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Trans* are doing activism wrong. Srsly, they are.

June 3, 2012

A legitimate class-based discrimination analysis is 3-pronged, like this

What trans* activists do

When they aren’t busy doing this

Or…this

Or this

Or this

Or this

Or this

Or, you know, this

They must’ve never been copied on the memo, wherein all the civil rights movements that have come before them demonstrate how this is done.  When and if you first do the work, and show that your conclusions and reasoning are sound by presenting your position for serious scrutiny and defending it with actual proof, THEN you get to use shortcuts, like “refusing to educate” and demanding your “rights.”

To date, trans* activists have not done the work, but they appropriate the language of social justice movements — and their shortcuts — anyway.  FAIL, FAIL, FAIL, FAIL.

H/T to Gender Trender.  Click on images to visit image source sites.

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10 Comments
  1. June 3, 2012 8:39 am

    Reblogged this on kittybarber and commented:
    This is about as simple an explanation as there is.

  2. June 3, 2012 10:22 am

    Gawd I love this! Excellent.

  3. June 3, 2012 5:41 pm

    Trans women activists clearly have a case to make – against male violence. They are oppressed by the males who assault, rape and murder them. However, trans activists refuse to name male violence as the problem, because while they wish to be protected from it, they want to retain the male privilege of using it against women who disagree with them.

    Trans activism has made rapid progress with liberals in part because they give misogynist lefty beardos another excuse to think feminists need everything mansplained to them.

    Sane people would say you can’t just stamp your feet and shriek “I am not fucking MAAB” ala Julia Serano, but male foot-stamping is music to brocialist ears.

  4. June 3, 2012 7:59 pm

    hi magicpoppy

    no one is saying that transwomen deserve to get beaten up (by other men) or that this is not unfair. it is. its not class-based discrimination, though. trans are not a class, for one thing — who is included in the class? are there immutable characteristics there so that it can be defined? can anyone who wants inclusion in the class be included? are people who dont want to be included, included anyway? trans themselves cannot even be consistent with this, and some (but not others) want gender queers included too — the “trans umbrella” is very unweildy and at any rate *only* describes defiance of sex-role stereotypes, including the stereotype that everyone who is born male or female embraces that sex role uncritically and even happily. its sex-based discrimination, in other words. not trans-based. and sex-based discrimination is already accounted for under current law, we dont need another one.

    civil rights movements to not exist to redress hurt feelings, or harms to individuals (who arent members of classes) and its a complete twisting of history and reality to suggest otherwise. i think trans politickers are being manipulative assholes to suggest that they have a civil rights issue on their hands, rather than a case against male violence (as you say) and sex-based discrimination. they should prosecute any and all actions as sex-based discrimination cases — IOW legal enforcement of sex-role stereotypes, which is illegal — because thats what they are.

  5. magicpoppy permalink
    June 4, 2012 3:14 am

    Yes, I agree. They fail at defining their politics at every level. They simultaneously want to redefine biological females out of existence, and be part of the female class, but they also want to be their own special ultra-mega oppressed class as well. They reject third sex status, but they’ve basically invented one for themselves with the trans* gender identity. It’s just a big contradictory mess.

    Another thing that makes no sense is their insistence that females have no common issues with which to unite as a class, because uh, intersex people exist, and some women are born without vaginas etc., but trans women want to be considered part of a class called female. If I have nothing in common with you, FCM, as a woman, what do I possibly have in common with the nutty trans women like Valerie Keefe and the Tumblr trans loonies? Women’s clothing?

    Regarding “civil rights movements do not exist to redress hurt feelings,” which I also agree with, post-Peggy McIntosh privilege theory has completely obscured that fact, with all the idiot “privilege” lists we’re well aware of. Liberals seem unaware that there’s a difference between structural oppression and not getting what you want. It seems difficult to address the trans politics issue without addressing that mountain of liberal fail as well.

  6. Nicky permalink
    June 4, 2012 3:18 am

    I also agree because they seem to hijack the intersex community for their perverted gains as well. They have not done anything other than hijack the work that was done by women, lesbian and intersex people. They seem to not want to do the work, or they are the laziest group ever.

  7. June 5, 2012 11:50 am

    OH, I LOL’d. Thank you

    [rarely happens these days 😦 ]

  8. June 23, 2012 8:47 pm

    That man with the bat has made his way into my nightmares.

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