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When you see the misogyny being spread and brought to bear on a public figure like Jk Rowling an ardent supporter of female and trans individual’s rights. It would seem that most of the gender cult seems to think that their set of views exists in a societal vacuum as if their declarations are formed with nothing but the purest intent…

Of course, as with all male power projects, the woman hating is off the scale as woman who dare try to defend female rights and boundaries are immediately targeted with the most vile and misogynistic abuse.

Yep, no male entitlement or bigotry (n.The character or mode of thought of a bigot; obstinate and unreasonable attachment to a particular creed, opinion, practice, ritual, or party organization; excessive zeal or warmth in favor of a party, sect, or opinion; intolerance of the opinions of others.) to be found here. The abuse women receive because they will not bend the knee to the gender delusions of men illustrate how profoundly misogynistic gender ideology is.

See Glinner’s full post here.

Twitter usually isn’t the best place to find valuable insights into complex topics and ideas.  I do like to be proven wrong though, and that was very much the case when I saw this thread by “H”.  This person precisely identifies a several key points where the ideology of transgender has gone markedly afoul.  Much has to do with the correspondence between their activism and narcissistic male entitlement.

 

Common threads do exist between feminism and the trans movement.  The current focus though of putting the validation of (usually) men’s gender-delusions ahead of female rights makes progress in this area difficult at best.

One of the axis the transgender debate swirls around is access to washrooms and change-rooms. The argument from the TRA’s is simply this: A person should use the washroom of the gender (sex) they identify as. Please note I put the word sex in parenthesis there as it is one of huge linguistic obstacles in the argumentative form of the the debate, more on this aspect later (as in different post later).

The problems with this argument are multitudinous, but I hope to cover the main points of contention. Firstly the immutability of sex in the human species, secondly the effect of socialization on males and females, and thirdly the sex classes and how they interact in society.

It should go without saying, but yet it must be said – One cannot change their natal sex. Therefore it does not matter how many gendered stereotypical practices and mannerisms a man adopts, his quest to be a woman will never come to fruition. He shall always be male, despite whatever feelings of gender he happens to possess. Now certainly, given enough money and time under the plastic surgeon’s knife, a man can be made to look like a women, but looking like and being a woman reside in two completely different categories. Plus, there are no standards defining what a transwoman actually is and with proposed self-id laws all it takes is a simple declaration by man to say he is a woman. The potential for abusive males to use self-id to gain access to female only spaces is a clear and present danger to females in society.

Secondly from birth, males and females are treated differently by their parents, peers, and people in society. The patriarchal gender norms in which we are inculcated with do not magically get programed on day, but are a result of a constant exposure to a set of normative values, that by default, channel men into dominant positions and roles in society and women into submissive ones.

The life long exposure to this unequal gendered treatment is not forgotten with a simple declaration of gender. Thus, it is fairly common to see TRA’s being quite vocal and aggressive in their activism because as males they are used to their voices being heard the first time and their opinion actually mattering in social situations. So if the male socialization remains intact even after the nebulous transition process – whatever it may be – then the corrosive patriarchal attitudes toward women also remain intact, along with all the male behaviours (objectification, predation,  et al). that necessitate female only spaces in the first place.

Thirdly, since we cannot change our sex class the assumptions of females regarding men identifying as women remain the same. Males are responsible for the vast majority of violence perpetrated against women in society, how they ‘identify’ with their gender is irrelevant to the safety of females. This reason alone is enough to preserve single sex spaces in society.

 

The twitter snip is just one facet of what men will say to justify the invasion of female spaces.  The assertion Owen Jones make is risible from the start, because in most cases we can successfully identify members of the opposite sex.  We’ve been doing it for thousands of years as it is part of the necessary task of keeping the species going.  So no, no Genital Inspection Unit is necessary, men just need to keep out of female spaces.

 

Gail Dines bringing it home, as always, with cogent analysis and the material facts about the situations women and men face in our culture.

Our second installment here at DWR of what those wacky transactivists have to argue with when confronted with people who will not take the knee and accept the tenets of their misogynistic gender religion.

I have yet to see any feminist (gender critical or not) state that trans people do not deserve human rights.  It would be very nice to see a list of rights that trans individuals do not already possess under the law.  One must keep in mind though, that forcing others to accept and play along with your personal identity (gender or otherwise) is *NOT* a right.

You may indeed feel like you are 100% the opposite sex, but no provision in a free society, forces people to share that view with you.

So, like many of the TRA statements, they are arguing against ideas and statements that have not been made by their opponents.  The straw is heavy in most cases, as here is what Rowling actually has said –

 

So. remember folks to argue cogently, please try and address what the other side is saying, not your (often emotive) ‘hot take’ on what you think they are saying.

Being on Twitter is something of a mixed blessing, as being able to network and share with other feminists is a good thing, but the downside is that one gets to see the staggering amount of righteous misogyny and stupidity that is being arrayed against females on social media. The nuclear level of ignorance and tribalism is quite something to behold.

I’d like to share some of the regressive gems of anti-wisdom I’ve had the displeasure of coming across on my journeys through Twitterland. This is also my enticement to myself to start writing and thinking again in a medium that can handle more than one terse, short paragraph.

So here we go with gem number one:

The notion that feminism, to be “good” feminism must be “inclusive”.  A derivative of this argument is for feminism to be good, it must be intersectional, but that is another post.

 

Feminism is the struggle, by females, to emancipate themselves from the patriarchal structures/normative values of society.  So, for instance working for rape crisis centres where females can be safe from their abusers, or campaigning to changing the laws that restrict female reproductive autonomy would be examples of effective feminism in action.  Whichever material aspect of society that needs to be addressed the actions of feminists are meant to benefit everyone who belongs to the class we call female.

That, in effect, is inclusive feminism.  It is a feminism that advances the rights of all women.  Sadly I must put in this rejoinder, by woman I mean adult human females.

There is a notion that exists, as the tweet indicates, that feminism to be ‘important’ must also include men and their needs in feminist action.

This notion, is patently false.

Any feminism that includes males in the equation must be looked upon with a healthy dose of skepticism because the primary people who stand to lose a bit of their standing in society or change their ways, are men.  Thus including men, who currently benefit from the status quo, in feminist action is a risky endeavour.  Many men lack the theoretical background, empathy, and understanding of what it is like to be raised as a woman in our society and tend to make the feminism that includes them, about them – which then categorically disqualifies it as feminist action.

So, when you see the inclusion angle being played, be wary of exactly who the person in question want to include in their version of feminism.

 

I’m kinda sad that basic information needs to be reiterated.  Gender is a toxic social construct that is harmful to women and men.

 

The solution is to get rid of gender stereotypes and let people be people with personalities.  The end.  It is that simple.

 

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