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flannelvandal replied to your link “Fallon Fox: Why Hormones Don’t Make a Woman”

I think it might be also important to note how much female socialization discourages the development of strong muscles. Further putting anyone raised as a girl at a disadvantage in sport.

Agree! There is a huge social stigma against women weight-lifting. And I think another factor particularly pertinent to combat sports is that males are groomed to have no empathy, whereas women are groomed to be empathetic even when it’s not in their own interest. I am completely certain that is also a factor in Boyd “Fallon Fox” Burton’s so-called success.

But cultural differences aside, the intrinsic physical difference in chest/arm/upper body strength between males and females is huge. This is not like the “math gap” which has been shown to be completely cultural - it’s just sex. Look at the statistics from the USA Powerlifting 2014 Bench Press National Championship - a single woman bench-pressed 359 pounds (fucking kudos to her, I’m struggling to break 90!); the majority of men in the competition benched over 400, and average weight in the men’s category was 410! The top men’s press was over 800!

So, as much as there’s a cultural component which aims to keep women weak and powerless, there’s a very significant physical difference in upper body strength between men and women, which exists completely outside of culture. (Men outperform women in squat and deadlift too, matched for body weight - but by a factor of 1.5, not 2-3-4).

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An Uppity, Non-Compliant Guide to Feminist Language (by Glosswitch)

By Glosswitch. Original here!

Yesterday Buzzfeed published a spoof guide to contemporary feminist terminology. As a contemporary feminist, how I laughed. Laughed and laughed and laughed. Then, after about half a second’s laughing, I thought “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if someone wrote an actual guide to some actual feminism? One that actually mentions male oppressors and doesn’t spend half the time focussed on which feminists hold unacceptable views?” So despite being female and therefore crap, I decided to give it a go.

Gender (noun):

  1. Oppressive hierarchy, situating adult human males (as the construct “man”) at the top, adult human females (as the construct “woman”) at the bottom.
  2. Nebulous thing that makes you want to wear certain clothes, have certain ideas, do certain activities, adopt certain mannerisms etc. Otherwise known as “being a person”.

Woman (noun):

  1. Adult human female who has, due to her sexed body, been placed in a class not of her choosing.
  2. Whatever the fuck anyone says it is, with final approval going to the dominant class (sorry ladies!).

Female reproduction (noun):

  1. Patriarchal justification for making adult human females do the vast majority of unpaid work on a global scale (regardless of whether individual adult human females have or indeed can have offspring)
  2. Cissexist phrase. In future please refer to “vessels”, “breeders” or “walking wombs”, you fucking bigot.

Male (adj.)

  1. Pertaining to the oppressor class under patriarchy.
  2. Whatever the fuck anyone says it is, with final approval going to the dominant class.

Oppressor, the (noun):

  1. Racist capitalist patriarchy, on the basis that this is an actual source of oppression.
  2. Second-wave feminists, on the basis that they were all evil frigid whorephobic bitches whose refusal to put out has given nice sexy feminists a bad name.

SWERF (noun, acronym):

  1. Woman who does not hold the view that jizz will be the solvent that finally erodes the patriarchy.
  2. Woman who once disagreed with Brooke Magnanti over something or other (no one involved can quite remember what).
  3. Word that happens to rhyme with TERF (see below), forming a handy, catch-all phrase to denote “women who are shit and deserve all the misogyny the SJW blogosphere has to offer”.

TERF (noun, acronym):

  1. Woman who believes that adult human females exist and are oppressed as a sex class.
  2. Woman who is friends with a woman who believes that adult human females exist and are oppressed as a sex class.
  3. Woman who once retweeted a woman who believes that adult human females exist and are oppressed as a sex class.
  4. Woman who on one occasion failed to publicly denounce a woman who believes that adult human females exist and are oppressed as a sex class.
  5. Woman who … (as definitions are continually broadening on this one – for instance, all of the above criteria may now be applied to gay men and trans people – please consult with Roz Kaveney and/or members of Blockbot).

Intersectionality (noun):

  1. Important theory expounded by Kimberlé Crenshaw, illustrating ways in which intersecting oppressions mean different approaches are required to tackle experiences of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism etc., as and when they intersect. See Mapping the Margins.

Intersectional feminist (noun):

  1. Feminist who isn’t a total hypocrite (i.e. who believes in actual intersectional praxis).
  2. Middle-class white woman who has hit upon a PC way of putting “I’m totes not racist, me” in her twitter bio.
  3. Middle-class white male university student who spends his days “educating” white women by ordering the uppity little bitches to stop “punching down”.

Feminism (noun):

  1. Movement for the liberation of all women. As Dworkin wrote:

Feminism is a political practice of fighting male supremacy on behalf of women as a class, including all the women you don’t like, including all the women you don’t want to be around, including all the women who used to be your best friends whom you don’t want anything to do with any more. It doesn’t matter who the individual women are.

  1. Whatever the fuck anyone says it is, with final approval going to the … (you fill in the rest)

nextyearsgirl:

Misogyny is not the “hatred of feminine attributes and femininity,” feminine attributes and femininity are the fucking primary tools of misogyny.

(Reblogged from nextyearsgirl)

atranspaige:

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This is disgusting! They’re celebrating watching a man beat a woman bloody! There’s nothing revolutionary about some guy punching a woman in the face until she passes out. That’s the fucking status quo!

And that description of the crowd getting quieter, It sends chills down my spine. Crowds only get quiet at these sort of things when it becomes horrifyingly obvious that a line has been crossed.

Do any of these trans people care though?

NO! Instead they can’t wait for video! I guess their victory isn’t truly complete until they can put on their finest size 15 heels and jerk off to their male hero beating the uppity, black lesbian back into her place! 

