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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Life isnt Fair and Life for me Aint been No Crystal Stair

 In Response to a few Recent Comments and A LOT of Recent Attitude:

This blog has and continues to dismantle the WHOLE of misogyny and ALL patriarchal structures instilling/maintaining that misogyny. It also focuses on (primarily) how historically misogyny (via the internet/pop culture) has shifted lesbian fears through to lesbian pride and onto current lesbian shame (in excess) suffocating/shrinking the lesbian community today. Stumbling onto this blog or dropping by for the odd post isnt going to give that impression, anymore than knowing the intimacies of a stranger from passing her on a street might.

The fact that a reader or readers attribute "butch" or "gender non conforming" to any aspect of posts to me or this blog illustrates these readers havent read much, if any post here. That, or they have completely and utterly misunderstood the meaning, especially the myriad of underlining meanings holding each and every post together. And that isnt to say I think some readers dumb, in fact I believe most readers who find themselves here are likely quite bright, even those who violently disagree. But intelligence doesnt magically arm one with a shield of invisibility protecting one from social conditioning and expectation.

The truth is, even with an armful of feminist knowledge and lesbian herstory (thats where I come in), it can feel like it is far easier to join 'em than beat 'em (thats where YOU come in). I've been VERY fortunate to have found some truly great great hero's, and I have brought many of those same hero's to you in post after post. But those hero's didnt remove my pain growing up, they did better. They inspired ME to move through and beyond pain, grief, shame, horrors even to the pursuit more hero's, greater knowledge, beauty, other inspirations, pride and periodic happiness, a bank vault of which I can draw from for a lifetime.


They handed me the ball, but it was I who ran with it! I fell, and I fell again and I was knocked to the ground, kicked sometimes. But inspired, I crawled on my belly when I didnt have the strength to stand. Till I crawled right across the goal line and I kept crawling until I could walk again. Armed with pride and self assurance gleaned through struggle I stand firmly on my own two feet. The world may be upside down, but through introspection, inspiration, pride and extrospection I'm confident I'm right side up and on the side of whats right.

I am perplexed at the younger generations, at their laziness and their strange sense of self entitlement. I realized quite young that life wasnt fair and no one, NO ONE promised me a fucking rose garden! When I was growing up, there was no internet, no Google or Wiki in the privacy of my bedroom. I had to brave strange looks from librarians when checking out The Well of Loneliness or the History of the Stonewall Riots etc. I received (by snail mail of course) Sinister Wisdom in a brown paper envelope (which I couldnt wait to open each and every time) with no return address, because the lesbian nature of the package might have gotten me thrown out of my home or let go from a job, beaten or worse-killed.

While young lesbians still face similar issues, they also have (via internet/media) an abundant of excessive access to lesbian herstory, lesbian music, other lesbians, lesbian/feminist hero's etc. What they dont have however is someone to spoon feed them, someone to bring them their lesbian ruby red slippers and kindly slide them onto their feet. Then they run across a blog like this and feel robbed because "dirt" wasnt their for them in their hour of need! OMG life isnt fair!
 
Life isnt fair and sometimes life is as hard and as tough as nails. Nails driven into your mind, nails driven straight through your blood beating heart. We ALL need the occasional helping hand, helping to pull us to our feet again. I extend mine to ANY reader here, I WILL help pull you to your feet. What I wont do is carry you. Because that isnt giving you strength to walk on your own, it is crippling you from ever walking.

One of those inspirations I found in my despairing teenage years:

Mother to Son
 
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

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  1. I for one haven't stumbled by at the odd post, I've been following your violent use of language and images and your misguided albeit well intended arguments for several years and have just now broken silence. And to speak plainly, having read or not read your blog should not substantiate the validity of these arguments, you should have to listen anyway if you are to address entire populations as you do. Its a strange claim to argue that the younger generation is simultaneously privileged with disproportionate access to a greater abundance of information (via the internet) yet somehow at the same time disadvantaged by a narrowed access to lesbian herstory.

    To say that the inaction of the younger generation amounts to "laziness" completely ignores the ways in which patriarchy has conspired to create a condition of inaction, as Halberstam has recently theorized, a neo-liberalist approach to activism now allows certain privileged individuals to sit behind a computer screen instead of initiating coalition building and self-empowerment. An activity, might I add, you obviously engage in with some regularity, even if you began later in life. The internet is an example of a dominant space, an arena designed by and dominated by white men. Yours is not only a hypocritical view, it also strikes me as rather anti-analytical.

