TRANS FEMINISM: THERE’S NO CONUNDRUM ABOUT IT

TRANS FEMINISM: THERE’S NO CONUNDRUM ABOUT IT

CHAPTER FIVE

Did the title of this chapter make you laugh? Fuck you, transphobe. There’s  no conundrum because I say so.

In March of 2012, Ms. Magazine’s blog ran a month-long “Future of Feminism” series, which was billed as “celebrating organizations and ideas that represent the future of feminism.” The author of the series covered a variety of topics, and portrayed them all—even those that have generated significant debate within feminism—in a generally positive light. The glaring exception to this was her article on trans feminism (ominously entitled “Transfeminism and Its Conundrums”), which framed the movement as a “controversy” that is fundamentally incompatible with certain basic tenets of feminism. Did I point out that the author of this piece is really pro-trans and has harassed lesbian feminists on behalf of men, I mean transwomen? No? well fuck you, she didn’t do enough. Continue reading

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ON BEING A WOMAN

ON BEING A WOMAN

CHAPTER THREE

Did the title of this chapter make you laugh? It did? DIAF.

A friend of mine was asked to write about being a femme for a queer women’s event. She wasn’t quite sure where to begin. “It’s hard to write about being a girl,” she said, and I knew exactly what she meant.  Because even though I am male, was born male, raised male, etc., no one knows more about being a Woman than a Man. I mean, we’ve been both, so we know more than you. Also, no one believes what women say anyway, so listen up, vagina bearers!

For some time, I’ve been trying to write my own poem about what it means to be a woman. But every time I pick up my pen, I’m afraid that I’ll paint myself into a corner, betrayed by words forged from soft vowel sounds and weak, diminutive connotations. Cause women are soft and diminutive. Like, if they aren’t, they are probably transmen, like that awful Cathy Brennan. She’s totally a man, her penis is way bigger than mine. I read that on the Internet, so I know it’s true. Continue reading

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ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, LIKE THE RAPEY CREEP I AM

PART ONE

ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

CHAPTER TWO

AUGUST 2003.

When we hear story after story set in a landscape that we have never set foot in before, we can’t help but create our own mental picture of that place.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fantazied about a woman’s locker room before I finally got to go in one! Boy was that great. I realized only as my wife Dani and I turned off a dirt road and up to the welcome center that I always imagined that Camp Trans would resemble pictures I had seen of Woodstock, with tents strewn everywhere and people buzzing about busily with a sense of purpose and energy, with a sense that they were a part of history. But Camp Trans looked nothing like that. It was set on a modest-sized clearing in the middle of the woods. Cars were parked close to the entrance, tents tucked away just out of sight behind the trees. There was a main congregating area, where campers were slurping up the vegan miso soup that was being served for lunch. Everyone was way more mellow than I had imagined, perhaps because they had been baking in the ninety-degree heat for close to a week now.

And why were they there? Because the #1 oppression facing Transwomen is that we are not allowed to go to the Michgan Womyn’s Music Festival. Because we are Male.

And this, quite simply, makes the MWMF Hitler. Continue reading

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A WORD ABOUT MY WORDS

A WORD ABOUT MY WORDS

CHAPTER ONE

Any disagreements within feminist and queer politics stem from language. Forget about the fact that Lesbians, as Women, have different life experiences (LIVED EXPERIENCE) because there is no such thing as “shared girlhood” or “menstruation” or “developing breasts.” It’s all about language. So in order to avoid such confusion, in this chapter I will define many of the basic terms that I will use throughout this book, often with an accompanying explanation for why I have chosen certain words over others. So make sure you DOG EAR THIS SECTION OF THE BOOK, because you’ll need to refer to this section A LOT as MY definition of words often doesn’t match the ACTUAL definition of these works.

While I cannot promise that all readers will agree on the terms I use or how I define them, I do believe that knowing where I am coming from, and what precisely I am trying to convey, is crucial to understanding many of the ideas that I forward in this book. In other words, use my cult language so you can be in my cult. And if you don’t get it, or reject it, you’re just a bigot. Continue reading

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INTRODUCTION

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Deluded: Making Stupid Women Suck My Dick

By Julia Serano

INTRODUCTION

All transwomen have been deluded at some point in our lives. Indeed, we are deluded right now, as we continue to “believe” that we are women. Because of that, for some reason that we CANNOT figure out, we are sometimes excluded from certain spaces I’ll call hatebigotfest spaces, but Actual Women might call “women-only space.” Like, who are these Women not to believe us when we say we are Women? It’s infuriating that they don’t bow down to our lived experience!

In order to change this, I decided to co-opt an entire theoretical framework – it used to be called “feminism” – and center it around myself. And I noticed how much attention liberals gave to those of us who were able to rattle off all of the ways in which we are “oppressed.” Like, oooh, I know, some of us honkin’ 6’4” transwomen are excluded because of our size (and our Adam’s apples). And  class, or age, or race, or nationality, or religion, or education, or interests, or ability, yadda yadda yadda.  Oh and also, it’s very important to make sure that these same liberals understand that Lesbians – you know, actual women who love women, are the most oppressive people on the Planet (I am not calling it Mother Earth anymore because cissexism). So, transwomen are excluded because of different forms of sexism—that is, double standards based on one’s sex, gender, or sexuality. And never mind that lesbians are often marginalized for being gender nonconforming. It’s Transwomen who are most undermined and excluded by our culture’s male/masculine centrism —that is, the assumption that male and masculine people and perspectives are more legitimate than, and take precedence over, female and feminine ones.  I say that without any sense of irony that it’s only because I used to be a Man that I got this sweet book deal to write this stream of rape culture consciousness book. Continue reading

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