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Monday, December 13, 2010

Who is Transitioning

When misogyny is the canvas of transition, it is EVERY woman's problem!

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18 comments:

  1. i think it's disgusting that you take the faces of these young guys and put them up here on your hateful blog.

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  2. I think it's disgusting that you take the faces of ANYBODY and put them on your blog in order to make fun of them like you do.

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  3. Misogyny is no laughing matter.

    dirt

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  4. I don't see anyone "making fun of" these young women. It's important to examine media images, including youtube media, especially as they pertain to young women under patriarchy. These girls want to be seen and discussed by the public at large and that is their right as Americans. I'm surprised people are actually complaining about that.

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  5. If you think Dirt is "making fun of" these girls, then you have a complete misunderstanding as to what this blog is about. Ask your mom or an educated friend to read it and explain it to you in a manner which you can understand it. Dirt is simply putting a face to the tragedy that is trans. Every single girl in those pictures, unless they have hacked them out or off, has a vagina, breasts and ovaries.

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  6. If they didn't want their faces on the intertubes, they wouldn't be making YouTube videos talking about this issue. There is no expectation of privacy here. What it is is people who want attention but they want to specify the sort of attention they get. Doesn't have to be transtrender -- a lot of people do this on the internet.

    If you think Dirt is making fun of them or that she's hateful towards them, you haven't read or understood a thing on this blog. Which would be par for the course if you're from the "queer" community. Start from the beginning...

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  7. Speaking of media images, if you go to Google News and enter a search for trans trend, you'll get "New York Times' newest fashion trend: Transsexuals!"
    http://www.tbd.com/blogs/amanda-hess/2010/12/new-york-times-newest-fashion-trend-transsexuals--5727.html

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  8. "Nevermind that Van Meter undermines this new trend by noting similar trans fashion icons from the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. (It seems that the fashion world is going on celebrating its 50th "year of the transsexual")."

    Gosh I remember the 80s where everyone was androgynous. I bet even Dirt had "big hair" back then.

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  9. "But what Van Meter's piece totally misses is that trans people are still denied the basics: They are still discriminated against in employment; they are still denied marriage rights; they remain at a heightened risk of contracting HIV; they are harassed, bullied, assaulted, raped, and killed; they are mistreated by law enforcement and corrections officials; they are underserved by the larger LGBT community. Many are not accepted, even, for the way that they look. For people who identify as trans whether or not it's en vogue, 2010 still has a ways to go."

    I think you missed the point of the atrical.

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  10. I am one of those people's face's you posted here. I don't mind you posting my face on your blog. But what gives you the right to use female pronouns with me? what gives you the right to say how any people there feels is wrong. Do you have any idea how all of these guys have felt their entire life? I (as one of them) do know. Since my first memory at less than a years old remember being forced into a dress, and i hated every second of it. I've known i was a guy ever since i was 5 years old, before having a penis or vagina mattered, because at that age, i didn't even know what one was.

    Transmen are NOT just butch lesbians or female or whatever. For one, i am not a straight male, i like people for who they are. Secondly, i am not masculine, all males ARENT MASCULIN! I am a feminine male, BUT IM SURE AS HELL AM NOT A FEMALE.

    What i am going through is not a trend, getting beaten up for being who i am, is not a trend, having the chance of my family abandoning me for who i am is not a trend. This is not a trend, and never was. Not once was it a trend when i was 5, when trends didn't even exist. My whole life i was confused until i could finally put a name to the dysphoria i was, and still am, feeling. Even when i lept to the conclusion, that maybe i was a lesbian, i still never felt right.

    You say to the trans community, don't waste your time here leaving comments. But you are doing it to a larger extent. You hate on people for who they are on a daily basis. You take a lot of time out of your life, to constantly write off peoples existence.

    This never has, or will, be a trend for me.
    Get educated.

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  11. Gosh: they finally heard of FTM transition in Oklahoma :D

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  12. "But what gives you the right to use female pronouns with me? what gives you the right to say how any people there feels is wrong. Do you have any idea how all of these guys have felt their entire life? I (as one of them) do know. Since my first memory at less than a years old remember being forced into a dress, and i hated every second of it. I've known i was a guy ever since i was 5 years old, before having a penis or vagina mattered, because at that age, i didn't even know what one was."

