I’m constantly online, favouring feminist blogs and sites (as is my wont, that and Facebook) and it seems I’m forever hearing the crow of injured trans*activists and their kin crying out for their “cis allies” to back them up and chase the naughty TERFs and RadFems out of whatever argument they’re currently having because: trans*phobia.
I keep wondering to myself where our allies are…
I mean, you never, ever see trans*folk coming out in support of pretty much anything another feminist says, unless it is directly in line with current trans* politics, or, rather, the enforced ideology of the loudest/most popular/most visible members of the community.
It seems that trans* women who call themselves feminists are only able to buy into as much feminism as already sits well with their trans*ideology. Anything else, as far as I can tell, is considered either outdated, bigoted, or just plain nonsense.
As a hetero woman in a relationship myself, it has been eye-opening to say the least to read essay after essay, blog post after blog post, about compulsory heterosexuality and the harm that PIV sex exposes women to. Nevertheless, although I have spent a lifetime taking onboard the messages society sends me about my role in the world (as being sexually available to men in every way), I find myself seriously considering ridding my life of PIV sex altogether, thanks to some extremely sound feminist analyses. Even though I might not resonate strongly with the idea due to my conditioning, the ideology is rational and in line with my feminist beliefs. It might make me uncomfortable to consider, but it makes logical sense.
Why, then, are trans* women feminists only able to accept 95% of feminist analysis, and why is the trend now to reduce feminism (even among WBW) to “trans* approved” ideology and denounce anything else as bigoted and trans*phobic?
Is it really because they are the most oppressededest?
There is a very real possibility (us “Radscum” would suggest it’s a probability, even an inevitability) that the non-acceptance of specific fundamental feminist theory (that of gender as social construct rather than innate trait) by not only the trans* and feminist communities, but the wider community as well, will result in a group even more marginalized and oppressed than trans*folk consider themselves to be.
Current trans* lobbyists, parents of gender non-conforming children, and law makers are well on their way to instilling an even more conservative society where sex is deemed irrelevant, while sex-based stereotypes (gender) become the defining characteristics of us all. This is in direct opposition to the ideology of the Women’s Liberation Movement which set out to erode those stereotypes so that women (and men) could display natural human behaviours without being discriminated against in a society that has narrowed those behaviours into two categories (masculine and feminine) and enforced them according to each individual’s sex.
Now, those groups i mentioned are insisting on letting children make life-altering (and often irreversible) decisions about their bodies and their futures before they’ve even hit puberty! At this early stage of their lives, they can’t legally drive a car, or vote, or drop out of school, or smoke, or drink alcohol. Their brains aren’t even fully developed until they’re in their mid-twenties, and the last part of the brain to finish developing is the part that is capable of making long-term decisions and determining probable consequences for them. And they’re pushing to give children who are mentally and physiologically incapable of consequence analysis the right to permanently alter their body and commit to a lifetime of medical treatment?!
What happens when those children grow up and their brains finish developing and they are able to question the fact that they were allowed, even encouraged, to make these decisions in pre-pubescence? Some may be grateful, sure, but others… You can guarantee there are kids out there real grateful their parents didn’t let them do plenty of the things their 12 year old selves wanted to do. I’d suggest these would be the majority, and when that’s the case, you’ve got an entire crowd of people who have been permanently damaged by society’s blind acceptance of “gender identity”. Think eugenics, people. Think female genital mutilation. Think natural left-handers who were caned for not using their right. Those kids are gonna be pissed adults.
Which leads me to the most oppressedest. In the above scenario, who’s more oppressed? Considering the probability that those pissed adults (who were transitioned in childhood based on their exposure to an extremely gender-conscious society) are going to come to the same conclusion as radical feminists (that gender is a social construct, the elimination of which would require exactly no one to undergo surgery and hormone therapy in order to “be themselves”), where the hell are the trans* feminists who are willing to put their own experience down to an upbringing in an extremely gender-conscious society and protect others from going through the same traumatizing gender dysphoria that they’ve been through?! The dysphoria only exists because of the gender-soaked culture which has nurtured it, to the detriment of women and men alike, trans or not.
Why are WBW feminists the ones who have to mould their own politics to fit in with the popular trans* ideology of the moment? Where are the trans* feminists who are moulding their politics out of ours? Why are our politics the ones that need changing? Why is it always women’s theories and ideologies that have to fit in with everyone else’s?
Where the hell are our trans* allies?!