    Your dismantlement of misogyny is anything but comprehensive. I outright disagree. Everything you say in every post is completely contrary to an anti-colonialist feminist perspective, which must lie at the center of every feminist deconstructive argument. You have racism embedded well within your arguments, and racism has indeed characterized much of dominant/white lesbian and feminist history in previous decades. This assertion is not made in ignorance of that herstory, but in critical and careful awareness of it. I refuse to believe that someone who so regularly excludes a race analysis, as you do, is deconstructing the whole of misogyny. Race and gender are conceptually linked to an impossibility of separation.

    No one from any younger generation wants you to give them a free ride into feminist or lesbian insight, you are ill-equipped to do so. What this "attitude" has been is a counter cultural attempt to end the laziness you describe, and to heal the fragmentation imposed between the generations by a patriarchal condition, through communicating experiences and understandings. Because we believe that this fragmentation, itself, manifests as misogyny.

    Sorry about your rose garden.

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  2. THe lesbian community isn't shrinking. the younger generation has a widening definition of lesbian. You're upset because you don't understand.

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  3. Dirt,

    While I can not speak for others, I have been following your blog on and off since 2009. I've also viewed many of your youtube videos, twitter feeds, and tumbler posts... My arguments are well thought-out responses to your overall perspective. My issue is not that I just "stopped by" - my issue is that I utterly disagree that you are "dismantling the whole of misogyny and all patriarchal structures". Instead, I believe that you are in many ways maintaining much of patriarchy.

    You maintain patriarchy firstly by essentialzing and reinforcing culturally-imposed (and thus white supremacist and patriarchal) distinctions between masculine and feminine. And, as I have witnessed you attempt to argue occasionally, femininity is merely a construction of WHITE MEN and their institutions (primarily Western medicine). Therefore, essentialzing femininity and/or masculinity as discrete categories - rather than as cultural constructs with many overlapping qualities - upholds the power that WHITE MEN and Western medicine embody because you affirm that the designations that they assigned are true. It is my argument that resisting (through discursive analysis, through body modification, through political resistance) these essentialzed categories destabilizes them and rejects their impositions (because femininity and masculinity ARE patriarchal impositions) and is MORE powerful than affirming them and trying to work within their system. (This is where you have to "beat 'em instead of joining 'em".)
    Also, as anonymous @5:02 aptly points out, your feminist analysis consistently ignores critical intersections of race and/or colonization. It is extremely rare that your posts even mention race, class, or ability as qualifying factors in determining one’s own gendered privilege and/or oppression, and when you do attempt to incorporate these factors into your discussions, it is in a limited capacity that still ultimately centers your (i.e. WHITE, WESTERN) perspective. And, because patriarchy and white supremacy are intimately interconnected (and indeed, in many respects one in the same), any gendered analysis that is not primarily focused on race and/or colonization is incomplete.

    -FemLez25

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  4. Dirt,

    While I can not speak for others, I have been following your blog on and off since 2009. I've also viewed many of your youtube videos, twitter feeds, and tumbler posts... My arguments are well thought-out responses to your overall perspective. My issue is not that I just "stopped by" - my issue is that I utterly disagree that you are "dismantling the whole of misogyny and all patriarchal structures". Instead, I believe that you are in many ways maintaining much of patriarchy.

    You maintain patriarchy firstly by essentialzing and reinforcing culturally-imposed (and thus white supremacist and patriarchal) distinctions between masculine and feminine. And, as I have witnessed you attempt to argue occasionally, femininity is merely a construction of WHITE MEN and their institutions (primarily Western medicine). Therefore, essentialzing femininity and/or masculinity as discrete categories - rather than as cultural constructs with many overlapping qualities - upholds the power that WHITE MEN and Western medicine embody because you affirm that the designations that they assigned are true. It is my argument that resisting (through discursive analysis, through body modification, through political resistance) these essentialzed categories destabilizes them and rejects their impositions (because femininity and masculinity ARE patriarchal impositions) and is MORE powerful than affirming them and trying to work within their system. (This is where you have to "beat 'em instead of joining 'em".)
    Also, as anonymous @5:02 aptly points out, your feminist analysis consistently ignores critical intersections of race and/or colonization. It is extremely rare that your posts even mention race, class, or ability as qualifying factors in determining one’s own gendered privilege and/or oppression, and when you do attempt to incorporate these factors into your discussions, it is in a limited capacity that still ultimately centers your (i.e. WHITE, WESTERN) perspective. And, because patriarchy and white supremacy are intimately interconnected (and indeed, in many respects one in the same), any gendered analysis that is not primarily focused on race and/or colonization is incomplete.