    I preface that I personally don't approve of posting others' personal pictures because in the end it does more harm than good, so I don't think having your picture here was a good idea and I understand why you are enraged.
    That said...when people mistook my androgynous male friend for a woman (and it happened many times, seeing as he is a very thin "emo boy"), or me for a boy, even after my FTM phase, ...we didn't act all enraged, because being male or female is not something bad or even important (though it has societal repercussions), like being black!
    If I was white but looked a bit black and people assumed I was black (well, actually it happens to me, but they assume I'm part Asian because of my facial features), I wouldn't say "F*CK YOU I'M NOT A N*GGER I'M WHITE AND DON'T EVER CALL ME NIGGA!", I'd say "Well, I'm white, not that it really matters".
    And, refusing to wear dresses, disliking female stuff or female nicknames, does not a male make. I recently saw some of my old childhood photos and if it wasn't for my long hair (which I liked because warriors of the past had long hair), people would probably assume I was a little boy: in one, I was dressed as a knight in an amusement park, in another, I was holding a hammer, in another throwing snowballs at my poor sister and so on...

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  13. It's O.K. to refer to them as girls because that's what they are. Some people in their lives may feel sorry for them and humor them by using male pronouns after being told to.
    What do FtM's think about wearing a kilt?

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  14. Anon@5:21,

    Externals informed your internal from the time your mother birthed you, your experiences/feelings as a female are not remotely uncommon, especially given the patriarchal regimes dictating the externals.

    Secondly, if you are injecting "T" into your female body, you ARE now masculine. You may not be macho, but machismo has nothing to do with masculinity. Do confuse the two.

    dirt

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  15. Blue, please prove where RE-posting/linking pictures found on the internet is harmful.

    Waiting for examples.

    dirt

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  16. The only example I can give at the moment on this specific case is that your "who's transitioning" posts are by far the most "ticked off", and that the trans community is wary of you and what you're doing mainly because of these posts.
    If you want to reach trans audiences, this might be not the best way to do it, IMHO...

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  17. Blue,

    I write for a lesbian audience, an audience that has been co-opted, threatened and ransacked by the malecentrism that marks trans ideology. I write to bring to light the misogyny that informs queer/trans theory that has leveled the Butch/Femme community.

    That some trans minded folks read here doesnt change my target audience or the purpose. I'm only glad that some trans minded have read here and changed their minds before it was took late.

    I'm also glad parents are reading here and thanks to the "who is transitioning" posts have realized their daughters were on this path and were able to put a stop to it.

    dirt

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  18. Thanks for putting faces to the
    experience. I look at some of these, and THEY ARE NOT AT ALL BUTCH! I guess I just don't get it..why such girly girls(especially the last "before" batch) would want to transition. I NEVER 'fit into' the girl role, though I had long hair as a kid and teen, I NEVER wanted it fussed with, NEVER wanted to wear makeup, stockings, dresses, or anything too revealing, I wanted my clothes to look boyish or unisex, even though my grandmother tried to femme me up. It didn't and never worked.

    So many times I fought my parents about being made to wear a dress or skirt to go to a family dinner with the grandparents, and they'd all say how 'beautiful' I looked. I go into the bathroom and look in the mirror and HATE myself. I couldnt' wait till I got home to put on the pants and shorts!

    I NEVER fit in, I was always masculine/tomboyish...and it wasn't till I came out that I found others like me.....yes I wanted to be a boy, but only because girls roles were so circumscribed, and I HATED how girls were made to dress.

    So, I just don't 'get it' that these successful girly types would want to be 'dudes'. I guess I'm old school, and can understand older Butches or those who are extremely masculine and can no way fit in even with the lesbian community and who completely act and think male want to be dudes....and that is consistent from an incredibly young age...not this girly types who were SUCCESSFUL as girls.

    And yeah, many of 'em are barely androgynous, if even, who then declare they are "FTM". Most will never have the bottom surgery, but they are following the lockstep trend. Thank goodness the proud Lesbian Feminists got ahold of me, and proud Butches, BEFORE this nonsense...when Lesbian culture and thinking was all about what we could DO as Females, LOVE ourselves and other females, and about our strength, our power, OUR PRIDE as Dykes and as women, and we were gonna win the Women's Revolution as Her Women/Amazon Warriors!
    -MasterAmazon

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