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Anonymous said: What is something that you would consider 'internalized transphobia'?

sometranslady:

There’s a decent write up on this site, and Laverne Cox also has also shared a more personal narrative about it, here.

Internalized trans-phobia refers to feelings some people have inside about their being trans that they might not even be aware of.  It refers to how some people hate that part of themselves and are ashamed of it.  The phrase comes from the similar experiences of gay folk who sometimes have “internalized homo-phobia”.

I would describe any negative feelings that lead to shame that are related to gender nonconformity, being perceived as gay, effeminate, or being unlovable to be internalized transphobia.  

This is closely related to homophobia, and I believe many trans women who come from a gender conforming background can exhibit this.  The desire to not be associated with effeminate gay males or drag queens can sometimes rise to a level of internalized homophobia and transphobia; example: Parker Malloy’s interactions with the drag community.

The desire to pass is often described as internalized transphobia.  On this, I am mixed; I think the desire to pass, which is a desire I share, is also born out of sex dysphoria; ie, wanting my body to be female or at least appear female to a level that I’m comfortable with.  It is also a rational desire based in self preservation.  Passing is also the only thing that really allows for a truly female socialization to develop, unfortunately.

Sometimes, it seems like anything less that outright celebration of trans-ness is pegged as internalized-transphobia. 

The ‘have pride in your transness’ attitude  falls short for people who ascribe to the medical narrative of being trans; for them, they would characterize such an attitude as “celebrating my cancer” or heart disease, etc.  Transness is seen as debilitating medical condition only, with transition being the best known treatment.  In this sense, they are a victim of the condition, and calls for pride and overcoming internalized transphobia can feel patronizing and akin to victim blaming.

The pride attitude stems from narratives of the mind; ie, “I am who I am”, which is an irreducible essence/personality.  It’s not so much a desire for respect, it’s an internal assumption that one is deserving of respect. 

On this I tend to fall on the ‘mind’ side of the divide; not in the sense of ‘ladybrain' essentialism, or in any way a sense that my mind is somehow 'woman' or 'female' or 'male' or 'man', but more in the sense of mindfulness that I am person who is living a trans life and lives socially as a woman.  It's an embracing of the irreducible liminality of my existence and that I am what I'm supposed to be.  I don't feel like I'm explaining this well, so I'll have to think about how to describe this better.  However I might describe my attitude, I have found it helpful for counteracting the shame I have experienced, and still occasionally experience, over being trans.  For what it's worth, I am proud that I had the courage to step into uncertainty and transition. I like myself as a person (most of the time), and I appreciate the insights that being trans has taught me about the human condition.  I pass to strangers, but I am out to friends and most coworkers, but I no longer talk about being trans at work, it’s not usually relevant to work, so there are likely newer people who don’t know.  In general my life is going really well.  

At New Narratives, we were intentional to draw as few lines around being trans as possible.  At the NN workshop,  I actually had to call an attendee out one point for using words like ‘freak’ and trying to draw lines around transness and privilege passing people.  I would describe that behavior as internalized transphobia.  

However, condemning that sort of behavior does not mean that other behaviors exhibited by trans people are off limits for criticism.  I am disturbed by the behavior of some like Synthia China Blast; I would be uncomfortable around this person and be on guard for my safety.  Were I then to assume all trans people were like Synthia, or that non-passing trans people were like Synthia… that I would consider transphobia.

(Reblogged from sometranslady)

New Narratives 2014: A Needed Breath of Fresh Air

atranspaige:

I mentioned it before, I was one of the people who attended New Narratives. There’s already a couple of excellent posts,about NN2k14 from two of the organizers, Snowflakeespecial and Mindergenfield, that you can read. 

I wasn’t one of the organizers, so I can’t really tell you about the goals of the event or if it should be considered a success.  I wasn’t even one of the good people who took notes. What I can tell you is my personal thoughts and feelings from NN2k14.

It was amazing!

I was surprised at how quickly I became comfortable around everyone there. In many ways New Narratives felt more like a support group than the trans support group I had attended. I actually felt safe to talk and voice my opinions.  

It’s a good thing too because we talked and talked and talked. We talked so much that even after it was over several of us went to a bar and talked for like 2 hours more!

You’d think with all that talking that we would have come to some sort of consensus, but no. The only consensus was when we already agreed with each other.

Mostly New Narratives was a chance to air my grievances with certain aspects of the trans community; share my story with people I felt would actually listen and could understand; and gain some new perspective from listening to other people talk about their life and being a trans woman.

Most importantly to me, it was a chance to do all this in person. Writing online is great. It’s let me talk to so many people across the globe that I’d have never met in my lifetime otherwise. Still real conversations are lessened when they only occur online. There’s something missing when you can’t see someone’s face. When you can’t hear the emotion behind their words. I’m sure there’s some people who would describe it as better and more “rational” that way. I don’t know about you, but rational does not describe the internet I’ve been on.   

We didn’t just talk that day.  In fact the thing I remember best was when we did a group walking meditation. It seemed a little silly, but it also felt good.  It was supposed to help reconnect with your body, and I think it could it could really help. There were a few times I had to stop myself from laughing though. I couldn’t help it, I just started picturing some random person walking by and seeing a group of people walking in circles with their eyes closed.

Once everything was said and done, well everything that could be said in a day, I was really glad I’d gone. I loved New Narratives. I made some new friends there. It’s what pushed me to start this blog and actually start talking to some people in real life about the problems within the trans community. If it hadn’t happened, I’d have probably left the trans community completely, slowly gone semi-stealth, and just tried to ignore everything that was going on.

To the organizers, thank you so much for putting on New Narratives. I can’t wait for the next one; I’ll definitely be there.

I’m so glad you were there too! It was great to meet you. And welcome to the club on tumblr! <3

(Reblogged from atranspaige)