Firstly, I do not condone the beating that Polis received at the McDonalds. However, it does not seem to be the twanzphobic!!11!! attack that the meeja, libfems, and the Balimore Attorney’s Office make it out to be. For if it is, then absolutely anything can be considered twanzphobic.
Since SargassoSea posted the link to this story, it was clear that there was “something more” to this story than met the eye. For starters, the mobilephone video footage only begins after the physical attack has started, and therefore does not document what set the whole thing off. FABs do not go around beating up people (usually other FABs) without some sort of underlying reason. In some cases it is due to being under the influence of drink or drugs, but usually an attack is sparked by some sort of perceived threat.
Reports indicate that what kicked off the whole thing was that one of the attackers (presumably 18yo Teonna Monae Brown, the elder of the two) got angry due to perceiving Polis as flirting with Brown’s boyfriend. In the world of teens, jealousy is rife, and this explanation makes much more sense than a random ‘transphobic’ attack on an M2T. FABs are not known for launching ‘transphobic’ attacks for the sake of ‘transphobia’ (root cause actually homophobia), this is the domain of males. It is males who cannot stand the thought of being ‘tricked’ by an M2T masquerading as a FAB (again, that is homophobia as the root cause).
The FAB-on-FAB heterosexual rivalry is common among teenagers particularly, and it is one of the main causes of fights between females of that age group. Jealousy is rooted in insecurity. Of course my personal belief is that no dude is worth fighting ‘for’.
So basically, we have a situation whereby, at least initially, the victim Polis, was taken to be another FAB, and was dealt with in an extreme retaliation of jealousy. So congrats Polis, you (initially) passed as a FAB. In fact, if the attackers actually knew that Polis was M2T, then likely the attack would not have occurred, because Brown would have seen an M2T as no real threat to her relationship to her boyfriend. This my friends, is actually the OPPOSITE of twanzphobia, as the victim was mistaken to be a FAB. Later discovery of the M2T status of Polis does not magickly change this into twanzphobia.
But wait, there is more!
We factor in race into the equation. Black dudes are well known for their pursuit of white women, as it hierarchy-climbing in nature. This is why the attack was so incredibly vicious, why Brown felt so threatened, she perceived Polis to be a white woman, trying to ‘take her man’. It does not make the attack any more right, but at least we understand where Brown was coming from.
Black women also face the double-whammy of sexual and racial discrimination, that is basic femininism-101. So the knee-jerk reaction from the libfems, automatically declaring the incident to be a ‘hate crime’ and ‘transphobic’ is ignoring the reality of the perceived threat to a black woman, the powerlessness of black women as a class, and a working knowledge of what constitutes a hate crime, is racist in nature. Also, the victim was white, and whilst I do not play along with the Oppression Olympics game, the racial element can not be simply swept away by erasing their colour, and declaring them as privileged over an M2T, the so-called cis-privilege bullshit. You cannot do this when the M2T is white, because this cancels out any ‘privilege’ that the black women are deemed to have. If the M2T was black, then perhaps this might be a different story, but I am generally uncomfortable with declaring any group of women privileged over any other, not in the true sense of the term privilege. Any privilege that a woman has is bestowed on her by the individual or group of males she ‘belongs’ to, and can be taken away in a heartbeat. Otherwise, white women would not be raped, would they?
An understanding of the nature of hate crimes is also needed. Hate crimes (in the criminal sense) can only be perpetrated by those in a more privileged group to those in a lesser group. Two rival gangs of a racial minority fighting it out is not considered a hate crime, even though they may technically hate each other. And regardless of how much one adheres to the Oppression Olympics, black women are not suddenly and magickly transported to some sort of privileged group, just because it turned out (later) that the victim was M2T. That is just stupid, and ignores the reality of black women’s lives.
Is it any wonder then, when a bunch of predominately white libfems come out and declare this incident both a hate crime and transphobic, without understanding the true nature of the additional threats/reality that black women face, that black feminists write off white feminists as being racist, and throwing black women under a bus. I heartedly concur with black feminists on this, the WFs are being racist. There too is the additional layer that the libfems are ignoring, the criticisms that black feminists have always had against white feminists within the feminist movement. Some days I am ashamed to be white, when white sisters are doing this shit.
At least radfems like Ballbuster are on the case. BB’s first post on this incident highlighted the fact that the McDonald’s beating, an incident that resulted in relatively minor injuries, eclipsed the previous story in which a missing young black woman was found dead.
