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Are you perpetuating sexism? An open letter to RainbowYOUTH and InsideOUT

How it sugars off for women and the tranz down in New Zealand:

Dear RainbowYOUTH and InsideOUT, I’m writing this letter in light of the influence your organisations have and work you do with youth in New Zealand, and in our schools and surrounding commun…

Source: Are you perpetuating sexism? An open letter to RainbowYOUTH and InsideOUT

 

And the reaction she encountered for speaking up:

Sisters Can’t Speak

Tranz Trances, Session 4

I decided that I would reprint a recent exchange that I had with an individual in the comments section of an article that was published in The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper  at the Unversity of Iowa.:

STRUT-ting In The Park:

276f737800000578-3033363-image-m-476_1428680465442Individuals of all shapes, sizes, genders, and sexual orientations strutted down a runway in heels in Hubbard Park on Thursday night for a good cause.

STRUT, a fashion show sponsored by Gamma Rho Lambda, University of Iowa Trans Alliance, Delta Lambda Phi, oSTEM (Out in STEM), and Spectrum UI gave people the opportunity to compete in a fashion show, with proceeds going to support United Action for Youth, a nonprofit that provides youths with a safe space and support in the area and have specific support for the LGBTQ community.

Individuals could pay $3 to wear heels and walk the runway or pay $10 to compete in categories including Hawkeye Pride, Executive Realness, Futuristic Fantasy, Throwback Thursday, Frightening Fierceness, and Glamazonian Glitter Extravaganza.

“We were actually inspired by a documentary, Paris is Burning. It’s a documentary that follows this idea of ball culture, which is a piece of queer history,” said Ben Ross, the president of Delta Lambda Phi. “Basically, people would get together and perform in various categories in celebration of being queer, and the documentary kind of profiles that.”

Ross said the other events of the week have been well-attended and supported.

“We connect teens to the community through art and music, and we provide a safe space — a place where people can express themselves and feel safe doing so,” said Jamie Ellis, a youth-development specialist for the United Action for Youth.

Ellis said it’s important to provide support and listen to LGBTQ youth, because it can be a challenging time in life.

Lydia Zhu, the winner of the first part of the STRUT competition, said she came to the event to support a good cause and a great community. It was not her first time on the runway.

“I was part of the Walk it Out board for the past few years at the University of Iowa, so I have some experience with stage walking,” she said.

Her best advice to people ready to strut down the runway is to “Be confident in yourself, because it shows. As long as you’re confident, other people will feel it, too.”

This is my comment and replies to my comment:

Jeanne Smith:
I am a 63 year old grandmother. In 1985 I sued my father for sexually assaulting me for the first 12 years of my life. I lost the suit in courts run by men, but I went to the legislature and changed the laws on child sexual abuse. I was part of the movement to shelter battered and raped women from the 70’s onward. It’s from this perspective that I am writing.

I wonder how the college and Iowa City community would feel about a group of white men who dressed in blackface and sang spirituals and ragtime all the while saying it was a celebration of their own culture. I believe people would find it offensive to celebrate the oppression of former slaves and current victims of police violence.

woman-falling-off-heelsThe stereotypes that this group is so cheerfully co-optating and celebrating are formulated by men to suit men’s tastes. Male privilege is what determines fashions and appropriate behavior for females. Male privilege creates and enforces what is known as “femininity.” Being feminine has nothing to do with being female. The “fashion” of high heels is all-of-a-piece with the “fashion” of female footbinding. We used to call high heels “rape shoes” because they impede a woman’s ability to avoid assault by running away.

Rape culture is rampant on college campuses. I am wondering why it’s ok to celebrate rape culture and the fetishization of female body parts. This type of display by groups that are supposedly all about sexual freedom makes me believe that it’s just the same old patriarchy in a dress. In order to create sexual equality between men and women so that gender roles become irrelevant we need to work toward the passage of an Equal Rights Amendment for women, ensure equal pay, childcare and reproductive freedom for women, and an end to rape culture. It’s time to shrink male privilege, not put on high heels and stagger down a runway.

Nolan Petersen: Vice Chair at Delta Lambda Phi Alumni Association:
This event was sponsored by a number of organizations, including organizations of women. Additionally, heels are not exclusively female, and to present them as such is ignorant of the history female impersonation and cross-dressing have in the queer community.
And finally, this was a fundraiser for a local youth organization which supports young people in the community who are gender or sexuality minorities, and if you have a problem with a drag show for charity then perhaps you are the one with priorities in the wrong place.

