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Sunday, June 24, 2012

You Cant Fool Mother Nature

I am in utter veneration of Patti Smith's new album Banga. She is in her mid 60's now and this record stands firmly with anything that has went before it, if not surpassing some. By the end of the album, in a pool a tears, I couldn't help but be struck profoundly by the concluding song, a remake of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush, recorded live with her daughter Jesse on piano and her son Jackson on guitar. Not merely her cover of this song, (which is beautiful) but her closing additional lyrics "look at Mother Nature on the run/in the 21st century". 

That addition or amendment, captures fully, the very heart of this blog, which in the folds of the fabric that is the evolution of my life wouldnt exist if Patti Smith didn't or if I wouldn't have known of her existence, nor in all likelihood, would I.


Look at Mother Nature on the run/in the 21st century...


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  1. Funny. I listen to Neil and always think of strip mining, fracking, oil and gas pipelines leaking, poisoned waters, deforestation, species going extinct, cultures lost forever, war genocide, human trafficking, slavery. Maybe we should contact him and ask what he thinks of transsexuals in relation to those things.
    The point is, my thoughts are free to consider a large range of human concerns. You listen to Patti and attempt to relate anything you can back to your hatred for transsexualism. At first I was offended that you would attempt to use two of my favorite artists against us. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks: you live in a mental jail. I feel sorry for you. Given her history with Mapplethorpe and other queers, I'll bet Patti would find
    your blog to be what it is- a pit of sadness and filth.

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  2. the trans unnaturalness was only part of the ickiness referenced above- do transbelievers also think all other kinds of body-mods are as beautiful as their own as long as the patient is happy with the results? why are other lovers of plastic surgery and body altering not also grouped with the LGBT? and why not also non-gay people with other mental disorders? why can't anybody explain to be why T is included at all? is it simply because many T used to be L or G? that's illogical. would someone who used to be black but had whitening surgery be welcome in the black-power movement? is it simply because 'we love everybody?' then why be a 'community' at all?

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  3. Anon@ 2:46 PM: I don't know what Patti Smith thinks of transsexualism, but I'm pretty sure that if she were growing up today, the gender police would have diagnosed her with GID and told her she'd be better off living as a man.

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  4. Anon@2:46pm, funny, this post deals with "the ways of death" (I.B.), meaning all the little ways women are dying amid the every day. And yet, out of all the ways I sited, all you could focus on was one. Hmmmm.

    dirt

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  5. To anon at 3:22 (the first 3:22 post)

    The T is in the LGBT for a sinmple reason.
    The same people who hate gay people hate transgender people. The haters and bigots put the LGBT togather when you think on it.

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  6. it does seem that the people who benefit most from the linking of trans and gay are indeed the bigots who think that trans is like ultra-gay and the trans who rely on this massive yet unrelated community- i'm just so glad pride week is over so i don't have to keep hearing about our LGBT speaker christine quinn (who is actually just L) etc... i just came out of the subway and noticed the mta still has the old sign up for the 'lesbian and gay services center'- that wouldn't even be allowed today! too transphobic and cissexist! oy vey iz mir

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  7. "And yet, out of all the ways I sited, all you could focus on was one. Hmmmm."

    Trans is 1/3 of the "ways" you cited, and 98% of your blog's content. That's your mental jail. Bye.

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  8. "is it simply because 'we love everybody?' then why be a 'community' at all?"

    My community is the whole world minus you and the few who think like you.

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  9. If your community is the whole world minus me and the few who think like me (actually, most people on earth don't believe that people can 'change sex' and females like me are by far the least threatening) then please let the homosexuals be and get the T the hell away from LG&B!

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  10. "please let the homosexuals be and get the T the hell away from LG&B!"

