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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Breast Shame-Fear and Sexism in ALL FTM Visuals

The above was recently sent to me after having made the rounds on the trans female tumbr circuit. All I have to say on the cartoon is no one lives happily ever after a double mastectomy. Healthy breast wind up in a hospital incinerator, leaving behind a permanently disfigured body.

This cartoon however does bring up another nefarious trans trend among trans females: Shirtlessness.

Nealy every trans female video made involves some form of shirtlessness, whether shirtless videos made before top surgery, where breast are below camera level or countless shirtless videos after top surgery. You would be hard pressed not to find one or both of these scenario's among pictures or videos of a trans female. This alone should be reason enough to cease and desist a female's transition, because through even this window whats informing the transition is crystal clear. Shame, fear and sexism.

Breast shame and sexism surrounding breast begins before girls even have what society considers boobs. Adults of both sexes point at young pre-verbal girl chests whenever they do not have on a top, while only gently teasing, this VERY early breast shaming sends harmful messages to female children. Made worse if there are male children in the household not receiving the same messages. Even girls allowed to go shirtless around the house or yard, at a certain age will be forced to cover up by parents/authority figures, whereas boys of the same age continue going shirtless whenever the fancy strikes them.

Girls grow up being taught first to hide their breast, then being taught their breast are for the benefit of males, or particularly the Male Gaze. Once upon a time females were taught breast were also made to feed their children with. In civilized societies, breast are no longer for nourishing children, they are solely for male cock pleasure. Breast have systematically become nothing more than consumeristic sexual OBJECTS for men! Women are shamed (or arrested) out of even breast feeding their child in public, NOT because their is anything sexual about a breast or breast feeding BUT because patriarchy has sexualized breast and therefore breast feeding!


So we come to trans females and breast, those who have ingested/pathologised all the shame, fear and sexism about breast to such a degree, these girls/women associate shirtlessness with male only. So in video taping themselves without shirts, pre or post top surgery, in their non feminist minds, they are actually BEING male when doing so! Because ONLY males go shirtless! It is complete male mimicry, NOT males confined within female boobied bodies! Going shirtless in the trans female mind, it surpassing the limits breast place on other women. They as trans females get to do something other women do not, they while still obviously female skirt femaleness and can now tread in male shirtless space.

Where their fear and shame stopped them from challenging patriarchal rules around female breast, they instead medically cower to patriarchy's breast rules. Nothing transgressive occurs via hiding female breast through videoing above naked breast or surgically having healthy female breasts removed. Shirtlessness in trans female videos does one thing, it proves that breast shame, fear and sexism is real and needs to be front and center of our feminist fight!

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16 comments:

  1. This cartoon, if people want to call it that, makes it look as if human female breasts are just things that can be removed, or plucked off just like an inanimate object. Human flesh can just be plucked off the body.



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  2. Brilliantly unpacked, and very true.

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  3. They want to get rid of their breasts because they identify as a man and men don't have breasts. Nothing more, nothing less.

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  4. The breast tissue isn't thrown away. It is taken to labs for testing. We pay for the tissue to be tested when we pay for our top surgery.

    Fear breasts? I don't fear my breasts, They just aren't supposed to be there.

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  5. Why does Dirt use "breast" only as a singular word?

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  6. de-sexualizing my chest and breasts was one of the biggest steps i took during my de-transition. i would literally stand in front of my mirror every single day and force myself to look at myself shirtless and do my best to not be ashamed and to hate my chest.
    it took a really long time, probably years in the process at this point. however, going through this, and coming out on the other end as a person who is more-or-less comfortable with and accepting of their body has been the best thing i could have possibly done for myself. i am now regularly shirtless in my own home, mostly because it is just more comfortable for me. i fix my bikes, do household chores, play video games, etc all shirtless if i am in the mood to do so now. not because i am male and being shirtless is a male privilege (as i thought of it and sought when i was "transitioning"), but simply because it is sometimes far more comfortable for me and i've been able to de-sexualize my chest in my own eyes.
    of course i would not enter into any public spaces in such a manner, as i cannot expect the rest of the world to not view my chest in a sexualized manner. but it is enough for when i am at home by myself or with my partner. it has made a WORLD of difference.

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  7. re-read my last comment and thought i should clarify that when i said "not because i am male" because that was my thought process while i was transitioning.
    i am female. i have breasts. i spend a good amount of time shirtless at home because it is more comfortable and there is no reason at all outside of society and culture that i should feel as disgusted with and ashamed of my body as i have in the past. i could not be happier with my decision to work through this hard shit instead of giving in.

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  8. The person in the cartoon looks more female to me. There is nothing especially "masculine looking" about the female in this graphic.

