Monday, July 8, 2013
My first critique
To be completely honest, I've gotten a very similar argument over and over again ever since I decided to de-transition. Given the content of this comment, I'm going to grasp out into the dark here and assume that a woman or an FtT wrote this to me, as this is the argument I have consistently gotten from FtTs and female-bodied genderbenders.
If I'm wrong, that's okay too.
Needless to say, the (very western - reeking of heavy individualism) argument I keep getting here, which can be summarized as "this was your mistake, your shameful decision, shut up and make me a sandwich and stop trying to generalize" is getting very tired. It's about as tired as I get after working 60 hour weeks. And that's saying a lot because I get so tired, I often dream of having naps (while I am asleep!)
You see, the problem here is that this commenter thinks I actually give an honest hoot as to what sexist "brain sex theory" has to say. You think I am actually going to legitimately buy into the concept that men and women have two separate brains?! There are people who think we only use 10% of our brains. I tend to use my whole brain. I am going to use all 100% of my brain here in saying that to make the claim that men and women have two different brains is entirely, irrevocably sexist. Say it with me: SEXIST. Not to mention how the "studies" that demonstrate brain sex theory have limited test subjects (I am a sociologist. Exactly what do you take me for? I know how research works. You CANNOT generalize such a limited pool to an entire population of people). Additionally, brain sex theory only demonstrates the differences of brains *while on hormones.* Let me tell you firsthand, hormones are pretty powerful shit. But hormones do not mean that men's and women's actual BRAINS are inherently different. To claim that, is to begin bringing us down a very slippery slope (a slippery slope that males, as a privileged class would readily take advantage of).
The difference between gender and brain sex is.....
Because they are both bullshit concepts! Full stop.
But since you seem to be very wise and know more about me in terms of gender being anything other than a patriarchal hierarchy, I suppose you have colored me baffled. Time to take my shit and go home!
You seem to think that gender is in any way helpful. Gender has kept women as second-class citizens since the dawn of patriarchy thousands of years ago. I know that this is difficult for you to chew on. It was difficult for me to face that reality too.
As for me changing my opinion so drastically...guess what? I had NO idea radical feminism even existed as a body of theory, nor was I even aware that this theory was responsible for second-wave feminism until last year. I figure that the censorship at my university, online, in the media, even within so-called "feminist" circles is no accident. People don't want others to know that radical feminism is a legitimate theoretical body, because if people did, they'd get pissed off. They'd stop being consumers of porn, of plastic surgery, of the beauty industry, people would stop spending billions of dollars annually on things that wealthy men say that people somehow "need" in order to have worth.
I would like to implore people reading this blog who do not like the things I have to say:
1. If you keep coming back here, it says more about you questioning yourself than it does about me. Why waste your time on a lesbian feminist space?
2. If you must waste your time (even though there are other activities more worthy of your time, really!) then please, pretty please, come up with some new arguments that I haven't already heard before. The rape and death/violence threats from MtTs and the "don't air your dirty laundry" from FtTs is getting old and if I keep seeing more of these repetitive arguments, they will be going straight to the trash.
Thank you. Now get back to productivity, women! :)