    Ha! You crack me up. Are we pestering you just by existing? I wouldn't be caught dead at a lesbian night or support group. My wife was with men and women before she met me, so it's not like I'm "takin' yer women". So the problem must be other gays who support us. Or who form friend ships and alliances with us based on *actual* affinity and love, laughter, and shared interests. If you could just get it through my gay friends heads that they should abandon me and only hang out with other female humans who like vagina, maybe you could successfully separate us. In the meanwhile, I'll be trans, my lesbian friends will be lesbians, and we'll all call ourselves queer. Stay the fuck out of queer spaces if you don't like it.

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  11. “In the meanwhile, I'll be trans, my lesbian friends will be lesbians, and we'll all call ourselves queer. Stay the fuck out of queer spaces if you don't like it.”

    With the help of puberty suppressing drugs, little sissy boys who, God forbid, might one day grow up to be gay, parents can start the “transitioning” process of making that little sissy boy a transwoman even before he starts puberty. He never grows up to love a man as a man in a man’s body. Of course, the same process applies to little tomboy girls who, God forbid, might grow up to be awful lesbians. No parent wants that. This is directed to any gay man or lesbian reading this post. Do you really think trans activists give a rat’s pattooty about sterilizing and castrating a whole generation of future gay men and lesbians? Slapping sissy boys and little tomboys with a label of “gender dysphoria” is occurring at much earlier ages. With puberty suppressing drugs, “transitioning” can start even before they hit puberty.

    Trans activists constantly dance and dart around some very serious questions. One of the things that they refuse to even consider is the fact that in many instances, transsexuals, or “transitioning” is the actual erasure of gay and lesbian identify. Google Trans Kids Purple Rainbow. Now, look at all the young faces. Transgender is a comfortable way for parents to deal with some serious homophobic and lesbian phobic attitudes. The little tomboy of sissy can now be “fixed”. Five year old girls are being called “transgender” because they don’t play with dolls and prefer to play with building blocks. There was a Washington Post video about a five year old “transgender girl”. Both her parents already call her “he”. This is a little genetic female. She is not intersex. Jesus Christ all mighty, transgender has gone insane. For the life of me, I don’t know why any rational lesbian would hang around transgender.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/transgender-at-five/2012/05/19/gIQABfFkbU_story.html

    “Chris started last year as “Grace” and “she”. I had thoughts over the years that he may be transgender as he always dressed in boys clothes and “acted” like a boy. BUT I as most people figured he was just a “tomboy.” I really thought thought that he might be transgender when at around 7 years old. He said “Mom, I am supposed to be a boy would you care if I had sex change surgery when I was older?”

    http://www.transkidspurplerainbow.org/transyouth-stories/meet-chris/

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  12. “I'll be trans, my lesbian friends will be lesbians, and we'll all call ourselves queer. Stay the fuck out of queer spaces if you don't like it.”

    “I would rather my daughter grow up to be a transman and get the respect that comes from being a man than be steered towards being a carpetmuncher who gets no respect.”

    As I recall, this was one of the many hateful, lesbian phobic comments directed towards Dirt. Dirt, did you get a comment like this one?

    Lesbians were conscripted into queer. It’s not like we volunteered or anything. Many of us were too afraid and intimidated and just went along with queer folks. From voting rights to reproductive health care, trans activists and queers haven’t done diddle squat for women. That is, except for an explosion in the number of young women who can’t wait to get their breasts lopped off, and all the BDSM and porn that emerged alongside “trans feminism”. Do you really want to see the true face of trans? Well, google, “Buck Angel”. Lesbians, take a good hard look at Buck. This is what transgender has brought us.

    “I'll be trans, my lesbian friends will be lesbians, and we'll all call ourselves queer.”

    This is a very interesting statement. First, thanks to gender queer and trans activists, lesbians are almost an endangered species. That is, biological women who are sexually and emotionally attracted to other women. Are you talking about MTF (male to female) lesbians? A lot of queer folk do consider gender queer transwomen with penises as “lesbian”. They really do mean this. So, I don’t know what you mean when you say” lesbian”. Second, since more and more young women can’t wait to get their breasts lopped off and start testosterone, what the hell will future “lesbians” really like?

