Why I Can’t Talk About Trans Politics as ‘Sense-making’

11 Apr

In the last several days preceding the narrowly-avoided U.S. government shutdown over defunding family planning clinics, I started noticing many Twitter folks talking about how ‘abortion isn’t a women’s issue’. Today, Feministing posted “Why I won’t be talking about abortion as a ‘women’s issue’ anymore”.

Ok, fair enough. I’ll play your little gender game for a bit and act like gender is something an individual feels in their mind rather than a role that is socially imposed (WEE! Gender Fantasyland is fun!). In this world, men have babies because ‘man’ is a gender, not a biological reality like reproductive organs. Got it.

However, in this world where trans men are ‘real men’ (whatever the hell that means), they often claim to be male as well. Supposedly, becoming a male is just a matter of injecting yourself with testosterone, having your breasts removed, and (albeit infrequently) having a neo-phallus constructed. (Maybe you don’t even have to do that – just will yourself into being another sex. . . it’s all just a postmodern thought exercise after all, isn’t it?)

Stepping out of this world. . . let’s look at what we’re actually talking about when it comes to who can and cannot get pregnant, who can and cannot therefore receive abortions. We’re talking about females. Female things like uteruses, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervixes, vaginas, oh my! Most trans men still have these organs, hence they still have the possibility of becoming pregnant.

Why is all this so nonsensical? Because trans activists refuse to acknowledge that one is not actually able to change their sex. Transsexuals do not exist. Unless you can change all the chromosomes in your body and compel new organs made of your own tissue to spontaneously generate, no, you cannot change your sex. There’s really such a bizarre inability for them to admit that biological realities can be named through sex and, hey, that doesn’t take away from your Gender Fantasyland fun of clinging to “I’m a man/woman”. However, if you are trying to assimilate into that system of sex-gender matching (which trans activists critique superficially but don’t follow through on in practice), then you might find it necessary to insist everyone also join you in Biological Fantasyland as well.

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5 Responses to “Why I Can’t Talk About Trans Politics as ‘Sense-making’”

  1. FAB Libber April 12, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Blogs and sites such as Feministing have become a joke, a parody.

    In that post, the author is a “trans ally”. Lots of stuff about tranz, queers, two-spirit, blah blah. Everyone except, whoops! FABs who don’t buy into any of this dress-up crap. Jeezus H Cwist on a flippin’ bicycle.

  2. Noanodyne April 12, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I think they’re gearing up to say that “sex” is in the brain and while there is some correlation between the “sex” of the brain and the biological componentry of “male” and “female” that’s not always the case.

    • Lesley (@Lesley213Lesley) April 19, 2012 at 6:45 am #

      You know I am so glad that I have found radical fem blogs like this. Both feministing and the f word fail to recognise basic stuff like you need a female body to be a woman. And also fail to recognise the intrinsic anti feminism at the root of much Trans “theory”.

      Have you looked at twanzphobia blog which is good if you want a laugh about all of this rubbish.

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