The trans umbrella


Who is under this trans umbrella? Well, anyone really. In order to get their numbers up and gain supporters, they will include any group – including those groups that have opposing views – under the “trans umbrella”.


Under the trans umbrella:

The intersex situation is often appropriated by trans and transactivists, to try and ‘prove’ the trans case, which it does not. The intersex have their own views and want to be left the fuck alone by trans. Besides, there is no actual comparison between the medical intervention taken (in some cases, not always desired) to deal with a congenital ambiguity, vs hacking off healthy body parts where there was no problem to begin with.

The genderqueers do not wish to conform to gender role stereotypes or appearance, but the trans do almost nothing but trying to uphold the gender stereotypes and appearances (otherwise, they actually would be genderqueer). Not sure if the genderqueers have told trans to fuck off or not, but they probably should.

The crossdressers (which are primarily males dressing as females). Most of this bunch don’t even believe they are actually ‘women’, they have a thing for women’s clothing, a fetish. They don’t want any surgery to bodily become ‘woman’. Half the time, they dress as men (reaping the benefits of men) during the week, and play girly dress-ups on the weekend for kicks. This does not add any legitimacy to the trans cause at all. In fact, some sexual predators are dressing as ‘women’ in order to get closer to their victims.

Well, that’s a bunch of strange bedfellows, considering that the first two probably don’t even want to be associated with trans. So, who is not included under the trans umbrella?

Not under the trans umbrella:

‘cis’ people. The ones supposedly happy with biological sex matching their assigned gender role. Well frankly, the only ones I could see being happy as ‘cis’ would be MAABs enjoying all their male privileges. FAABs, not so much, hence our little feminism thing we have been harping on about for the last few hundred years. Yet, you know who gets called ‘cis’ more often? Not MAABs, the most likely group to be ‘cis’, but FAABs, the most likely to be unhappy about the stupid gender roles.

Radical feminists. This group of FAABs are extremely angry at the gender roles and the treatment we receive because we were born with a female body. All that ‘gender dysphoria’ stuff applies to us, but we don’t think we are trans-anything. We are female, and we know what shitty treatment we get as females. Quoting Joy at IBTP (link below):

My insides don’t match my outsides, either.
Inside, I’m a human being. Outside, I’m a woman.
In a world with no gender, there would be no dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria cannot exist without ‘gender’. Now as gender, as in gender roles, are a load of crock, so too is gender dysphoria. So thankfully radfems don’t belong in your little trans party of self-legitimising fantasy, with important-sounding medical names.

People with body dysmorphia. Why? Because that would point the finger at this trans thing being more of a psychological/psychiatric condition – after all, you dudes said it yourself “my body does not match my brain gender, I feel like a woman“. Errr dudes, that is describing a brain thing. As one born female, it does not “feel” like anything, except maybe a doormat (but we actually don’t “feel” like doormats, just treated that way). Perhaps you should amend it to “my body does not match my brain gender, I feel like a doormat, not a king-of-the-universe male”. Closer, still no cigar. I digress. Of course you cannot have the body dysmorphia folks in your club house, for the simple reason it is a recognised condition whereby reputable medical personnel will not indulge or facilitate the patient’s delusions. Whilst it is true that plastic surgeons are flocking to your whims, they make a shitload of money out of unnecessary surgery (because legitimate corrective cases are far and few between). They are in it to make a buck. They don’t give a shit about your well-being.

So out of the main in- and out- groups of the trans clubhouse, there are really only two that fit. The body dysmorphia crowd, and the cross-dressers who are primarily fetishists.

For those of you who do look down and are horrified by a penis being there, please go see a shrink and get the appropriate psychological treatment. Surgery will not necessarily resolve your problems or help your condition. You may also later regret the mutilation to your body.