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  13. "Lesbians were conscripted into queer. It’s not like we volunteered or anything. Many of us were too afraid and intimidated and just went along with queer folks."

    I believe the reason queer is so compelling is that actual lesbians *did* and do want more freedom to explore their identities-sexual, gender and otherwise. It's your own lesbian faults for being so goddamn judgmental and rigid, policing each other's behavior.

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  14. "Then it hit me like a ton of bricks: you live in a mental jail. I feel sorry for you. Given her history with Mapplethorpe and other queers, I'll bet Patti would find your blog to be what it is- a pit of sadness and filth."

    Since I've never even heard of Patti Smith before, I can't speak as to her political affiliations or how she does and does not choose to identify herself.

    Below are questions addressed to the person who thinks Dirt's blog is "a pit of sadness and filth."

    (1.) There is a collection of nine photos on the previous web page that links to this post. Yes, I know one naturally flinches at such horrific and disturbing sights, and there is an urge to turn away. Since we are talking about “a pit of sadness and filth”, look carefully at these photos. What do all these nine disturbing photos show? There definitely appears to be a common thread running throughout all these photographs. All these photographs are women who are so uncomfortable with their own female bodies that it is as if their bodies are almost alien to them. They are incapable of cherishing and loving their own exquisitely beautiful and powerful female body.

    (2.) Why is the mutilation of female bodies acceptable? Why is the internalized misogyny that leads to women being so uncomfortable in their own bodies something that is constantly played out year after year, decade after decade, century after century? It seems to never end. Indeed, it appears to be a constant throughout history. Perhaps Dirt’s blog is a “pit of sadness and filth” because it has the audacity to pull back the covers and expose some ugly truths that people prefer to remain hidden.

    (3.) Do you think these photos are repulsive? Google the words “trans” and “porn” and see how many hits you get. At the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference there were two workshops for transgender in the sex industry. There was even a workshop for FTMs in the sex industry, or interested in the sex industry. How are women usually depicted in pornography? How does the sex industry benefit women? Transgender claims to be the most persecuted minority in the whole world. Boo hoo… Well, transgender has the backing of the male medical establishment because, after all, “transition” never really ends. Also, whether they admit it or not, they have the backing porn/sex industry too. Indeed, trans activists and gender queer viciously went after feminists who spoke out against the sex industry. They are still doing this and take great pride in doing so.

    The first row of photos appears to be women who have undergone some rather drastic plastic surgery. In all honesty, I don’t know if they are biological women or not. Perhaps they are transwomen. The middle photo of the humongous breasts looks like they got carried away with the silicone, or God knows what. The plumped up lips in the first photograph are grotesque to me.

    Some of the photographs in the middle row appear to be enlarged labia and possibly an enlarged clitoris. I’m not a gynecologist, and I don’t know who took the photos. I don’t know if they have been Photoshopped or not. Long term use of testosterone can enlarge the clitoris. These changes are permanent. So, if a woman decides she wants to de-transition and get off the testosterone, she might still be stuck with an enlarged clitoris. Isn’t this lovely?

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  15. As to the last row of photographs, I imagine having one’s genital surgically altered is rather painful for both males and females. It makes me wince and squeamish to just think about it. Are these photos of FTM “bottom surgery”? I’m not a physician, but as I understand it, surgeons scan never surgically create a fully functioning penis that works exactly like a real penis. If the first photo on the bottom row is the best “penis” that they can surgically create, then, in my opinion, it surely wasn’t worth all the physical suffering and expense. It’s a tiny funny looking thing. It’s kind of like my sister’s little boy’s wanker except his looks more like a penis than this. It does look like labia next to this tiny thing. I don’t mean to sound so disrespectful because this is a serious subject, and this person must have spent good money for this “penis” not to mention the excruciating pain. I wish this person well, but if I were a biological male, I wouldn’t want this between my legs.

