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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Transmen: Who is Transitioning






Transition, the New Wave of Feminism???

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  1. These girls are so young. It breaks my heart to see them poisioning and mutliating their bodies. I hope they all find this blog and reconsider transitioning - and put their energies and talents to good use - like helping other womyn and creating safe womyn-only spaces.

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  2. My heart goes out to these young trans trenders who are just now being impacted by the tail end of the trans trend movement. You see all their “elders” starting to de-transition (as much as they can with artificially masculinized bodies) and hear heartbreaking comments like “I don’t fit in with men, don’t fit in the gay community, don’t fit in anywhere anymore- only among other transguys”. And the flipside- those FTMs whose dysphoria only worsens the farther they indulge it with medical/surgical body modification (the horror of realizing that “transition” has not helped one whit).
    Almost every FTM has expressed privately the same concerns that Dirt expresses publicly on this blog. I only wish that as the fading trans trend just now filters down to youth in Podunk, Nebraska these FTM elders and detransitioners uphold their community responsibility and help these young people avoid the same mistakes that they have made. But whether they just continue to detransition silently or not, the truth is the truth and cannot be suppressed.
    Most of these kids aren’t stupid. For every frenzied attempt by Trannie Talibaners to silence the voices of radfems and lesbians like Dirt from discussing our politics and communities, for every clueless Lesbian-bashing Feminist-bashing trans blog that starts up I see three more trans-critical and radfem blogs started by the very young- some of whom are amazing thinkers and writers.
    This gives me great hope for the future of female equality.
    No one can blame these young women for not wanting to assume the bogus mantle of “womanhood”. There is not much to be desired in the social category of “woman” when that equates subhuman status, when everything “good” is assigned to those born male (excepting those maleborn who transition to embody the sexualized object status of women that they fetishize).
    Trans promoters pressure and proselytize to young women who reject the roles assigned to females in an attempt to increase the numbers in the only subculture they belong in anymore. They try to silence their doubts. They encourage body dysphoria and self-hate among young boys and girls who reject binary social rules. Medical and Psychiatric trans-careerists are dancing as fast as they can. But the trend is dying out anyway.
    We need to welcome the recovering ex-trans people back into the community with healing and kindness and open arms as they detach themselves from the hetero biomale fetishist trans movement.

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  3. If I was a parent of one of these kids I would get them THE HELL AWAY from these "Gender Therapists" (people that make their living encouraging kids to "transition") and find a regular, or better yet, FEMINIST therapist to help them through this troubled time!

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  4. FTMs claiming to be feminists are like preists who spew out homophobia at every opportunity and yet get caught with male prostitutes. Nothing but shame and hypocrisy.

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  5. A picture is worth a thousand words- thank you Dirt.

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  6. Hey kids ! The trans-fad is long past over ! What you do is as silly as wearing an old fashioned T-Shirt thinking you look cool but it is worse are you are damaging your body for a trend already gone...Don't be stuck in the 90's, go back to reality. Look at what looks like your trans elder with their baldness, their acnea skin, their scars, their lonely life where they can't find a partner.

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  7. Do you think it's possible to be trans and NOT transition because you are against it due to moral reasons?

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  8. Anon @ 3:09

    yeah id be one of those. I could care less what dirts blog says or anyone against it, in one ear and out the other you know. But yes, i do worry about transition due to certain morals and well, my religion as well.

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  9. To the 3.09 Anon: yes, I think it's possible you want to transition but won't do it due to religious/moral/familial concerns. Health considerations are important as well but rarely considered. WHY?!?

    To Dirt, and to the "Who's transitioning" pages: I've already talked about this, but I'll say it again. I know you mean no harm to these people, I know you care about them, I know you want to educate others and not bully them, I know the power of image communication very well. But these pages are the main reason trans people see you as a bully and don't trust you, because you make them seem scapegoats. What if they will regret transitioning but can't erase the painful images of that period (not that they shouldn't, in my opinion) either?

    You could use some blur on the faces, or not specify their IDs, or whatever. But the reasons many people don't agree with your (legal) acts are not to discard completely in my opinion.