The rest of you, fall into the fetish club. Sometimes it is real obvious what the fetish actually is, whether it be the porny-fuelled fantasies of girls having pillow fights in dorm rooms, or the creepier end of the fetish scale which includes femicide and the wearing of a ‘lady suit’ (wtf?). For those who eroticise our oppression as females, in bdsm-like fashion, you fall under the fetish banner too. All the sexual kink crap can be filed under this one. The only difference between the crossdressers and M2Ts are duration and commitment to your fantasy world.

And finally, should I have called this the “trans parasol”?
That certainly sounds more girly and laydee-like

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Now, just before you go off testerically screaming “twanzphobia”, highlight the passages that:
1) denied you were a human
2) said I hated you
3) wished you bodily harm (telling you to piss off does not count)
4) point to the ‘loads’ of articles where radfems physically have beaten the crap out of a transperson
If you find those bits, then please do run around screaming “twanzphobia”.
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Joy’s comment can be found:
blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/2011/02/09/spinster-aunt-gets-translucent/#comment-172151

23 thoughts on “The trans umbrella

  1. joy

    Ah, thank you for quoting me, FabLibber. (preen)
    Just kidding, I’m not preening. I’m not a dude!

    That was a bit of a joke, but it’s also true. Hey, people who believe in gender roles. Have you ever noticed that throughout history, dudes have been the more preening type? Check out all the eighteenth-century upper-class British gents, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington (who had a wig for his wig), Louis Quatorze of France, and more recently fellows like Oscar Wilde. And man, most high-seas pirate captains were flaming, regardless of who they slept with (and looking past all the lice and dirt and diseases).
    Wanting to dress up and swan around is not actually “a woman thing” at all. So have at it, and don’t worry about it “making you a woman.” Because I guarantee that I am a woman, but I put a whole lot less effort into my appearance than, say, Johnny Depp does. And most of the men I know, too, including my own father.

    Chew on this too: Back when I did wear makeup, I was imitating David Bowie when I did.

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  2. joy

    That aside: as a former genderqueer, I’d be happy to suss out the issue of genderqueer vs. trans.

    As genderqueer is a very strongly pomo movement (eg, it is strongly built on the concept of ‘identity’ — for instance, I still do not “gender conform”, but I no longer ‘identify’ as genderqueer, and thus I am not genderqueer!! I am cis!! I am the oppressor! … wtf?), it allies itself very strongly with the trans camp. The irony is quite brutal, because:

    Say one is a male, but likes soft kittens, knitting, cupcakes, little babies, and frilly dresses (the most stereotypically feminine things I can think of, sorry). Or one is female, but likes wearing flannel shirts, fixing engines, using tools (real tools, not ‘tools for girls’), and drinking Bud Lite and belching.
    If such person partakes of their favored activities as their born sex, and to hell with ‘gender’, then one is gender-queer, no?

    But if one decides that one’s favored activities actually mean they are the opposite sex, and undergo procedures to make themselves such … and then they partake in their favored activities as the “correct” sex … then what’s so “queer” about that? That’s about as “queer” as … well, the public face of society. That’s about as “queer” as Ward and June Cleaver.

    So I don’t get it. But I’ve only stopped getting it recently, because within pomo groupthink, you aren’t encouraged to stop and think clearly long enough to ‘get it.’

    Meanwhile, the concept of genderqueer also could not exist without the concept of gender. It wouldn’t be a big deal for male people to like dresses and soft kittens and little babies if society didn’t punish them so harshly for doing so. It wouldn’t be such a big deal for female people to like fixing engines and eschewing makeup (or the attention of men — often the same thing) if society didn’t step in to make sure they got the shit end of the stick for stepping out of line.

    And I guarantee that nonconforming females get a really shitty end of the stick. Which is where the identification factor comes in — most women who call themselves ‘genderqueer’ “do not identify as ‘women.'” Some, but not all, men who identify as genderqueer also identify as ‘queer’ as opposed to ‘men’, or like to bring up ‘differing masculinities’, but it’s a pretty exclusively female phenomenon. To say “I do not consider myself a woman.”
    There is no such thing, at least that I’ve heard of, as “differing femininities.” Or “differing ways of femaleness.” Just, “I am either a vapid Barbie doll, or I am not a woman.”
    The inner pomo language is not even consistent, except for its consistent misogyny.