    The middle picture in the bottom row definitely looks like FTM “top surgery”. HERE IS A LINK TO A YOUNG FEMALE WHO IS BEGGING MONEY ONLINE FOR “BOOBS BE GONE”. … REALLY, BOOBS BE GONE. TO HELL WITH MONEY FOR COLLEGE. THIS YOUNG WOMAN WANTS HER BOOBS LOPPED OFF.

    If all the begging for online donations results in something like this middle photograph in the bottom row, PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR COLLEGE.

    http://tube.7s-b.com/video/byWXpz6R2zA/Boobs-Be-Gone-A-Top-Surgery-Fundraiser.html#

    It always seems that one way or another women are NEVER satisfied with their bodies.
    The Physical Effects

    From 2000 to 2009, as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) (2009), there was a:

    36% increase in breast augmentation surgery, an 84% increase in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
    4,184% increase in lower body lifts
    4,191% increase in arm lifts
    132% increase in buttock lifts
    5% increase in breast lifts

    http://newyorksociologist.org/11/Berberick2011.pdf

    Although I don't have the statistics on the clearly observed increase in the number of "transmen" or FTMs who transition, I’m not the only person who is alarmed at the increase in the number of young women who can’t wait to take testosterone and to get their healthy breasts removed.
    So, what do we have? For women who probably fall on the far feminine side of the gender spectrum, there is enormous pressure to become thin as possible, get breast implants, tummy tucks, botox, etc. For young women who chaff at traditional sex roles and the little princess role with frilly dresses, there is testosterone and elective mastectomies.

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  16. "I believe the reason queer is so compelling is that actual lesbians *did* and do want more freedom to explore their identities-sexual, gender and otherwise. It's your own lesbian faults for being so goddamn judgmental and rigid, policing each other's behavior."

    First, queer has never been compelling to me. A lot of lesbians know it deep down in their hearts, but the trans activists and the gender queer folks shoved it down our throats. See, this is how trans activists and gender queer folks think. Lesbians are "policing each other's behavior". PERHAPS THE PARENTS IN THE WASHINGTON POST VIDEO OF THE FIVE YEAR OLD "TRANSGENDER" GIRL ARE POLICING THEIR FIVE YEAR OLD KID'S BEHAVIOR. THEY ARE ALREADY CALLING THIS FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL "HE". WHO THE HELL IS POLICING WHOM? PERHAPS ALL THE KIDS AT TRANS KIDS PURPLE RAINBOW ARE BEING FORCE FEED TRANS BULL CRAP. WHO THE HELL IS POLICING WHOM?

    "It's your own lesbian faults for being so goddamn judgmental and rigid, policing each other's behavior."

    You don't give a damn about either lesbians or women in general. Moreover, I can say with all certainty that you still won't give a damn when some of these women live to regret all the testosterone and mutilating surgery.

    By the way, listen very carefully to what I have to say. Blaming the victim, especially the female victim is as old as human kind itself... "It's your own lesbian faults" How many times have women been blamed for every damn thing?

    I have a question. If lesbian identity was completely erased from the face of the earth, how many gender queer folks and trans activists would care? Let's lay all this shit on the table. This would be their response,
    "It's your own lesbian faults."

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  17. "I believe the reason queer is so compelling is that actual lesbians *did* and do want more freedom to explore their identities-sexual, gender and otherwise. It's your own lesbian faults for being so goddamn judgmental and rigid, policing each other's behavior."

    On the extremely long time line of human history, gender queer is only a tiny speck on this extremely long time line. It too will pass. Women have been loving each other since the beginning of time. I have some queer identified women friends, but I think many women, especially lesbians are getting tired of queeer and trans. Overall, it's not sustainable because there is only so much experimenting with gender that people can do before it gets rather bazaar and truly horrendous. When we look around, gender queer is getting way too freaky. In reality, no one other than queer folks use words like "cis". It really isn't as cool as it used to be.