Nolan Petersen:
Also, as someone who wants to say that being feminine is much more than fashion, you are putting a lot of emphasis in how wearing heels is co-opting femininity, when in fact many of the gay men of which put together this event wear heels in their personal lives because gender normative clothing is an exhausting and outdated cultural restriction.

I don’t disagree, though, that men have put expectations on women and the female body in the form of fashion ‘rules’ and expectations, which have harmed and assaulted women for generations. This event, however, was pulling from the gender queering of drag, not the normative and damaging aspects of male-dominated ‘women’s fashion’s.

Jeanne Smith:
Nolan Petersen ,The fact that women were involved just proves Mary Daly’s contention about female tokens, i.e., fembots who parrot the patriarchal line: “Look! They do it to themselves!” And thus men are absolved of their responsibility for rape culture.

 Jeanne Smith:

https://www.acpeds.org/…/gender-ideology-harms-children

Jeanne Smith:

https://transwidow.wordpress.com/…/female-erasure…/

Editor Ruth Barrett writes: “This anthology brings together voices of more than forty six contributors celebrating female embodiment while exploring deeper issues of misogyny, violence and sexism in gender identity politics today, demonstrating the intentional silencing and erasure of living female realities.

These perspectives come at a time when gender politics and profits from an emerging medical transgenderism industry for children, teens, and adults inhibits our ability to have meaningful discussions about sex, gender, changing laws that have provided sex-based protections for women and girls, and the re-framing of language that erases females as a distinct biological class.

Through researched articles, essays, first-hand experience, story telling, and verse, these voices are needed to ignite the national conversation about the politics of gender-identity as a backlash to feminist goals of liberation from gender stereotypes, oppression and sexual violence.”

In different voices, this compendium of articles shows how transgenderism is erasing the reality of what it means to be a woman. There are some marvelous essays in Female Erasure that make this book the recent go-to analysis of gender identity as “an inherently misogynist idea.” Read the writings by medical and psychological professionals who tell us about the wrongs their professions have inflicted on transitioners, including children; the accounts of women caught in the vicious cycle of transitioning and the stories of young lesbians pressured to be ABF (Anything But Female); and the narratives of wives of men who would be women, wives who learned the hard way that “women are [not] actually real to these men.” These are only a few of the meaningful essays in this anthology that address the current travesty of gender identity orthodoxy. ~ Janice G. Raymond

Michelle Noonan:
Nolan Petersen
You should have said thank you to Jeanne. Thank you Jeanne for advocating for and supporting the many women you have over the years. Thank you Jeanne for ensuring that women were safe.
Thank you Jeanne. It is our fore sisters that have allowed current women to continue to fight patriarchy. Thank you. From one sister to another.

Jeanne Smith:
Transplaining Blows!

Nolan Petersen:
Transplaining? Yeah, your erasure of Trans identifies and Trans women in history is so progressive and ultra feminist of you. And Michelle, I only thank people who don’t insist on erasing the existence of my queer Brothers and Sisters to make a point–which Jeanne couldn’t help herself from doing. I won’t stand by and let bigoted womyn ruin an event which was created to celebrate diversity, support young, queer youth, and pay homage to the fashion and performance of drag for decades before either of your crusty bodies came into this world. If you can’t respect queer bodies and queer people, then your opinion on this matter is truly irrelevant, as this event is about queers supporting queers in queer spaces doing queer things–none of which needs your validation to do the good work it does. Enjoy your crusty existence supporting the structures of privilege that keep men in power and keep queers (and women) quiet, you despicable excuse for a feminist.

 

Jeanne Smith:
Nolan Petersen I would not risk subjecting myself to this kind of abuse if it weren’t for the fact that gender-identity ideology is erasing women and the work we have done to protect ourselves from the effects male privilege and it’s enforcement corollary, male violence against women, and effeminate men who violate the “man box.” And what is being done to non-gender-conforming children is just horrific. Children are being given hormones that cause cancer and mitochondrial damage in order to make them conform to the heterosexual sex caste system, along with mutilating surgeries which have their own set of risks.

