In this Session I will be dis-enchanting the Tranz Trance with a bit of scholarship from famed gyno/ethicist, Mary Daly. I recently picked up her book Gyn/Ecology after 30 years and the effect of reading it now as an old woman is nothing less than shattering.
In her book Gyn/Ecology, Daly discusses The Pattern of the Sado-Ritual Syndrome. The Sado-Ritual Syndrome is the patriarchal method of behavior-control for women, including suttee, or widow-burning, footbinding, female castration, the European witchcraze and modern gynecology and psychiatry. This is my synopsis of the seven features of this syndrome:
- obsession with purity.
- abdication of personal responsibility to authorities.
- “catching on” and spreading from the elite to the poor.
- scapegoating victims and setting up “token torturers”
- compulsion: orderliness, repetition, fixation on minute details.
- normalization of atrocities through conditioning.
- legitimatization by authoritative scholarship.
For the purpose of this Session I want to focus on element lll:
These ritualized practices have an inherent tendency to “catch on” and spread, “since they appeal to imaginations conditioned by the omnipresent ideology of male domination. Moreover, since the patriarchal imagination is hierarchical, there is a proliferation of atrocities from an elite to the upwardly aspiring lower echelons of society.”
I see this element very clearly in the Tranz fad. It is chiefly a trend of upper class white males who can afford the doctors and chemicals and surgery and the time off from labor to recuperate. The Tranz fad is in fact spreading into every corner of my world, places such as rape crisis and women’s centers, where previously I could expect safety as a woman and where I could voice my opinion. And now I am constrained from speaking up about my recognition of Tranzing as an atrocity against women. I am certain that if I extended my analysis I could find all seven elements being expressed within the Tranz phenomenon.
The Tranz fad is not about liberation of the sexes and freedom of sexual expression, although this is the ad copy that is being presented. It is nothing less than the new face of Goddess Murder, another face of the sado-ritual practices that silence and oppress women, in this case the underlying idea is that males who Tranz are more womanly than women and women who Tranz are sacrificing their womanhood, in the time-honored tradition. As long as there is a gender caste system, there will be an unequal power dynamic between the sexes. Changing your pronoun and/or chopping off/mutilating your sex organs does not change your sex, it only reinforces the terrible sex ROLES that we are forced to inhabit by the threat of violence from males.