mantra

It’s been an interesting few days in the Land of Transactivism.  UK Labour have done two things which, apart from probably being illegal, are viciously and irredeemably misogynistic. Continue reading

On Science

This is a useful article on the invalidity of the criticisms of science emerging from post-modern thought.

Rational criticisms of scientific bias are reasonable and should be acknowledged.  We are just beginning to find out, for example, how much disease research has been done on male subjects, with the assumption that the findings will transfer to females.  Unsurprisingly, given our profound genetic differences, much of it doesn’t, and women have been getting a bad deal in healthcare as a result. Continue reading

We are all Winston Smith now

A contemplation of the “trans women are women” mantra from 2014, again from the excellent Culturally Bound Gender.

“I used to use “she” to describe MTF trans people.  I used to use “he” to describe FTM trans people.  I will no longer engage in this practice, except for when directly speaking to trans people who could conceivably direct violence toward me.  Make no mistake, trans folks: many people outside your movement, even the ones who nod in agreement with the statement “trans women are women,” don’t really believe it.  When they are women, they have been trained to spare your feelings and to avoid potential conflict with males—especially those who are backed up by other males with violent tendencies.  I hope your pronouns feel like a hollow victory, wrested as they have been from the mouths of women who know the wrath they face for saying any other words but the ones you told them to say.”

On shared girlhood

Another very good post from Culturally Bound Gender on the outrageous claim that women have ‘no shared girlhood’ and therefore may not organise without men:

“Women shouldn’t have to prove anything, including a “shared girlhood,” to be able to meet and organize with other female-born persons without being harassed.  The fact that liberal feminists are buying into this idea–that without a universally shared experience, it’s illogical and bigoted for a group to be able to define itself and exclude non-members–is a sign of how far feminist analysis has fallen since feminists started “doing” feminism online.

Why has this happened?  Because the internet’s the ultimate proving ground that women talk differently when they have to talk around men and be subject to men’s criticisms all the time.  The changes that have occurred to feminism since feminism became part of the blogosphere have been the exact kinds of changes you’d expect to see when women are having to do feminism in front of men. The environment that the second wave operated in was, in some ways, shitty for what it excluded, because the fact that feminist monographs, zines, and so forth were being distributed primarily among white, middle class women left a lot of women out.  However, men also basically didn’t give a fuck (except when they were reacting with horror to out of context bits of Intercourse), so women in academia were left to talk and debate about feminist issues without constant comment and intrusion from men declaring a need to be heard and dialogued with.

The internet changed all that.  Now, everything has to be released male-ready–or else.  Positions determined to be too radical are sanded down, and it’s de rigeur for third-wave feminists to angrily declare that they’re not like those other feminists who are mean and nasty to men, the man-haters, the bra-burners, the TERFs, the Andrea Dworkin, whoever’s the boogeyman identified by men in the comments sections and subreddits where women are trying to do feminism today.

So again and again, you see women taking pains not to offend any men with what they write, because we know what happens to women who write on the internet–especially, gracious me, under their own name!–and who don’t toe the party line.  Talk about sexism in video games, get rape threats.  Talk about feminism and the oppressiveness of gender roles, get rape threats.”

On fetishism

I’d forgotten how good and thought-provoking a blog called Culturally Bound Gender is.  This post discusses autogynephilia from the point of view of an ex-phone sex operator.  I can relate to this; I used to be a hotline counsellor, and we got our fair share of men phoning in to masturbate, including many who wanted validation of their femininity.  (That there were rapes, DV cases and other traumas in the call queue didn’t seem to bother them).

“When someone who idealizes women in this way transitions to living as a woman, they often talk a lot about losing privilege.  What they are actually doing is, very often, nothing of the sort.  The trans activists who started out as Silicon Valley nerdy “forever alone” types (who comprised a huge number of callers over the years!) were economically and racially privileged men, but when it came to the patriarchy, they were being shit upon by traditional masculinity.  Instead, they’re seeking to move up, not down.  They want to move into women’s spaces, where their male socialization will make it easier for them to get ahead, be assertive, and be at the top of their social hierarchy with other women talking to them and ensuring that they don’t feel lonely.  Instead of hating the gazed-upon, this kind of person decides that the only freedom from the gazer’s existential loneliness is to become the gazed-upon.  Once in the territory of the gazed-upon, the person who has been socialized as a gazer can switch at will in their relationships with women, both sexual and otherwise, a privilege not afforded to female born persons.”

On Choice and Prostitution

The always-excellent Meghan Murphy has written a great article on prostitution and the myth of choice for Verity magazine.

“The argument against prostitution is fairly simple: Women should not have to have sex with men they don’t desire. Women should be able to survive and thrive without having to accommodate male desires and abuse in order to pay their rent or feed their children.

It’s worth thinking about what it says about a society that believes sex is something a man should be able to buy—what does it say about our culture? Continue reading

On PMS

One of the things that happens to you if you run a radical feminist, gender-critical page or blog, or even if you just comment on articles from this perspective, is that some dewy-eyed young third-wave ‘feminist’ will turn up and explain breathlessly that you just need to read some Judith Butler, or perhaps some Halberstam, and the error of your ways will become clear.  It’s all just a misunderstanding, you see.

It’s a bit like long-time atheists, who are often experienced and critical refugees from early doses of religion, being told to read the Bible.  It’s not that the assumption of truth may not be questioned; it’s that the well-meaning evangelist has no idea that the questions have long since been asked, and answered. Continue reading

When Women’s Rights Are #NotADebate

Helen Saxby has written an excellent summary of the state of play around the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act, and the way that transactivists are silencing debate.

“It’s sometimes difficult to remember, amongst all the arguments, exactly what women stand to lose here. The sex category ‘female’ is being asked to absorb the sex category ‘male’. What women are being forced to accept could literally not be any more extreme.”

Read the whole thing here – it’s excellent.

We are all TERFs now

And probably non-binary too.

These days, it comes down to who owns the word ‘woman’.  It might all matter a bit less if ownership of the word did not imply access to spaces, housing, social facilities, and if the word itself didn’t say so much about personal identity.  But it does, and we are where we are. Continue reading

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