(Link HERE)
AND:
http://www.newstatesman.com/…/how-society-failing
And why do “queer” people have a special right to their own spaces when women apparently do not have that right within the gender ideology universe. I am a student at UI and I have been trying to find safe space for women and it does not exist. When I type “women” into the UI search engine what comes up is the alphabet soup of LGBTQ. Women are being erased because gender ideology erases the distinction between biological sex and the gender roles that are violently imposed on boys and girls as they are growing up within this rapist culture. Sex is not gender. Sex is a physical reality, gender is a social construct. Nobody is born with the wrong social construct in their brain.

I looked up the Women’s Resource and Action Center and learned that “people of all identities” are welcome. Which means men who changed their surface appearance in order to look like the stereotype of the rapable sex class. They talk about “violence” and erase the fact that the violence is overwhelmingly done by male against females with the intent of keeping females subservient and afraid. I went to the Rape Victims Advocacy Center to find support for my post-incest issues and was informed that I have to share my support group with men who were raised as members of the rapist class who superficially look like women. When I write to these agencies or to the “Gender Studies Department” (women deleted, violence mentioned generally and not attributed to males and male privilege with women as the target) or the Daily Iowan to ask what the fuck is going on I am not even afforded the dignity of a reply. Who is silencing whom here?

I like people who aren’t hetereosexual. I don’t want anyone to be harmed by male violence, by not fitting into the “man box.” I am not the problem. I did my work to dismantle the sex caste system But, I don’t like it when gay men co-opt female culture, especially the parts that symbolize our slavery, and fetishize parts of female bodies in order to objectify and degrade females.

Have I made myself clear?
angry-old-woman

Tranz Trances, Session 4

I decided that I would reprint a recent exchange that I had with an individual in the comments section of an article that was published in The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper  at the Unversity of Iowa.:

276f737800000578-3033363-image-m-476_1428680465442Individuals of all shapes, sizes, genders, and sexual orientations strutted down a runway in heels in Hubbard Park on Thursday night for a good cause.

STRUT, a fashion show sponsored by Gamma Rho Lambda, University of Iowa Trans Alliance, Delta Lambda Phi, oSTEM (Out in STEM), and Spectrum UI gave people the opportunity to compete in a fashion show, with proceeds going to support United Action for Youth, a nonprofit that provides youths with a safe space and support in the area and have specific support for the LGBTQ community.

Individuals could pay $3 to wear heels and walk the runway or pay $10 to compete in categories including Hawkeye Pride, Executive Realness, Futuristic Fantasy, Throwback Thursday, Frightening Fierceness, and Glamazonian Glitter Extravaganza.

“We were actually inspired by a documentary, Paris is Burning. It’s a documentary that follows this idea of ball culture, which is a piece of queer history,” said Ben Ross, the president of Delta Lambda Phi. “Basically, people would get together and perform in various categories in celebration of being queer, and the documentary kind of profiles that.”

Ross said the other events of the week have been well-attended and supported.

“We connect teens to the community through art and music, and we provide a safe space — a place where people can express themselves and feel safe doing so,” said Jamie Ellis, a youth-development specialist for the United Action for Youth.

Ellis said it’s important to provide support and listen to LGBTQ youth, because it can be a challenging time in life.

Lydia Zhu, the winner of the first part of the STRUT competition, said she came to the event to support a good cause and a great community. It was not her first time on the runway.

“I was part of the Walk it Out board for the past few years at the University of Iowa, so I have some experience with stage walking,” she said.

Her best advice to people ready to strut down the runway is to “Be confident in yourself, because it shows. As long as you’re confident, other people will feel it, too.”

This is my comment and replies to my comment:
Jeanne Smith:

I am a 63 year old grandmother. In 1985 I sued my father for sexually assaulting me for the first 12 years of my life. I lost the suit in courts run by men, but I went to the legislature and changed the laws on child sexual abuse. I was part of the movement to shelter battered and raped women from the 70’s onward. It’s from this perspective that I am writing.

I wonder how the college and Iowa City community would feel about a group of white men who dressed in blackface and sang spirituals and ragtime all the while saying it was a celebration of their own culture. I believe people would find it offensive to celebrate the oppression of former slaves and current victims of police violence.

woman-falling-off-heelsThe stereotypes that this group is so cheerfully co-optating and celebrating are formulated by men to suit men’s tastes. Male privilege is what determines fashions and appropriate behavior for females. Male privilege creates and enforces what is known as “femininity.” Being feminine has nothing to do with being female. The “fashion” of high heels is all-of-a-piece with the “fashion” of female footbinding. We used to call high heels “rape shoes” because they impede a woman’s ability to avoid assault by running away.