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  18. I wasn't saying that gay people shouldn't be friends with trans people or that anybody shouldn't hang out with anybody but that as a political 'grouping' gay and trans is illogical- why not lesbian gay bisexual and bulemic, lesbian gay bisexual and 'cutter', or lesbian gay bisexual and insomniac... just unrelated that's all

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  19. WOW speaking of trans "men" who want to invade women's spaces, listen to this trans "man" who not only thinks ftms have the right to invade lesbian spaces but that mtfs and feminine gay boys should have that right as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCd_TqBRNHI

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  20. It's really sad to see little kids being diagnosed as "trans", when no one can even define what the heck it really means. I think we all know adult people who have opted to "transition" and are aware of how they kind of infect eachother online with the trans bug. I think the trend will end only when the next generation sees what becomes of this one - how all these trans end up looking/living and not want to end up like that. Unfortunately, that only goes for the adults, because those little kids are really getting a raw deal.
    It's true you can't fool Mother Nature, and she's pulling the strings.
    Germany

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  21. "So, if a woman decides she wants to de-transition and get off the testosterone, she might still be stuck with an enlarged clitoris. Isn’t this lovely?"

    Yes it is for those of us who like large clitorises.

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  22. "On the extremely long time line of human history, gender queer is only a tiny speck on this extremely long time line."

    I disagree. You may want it to go away, you may only hang around with people who hate this word. But for many young people, gender is something separate from sexuality. They are not going to want to be told they can't define it for themselves after people have fought so hard to make that possible. Going make seems very NOT progressive. This is the rub. This why we will never agree: I think you are being conservative in the truest sense of the word. You want to keep a strict boundary around use of the word female, maybe basing that definition on the oppression of females. Trans and queer people will always see you as regressive, conservative, and rooted in biological determinism, because there are so many queer and trans people who do not transition, do not believe in gender per se, and are expressing their gender in numerous ways. You are not looking at a whole community, you are looking at the YouTube videos of teenagers, which I ALSO find horrifying. Because teenagers are horrifying.
    Besides that, people have always been queer as regards their gender. All throughout history.

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  23. No, there have always been people who don't conform to whatever the 'gender' ideal of the day is; you are the one retroactively claiming them as fellow 'genderqueers-' I happen to be one of those people that has been called genderqueer and even transmasculine by others but alas I'm just a woman since I don't believe in all that hogwash. And once medicine and surgery is involved, it's not really being 'oneself' anymore.

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  24. "I happen to be one of those people that has been called genderqueer and even transmasculine by others but alas I'm just a woman since I don't believe in all that hogwash."

    Who cares what you believe? Really. If I can't claim genderqueer for all those who crossed the lines of gender expression *regardless* of their sexuality, then you certainly may not claim future lesbian or even woman for those of us for whom the term has no meaning or relevance to our lives.
    Im not sure how determinist you wanna get, but medicine and surgery has saved the lives of several women around me, not to mention anti-depressants and other pills that make it possible for people to function. Would they all be more *themselves* if they just let themselves die? Was it the male medical machine who saved my wife's life from cancer?

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  25. "Was it the male medical machine who saved my wife's life from cancer?"

    Do people really believe young women getting both their healthy breasts removed and taking testosterone for years is the same thing as "saving my wife's life from cancer"?

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  26. Whether or not the word 'woman' means nothing to you, it will remain a biological reality. I have no interest in 'claiming' lesbians (meaning females attracted to other females, whatever you want the name of it to be). Honestly I'm not a big fan of the overuse of anti-depressants either, or the 'I'll kill myself if I'm not made comfortable' story. I'm also not a user of the term 'male medical machine.'

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  27. All this is new to me.

    I need someone to define: genderqueer. Is that the same as lesbian?

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  28. Their bodies their choices perhaps?
    If they're happy how is that any of your concern?
    Also considering you have basically searched out the worst photos (in your opinion) that you could.

    I'm sure Mother Nature is very pissed off.
    She didn't make toothbrushes, better get out some tree bark and start scrubbing.

