Discrimination and gender

Simple thought of the day:
You cannot have sexual discrimination without the concept of gender.

Gender, short for gender roles, are the perceived behavioural differences between the biological sexes, stuff like ‘women love shopping’ and ‘men read maps’.

Without these arbitrary distinctions attributed to the sexes, discrimination based on biological sex is revealed for what it is: completely unfair. Humans, no matter what their biological sex, cover all human traits and attributes.

Upholding the gender roles and its arbitrary attributions is the sneaky backdoor way of being able to discriminate on the basis of biological sex, otherwise, the discrimination is laid bare.

The second wave were very successful on exposing sexual discrimination for what it was, and although there was analysis of gender roles and how stupid and arbitrary they were, gender was not totally annihilated at that time. Since the second wave, like a virus not completely eliminated, gender has been allowed to fester and grow, and forms the primary backlash to the second wave gains.

The concept of transgender, that gender, some innate mysterious quality transcending biological sex (and yet, at the same time depends on mimicking biological sex in order to ‘align sex and gender’) relies on upholding (perceived) biological sex differences, but calling them ‘gender’ instead. Same shit, different day.

If you get rid of ‘gender’; the concept of gender, that maintains behavioural differences and attributes of the biological sexes; the discrimination on the basis of biological sex becomes obvious, so obvious, you could poke it with a stick.

Tranz theory insists that ‘gender’ is something hard to define and internal to the individual. It is difficult to fight such an invisible bogeyman, particularly when transjacktivists keep moving the goalpost on a daily, almost hourly basis. And that they simultaneously have both sides covered, for instance, M2Ts claim both that “they are exactly the same as FAB women” and also “that they are different to FAB women [on the basis that they are tranzwomen and moar discriminated against]”. So which is it? Identical or different? Can’t be both at the same time.

‘Woman’ the term for an adult biological human female, a term based on biological sex, has now been co-opted as a ‘gender’ term. Because it is now a ‘gender’ term, human males are allowed to occupy Class Woman, effectively erasing the sex-based discrimination that FAB women face (because males are victims too!). That should have meant an end to ‘gender discrimination’ (based on sex discrimination) but it has not. Tranzjacktivists don’t lift a pinkie fighting for women’s rights, only transwomen’s rights, plus gender has been imbibed with this mysterious airy-fairy magickal quality, ‘so hard to define’. The other part of this equation is that FAB women don’t have ‘gender’ under those terms, they are assigned to be ‘cis-gender’ (apparently rilly rilly happy that they get treated like second class citizens). So anti-gender discrimination laws don’t cover FAB women at all, only tranz. Anti-gender discrimination laws also effectively erase biological sex, because it refers to “people” and makes no attempt to fix the problems of the way in which discrimination operates against the specific sex of female (which is actually the application of these gender roles).

Upholding ‘gender’ is a nifty way to continue to discriminate against a group of people on the basis of sex, specifically the female people.

Without ‘gender’, sexual discrimination could not continue as it does. Giving sex (discrimination) the new name of ‘gender’ (discrimination) and then redefining it to mean something different is a derail of what is going on. Just as when women’s studies somehow got renamed as gender studies, then was totally redefined. As usual, ‘women’ (meaning FABs) got relegated into second place yet again.

I read maps and hate shopping, and yet even though I am the opposite in most respects to these so-called ‘gender differences’, I still get discriminated against because of my SEX. Not my ‘gender’. Gender discrimination means jackshit if you are female, because you are always discriminated against on the basis of your sex, not your ‘gender’. It does not matter how many ‘masculine gendered’ talents or attributes you have, you are always regarded as female, and discriminated against as such.

Sex discrimination will always continue as long as ‘gender differences’ remains within the mainstream and the law. In fact, there would be no need to (pretend to) legislate against ‘gender’ discrimination if there was no sexual discrimination at its core.

To fully eradicate sexual discrimination we must fully eradicate the concept of ‘gender’ and ‘gendered behaviours’.