Rape culture is rampant on college campuses. I am wondering why it’s ok to celebrate rape culture and the fetishization of female body parts. This type of display by groups that are supposedly all about sexual freedom makes me believe that it’s just the same old patriarchy in a dress. In order to create sexual equality between men and women so that gender roles become irrelevant we need to work toward the passage of an Equal Rights Amendment for women, ensure equal pay, childcare and reproductive freedom for women, and an end to rape culture. It’s time to shrink male privilege, not put on high heels and stagger down a runway.

Nolan Petersen: Vice Chair at Delta Lambda Phi Alumni Association

This event was sponsored by a number of organizations, including organizations of women. Additionally, heels are not exclusively female, and to present them as such is ignorant of the history female impersonation and cross-dressing have in the queer community.
And finally, this was a fundraiser for a local youth organization which supports young people in the community who are gender or sexuality minorities, and if you have a problem with a drag show for charity then perhaps you are the one with priorities in the wrong place.
Nolan Petersen:

Also, as someone who wants to say that being feminine is much more than fashion, you are putting a lot of emphasis in how wearing heels is co-opting femininity, when in fact many of the gay men of which put together this event wear heels in their personal lives because gender normative clothing is an exhausting and outdated cultural restriction.

I don’t disagree, though, that men have put expectations on women and the female body in the form of fashion ‘rules’ and expectations, which have harmed and assaulted women for generations. This event, however, was pulling from the gender queering of drag, not the normative and damaging aspects of male-dominated ‘women’s fashion’s.

 

Jeanne Smith:

Nolan Petersen ,The fact that women were involved just proves Mary Daly’s contention about female tokens, i.e., fembots who parrot the patriarchal line: “Look! They do it to themselves!” And thus men are absolved of their responsibility for rape culture.
 Jeanne Smith:


Editor Ruth Barrett writes: “This anthology brings together voices of more than forty six contributors celebrating female embodiment while exploring deeper issues of misogyny, violence and sexism in gender identity politics today, demonstrating the intentional silencing and erasure of living female realities.

These perspectives come at a time when gender politics and profits from an emerging medical transgenderism industry for children, teens, and adults inhibits our ability to have meaningful discussions about sex, gender, changing laws that have provided sex-based protections for women and girls, and the re-framing of language that erases females as a distinct biological class.

Through researched articles, essays, first-hand experience, story telling, and verse, these voices are needed to ignite the national conversation about the politics of gender-identity as a backlash to feminist goals of liberation from gender stereotypes, oppression and sexual violence.”

In different voices, this compendium of articles shows how transgenderism is erasing the reality of what it means to be a woman. There are some marvelous essays in Female Erasure that make this book the recent go-to analysis of gender identity as “an inherently misogynist idea.” Read the writings by medical and psychological professionals who tell us about the wrongs their professions have inflicted on transitioners, including children; the accounts of women caught in the vicious cycle of transitioning and the stories of young lesbians pressured to be ABF (Anything But Female); and the narratives of wives of men who would be women, wives who learned the hard way that “women are [not] actually real to these men.” These are only a few of the meaningful essays in this anthology that address the current travesty of gender identity orthodoxy. ~ Janice G. Raymond

 

Nolan Petersen:

Transplaining? Yeah, your erasure of Trans identifies and Trans women in history is so progressive and ultra feminist of you. And Michelle, I only thank people who don’t insist on erasing the existence of my queer Brothers and Sisters to make a point–which Jeanne couldn’t help herself from doing. I won’t stand by and let bigoted womyn ruin an event which was created to celebrate diversity, support young, queer youth, and pay homage to the fashion and performance of drag for decades before either of your crusty bodies came into this world. If you can’t respect queer bodies and queer people, then your opinion on this matter is truly irrelevant, as this event is about queers supporting queers in queer spaces doing queer things–none of which needs your validation to do the good work it does. Enjoy your crusty existence supporting the structures of privilege that keep men in power and keep queers (and women) quiet, you despicable excuse for a feminist.

 

Jeanne Smith:

Nolan Petersen I would not risk subjecting myself to this kind of abuse if it weren’t for the fact that gender-identity ideology is erasing women and the work we have done to protect ourselves from the effects male privilege and it’s enforcement corollary, male violence against women, and effeminate men who violate the “man box.” And what is being done to non-gender-conforming children is just horrific. Children are being given hormones that cause cancer and mitochondrial damage in order to make them conform to the heterosexual sex caste system, along with mutilating surgeries which have their own set of risks.

