Posted on | June 30, 2014 | 22 Comments
In case you missed my posts over the weekend — “Tranarchy: Gender Theory = Insanity” and “Inmates Run the Facebook Asylum” — the long-running online war between transgender activists and radical lesbian feminists has been heating up lately. The two sides of the battle front are essentially this: Transactivists say it is “hate” to criticize them or refuse to participate in their pronoun-switching charades; radical dykes insist that, however fungible “gender” may be, feminism is still about the condition of women as a biologically determined category, which involves XX chromosomes, ovaries and so forth.
The latest example of how weird this war has become: “Jay Allen” is a gay man whose blog is called “Who Is Cis?” That is to say, he is dubious of the attempt by transactivists (who use the prefix “cis-” as an antonym of “trans-”) to deal with biological categories as a social problem that needs to be “theorized.” He respects radical feminists’ insistence on the importance of “female only” spaces. (Hint: If you think make-believe male lesbians, including “transitioning” shemales with penises, shouldn’t be permitted to use public restrooms for women, you’re a hater, according to transgender activists.)
On Friday, Twitter user @Anon_Redteam, who identifies as a member of Anonymous, “doxed” @WhoIsCis”, publishing his personal information in order to expose this gay man to harassment.
The conflict between radical feminism and transgender activists dates back more than three decades. Janice Raymond and Sheila Jeffreys (both of whom are lesbians and Women’s Studies professors, but I repeat myself) have remained firm in their insistence on speaking bluntly about what transgenderism signifies, psychologically and politically. As a conservative who considers feminism a mental disorder in its own right, I nevertheless find myself nodding in agreement with much of what these women say about the transgender phenomenon. Their totalitarian enemies even tried to get the radical feminists listed by the SPLC as a “hate group,” which tells you these dykes must be doing something right:
Gender Identity Watch founder Cathy Brennan tells the Voice she found efforts to pressure Routledge not to publish Jeffreys’s work “very frightening,” adding that she’s deeply troubled by “the idea that [Jeffreys], as an academic publishing a book, should have someone looking over her shoulder to make sure she’s using approved language.” . . .
An attorney who once campaigned for a Maryland nondiscrimination law that would have included legal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, Brennan says the campaign against her is “based on this idea that if you don’t toe a specific line” — i.e., accept trans women on their own terms — “you’re a Hitler/Nazi/hater/bigot.”
The First Amendment guarantees not only free speech and a free press, but it also recognizes freedom of association. The right to assemble peacefully means that feminists don’t have to invite transvestites to a women-only conference. It is insanity to complain that you are a victim of “discrimination” because actual women — y’know, the kind who were born with a vagina and stuff — don’t accept your surgical simulacrum as valid for membership in their club.
Bonus Gender Craziness Link: A transsexual “Penile Inversion Survivor” agrees with the radical feminist critique.