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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.
Continue reading “Exactly Who is Trans?”
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.
Continue reading “More like ShameFUL”
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.
Continue reading “Inclusivity, yay.”
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