(Link HERE)
14681617_1819079668330133_3076915616078858266_nAND:
http://www.newstatesman.com/…/how-society-failing

And why do “queer” people have a special right to their own spaces when women apparently do not have that right within the gender ideology universe. I am a student at UI and I have been trying to find safe space for women and it does not exist. When I type “women” into the UI search engine what comes up is the alphabet soup of LGBTQ. Women are being erased because gender ideology erases the distinction between biological sex and the gender roles that are violently imposed on boys and girls as they are growing up within this rapist culture. Sex is not gender. Sex is a physical reality, gender is a social construct. Nobody is born with the wrong social construct in their brain.

I looked up the Women’s Resource and Action Center and learned that “people of all identities” are welcome. Which means men who changed their surface appearance in order to look like the stereotype of the rapable sex class. They talk about “violence” and erase the fact that the violence is overwhelmingly done by male against females with the intent of keeping females subservient and afraid. I went to the Rape Victims Advocacy Center to find support for my post-incest issues and was informed that I have to share my support group with men who were raised as members of the rapist class who superficially look like women. When I write to these agencies or to the “Gender Studies Department” (women deleted, violence mentioned generally and not attributed to males and male privilege with women as the target) or the Daily Iowan to ask what the fuck is going on I am not even afforded the dignity of a reply. Who is silencing whom here?

I like people who aren’t hetereosexual. I don’t want anyone to be harmed by male violence, by not fitting into the “man box.” I am not the problem. I did my work to dismantle the sex caste system But, I don’t like it when gay men co-opt female culture, especially the parts that symbolize our slavery, and fetishize parts of female bodies in order to objectify and degrade females.

Have I made myself clear?

angry-old-woman

Tranz Trances, Session 3

11800264_1479268932388342_1932913393874812129_nI have been thinking about what it was that triggered me into writing about the Tranz issue. I had been going along with it, reserving judgment, not taking it personally, not seriously questioning it, never confronting anyone who believed that tranzing was not only possible, but somehow virtuous and brave. This morning it came to me exactly what it was that turned the tide for me and gave me the courage to begin questioning this phenomenon in public.

maxresdefaultAmy Beede was a woman in the psychiatric survivor community of Vermont, a “frequent flyer,” as they describe people who are in and out of psychiatric hospitals on a regular basis. The first time I met Amy was in 1985. We had the same counselor, who was working with us on emotional problems connected with being sexually assaulted by our fathers during our childhoods. I met Amy at the psych unit at Central Vermont Hospital.

Amy had a lot of problems. She was put on a lot of drugs for a lot of different psychiatric diagnoses over the years and had trouble living independently in the community. But, obviously, the main problem was that she had been beaten and raped by her father throughout her childhood. In fact, many of the women I knew in Vermont who were trapped in the psychiatric system were victims of rape and incest, but this was covered up and denied by virtue of the fallacy promoted by psychiatry that emotional problems are brain diseases that must be medically managed with drugs.

I didn’t see Amy for several years, although I knew she’d had trouble at the VT State Hospital, where she was charged with assault for defending herself from attacks by psychiatric personnel. The last time I saw her was in 2012 on a bus to Burlington, VT. She had the affect of a person with dementia, speaking out inappropriately to people on the bus. Although she had known me in the past, she didn’t recognize me as we spoke. I attribute this to the brain-damage that is caused by psychiatric behavior-control chemicals. 

amos-beedeThen, this past summer of 2016, I found out something truly horrific. Amy had changed her sex to male, calling herself “Amos,” and she had been murdered while homeless in Burlington, VT.

Of course, the Tranz activists bemoan this as a typical attack on transgendered people, which is a terrible reality. But here’s my problem: Why did none of the doctors who “treated” Amy for her supposed “mental disease” of “Gender Identity Disorder”  consider her trauma history when they agreed to prescribe her cancer causing hormones? I don’t know if she had actually undergone the surgical mutilation that is plastic surgery on her genitals and the slicing off of her breasts, but that was the next logical step in this horrific progression. Why did insurance pay for this kind of treatment when what she really needed was a good trauma counselor with an understanding of the sexual caste system and sexual violence against women? Why is nobody talking about this? I tried to talk about this with mutual friends on Facebook and was promptly silenced.

