The right can make it only about race. I have no problem in calling certain attitudes of certain Muslims appalling. I just can’t see them in isolation from class and gender.
The macho environment in which the girls were not listened to, or even seen as children, is part of a continuum of thought in which girls, once deemed sexually active, even if it is against their will, are seen as damaged goods. Thus they can be bought and sold in a market that has made it apparent it no longer considers them worth protecting. Where is the profit in that?
Whatever resignations are proffered, what is horrifying is this wholesale resignation to an economic caste system. Our untouchables turn out to be little girls raped by powerful men.
What really bothers me is that your mainstream readers (most of whom have little-to-no prior knowledge about radical feminism or transgender activism) will most likely not see through the article’s journalistic-ish veneer, and will assume that it represents an “objective” and “unbiased” presentation of the situation. And they will assume that transgender activists are mean people and completely out of control, because they have not been offered any evidence to suggest otherwise. And the insinuations that Goldberg makes throughout her article — that trans people act irrationally, are sexually deviant, and potentially dangerous — will seem to have “truthiness” to your readers, because the media has been propagating these very stereotypes of us for almost half a century. And when your readers do eventually meet a real-life trans person, perhaps they will misgender them, or dismiss them as a “pervert,” and justify those acts by referencing a New Yorker article they once read.
An Open Letter to The New Yorker | Julia Serano
If you haven’t been following, read the original New Yorker story and then Julia’s full response. So, so important to constantly hold one another accountable, especially when one group’s “activism” exists only to cut another group down.
Trans woman checking in. Transgender activism has in fact been taken over by mean people who are out of control. What was actually left out of the New Yorker article is the fact that trans women commit crime, including violent crime, at the same rate as all males. Couple that with the fact that 75% of trans women do not have any form of genital surgery, and that trans women are known to rape women born female, and I’d say that women have every right to insist that sex matters.
David “Darlie” Brewster lived as a man until he was in his fifties, with a successful career as an animator. Then he got facial feminization surgery and breast implants, started posting inappropriate selfies, and has spent his retirement making comics about how “funny” it is that Cathy Brennan is a rape victim.
Former British politician Sarah Brown was invited to be the keynote speaker at the London Dyke March this year, despite the fact that Brown has said that vaginas are “offputting” and has also told women to “suck my formaldehyde pickled balls”.
Your own problematic fav Julia Serano has written at length about how unfair it is that lesbians don’t want to date trans women with penises (nice guy, much?), besides making up the patently offensive term “rapeaholic” to describe women in a futile attempt to “prove” that autogynephilia doesn’t exist.
I can keep going if you want, but I don’t want to.
As Andrea James recently pointed out, white, formerly heterosexually married trans women have been quietly taking over the boards of some of the most prominent gay organizations. That’s why GLAAD and HRC are now pushing the explicitly anti-female agenda that lesbians - that is, females who partner with females - no longer have the right to sex-segrated space. Given the reality of sexual violence by males against females - including attacks perpetrated by trans women - don’t you think it’s time to call bullshit on this agenda? I’m a trans woman, and I sure do!
Women are not the ones doing the oppression here. Just sayin’.
Men have been adjudicating on what women are, and how they should behave, for millennia through the institutions of social control such as religion, the medical profession, psychoanalysis, the sex industry. Feminists have fought to remove the definition of what a woman is from these masculine institutions and develop their own understandings.