When I started this blog I was in two minds about F2Ts, after all, they were born female, suffered all the female-specific discrimination that the rest of us faced, having that shared history of oppression. More recently I decided, “fuck it, you are no longer one of us”.
Well, what do you expect a cranky middle-aged
woman twanzsquirrel to say eh?
My change of heart really comes from seeing more and more F2Ts online, spouting misogynist crap and being male-identified, as well as upholding the jendah roles – the roles that keep the rest of us in Class Woman, under the boot of patriarchy. The F2T solution is an individual solution, not a feminist or class solution to male oppression. Bully for you, but fuck the rest of us right? Therefore, my furry squirrel gloves are off. You want to be “a man” honeypie? Then sure, I will treat you like the rest of the XYs out there, particularly those of you spouting male-identified misogyny towards the rest of us remaining in Class Woman.
This post was originally going to be entitled “Jendah – yer doin’ it wrong” because it is the follow on from my previous post of “Sex matters – gender is bollocks“, and part of the “quelle surprise, pregnant manz, yawn” series. As parallelexistence said (paraphrasing) ‘what gets to me is that the doctors are baffled and surprised at this story’. So true. As I replied: “LOL, yes “miracle”. Well, any doctor that thinks of penis+vagina, sperm+ova, pregnancy, = miracle, should perhaps return ‘his’ medical degree to the cornflakes packet from whence it came.”
Now that we have the basic biology out the way, yep, it is the female humans that gestate a foetus to term, unlike seahorses who are one of the few rare exceptions in the natural world. So sensationalist headlines of “Pregnant Manz eleventy-eleven” remain part of the mundane in my twanz-squirrel world. All these “pregnant menz” have been born-female “transmen” or F2Ts. Female-born people, doing what nature made them capable of being female-born.
But from TwanzLand, we hear so many stories of “when I was [insert childhood age] I always knew I was meant to be [insert opposite sex]”. Sorry folks, but that is just a form of sexualised body dysmorphia if you are truly unhappy with you naturally sexed body and sexed body parts. You are what you are, just a fact, suck it up. But that really is not what a lot of them are talking about, particularly the F2Ts, when they claim “[they] were never really a girl”. Like most of us, even as children, we noticed boys were revered and treated better than female children, and yep, that sucked bigtime. So what these F2Ts are really talking about is that they recognised the disparity in treatment because of their bodies, in other words sex oppression via artificially constructed gender roles. It is commonly called ‘patriarchy’ and it is what feminism has been fighting against for hundreds of years. You were not the first female to wake up to the favoured treatment of males in this society. No shit.
Unlike F2Ts, the rest of us remain in Class Woman, and the few of us that are feminists are trying to fight this unfair sex discrimination against the female-born, and female-lived. F2Ts, when they pass readily enough, are able to enter the world of men, and avoid a lot of discrimination still in place against females. In other words, defectors. Just like Chaz Bono, now a male chauvinist piggy. Not sure how Chaz thinks she is helping women or lesbians by her manzly dress-up games and male identified chauvinist remarks against females (like the talkativeness remarks). In short, she is not. She is the equivalent of a POC using skin-lightening in order to pass as white. Defector, that does not help those left behind in the discriminated group, and an individual solution only.
That is why I will no longer call Chaz and the other F2T defectors “sister” any more. You are defectors, following a personal solution that does not benefit the rest of us females in any way.
In recent years we now have the meeja sensation of “pregnant manz eleventy-eleven”. As I said above, I remain unimpressed. The main point of this post was to call out the hypocrisy in the whole “pregnant manz” thing.
In TwanzWorld, “gender (and “gender identity”) is supposed to trump biological sex, which is considered irrelevant. Yet here you are, you “pregnant menz” you, ignoring your oh-so-important “gender identity” to participate in biological sex reality. Hypocrisy. If you truly think you are “men”, biological human males, then stop doing what biological females do – ie give birth. You expect us and the rest of the world to indulge your “gender identity” (and deny your biological sex reality), when you turn around and do the opposite of your “gender identity”? Plus you gets lots of meeja attention and book deals for doing what millions of women in the world do every day, without book deals and meeja attention. You get an additional 10 points for Speshul Snowflaking.
Pregnant menz so far have been (although there may be more):
1999 – Matt Rice (an F2T) gives birth to a boy, whilst in partnership with another F2T, Patrick Califia. You are lesbians living in mansuits. Thanks for making lesbianism invisible.
2008 – Thomas Beatie (an F2T) gives birth to a girl. Currently still in partnership with FAAB Nancy Roberts. Again lesbians, but this time pretending to be a nice heterosexual couple, invisibilising lesbianism again. Beatie is regarded as “the first pregnant man” due to legal status of ‘sex change’.
2009 – Thomas Beatie (and Nancy) again, this time giving birth to a boy.
2009 – Cai (an F2T, apparently surprised by the fact that PIV could result in pregnancy) gives birth to a boy. Equally surprised was Cai’s M2T partner, Emily, who gave Cai a good old fashioned dicking when both still had their working parts. All we can say is that, by your own gender role delusion, both of you are doin’ it wrong. Biological reality trumps gender delusion every time. At least you look like a nice het couple eh?
2010 – Scott Moore (F2T) to give birth to a boy (strangely, I cannot see m/any post-birth references, so perhaps it went horribly wrong?). Partnered with another F2T, Thomas Moore. Again, two lesbians living in mansuits making lesbianism invisible.
2010 – Thomas Beatie (and Nancy) again, another boy. For someone who is supposed to be “a man” you sure are doin’ it wrong. Pregnancy and childbirth is a woman thing, just in case you did not get the memo. Oh that’s right, you want your cake and to eat it too. Bloody hell though, three kids so tightly spaced together, what a bleedin’ nightmare.
Pregnant women between 1999-2010:
The original “Pregnant Man”:
Was a 1970 ad campaign by London-based advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi for the Health Education Council. The PM campaign was probably the one that put Saatchi & Saatchi on the map. They now have a staff bar located in the courtyard called The Pregnant Man, which was quite cheap for drinks.
Actually, the PM campaign’s message is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago, given the male reluctance to wear condoms to prevent pregnancy in female partners, and to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
As for the rest of the “pregnant menz”, I do worry about the potential shortage of turkey-basters, particularly around the US holiday of Thanksgiving…