Transwomen also sit around and gloat about how they pass so well, nobody can tell that they’re male. So, with this in mind, how can they claim crimes against them are motivated by hate against transgenders, when they pass so well the people assaulting them don’t know it’s a transwoman? Are the crimes against women less repugnant, because they aren’t fucking around with gender?
Which sums up my earlier point, Polis the victim was mistaken to be a FAB, and was retaliated against because of it. Ballbuster goes on with a follow-up post, that of the white M2T having his humanity (and previous membership of Class Male) being recognised, whilst vile, racist misogyny is heaped upon the two black teens.
Do you see how EVERYONE immediately grasps the HUMANITY of a transwoman, but the same outrage or indignation when women and girls are victimized is completely absent? That’s because people *see* and *know* that it’s a MALE wearing a dress, and men are seen as the default human beings.
The racist misogyny directed at these two black teens makes me sick.
A predominately libfem group on FaceButt also jumped on the bandwagon, declaring the McDonalds incident to be a hate crime. In the post, they link to this story, where the disturbing video can be viewed.
A typical response from the libfems, M2Ts are regarded as ‘more worthy victims’, and the race element is erased. At the time I grabbed this screenshot, there were 50 comments, all denouncing this as a hate crime, and some garbage about protecting ALL women, all in typical lightweight analysis form.
This throwing the black teens under the bus in favour of a white male-born disturbed me so much, that I could not get to sleep last night. I had to get up and post this response to the OMPOW thread (ok, it was a quick response, and it was 04:30, so I perhaps could have done better. Apologies too radfems, I had to couch this in libfem-speak and terms.)
EVERYONE who labelled this a ‘hate crime’ and ‘transphobic’ is a RACIST.
Whilst I do not condone this assault in any way, it is not a ‘hate crime’.
The victim is a WHITE transwoman, the attackers are two BLACK women. A hate crime can only be regarded as such when one group has power or privilege over another. Black women do NOT have any power or privilege over any other group, that is feminism-101. Two minorities involved in altercation does not constitute a hate crime. By using the term in this way, you are diluting the effectiveness of the term for genuine instances of hate crime.
It has been indicated that the cause of this altercation was due to jealousy, and whilst that is a stupid reason in itself (no man is worth fighting over), it is by no means unique as a catalyst for retaliation.
This actually means that the transwoman was actually taken to be a born-woman, and the attack on the transwoman was as if she was a born-woman. So it is not transphobic in origin, even if later it was recognised that she was a transwoman.
Two very basic rules in feminism:
1) Do NOT throw one group of women under the bus for another group of women.
2) Do NOT throw non-white women under the bus for any white person, male or female.
Is it any wonder that black feminists are highly critical of white feminists, particularly white middle-class feminists?
This facebook group clearly has little grasp of even basic feminism. For that reason, I am unliking this group.
Yes, I had to lead with the racism in that way to get their attention in Libfem LahLahLand. Their heads are so far up tranz butts it’s not funny. As I have outlined above, I have detailed how this racism has been played out. They are really fucking clueless as to the history of feminism, and how this shit ultimately creates division among black and white feminists. I wonder too, how many black feminists were also part of that group, reading that crap, and knowing on some level that white feminists were shafting them again? Hopefully BFs won’t write off all of us, I am outraged at that group, so much so I could not get to sleep.
Since I posted my criticism on OMPOW (which I have not yet unliked, because I want to see if any of this sinks into their heads), so far all bar two following comments denounce me, this one is typical:
Fab Libber has a wonderful way of twisting words to support their opinion. It is probably good they are un-friending this group.Labeling the majority of us racist is pretty funny for such a narrow minded person.
Well, at least I am not male-identified like you suck-ups are.
UndercoverPunk backed me up (thanks UCP) and one other woman whom I don’t know (but I am going to message her and thank her for that, even if she did not quite get the racism playing out):
Fab Libber has a point [name removed] although the racist could have been left out, people are not researching this entire story. This was originally reported as a jealousy issue. One of the girls thought the girl that got beat up was hitting on her man. That does not constitute a hate crime it constitutes stupidity and someone that can’t keep her hands to herself. The 18 year old has done this before to another patron of the same mcdonalds.
Although I find all crimes are really based on hate. But under the law this is not considered a hate crime.
So thanks for that.
Anyway, thus far, the majority of LibFems remain in LahLahLand, their racism and automatic preference for the male-born over the female-born remains firmly intact. And I remain really pissed off. And as twanzphobic as ever.
(Newbie readers, go to the twanzphobic page for more analysis)
ETA: GallusMag has an even better post up about this, check it out.
Also, belated thank-you to Noan who also joined the OMPOW thread.