    -FemLez25

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  5. (Continued from above) Along those lines, this post rings quite loudly of race and class privilege: Your assertion that when someone is down in life (particularly when they are facing structural oppression), they should understand that “life isn’t fair and sometimes life is hard and as tough as nails” and that somehow they should just manage to pick themselves up and succeed is what we call a “bootstraps narrative”. A bootstraps narrative is the assertion that you can just pick yourself up by your own bootstraps and make your own life better, regardless of the oppression that you experience. This narrative often sounds like: “Your position in life is your own damn fault and if you weren’t so damn lazy you’d be doing just fine. I’m not going to help you because if I do it will just enable you to remain lazy.” This line is recited to poor persons and persons of color (particularly to poor women of color) by those more privileged than themselves daily. This narrative is oppressive NOT ONLY because it ignores the social processes that have disadvantaged this person in the first place, but ALSO because it blames marginalized populations for their own oppression and shirks responsibility from the white people that put them there… The fact that you didn’t see this before you posted it assures your readers that you have an incomplete understanding of structural oppression – and an incomplete understanding of misogyny. (Also, this lack of understanding makes me wonder how critically you have actually read much of the literature - including Sinister Wisdon - that you cite? Many of these works interweave race and class into their arguements.) We may need you to infuse us with historical knowledge, but you need the younger generation to remind you of the ways in which you are privileged AND oppressed and to maintain your relevancy. (Some suggested readings on feminist analysis, sexual/gender violence, and race: Andrea Smith’s Conquest, The Combahee River Collective’s manifesto, and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature by Driskill, Finley, Gilley, and Morgensen).

    -FemLez25

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  6. (Continued from above) I also take issue with the way that you understand the contemporary lesbian community as a whole. You assert that your blog “focuses on how historically misogyny has shifted lesbian fears through to lesbian pride and onto current lesbian shame, suffocating/shrinking the lesbian community”. While I agree that dominant culture (structured by white men) operates in a way that shames lesbians, gender non-conformity, and indeed, sexual/intimate relationships that do not involve men, I also whiteness a shrinking of the lesbian community induced by shame inflicted from you and the ideology that you (and your supporters/allies) maintain. From a personal perspective, it has only been very recently that I have been able to reclaim the title “lesbian” for myself. (Please note: I wholly understand your argument about “queer” – and I agree. Queer has been co-opted by white men and is often used to ignore/erase marginalized sexually/gender variant persons… I am NOT, under any circumstance, implying that I have embraced a neoliberal queer identity.)

    I have been shamed away from a lesbian identity and culture NOT because I am not a fem lesbian (BECAUSE I AM!), but because my understanding of/ attraction to “butch” female-born persons is shamed by you. As a fem lesbian, my attraction is NOT to men, but to persons born-female that include soft butches, dykes, and transmasculine persons both with and without testesterone. I have lesbian attractions and lesbian sex, and I hold within me a piece of lesbian culture and history. I am proud to be a lesbian. But I withheld the lesbian identity from myself NOT because I didn’t want to claim it (I DID!) and NOT because my partner(s) didn’t want me to claim it (THEY DID TOO!) but because people like you shamed me out of it. You told me I didn’t belong here. You told me I was mentally ill (which by the way, is quite abelist and evidence of your lack of understanding of yet another intersection) for loving/ being attracted to butches that presented differently that you do yourself. You told me that I was a heterosexual and/or a self-hating homophobe. You (abrasively, violently) told me I wasn’t welcome, and so I left… Perhaps this is where your lesbian community went? Perhaps if you lifted up the all of the rugs you’ve swept us under you’ll find us?

    With this being said, it is clear that you are also unaware of the fact that gender variance (including trans identities) is not limited to a younger generation. There are many female-born persons that transition later in life and are/were subject to the same social processes that you are. Keep in mind that you have no idea how old many of your anonymous commenters are… By reducing this issue to a generational divide, you are ignoring the lesbian history of these individuals and infantilizing their experiences. They too are part of your community and mine. And their lesbian history deserves to be celebrated as much as yours.

    I look forward to your response(s).


    -FemLez25

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  7. No one from any younger generation wants you to give them a free ride into feminist or lesbian insight, you are ill-equipped to do so.

    Other than the mutilation of healthy female anatomy and the radical alteration of reproductive systems, what does this individual have to offer the younger generation?

    (1.) I suppose this individual would rather give adolescent girls breast binders even though transgender sources know full well that they can mis-align ribs and cause other health problems.

    "In a Bind is a project of TransActive's Community Education program. We collect new and pre-owned chest binders from guys who don't need them anymore and donate them to trans-masculine youth in need absolutely free of charge."

    http://inabind.transactiveonline.org/

    A nasty pre-owned breast binder is a great gift to the younger generation, especially when it can cause costochondritis (rib inflammation). Nothing says loving the younger generation like costochondritis. From what I hear, it's extremely painful.

    (2.) Rendering children infertile through the use of GnRH agonists and cross gender hormones is another great gift to the younger generation. Besides fertility issues, do people know the long term side effects of GnRH agonists and cross gender hormones on developing adolescent bodies? Since this individual is so concerned with youth, he or she should be reminded that the sterilization of children is often viewed as a human rights abuse.