So, tah-tah tranz. Your childhood love of the colour pink and playing with Barbies means absolutely nothing other than a desire to uphold prescribed gendered behaviours assigned to female children. An end to ‘gender’ won’t mean an end to those preferences at all, the stigma of males liking pink and playing with Barbies will be removed – but they won’t be tranz-anything, in fact, more boys will be free to do those things without the fear of surgical or chemical alteration. And yes, all these so-called gender preferences are bullshit, feral children do not follow this love of pink or blue crap.

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Postscript:
I have just discovered that GallusMag has kindly transcribed part of the podcast that featured Sheila Jeffreys. Jeffreys of course does a much better job of explaining gender and the connection with discrimination based on biological sex (in fewer words!), as well as covering many of the other issues. This could be why she is a professor, and I am a mere ‘naughty’ blogger 😛

21 thoughts on “Discrimination and gender

  1. maggie

    Fab your post is eloquent.

    So help me here as I’m newish to radfem thinking and this transthingy is wrought with confusion as far as I’m concerned because, as you rightly point out, the goalposts are constantly changing. Transgender used to be termed transsexual. Sex discrimination is no longer considered pc and it’s now gender descrimination. Am I right as from 20th April, 2011 at 13:11 gmt?

    I can only cry – I am not a gender!!!11!!!

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  2. Undercover Punk

    LOVE IT!! So simple. SO.SIMPLE. Gender is the rationale for sex discrimination.

    The New Jender is exactly like the Old Gender, but now it’s SACRED. And precious. Beyond question. It’s still about genitals, it’s still about “sexuality,” it still references (the oppressive constructs of) masc/fem as the primary means of describing itself. WHAT IS NEW? Nothing. Absolutely NOTHING.

    Gaaawd.

    PS. Thanks for the link! No trackback, of course, but that’s UP for ya.

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  3. FAB Libber

    The New Jender is exactly like the Old Gender, but now it’s SACRED. And precious. Beyond question. It’s still about genitals, it’s still about “sexuality,” it still references (the oppressive constructs of) masc/fem as the primary means of describing itself. WHAT IS NEW? Nothing. Absolutely NOTHING.
    *perfect*

    Your trackback (default) settings might need looking at?
    Dashboard, Settings, Discussion, second item in the first group…

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  4. FAB Libber

    as you rightly point out, the goalposts are constantly changing. Transgender used to be termed transsexual.

    Actually, transsexual is a more accurate term for what they are trying to achieve, the change from one SEX to another. (but my pov is that they are merely changing the appearance of the sex, as you cannot change sex itself, see previous post of hairdye & hormones)

    But! They opt for transgender, because ‘gender’ is oh-so-serious and mysterious (downright *magickal*) – so discrimination is done via ‘gendered behaviour’ which is based on sex discrimination in the first place (except when tranz do the gendered behaviour, not so discriminated against, because it is held up as ‘natural’). It is fairly insulting as a female to be told that loving pink, and shopping, and being all ‘girly’ and giggly is natural for females.

    But, if you follow the logic of tranz (and there is none btw) then they can ‘transgender’ all they like in their heads (or as they now like to maintain, some mysterious essence), they don’t need the corresponding body parts to do it – body parts relate to SEX, so they should be deemed ‘transsexual’ (changing sex). No surgery required to CHANGE ‘gender’ (it’s there already, innate remember!), so they ain’t changing it, they are KEEPING it. They are cis-gender in fact (aha! another reversal found!), because they are rilly rilly happy with their gender. They are gender-keepers, not tranzing anything to do with gender.

    I have a half written post in draft, has been there for a while, to outline tranz ideology (as explained from the tranz pov), but the number of simultaneous contradictions is absolutely staggering. Not to mention the daily goalpost changes…

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  5. Sargasso Sea

    Black is indeed white except for when it’s pink.

    Tranz ideology is patriarchy-sanctioned disordered thinking on a world-wide scale.

    So, yes, Virginia, the lunatics ARE running the asylum only this time they are wearing bras and makeup.

