Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Protecting my freedom

I have the right to freedom of association not to allow trans* into womyn-only spaces. I have the right to choose whether to have an abortion, for any reason or no reason. I have the right not to have my tax dollars pay for a trans* to "transition." I have the right to speak out on all issues. But libertarianism is still wrong about everything.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Minimum wage

It is self-evident that we should raise the minimum wage, but plutocrats resist and argue that it will cost jobs. There's a very easy solution. Raise the minimum wage, and also pass a law forcing businesses to hire more minimum-wage earners. The fact that people don't acknowledge the wisdom of this solution just shows how much capitalists want to oppress us.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Trans activists really need to lighten up

From the always awesome GenderTrender:
Transsexuals’ histrionic response to every slight only confirms how flimsy their identity is.

Why are transsexual activists so sensitive to criticism? * * *

And the trans lobby is even more sensitive than that, reacting with censorious anger not only to insults but also to people’s allegedly incorrect use of language, to being called ‘a transsexual’, for example, rather than ‘a member of the trans community’. They even picket the offices of newspapers that have the temerity to piss them off. Why the extraordinary touchiness?

I think it reflects the fundamental flimsiness of the trans identity, the fragility of this so-called community. Transsexuals’ hopping-mad reaction to any perceived slight doesn’t confirm that they are a well-organised, increasingly cocky gang holding the world to ransom, as some have claimed. Rather it reveals the opposite – that this is a ‘community’ so sadly uncertain of its own claims, so instinctively aware of the largely phoney nature of its arguments, that it must protect itself from any form of public ridicule or questioning lest its facade be knocked down.

The rule of modern-day identity politics and offence-taking seems to be this: the less rooted and real one’s identity is, the more obsessed one becomes with erecting a forcefield around it in order to keep at bay awkward query-raisers.

In addition to showing the problem of the trans* cult, this shows why I am so proud to be a lesbian. We lesbians do not react to criticism in that way at all. When people criticize us, we do not engage in emotional outbursts, try to shut down all speech that is imperfectly adulatory of us, or become the word police. We are perfectly happy to discuss issues in a calm, rational, and adult manner.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mansplainin'

Yesterday, I ran into a group of people in which one person -- a man, of course -- was explaining the male point of view about their topic of conversation. First, no one cares, and second, being a man, he was completely wrong about everything. I interrupted to explain to him, in small bites so that he could understand, the reality of the male point of view. He responded with the extremely misogynist comment that he might possibly know his inner life better than I did. Yes, of course: Being a man, he was automatically right, and how dare a womon, especially a lesbian, ever question his infallibility.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Racism in dating

White racism in dating manifests itself in many ways. There are those who seek to date only other whites, which is clearly racist. There are others who seek to date only other races, which is racial fetishization and thus also racist. Still others date on a “colorblind” basis, but if you know anything about anti-racist discourse, you know that colorblindness is also racist.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trans "women" show their male conditioning.

It's often remarked that trans "women," who of course are not FAAB and never will be, let their masks slip and reveal the male conditioning that they received as boys by acting in typically privileged male fashion. For example, they tend to assume that their opinions are always important to be heard, even though other people's opinions aren't necessarily. Even the way they sit shows male privilege, as they sit to take up space. You never see authentic womyn, especially authentic lesbians, behaving in that way.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gay men invading lesbian-only spaces

We read here about how people other than lesbians incessantly try to appropriate lesbian-only space, including "gay guys from the Castro feeling they HAVE A RIGHT to be in the [SF Dyke] March." How would gay men feel if we lesbians demanded equal inclusion in gay-male-only spaces?