RE: Suzanne Moore/Julie Burchill
Since I am a day late and a dollar short on this I won't go into the particulars, the internet floor is plenty littered with them by now. If in the dark, see both links above.
The fallout came after a remark was taken out of context in a smart feminist article made by Suzanne Moore in a recent NewStateman. While describing today's contrived hyper-feminine creation aka woman, Suzanne juxtaposed the unattainability of the male masturbatory feminine ideal to that of the equally male created artificial trans male model aka transwoman. Suzanne said, and I quote: "We are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved
properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian
transsexual." This link will take you to a few of the Brazilian transsexual models to whom Suzanne was referring. Interestingly I could not find a single gripe from the Trans politic or anywhere else attacking this paper or demanding the journalist's head on a platter, despite the repeating words "Brazilian transsexual" throughout the piece. Which leads me to ask the question, why is it perfectly acceptable for some to use "Brazilian transsexual" and others (feminist?) to be viciously attacked for it? There are several reasons for this in fact:
1) Because comparing the patriarchacal plastic-medi-made woman born delegitimizes the plastic-medi-made transwoman that males are claiming they were born! If feminists remove the legitimacy of ready-made-women who are female, ready-made-transwomen disappear altogether.
2 a) There is a conspicuous jealously and homophobia by the majority of trans males aka Mtfs whenever reminded of trans males who pass (perform for their own internal male gaze) better than they. Especially males requiring less drugs and surgeries with which to do so. Those males make up the few percent of trans males who are homosexual. Males who seek transition, unlike your 90+ percent of hetero male transitioners who transition seeking the ultimate fetishist's high, transition instead because of his pathological homophobia. These gay males, do not have to lie to their "gender specialists" about their attractions or their feelings of believing they "always felt like girls". Many gay trans males formed close relationships with females their age when young and were allowed into early female spaces, experiences your classic autogynephile wasn't at all privy to.
2 b) Not unlike your typical straight male homophobe, hetero trans males are equally homophobic and then some! But theirs is a homophobia coupled with extreme jealousy. That's not to say they wont use gay trans males for their own political agendas whenever one is beaten or murdered. But outside of that, these men HATE gay men, period! Sadly the gay trans male is usually a minority, he doesn't have the white privilege and power commanded by the white straight Trans politic. He usually has to put himself into danger if he feels compelled to transition. Dangers from prostituting himself to raise monies for transition, including frequenting life threatening Pump Parties.
In short, Suzanne Moore was attacked because she destabilized the plastic-medi-made woman via highlighting the misogyny which underlines it. And because perhaps unbeknownst to her she put a spotlight on the homophobia creating a small number of trans males but moreover the homophobia coursing through the veins like so much synthetic estrogen in nearly all others.