I just got tired of seeing white trans women use and manipulate the stories of WOC and their very real troubles in the world and in feminist movements as a means to attack white feminists. It never felt like a genuine attempt to support WOC, but rather an attempt to divide and conquer.
The trans community lost me as a supporter when I simply requested that women discussions NOT be interrupted with disclaimers and ‘trigger warnings’ and then I started being attacked by them. Ironically enough, the same ones who attacked me AGREED that groups NEED their own discussions without being derailed, but when I included women in that, suddenly it was a ‘problem’. So I guess that I as a WoC can’t even have a say in a discussion about WOMEN. Typical silencing BS. NO ONE will tell me not to talk about MY body and thne expect me to accept ‘trans’ individuals as ‘real’ women.
A paltry understanding of female genital cutting in Africa leads some on this blog to contend that you can’t compare “our” practice of male “circumcision” with theirs because it’s always so much “worse” for girls. Fact is, North American media has exploited the most sensational aspects of “their” practice while downplaying the harm done by “ours”. In truth, there’s a range of mutilation associated with both practices (some aboriginal cultures submit their sons to hemi-castration and others dorsal penile flaying). Even the American Academy of Pediatrics admits that the typical infant male circumcision in U.S. hospitals removes far more erogenous tissue than that in the lesser forms of female circumcision (FGM), yet laws against FGM do not make exceptions based on how much tissue is removed or whether it was done with a religious motivation. And rightly so. It’s time we all recognized that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes bodily integrity as an absolute right, not a relative right based on culture. This right is also asserted in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which Somalia (with no functioning government) and the United States are the only remaining non-signatories. See: Attorneys for the Rights of the Child arc-law.org
A guy I grew up with his penis needed a skin graph from his scrotum since the surgeon totally fucked up his penis when they were cutting it!
Wow, that’s terrible. Now stop spamming my blog with your sob story, this isn’t the blog for your penis woes. This blog is called Peak Trans, not Peak Prick or some such.
My peak trans moment came after I spent more than a year working on a thesis about young women’s (18-) access to abortion. I began following abortion related posts on tumblr, and found trans women and their allies jumping into every single discussion, crying “cissexism”, editing author’s words, and generally being the worst allies to women possible. I realized that anyone who is so self centered that they have to make an issue as big and important as reproductive rights all about themselves/gender neutral language just sucks.
When Julia Serano complained in April that feminists had spent too much time “over the last month” fighting the War on Women and that it made transwomen feel alienated, THEN tried to frame it as some kind of feminist move because hey, pre-pubescent girls, post-menopausal women, and infertile FABs aren’t concerned about reproductive issues either, amirite?!? Jesus Christ.
If it was just that one thing, I’d have chalked it up to the movement having one high-profile crackpot and called it a day, but things like this KEEP HAPPENING and I’m starting to realize that not only do a lot of transactivists have no idea of what it’s like to grow up and live as a female in this world (hm i wonder why) but that they couldn’t possibly care less.