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Transphobic Feminists are Misandrists.

Criminy, it’s been over a month since Amanda Marcotte called out trans-phobic feminists, for achieving the moniker of ‘radical feminists’.  What is ‘radical feminism’ isn’t being defined by feminists on their own–it’s another descriptor made by the patriarchal-media (I know, calling the media this is overkill, like calling something ‘cherry-red’) and Marcotte even giving text-service to this, is ringing the troll bell! I accept we live in a world of labels–but at one time ‘radical feminist’ had a different meaning, and it shouldn’t be given to a hateful bunch of women.

I stick by what I’ve always said: transphobic feminists are misandrists–and there’s nothing radical about being hateful. Women aren’t perfect, not by a long shot, and transphobic feminists that wish to divide those transpeople born to their situation, from those seeking to transition (they see transitioning M to F persons as ‘the enemy‘), well that shit is just hateful, and it’s another sign of the class distinctive, privileged crap, that continues to divide women in the feminist movement.

Don’t call them radical, call them exclusionary, or worse–just call them hateful. Personally, I can’t even begin to take hateful-feminists into consideration, until the CIS-priv stops and the judgement ceases.

PS – gone working most of the day, if you disagree, fine– keep it civil, but don’t hang out by your keyboard all day, I won’t be back until late this evening.  🙂

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4 thoughts on “Transphobic Feminists are Misandrists.”

  1. Almost but not quite right.

    http://poisonedwell.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/sharing-a-stage/

    If the trans-phobic sexist misadric bigots are feminists, than some aspect of feminism is trans-phobic sexist midandric bigotry. If you don’t stop calling these women feminists, than the perception that feminism is trans-phobic sexist misandric bigotry will continue to grow. If there is any hope to reclaim the label “feminist” as for equality, you need to stop labeling bigots as feminist.

  2. I agree with you. However, I do not think that there is anything radical about trans-feminists (or even transphobic feminists). Each of us are individuals, and we make our own choices and have our own stances. There is nothing radical about individuality.

  3. @genderneutrallanguage You make a valid point; defrock those that engage in hateful behavior–but I can’t bring myself to do that.

    Part of any movement will always be flawed, because we’re human. Human’s do things certain ways as a result of their life-experiences. To cite the example you linked, for every ten MLK’s, you’re going to have at least 3 Malcom X’s, even if they shared the same oppressive experiences; each of us carries within us the ability to cope, some of us have better coping skills than others. :/ Some will emerge destructive, others will emerge productive–but the need to stand together, that’s the trick. Destructive behavior is toxic, and humans just haven’t quite gotten the knack of latent social policing. Perhaps disenfranchising the bigots will make feminism a pure ideal, but in the eyes of the misogynists who also watch everything we do–it’ll just make us weak.

  4. @Gemini Gemma We are all different, and I’ve heard the expression that ‘women unifying for anything is like herding cats’. I find this to be bullshit, after all, women have spearheaded some of the greatest social movements this country has ever seen. When it is for the benefit of women, we do amazing things. I wonder if, because we’ve overcome so much in the past decades, that we now have time to reflect on what we don’t like, about each other. I find this sad, because men do this all the time–they judge, the select, they exclude, and they fight, one another all the time. It’s the human in us I suppose; I always dream that somehow, we females, are elevated enough to rise above that crap; but the institutional sexism that has thrived under centuries of patriarchy, just makes some of us so quick to emulate the bullshit that we should be despising.

    Bigotry can be radical, sure. Yet I was a kid in the 70’s, and a teen in the 80’s,and to me, radical feminism was Friedan, Steinem, and others that went on talk shows and spoke about equality–they made no apologies and laid out truth, in the face of ridicule that was considered ‘ok’ to dish out, because these women weren’t speaking for everyone. It effected me two-fold, as a girl, and a Jewish person. Seeing those ‘radicals’ up there, made me feel special about my gender, and my cultural identity. There were haters then, sure–but most of them were reactionary, not revolutionary. I don’t like the terms radical being applied to bigots in this particular case. 🙂

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