A million times YES to this.
In his 2007 article The Emperor’s New Words: Language and Colonization, David Gonzales Nieto discusses colonization, defined by Oxford dictionary as either 1) The action or process of settling among and establishing control over the indigenous people of an area or 1a) The action of appropriating a place or domain for one’s own use. Gonzales Nieto discusses the role colonizers’ usurpation of native languages plays in the domination and oppression of native cultures. Citing psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer Franz Fanon, Gonzalez Nieto writes, “as part of the process of colonization, the colonizer endeavours to redefine the world and present it as a fixed reality to which the oppressed must adapt. ‘The colonized is elevated above his jungle status in proportion to his adoption of the mother country’s cultural standards’” (p. 231). The colonizers’ views of native people as inherently inferior, and of themselves as inherently superior, meant that they saw their worldview as the only real one; thus, if a native should accept their inferiority by adopting the colonizers’ view, they would prove themselves better than their fellow natives.
How does this relate to the issue of gender identity you wonder? Well, up until recently, humanity seemed to have agreed on the Oxford definition of a woman: adult human female. However, lately, it is seen as transphobic- and self-hating if said by a trans person– to say that a biological male/transwoman cannot be a woman. We are told that “transwomen are women”, and if we do not repeat the lie, we are branded bigots. Women are now told that we must call ourselves, and accept being called, “cis”; short for cisgender, cis was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015, and refers to “a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex. Compare with transgender”. We should refer to ourselves as cis-women to denote that we are not trans, instead of transwomen simply referring to themselves as trans, which would automatically denote they are not biological women, and leave females to the words we have always used to describe ourselves: woman/women.
Not only do female humans no longer have a claim to the word woman, we apparently should also refrain from discussing menstruation, pregnancy and abortion as women’s issues, because to do so makes females who identify as transmen uncomfortable and excludes males who identify as transwomen because they will never have those experiences. Further, because females no longer have a claim to the word woman, we have also lost ownership of the word mother. We all know that it is not only women who physically give birth to children who can be mothers, but, prior to recently, being female was a requirement for the title. No longer. Not only can a male be a mother, he can beat out thousands of other hardworking females for the title of working mother of the year. To point out the fact that never in the known history of humanity has a male human given birth, menstruated or needed an abortion is deemed transphobic and exclusionary. Instead, we are instructed to feed this dissociation from reality by offering tips on how transmen can feel more manly on their periods or validating that transwomen can also have period symptoms. Continue reading “The Colonization of Womanhood”
A brief foreword: this is the conclusion to my series of essays on race and the feminist movement. Parts 1, 2, and 3 can all be accessed here. The following knowledge was acquired at great personal expense. Use it how you will. Dedicated to every woman – Black, brown, and white – who has sustained me through sisterhood.
Whenever I discuss racism in the feminist movement, this question is invariably asked as a result: white women wonder “what, specifically, can I do about racism? How can I create solidarity with women of colour?” It’s a complicated question, which I have been considering closely for over a year now, and there is no one simple answer. Instead, there are many answers, of which none are static and all of which are liable to shift in relation to context. The reality of the situation is that there is no quick…
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“The female is a female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities; we should regard the female nature as afflicted with a natural defectiveness.” – Aristotle
“The male is by nature superior, and the female inferior; and the one rules, and the other is ruled.” – Aristotle
Apparently, we’re back in ancient Greece, because the basic premise of Aristotle’s statement is taken to its most tangible conclusion with trans ideology, which is the most ass-backwards, illogical, misogynist wave of antifeminism to date. Radical feminists—or any woman who knows penis is male (cause it is)—are accused of reducing women to our genitals when we assert that female biology is far too complex to transition into via any medical procedure, and that our female biology is not an identity, but a visceral, real, and immutable quality of womanhood. Huge, glaring issues with trans ideology:
1. By taking a male human being…
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Almost overnight the topics of gender identity and transgender bathroom access became national headlines, and for the past year, the trans lobby has used memes, slanderous articles, and political force to shut down and label as bigots anyone who voiced a concern about one’s gender identity being used to access sex-segregated spaces instead of one’s biological sex. It has also spent a great deal of time reiterating the dangers that transwomen face in restrooms with other biological males, while ignoring the dangers that women also face from males, and decrying that transwomen JUST WANT TO PEE! But what exactly does transgender mean and who all does it include?
According to the National Center for Trans Equality (NCTE), “the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization” for trans people, the term transgender refers to “people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Transgender is a broad term and is good for non-transgender people to use”. Compare this to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) definition of transsexual: “The term transsexual refers to people whose gender identity is different from their assigned sex. Often, transsexual people alter or wish to alter their bodies through hormones, surgery, and other means to make their bodies as congruent as possible with their gender identities”. Does that mean transsexuals and transgendered people are the same? Yes, and no. Transsexuality describes a very specific subset of transgender, which is an “umbrella term” that encompasses many identities, including transsexuals, cross-dressers, the genderqueer, non-binary individuals and those who identify with no gender.
I recognize that Shameless isn’t exactly highbrow comedy, but the last two episodes really threw my sensibilities for a loop; in them the audience was asked to find humor in young children living with a pedophile and trafficker, while also being asked to take seriously a female character who has multiple vibrators/dildos/strap-ons she calls her dick, and to be sensitive to “girl fags” and people who call themselves Zie or Ve. Yeah, no. Excerpts from the relevant parts of the episodes I’m referring to are below with some commentary sprinkled in.
Relevant character and background info: Svetlana is a “sex worker” from Russia who is legally married to Veronica, though Veronica and Kevin are married as well (not legally); essentially they’re a sister-wife couple. Svetlana has a young son from a previous fake marriage and Kevin and Veronica have young twin daughters. When Veronica was having trouble conceiving, she convinced her mother to have sex with Kevin so she could get pregnant and give Veronica the baby.
Launched as the first female deodorant in 1956, Secret is still the Proctor and Gamble company’s only deodorant line for females, while it has its Gillette and Old Spice brands for males. Now, in a new ad featuring a transwoman, Secret claims there’s no “wrong way” to be a woman. Well, I say biology disagrees. The “wrong” way to be a woman is to be male. Being an adult human female are the only two requirements for womanhood. That’s it. Meet those two and you’re welcome into the club! If you only meet the female part, well you’re still in girlhood, but girl, you’ll be a woman soon enough, so no worries. However, if you don’t meet the central requirement- being female- no entry into girlhood or womanhood for you. That’s not bigotry; that’s biology.
But here we have a brand, built by the sweat and pockets of females, that has decided that “female”, like “woman”, really doesn’t refer to any specific group of people. Are they going to put trans men in their Old Spice and Gillette ads now too?
Doubtful, because men aren’t expected or socialized to acquiesce to female desires or demands unless there’s sex involved, whereas women are socialized to not upset males from girlhood. Beat a boy you like at a game or sport and he may not like you anymore. Turn a guy down or don’t give him your number and you could possibly end up dead. Men fear no such reactions from women. This is why it is really no surprise that it is women’s spaces that are being taken over. It is women who cannot be named and who must now be referred to as pregnant people and menstruators and who should look for ways to queer their periods for inclusivity’s sake.
I forgot this blog even existed. Looking through the last posts it’s almost like someone else was writing it. So much has happened in 6 years! Seriously, wow. I think I might have to take this up again just as a space to vent. But then again, looking through some old posts, I realized I may need to vent a little less. LOL