    The cartoon is amazing to me. In fact, it's the most incredible thing I've seen. It's possible to remove both female breasts without one single drop of blood. Look at the cartoon again. Boobs are just twisted off, pulled off as simple as taking out ear rings or whatever. They aren't flesh, blood, nerves, etc. They are viewed as inanimate blobs of clay or silly putty.

    Unfortunately, this is not the reality. It's far from the actual reality. I have included the link below before. This is double incision mastectomy with areola and nipple grafting. Male areolas and nipples are often smaller than female areolas and nipples. We can't have this because it's all about the proper cosmetic appearance. So, they cut the nipples and areolas off, whittle them down to size, and then re-attach them after the double mastectomy. Loss of sensation is common. Every now and then the nipple graft doesn't take resulting in a loss of a nipple or two. Please watch the video in its entirety.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEKPz5zuDjc

    The breast tissue isn't thrown away. It is taken to labs for testing. We pay for the tissue to be tested when we pay for our top surgery.

    There are numerous tests including actual breast biopsy that can detect cancer. Why would surgeons completely cut off healthy breasts just to test the tissue? It certainly isn't necessary to surgically remove both breasts just to test the tissue. It's kind of like cutting off an entire arm just to remove skin cancer or a small malignant growth.

    Digital mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsies, image-guided breast biopsies and surgical biopsies don't require completely removal of both breast and the surgical trimming down of nipples and areolas.

    There are various biopsy techniques.

    "Breast core biopsy has an accuracy rate of about 98%. There is no significant difference in accuracy for core biopsy compared with surgical (sometimes called “excisional”) biopsy."

    http://washingtonradiology.com/patient-education/biopsy.asp

    What do these post "top surgery" (elective mastectomies with the surgical trimming down of areolas and nipples) tests reveal? How many of these tests reveal healthy tissue? While it's a possibility that a post "top surgery" test could detect cancerous cells, isn't it true that the vast majority of "top surgery" breast tissue is healthy?

    If females are concerned about breast cancer, they don't need to get both their breasts surgically removed and their nipples and areolas surgically trimmed down to approximate male size. There are a lot easier methods.

    They want to get rid of their breasts because they identify as a man and men don't have breasts. Nothing more, nothing less.

    If a person is born a biological female, she will never fully be male. Human and non-human primates don't change their sex. Simply because this delusion has been forced on people, doesn't mean it's true.


    Fear breasts? I don't fear my breasts, They just aren't supposed to be there.

    (**Breasts are part of the female anatomy. Where are they supposed to be?)

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  9. @Zombie:

    It took me years to love, cherish, and accept my body. When I was starting to develop at about the age of 12, my grandfather molested me. After this, I felt a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach any time someone even looked at my breasts. I associated my breasts with shame. At any rate, it took years for me to finally learn to love my body. When I get out of the shower, I look into the mirror, and I see a beautiful body now. I'm not repulsed. I often wear no bra or top in the house. This feeling of being connected to my body is like empowerment to me.

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  10. Dirt uses breast instead of chest because she wants to think of it more like a male chest- in the singular. Thereby de-sexualizing. I don't think she can deal with having TWO BREASTS. Also because she secretly fancies she's an epic poet in the time of Homer.

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  11. This may be an Asperger's issue as well, as the extreme discomfort with certain fabrics against the skin could be the culprit.

    And many of the women displaying themselves on YouTube could very pass for Aspies.

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  12. If you are having trouble seeing the "top surgery" (Double incision mastectomy with areola and nipple grafting), go to this link and scroll down Sep 21, 2013

    http://sexnotgender.com/2013/09/19/a-gender-critical-response-to-a-statement-of-trans-inclusive-feminism-and-womanism/

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  13. 'Girls grow up being taught first to hide their breast, then being taught their breast are for the benefit of males, or particularly the Male Gaze.'

    ... and, I would add, that our breasts are NEVER GOOD ENOUGH!

    No matter whether they have developed, not developed yet, big, small, symmetrical, not symmetrical, small nipples, large nipples - they are always going to be at fault, cos that's how capitalist patriarchy sells us stuff.

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  14. 'Girls grow up being taught first to hide their breast, then being taught their breast are for the benefit of males, or particularly the Male Gaze.'

    ... and, I would add, that our breasts are NEVER GOOD ENOUGH!

    No matter whether they have developed, not developed yet, big, small, symmetrical, not symmetrical, small nipples, large nipples - they are always going to be at fault, cos that's how capitalist patriarchy sells us stuff.


    True Sarah...

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  15. Boohoo, my name's dirt, and I'm mad because men and trans men take their shirts off on the beach and on hot days, boohoo wah wah wah wah, call the mother fucking wahmbulance why don't you.

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  16. I think it's funny when someone says that these pictures are private when in reality the Youtube community is incredibly public. These people have put themselves out there so it's not a privacy thing. Only thing is if they actually request to have their pictures removed then that would be something to think about.Oh and another thing, no such thing as privacy anymore on the internet.

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