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Month: June, 2014

If you call your boy/girl a boy/girl you’re a cissexist oppressor

Well, the title says it all. A Slate article written by a transactivist is now making the argument that calling your boy a boy, and your girl a girl is oppressive. What if he wanted to be a she? If she wanted to be a he? One would hope that parents would realize that like race (based on descent), and species (yes), their child won’t be able to identify out of being male/female, like they can’t identify out of being white/black/brown, or you know, out of being human.

 

The shocking aspect of this is that it’s being published by Slate…one wonders if there’s something in the water in Slate’s offices to let this intellectually bankrupt argument be published. The fact that you describe something doesn’t change its reality, it is not oppressive to describe realities. It’s filled with nonsense like “your child would lose the social advantage this treatment offers” said in the voice of a caricature villain doctor(!) We should ask Milloy, what sort of social advantage accrues to females? what is ‘cis’ female privilege? In fact a cursory glance at the article shows ignorance about how sex-based oppression works. You’d think the the author after writing this: “With infant gender assignment, in a single moment your baby’s life is instantly and brutally reduced from such infinite potentials down to one concrete set of expectations and stereotypes, and any behavioral deviation from that will be severely punished—both intentionally through bigotry, and unintentionally through ignorance.” would come to the conclusion that we should stop associating behavioral/personality traits to sex, not pretend that sex doesn’t exist, and means whatever you want it to mean.

 

When the doctor mentions the sex of the baby, she’s not being oppressive, she’s mentioning a fact, like her telling the parents that their baby girl has all her fingers, toes, weighs 7 pounds, etc. The deliberate confusion between sex and gender, and the refusal to acknowledge reproductive differences between males and females seem to be animating transgender ideology, including that women have no right to women-only space as it’s ‘oppressive’ against transwomen, who after all are women. If it was merely an exercise of sophistry, this wouldn’t be alarming, but unfortunately this muddled thinking is increasingly having real impact on legislation. It’s surreal that these non-arguments find their way onto prestigious publications rather than be open to ridicule.

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On transethnic and transgender activism

Trans activists frequently accuse critics of their ideology of hyperbole if not transphobia when similarities are mentioned between their arguments and transethnics. These similarities run quite deep and form a large overlap, illustrating similarities that should inform debate on trans activists’ assertions and arguments.

Transethnics, like trangenders, overwhelmingly come from the oppressor class appropriating the struggles of the oppressed class. The vast majority of transgender people are males, and the vast majority of transethnic people are white. Both trans groups utilize stereotypes of the oppressed with which they can digest and perform and then utilize to claim being transwomen/transPoC. Because they observe stereotypes in order to claim to be transwomen and transPoC, the trans claim to be oppressed because they need to perform these stereotypes to claim to be women/PoC while women/PoC do not. This process culminates in claiming that women/PoC are oppressive gatekeepers keeping men/white people from being who they really are in their brain.

This happens despite clear evidence to the contrary in both cases, ‘brain sex’ theory which is the crux of transgender activist claims is not supported by any scientific evidence.

There are already studies on the similarities between transgenders and people who have body identity integrity disorder. These studies have focused mainly on the relationship between BIID and gender dysphoria as both involve people wanting to remove healthy organs due to psychological stress caused from having them. What I am increasingly witnessing on social media trans activism, however, is less that and more akin to the tumblr/twitter transethnic and even otherkin ID movements. Otherkin are usually white teens who believe they’re cows/dolphins/cats/etc in their brain. Some of these transgender activists are involved in campaigns to abolish women-only spaces in the name of ‘equality’ as it’s bigoted to keep men who call themselves women from women-only spaces. How can transwomen assert they’re women, after all, if women don’t do what’s expected and let the men through?

Looking at the thought process many trans activists go through to believe that sex exists in your brain, and you can identify however you wish, we can see the danger and delusional game that is being played. We have to be clear that just as no one is coercively assigned human at birth, no one is coercively assigned male/female at birth. You are, or you are not.