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  29. "Do people really believe young women getting both their healthy breasts removed and taking testosterone for years is the same thing as "saving my wife's life from cancer"?"

    Yes, they do. I'm not one of them because I believe I would have lived without transitioning. Miserable, and obsessed to the point of dysfunction, but I would have lived. My wife would have died without treatment. Both of us feel we are here, in the way that we are here, only by the grace of god. I'm questioning how far people here want to go with their judgment. I think gender has much deeper implications for an individual than getting "better" lips or whatever. I still don't put myself in the position of judging them. For one, I don't have the energy. It's fair to say that I can't relate to a woman who thinks that bigger boobs is something she can't accept herself without. I mean, are you relating transmen to Kim Kardashian? Am I supposed to feel akin to her? I don't. Does anyone see the grey area here? Is this only a place for extremism, or can we have a conversation that will humanize us to each other?

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  30. "It's fair to say that I can't relate to a woman who thinks that bigger boobs is something she can't accept herself without. I mean, are you relating transmen to Kim Kardashian? Am I supposed to feel akin to her? I don't."

    Okay but can you understand, objectively you do have something in common: you have both grown up in a world where people are extremely critical of females and their bodies.

    "I think gender has much deeper implications for an individual than getting "better" lips or whatever"

    I used to think the same. And in some cases you're right; theres a sliding scale of dysphoria but I think it goes across the board. When I met someone with BDD, a woman who had tried to do DIY silicon injections and attempted suicide, and it clicked - some people with BDD have got caught up in the gender scam and identify as trans. All types of people latch onto the gender explanation for their problems. I suffered from psychosis and self diagnosed as trans. Its the *trans* diagnosis I'm criticising and judging, not mentally ill folk. Gender isn't real. And its demonstratably harmful to enable people with delusions. I hate the fact that people with a clinical obsession with parts of their body (surely made worse by the world we live in) are being
    hijacked by gender-cultists. If some BDD sufferers need surgery to prevent them going nuts or dying, then so be it, but lets carry on looking for alternatives and fighting the problems in society that make BDD so much worse - misogyny and the gender straight jacket being 2 of them.

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  31. "All types of people latch onto the gender explanation for their problems. I suffered from psychosis and self diagnosed as trans."

    I don't know how to relate to this story either. Many transmen I know suffer from low-grade depression prior to and sometimes after transition. I have seen a few more cases of MTF people who seem mentally disturbed. I have never seen a trans person desiring removal of a healthy *limb*. This attempt to relate trans to that disorder crops up in this forum from time to time, but I don't get it. I am, and always wanted to be, a fully functioning human. I want and need all of my limbs. I don't know anything about BDD and I imagine most trans people don't either. I don't even know how you would blame trans people for a misdiagnosis of that syndrome. I see BDD as disordered thinking, but I don't see it without having compassion. I have transitioned, have no desire for more surgery, am mentally stable and function well in the world. I would pathologize my condition as having been physical and having been remedied. Gender may not be real, but my body and the desired changes it has gone through are very real. I'm sorry that you were victimized by the psychiatric establishment, but I went *looking* for my doctor and my treatment, which I knew would not place me outside of general mental health boundaries.

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  32. " I don't even know how you would blame trans people for a misdiagnosis of that syndrome."

    Stop. I don't blame trans for that.

    "I have never seen a trans person desiring removal of a healthy *limb*. This attempt to relate trans to that disorder crops up in this forum from time to time, but I don't get it."

    Body dysmorphic disorder is 'a preoccupation with imagined defects in physical appearance.' (BIID is the one dealing with limbs, but my bad for throwing acronyms around.)

    1. I believe only a small % of female transitioners suffer from full blown BDD or psychosis and the main reason for transition is misogyny. I should add that internalised misogyny made stuff immeasurably worse even if I was going to have mental issues either way.

    2. I'm not saying surgery is NEVER appropriate for BDD sufferers, but because the long term recovery rate is low
    it should be used as an emergency intervention, not a replacement for psychiatric help.

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