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  3. FAB Libber

    Well, I did keep it brief on the ol’ genderqueer business, bottom line is that genderqueer can’t really exist without the concept of gender either … else they just be ‘people’.
    zmog! no ‘identities’!

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  4. joy

    🙂 I knew that. I just thought I’d write a whole ‘nother article attached to your article, because I’m a helper.

    Actually, it was an experience writing that, because I’m still trying to figure out what it was all about. A political ideology I held for years and still don’t know exactly what it was/is all about. Not because it’s difficult at its core (people can and do express themselves with traits that cross what is societally thought of as ‘the gender/sex role divide’), but because a lot of unnecessary shit gets tacked on after the fact.

    Radical feminism, on the other hand, is a lot clearer. It can be hard to articulate to people who don’t already grasp the idea that “women are people”, but that’s the fault of society and the limits of language, not of the ideology itself.

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  5. Mary Sunshine

    OK, but you forgot the originals out of which the alphabet soup morphed:

    Gay and Lesbian and Bisexuals

    20 years ago or so the LGA (Lesbian Gay Association) at the local uni morphed into the LGBA under pressure from Bi’s. Then a few years later it morphed into LGBTA (for Twanz). Then LGBTQA (for Queer) . Later maybe they added another Q (?) for “questioning”. And most recently, the appropriation of Intersex identity. What a shell game.

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  6. FAB Libber

    Ah, the alphabet soup. I suppose I sort of left it a bit because LGB are specifically sexual orientations/identities, rather than ‘gender’ ones, and the L&Gs run the full spectrum of ‘gender presentations’. For the purposes of the above, they could be (generally) lumped into the ‘cis’, as in most don’t really want to cut themselves up for dress-ups.

    Of course, trans as being homophobic is a whole ‘nother post in itself.
    I’ll probably do another post similar to above more sexuality orientated, where I will out them as homophobic (some of course, not all).

    ETA:
    Before I do the sexualities though, I may focus on fetishes, because I think there is a lot to it.

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  7. FAB Libber

    Joy:
    A political ideology I held for years and still don’t know exactly what it was/is all about.
    My limited overview of it is that some are just trying to be contrary by doing the opposite of the assigned ‘gender’ roles, and the rest incorporate a mish-mash combination of ‘gender’ roles. Of course the latter really just slot into the category of ‘people’ (who don’t subscribe to ‘gender’ roles), but actually do, but pretend they don’t (or something). The former strike me as rebellious teenagers just being contrary for the sake of it. Edgy, cool, and just gotta dress up as somethin’. Perhaps they didn’t look good as goths or something?

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  8. radicalesbian

    Let’s parse the term “genderqueer”.

    gender = caste system based on sex
    queer = anti-feminist from a gay male perspective

    Yuck and yuck.

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  9. FAB Libber

    Brilliant radicalesbian.
    So perfect (particularly the caste system wording) that I might have to add it to my Primer post.

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  10. Jilla

    I divide them two groups:

    Women haters: Gay men, Queer women. Pozzies, Twansweenies

    Not women haters: Radical feminists. Robert Jensen.

    LOL

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  11. joy

    Jilla, that’s pretty funny. And true.

    Genderqueer, for women, is another good way for lesbians to avoid saying they are lesbians. For misogynist women to practice their misogyny while calling themselves feminist. And for “bisexual” (I hate that term, it’s such a porny term) men to revel in stereotypically flaming behavior without having to deal with the attendant homophobic backlash (and to avoid having to admit they like dick). It’s also a repository for Nice Guys [TM] and other emotionally immature, codependent trainwrecks.

    Among my acquaintances who are ‘queer’, I am watching one ‘queer’ male emotionally prey upon and use a ‘queer’ female who hates herself and is uncomfortable with going outside “looking girly” for fear of harassment, hence does not “identify as a woman.” This is a pattern I’ve seen repeated a number of times. I’m forced to believe that the queer movement is just another way for dudes to get laid, all the time, any time. Quelle surprise, non?