I was shocked by all this news and all the more so, because this could very easily have been my story. Amy and I have similar histories and similar experiences with the mental corrections system;  the same doctors and hospitals and counselors in Vermont. There is something very wrong with the medical system, there is something chillingly wrong with a psychiatric system that would recommend an operation on a woman’s body to change her so that she APPEARS to be male but not make sure that a severely traumatized individual HAS A FUCKING PLACE TO LIVE. What kind of priority is that? It’s an ECONOMIC priority. The made money from diagnosing her as “gender dysphoric” and prescribing her hormones. There’s no money in telling the truth, avoiding medical harm and struggling for social justice for rape and incest victims.

Amy died because incest is soul murder. It destroyed her sense of self and made her vulnerable to the social control agents of the Corporate-Industrial Medical Corrections System. It put her on the street and made her a murder victim. They had given her drugs to control her behavior that affected her hormones  and they kept hammering home the message that her problems were the result of genetic brain chemical imbalances and not simply the result of being battered and sexually assaulted by her father. And thus she came to believe that the solution to the problem of being in the rapable class, i.e., female, was to become male.

 

sad-depressed-little-girl-sitting-near-wall-grunge-34480298

Tranz Trances, Session 2

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. I heartily wish I had taken heed of her message the first around.

Erasing Women

I came to this college town 3 years ago,  I lived for nine months in a student housing coop.  I went to a local rape crisis center looking for support for my post-incest trauma, I considered connecting with a woman’s center associated with the university and I became involved with an arts organization. And what I noticed happening in all of these organizations was the arrival of the Tranz and the beginning of the erasure of women.

The housing coop had Tranz members and at every meeting we had to go around the circle and state our pronoun preferences so that no-one would be mistaken for the sex they were born as. The rape crisis center did not deal with male violence against women, but with gender-based violence. The woman’s center welcomes “people of all genders.” (although I think they recently changed it to “people of all identities”.) They also state that they work toward “Violence Prevention,” neatly erasing the fact that the overwhelming majority of interpersonal violence is committed by men against women.  When I wrote to them and tried to engage them on why this might be a problem, I was ignored. They did not even afford me the dignity of a reply. The arts group includes a man pretending to be a woman. And I am forbidden to say anything about these lies, lest I be marked as an evil bigot. I chose to abandon these groups rather than to confront what I see as blatant violence against women in the form of the Tranz sado-ritual that I am not allowed to question.

witches_being_hangedIn 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:

  1. obsession with purity.
  2. abdication of personal responsibility to authorities.
  3. “catching on” and spreading from the elite to the poor.
  4. scapegoating victims and setting up “token torturers”
  5. compulsion: orderliness, repetition, fixation on minute details.
  6. normalization of atrocities through conditioning.
  7. legitimatization by authoritative scholarship.

For the purpose of this Session I want to focus on element lll:

Element III

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.

Raised To Be Silenced

Another clue as to the phallocratic nature of Tranz phenomenon, i.e., that is about males taking over female space and obliterating female reality, is illustrated by this personal experience of mine:

sad-depressed-little-girl-sitting-near-wall-grunge-34480298The condition of belonging to the male-dominant, misogynistic family I was born into was that I had to keep silent about being raped by male family members and take the blame for these rapes when they became too egregious for others to ignore. My father continually warned me that if I told anyone what he was doing I would lose my family. I did speak up, I sued him in court. And now I have no family.

downloadThe condition for my belonging to the housing coop or the rape crisis center or the women’s center or the arts group was that I had to keep silent about men pretending to be women (less frequently, vice versa) who are forcing others to go along with the lie that it’s ok to mutilate your body to match some artificial social role that was dreamed up by patriarchy in order to enforce women’s slavery. I chose to walk away from the social groups that are silencing me. But, I have this blog where I can tell the truth about my experience.

I see an exact parallel of oppression in these two situations. The shame associated with talking about incest is the same shaming and being pressured into silence that surrounds the Tranz phenomenon. Which makes it about male privilege and sexual violence against women and not about liberation and equality between the sexes.

 

 

One Billion Rising

These are videos of the One Billion Rising phenomenon. One in three women has survived sexual assault. One sixth of the entire human race.

 

This one is very disturbing and very powerful:

 

This is the official video of the flashmob dance, Break The Chain:

 

And this is a video that I shot in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on Valentine’s Day 2013:

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