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  10. @Bluetraveler-
    There's no way to show what's going on without using journalistic measures and showing the people who want to be seen. These young women want their image and their message (females who gender non-conform are not female) to be iterated. That's why they post them. I don't see what's wrong with quoting their message. It's legal and ethical. What boggles the mind is why anyone would think the message these women is spreading is so humiliating that the act of shining light on it is degrading. If you think it's degrading to show these women doing what they're doing, is that really the fault of the messenger?

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  11. Oprah where are you???
    Can totally see a montage of these YouTubers on Oprah on a show dealing with this issue. Dirt get ready!

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  12. These kids look like babies to me. Barely into their teens. And I'm supposed to assume that they have a brain in their head which is capable of distinguishing between regular ole sexism and a desire for new body parts?

    Honestly, the medical community is NEGLIGENT and ripe for a major class action lawsuit. I've said it before, I will say it again: For any therapist to skip over the feminist analyist of gender deconstruction as it relates to sexism, is NEGLIGENT. The assumption is that if someone feels like expressing a trait currently coded masculine then magically they must be a boy. It doesn't occur to the therapist that the child in front of them is merely responding to PEER PRESSURE to conform to society's expectation that only boys are allowed to express certain traits.

    LAW SUIT LAW SUIT LAW SUIT LET'S GO.

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  13. 6:06 Anon:

    "If you think it's degrading to show these women doing what they're doing, is that really the fault of the messenger?"

    I too am struck by the sadness of those images, those young, baby-faced FTMs with dyed hair and a generic sibling similarity much like some genetic conditions like Down's syndrome, and further saddened when I realize one of their chief topics is depression and "not fitting in", when transitioning will make you "not fit in" even more. I just object to posting them because it might make them feel even worse, when it's hardly what they need. Many have tried suicide, or had such thoughts. I hope dismantling transsexuality, if there's such a need, won't need "scapegoats", even if in a sense "they asked for it" by putting their lives and images on the net.

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  14. @ Bluetraveler: for once, you and I agree. I think it does more harm than good to Dirt's' message to post pictures of "transfreaks of the week." It makes the FTM community more pissed off, and doesn't really further Dirt's educational objectives. Dirt could say what she needs to say without posting those pics.

    Also, Dirt makes a point of posting the most babyfaced people she can find. As a dyke, it took me until like age 30 to stop being carded for alcohol. It's really imflammatory, IMHO, to post photos of babydykes who look 14. They are all probably in college.

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  15. I am the mother of one of these young people you have posted a picture of on here and I had no idea about what she was doing to herself. I came across this blog when a family friend mentioned they saw her on here. I'll have to have a talk with her.

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  16. No, Dirt does not seek out the youngest girls to post pictures of...thats just it, the vast majority of them posting youtube videos are that young.

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  17. I didn't know about this blog until our 15 year old daughter showed it to me, which I realized was a cry for help- she has friends that have joined this trend and was considering it herself. We discussed that once you put something on the Internet, it's out there for people to see. Obviously if you publish a YouTube video, people are going to see it.

    Personally I am not convinced that true transsexuality exists- I suspect it is partially a social construct and partially due to personal issues that could be resolved in other ways. But even if there is such a thing as a "true transsexual", then I really do not think that most of these kids are "trans". I think they've fallen prey to a fad.

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  18. I'm finally realizing (after many years) what always bothered me about trans in general -- the idea that the labels "male" and "female" represent more than just the state of a person's genitals. That they represent some sort of elusive, essential, intrinsic quality.

    And every time a FtM furiously denies that they are female -- unless they're denying that they have female sex organs, what else could they be protesting? Oh yes, some mythical "essential" quality of femaleness which they happen to lack, or some equally magical, invisible maleness which they manage to possess in spite of having womanly bodies.

    I've got a male friend with long hair who's routinely mistaken for a woman. He never bothers correcting people because he doesn't hate women, and doesn't see it as anything more insulting than being taken for the wrong race or wrong age. That attitude amazed me for the longest time.

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  19. FUCK YOU.

    You don't even know any of these YOUNG MEN. You can't tell them how they feel because you're NOT THEM. Just live the way you want, and let others live the way they want. Otherwise, you're just a bigoted asshole.

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  20. Do you have permission to use those photos?

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  21. Anon@3:18am

    Hence the link to their vid where the cap came from. So yes, I do.

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