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Word of the Day: ‘Transmisogyny’

Posted on | January 16, 2014 | 125 Comments

Transgender feminist @papierhache reacted to yesterday’s notice exactly as predicted, by claiming victimhood, denouncing me as a bully “with sycophant minions” (that would be you, dear readers), and generally lecturing that I am the pluperfect example of how “people … use social media to orchestrate abusive behavior.”

Remember: @papierhache jumped into my timeline in response to incitement by a troll trying to stir up trouble because I’d used the common slang “shemale” in promoting a post about conflicts between transgender activists and radical lesbian feminists. And after sending me multiple messages condemning me as a terrible hater — because slang is the New Fascism – @papierhache evidently thought she would evade further criticism for her moralistic posturing.

Think again, sweetheart.

Criticism is “abuse,” disagreement is “harassment,” and contradictory facts are “hate” in the Orwellian lexicon of the Left.

Should we ignore these phony victimhood claims or laugh them off as trivial? No, because the Left is attempting to silence their critics by categorizing dissent as hate speech – exactly the point that originally called my attention to this bizarre conflict:

RadFem 2013 was a conference in London, which resulted in a gigantic controversy because radical feminists insisted on excluding the “transgendered” from their female-only event, and one of the featured speakers, Australian lesbian feminist Professor Sheila Jeffreys, was about to publish a new book, Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism, that was deeply offensive to the “T” people represented in the LGBT acronym. . . .
At one point in April, the venue tried to cancel the event after discovering that “certain language was used and some statements were made about transgender people that would go against our equalities and diversity policy.”

That was a blue-on-blue conflict between two competing tribes of far-left fringe extremists, but as such it was a classic example of the tactics of thought control the Left finds acceptable. Strange as it is to say, in this example, I agree with the radical feminists. If they wish to restrict their gathering to “cis females” (genetic women), the “trans women” have no right to demand inclusion.

For transgender activists to seek to shut down a radical feminist conference because it violates a “diversity policy” is a profound irony. The Competitive Victimhood Derby, as I have called it, is ultimately a zero-sum game, and you can scarcely blame lesbian feminists for complaining when they find people who were born male trying to co-opt the feminist brand. But this is what transgender feminism is, and one of Kat Hache’s transcomrades has a column at Feministing that includes this:

When I wrote a rebuttal to the flagrant transmisogyny evinced by Julie Burchill in her now-infamous Observer editorial, I was careful to keep the focus on what she said while also ensuring that her fundamental humanity remained in the frame of my criticism. I spared her no critique, but I targeted what was fair game: the written record of her words and ideas, the very things she had submitted to a public forum. To tell her to kill herself or worse, as some did, was unaccountably out of bounds.

“Flagrant transmisogyny”? Julie Burchill? That rang a bell:

Transsexual Bullies Successfully Censor
Feminist Writers Who Criticized Them

Have you forgotten? Suzanne Moore, a columnist for the British New Statesman, complained about beauty standards which present “the ideal body shape” for women as “that of a Brazilian transsexual.” Moore was inundated with criticism, and one of her feminist allies, Julie Burchill, derided Moore’s antagonists as “a bunch of dicks in chicks’ clothing” and “bed-wetters in bad wigs.”

Strange as it may seem, the feminists were completely routed by the transgender community in that conflict, demonstrating who now possesses the superior claim of victimhood, so that feminists are now riding in the back of their own bus, so to speak.

The transgender activists who silenced their feminist critics — the Guardian actually unpublished one of Burchill’s columns — nevertheless claim they are the ones at risk of being silenced:

I shall continue to write in spite of having been threatened with rape, in spite of having been told that I’m a “shemale feminazi with too much sand in her fake vagina,” in spite of having been called every misogynist, transmisogynist, and transphobic slur in the book many times over, and in spite of having been accused of “man-hating, race-baiting, white-hating,” and the utterly unreal crime of “misandry.” In spite of being called too loud, too shrill, too whiny, too sexist (against men, of course), and “heterophobic.” In spite of being told I should avoid graduate school unless I had a “rich boyfriend.” In spite of all that, I speak.

Katherine Cross, formerly a man, is now a better feminist than you, Julie Burchill, and she expects to be celebrated for her courage. Meanwhile, “bullying the marginalized” . . .

Yes, of course! The courageous Kat Heche, barely 12 hours after taunting me as “emasculated” (!) now decides that her critics are engaged in “textbook psychological projection.”

Oh, what delicious layers and layers of irony . . .

 

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  • ThomasD

    You keep swinging for the fences.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    There is a virtual freak show on the internet!

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    It was almost as masculine as Susan Estrich’s after a pack of Virginia Slims and a few Cosmopolitans.

    Otherwise known as Breakfast!

  • ThomasD

    There is perhaps one exception to your rule.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgen_insensitivity_syndrome

    Many of these people are born looking like girls, and develop like girls up to some point at which the problem is recognized. Sometimes it is only the absence of menses, or discovery of a short vagina that leads to diagnosis.
    .

    Others can be more mixed in their presentation.

  • ThomasD

    When do we get our Rings of Power?

    Being a Nazgul ain’t so bad.

    Amirite?

  • Wombat_socho

    Not quite the same thing, especially on this blog.

  • Wombat_socho

    An evaluation cycle? Is that one of those rice burners from Kawasaki?

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Heh. I’ll have the GBLT and Vegamite sandwich, please.

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  • Kirby McCain

    It’s all just political posturing until they start calling each other names. Then it’s hilarious.

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  • Steve Skubinna

    He just smiled, and gave me…

  • Steve Skubinna

    They’re only arguing about which victim card trumps the others.

    It’s more ore less the same as the arguing prior to the 2008 election whether Obama was “authentically Black” because his Black half did not descend from slaves. Prior to then nobody would have publicly made such a ridiculous claim.

  • Jerry Beckett

    “Your welcome”?

    An awful lot of hot air to cover up the simple fact that you suck at the English language.

  • Quartermaster

    Once he has had the surgery, he becomes it.

  • Quartermaster

    One thing that reading here at TOM is that I have learned I’m a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. I know several other guys here have learned the same sad fact.

  • Quartermaster

    Swing that ban hammer for dissing our Admiral!

  • Quartermaster

    Groo, I know, but Gru I haven’t heard of.

  • Quartermaster

    YoLaTengo has a serious problem with self loathing.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Gru is the lead character in the animated movie Despicable Me (and its sequel Despicable Me 2); he has hundreds of minions that are all maybe 2 feet tall at most, all of them bright yellow, some with one eye and some with two, that speak their own gibberish-sounding language, and his main cohort in crime is Dr. Nefario.

    If you put ‘minions’ into Google image search, you’ll see more of them than you’d ever want.

  • http://marezilla.com/ Zilla of the Resistance

    I’m sure there’s a goonion thug & occupy mob somewhere willing to howl that RSM should be giving a $15/word “living wage” to his comments section community – and don’t get them started on how oppressed poor Smitty, Wombat, and the WYB are!

  • http://marezilla.com/ Zilla of the Resistance

    transparent”, eh? Real clever. And isn’t “queer” a h8er word? I remember when we were told that it was not nice to call gay people “queers”, it was as bad as calling them “fags” or “fruits”. Dammit, pick a freaking consistent terminology and stop tormenting normal people with your word games, leftist jackasses!

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