    Mang, what a movement! How truly fresh and new! Not.

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  12. FAB Libber

    I know the other reason I did not include the LGBs, which is because they took trans in under THEIR umbrella, so not the other way around. There is sometimes method in my madness. So I claim anyway.

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  13. Jilla

    Right-o.

    You have really pumped life into the radical feminist blogosphere FABatrocious. I can hear the machine revving up and humming even when I’m not logged on. Congratulations.

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  14. Aileen Wuornos

    They are in it to make a buck. They don’t give a shit about your well-being.

    Thank you! Do they really think that all these surgeons and doctors are just trying to be nice and have their well being in mind? No they fucking don’t, they want to get the most bang for your buck as possible. Case in point: doctor who told me to wear heels after a torn ligament in my ankle.

    Now, just before you go off testerically screaming “twanzphobia”, highlight the passages that:
    1) denied you were a human
    2) said I hated you
    3) wished you bodily harm (telling you to piss off does not count)
    4) point to the ‘loads’ of articles where radfems physically have beaten the crap out of a transperson
    If you find those bits, then please do run around screaming “twanzphobia”.

    OH SNAP.

    Let’s parse the term “genderqueer”.

    gender = caste system based on sex
    queer = anti-feminist from a gay male perspective

    Yuck and yuck.

    Double fuckin’ snap.

    After seeing some bullshit image made of this that some hater linked to me on tumblr, this entry is even more fucking brilliant.

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  15. FAB Libber

    Case in point: doctor who told me to wear heels after a torn ligament in my ankle.
    The absolutely worst possible thing. I wonder about some doctors, do they get a medical certificate off the back of a cereal packet or something?

    I am thinking of putting the disclaimer at the bottom of all my twanzphobic posts. You can use it too if you want. I would actually like to see if they link to our twanzphobic posts, with the disclaimer, and still cry “twanzphobic”. It would point to a rather significant reading comprehension problem, or, cut down on the number of times we are called twanzphobic. I think somehow it will be the former.

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  17. Selah

    For a number of years, I bought the pomo queer theory, and since I didn’t “feel like” a woman, I must be genderqueer, right? I guess I identified as that for maybe a year or so, but the whole time there was something squicky for me about “identifying” as anything at all. I always felt that I was identifiED as a woman by others. Eventually my genderqueer “identity” morphed into genderless, when I discovered you could identify as that. And then I found some of you awesome radical feminist bloggers and it was so wonderful to see so many people saying some of the things I had always truly known at my core, but was trying to force into the queer theory lexicon (and it never worked).

    Talk about liberation. Queer theory contributed to my oppression; radical feminism was my liberation.

    And part of it was always the trans issue. When I thought I was genderqueer I constantly felt shat upon by the trans activists who INSISTED on an “inherent gender identity.” While they ridiculed the idea that they reinforced the gender binary, they never explained how they didn’t, and my experience was that they did. It’s really crazy-making.

    Anyway, that’s the story of one former-genderqueer who really hated being lumped under the trans parasol.

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  18. FAB Libber

    Welcome Selah.
    Yep, neither the trans nor genderqueer crowds really make much sense when you get down to it. Both say they trangress/whatever ‘gender’, the trans thinking they are edgy for just swapping one for the other, the queers mixing it up but still acknowledging it but pretending they don’t – or something. Crazy making stuff.

    Anyway, you are here now, in making-sense radfemland.

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  19. Jilla

    Hi selah. My heart hurt for you there, while I was reading your post. I’m glad you’re here.

    Fabbity, we need a flag.

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  20. noanodyne

    Selah: “Talk about liberation. Queer theory contributed to my oppression; radical feminism was my liberation.” Say it, sister!! You really held your own over at IBTP (and that’s saying a lot in a place where people are calling you names and trying to shame you and shout you down) and made some awesome points.

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