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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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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