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  6. jilla

    I just read that the BBC is preparing to sign an agreement with a trans advocacy group to educate the public and practice non-discriminatory inclusion of the trans agenda in all programming. Apparently, “Channel 4” (?) has already signed on to this. They are threatened with legal action if they don’t do this.

    And when will the BBC promise the same for women. This “good” news item was celebrated on Feministing.

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  7. noanodyne

    On a related note, AS(S) is up in arms over at Pam’s House Blend (I won’t link to it in case you don’t want such things on your blog, FAB, but it’s easy to find over there) about a bill in Maine that relates to who can use which bathroom. Imagine this, some people are concerned that predators will take advantage. I know, crazy, right? I guess tranz nation has been too busy harassing internet rad fems to notice that regular people think they’re a bunch of nutters and criminals.

    Here’s a breathless comment to his post:
    “If a law such as this mandates the necessity of creating a legally prescribed ‘biological sex’, you can bet that the legislature that created the law would also gravitate toward this definition. Once this definition is created, it could very well be used in all kinds of law pertaining to sex. In other words, this law could easily be the slippery slope leading to making it imposible [sic] for anyone to legally change sex in Maine.”

    Wholly cow, batman, someone might pass a law that says there really is such thing as biological sex and once that happens OHMYGOD, daylight might dawn, we can call the white “white” again and black “black,” up will actually be up and down actually down. In other words, halle-fucking-lujah and all hale the great state of Maine!

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  8. FAB Libber

    So, yes, Virginia, the lunatics ARE running the asylum only this time they are wearing bras and makeup.
    Nasty picture you just put in my head there SarSea.

    Once this definition is created, it could very well be used in all kinds of law pertaining to sex. In other words, this law could easily be the slippery slope leading to making it imposible [sic] for anyone to legally change sex in Maine.
    Good fucking grief. Teh horrors! Defining laws in relation to a definable thing like biological sex, and not for airy-fairy gender bullshit? Where will it end? Separate bathrooms?

    You bet your bippy sunshine. Take your penis and piss off outta the ladies room.

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  9. Undercover Punk

    Hey FAB, I like that “they aren’t tranZing gender” statement you made. Very good point! Trans want to be cis, of course, but they maintain that they absolutely can NOT change their gender. Oppression!!1!!111!!1!!1! Don’t even mention it to them! They CAN, however (according to them), change their SEX. It’s such an incredible feat of delusion. Of all things physical, sex must be one of the most complicated. It’s like trying to create an artificial brain or something. Can. Not. Do.

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  10. FAB Libber

    Yes, ironically, tranz (transgender) are actually the CISgender lot. They don’t change their gender, they (attempt to) change their sex to match their gender.

    It could be said that radfems are more the ‘transgenders’, by transcending their ‘assigned gender’ (appearance and roles). Maybe I will call myself a ‘gender transcender’ LOL

    Tranz absolutely LOVE their ‘gender’, and do everything they can to worship and indulge it. They roll around in it, and dress it up in pink and blue. How sweet. 🙄

    I might call THEM ‘cissies’ (cis-genders) from now on… 😉

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  11. radicalesbian

    Here’s another reversal: In his book Gender Outlaw, Albert Hoffman (a.k.a. Kate Bornstein) refers to our kind as Gender Defenders.

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  12. FAB Libber

    I would like to go as far as ELIMINATING the word ‘gender’ from the dictionary and English language actually.

    UCP has been revising the spelling (jender), but she used ‘jendah’ the other day, which I quite liked and may adopt. Using an alternative spelling may serve as a kind of shorthand, so we don’t have to keep typing ‘gender roles’ etc etc. At any rate, the word is crying out for pisstake and ridicule.

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  13. bugbrennan

    the funniest comment, from noan – “I guess tranz nation has been too busy harassing internet rad fems to notice that regular people think they’re a bunch of nutters and criminals.”

    I have been saying this for years to folx vis-a-vis the Maryland debacle. Regular people think we (all the letters in the LGBTQABC) are all fags, and you want to attack me? Um, ok!

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