    (3.) How does the mutilation of healthy female breasts and genitals benefit young females in the long run? Will future historian view FTM "transitioning" as just another form of female genital mutilation?

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  8. (3.) Will future historians view FTM "transitioning" as another form of female genital mutilation? Considering the extent to which healthy female breasts and genitals are radically altered, I believe that this is a valid question.

    Has this person ever seen FTM "top surgery" (double incision mastectomy with areola and nipple grafting)? Because male areolas and nipples are smaller, the surgeon literally cuts off the areola and nipple and surgically trims it down to size, and then sews it back on after the double mastectomy. Loss of sensation is common, and every now and then a nipple falls off.

    Watch the entire video to see what it entails.

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

    This is what botched "top surgery" looks like.

    "Damien said he was traumatized by the idea of his nipple falling off in his hand and the resident said that if it happened, he could just “throw it in the garbage.”

    Damien was hospitalized in December with another surgical infection and spent another six days in hospital. Prior to Christmas, his surgeon came to see him for a couple of minutes at which point he cut off Damien’s nipple with a pair of scissors."

    THANKFULLY, THIS FTM (BIOLOGICAL FEMALE WHO "TRANSITIONS") WAS ABLE TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY ONLINE TO REPAIR WHAT THE FIRST SURGEON DID.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/damien-leggett-surgery-fund--2

    Nancy/Nathan Verhelst was so depressed after botched sex reassignment surgery that she asked a doctor to euthanize her. I would say a person has to be pretty depressed to ask a doctor to euthanize them. From everything I've read, Verhelst came from a very dysfunctional family and probably was too emotional fragile to undergo SRS. Still, she was "transitioned". This woman went to her grave with a mutilated body she found repulsive.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2440086/Belgian-transsexual-Nathan-Verhelst-44-elects-die-euthanasia-botched-sex-change-operation.html

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  9. As a fem lesbian, my attraction is NOT to men, but to persons born-female that include soft butches, dykes, and transmasculine persons both with and without testesterone.

    I could care less who this person is or isn't attracted to. It's her business, and I say Go Girl!

    By "transmaculine persons", I'm assuming that this person means biological females who take testosterone and/or "identify as men". Why does any female need to take testosterone, and what is so offensive about saying, "I'm proud to be born female?

    How is the erasing of female identity related to feminism?

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  10. I refuse to believe that someone who so regularly excludes a race analysis, as you do, is deconstructing the whole of misogyny. Race and gender are conceptually linked to an impossibility of separation.

    This person is the only one who is obsessed with race. What the heck does, "Race and gender are conceptually linked to an impossibility of separation" supposed to mean? They are two different issues, and how can this person speak for every single racial and ethnic group?

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  11. a neo-liberalist approach to activism now allows certain privileged individuals to sit behind a computer screen instead of initiating coalition building and self-empowerment.

    This individual is lecturing us about neoliberalism when I doubt if she fully understands the political and economic theory. Neoliberalism emerged during the decline of second wave feminism. It's interesting to note that we saw an increase in hyper-femininity and FTM "transitioning" as neoliberal doctrine expanded. Neoliberalism doctrine worships at the altar of unfettered free markets and individual choice at the expense of the collective community. We can see neoliberalism in the $$$$ that Big Pharma gets from drugging children with GnRH agonists and cross gender hormones and cross gender hormones for life for adults. "Top surgery", "bottom surgery", facial feminization for MTFs, laser hair removal for MTFs, etc. is all neoliberalism in that it's free markets and marketing that tells people that they must change their bodies to be complete.

    This individual has no idea what neoliberalism is, yet she tosses the word out to impress people.

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  12. My issue is not that I just "stopped by" - my issue is that I utterly disagree that you are "dismantling the whole of misogyny and all patriarchal structures". Instead, I believe that you are in many ways maintaining much of patriarchy.

    Because it's so entrenched, it would be next to impossible to "dismantle the whole of misogyny and all patriarchal structures." This blog is a tiny corner of the internet that brings up uncomfortable subjects that no one dares to discuss. That is, discuss openly for fear of utterly misogynistic comments and death threats from transgender activists.

    http://dirtywhiteboi67.blogspot.com/2011/12/so-much-fear-and-hatred-from-this-trans.html

    http://radfemsrespond.wordpress.com/


    I argue that mutilating healthy female breasts and genitals is misogynistic on its face. The mutilation of female anatomy in all its myriad of forms only has a thousand plus year history.

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  13. You maintain patriarchy firstly by essentialzing and reinforcing culturally-imposed (and thus white supremacist and patriarchal) distinctions between masculine and feminine.

    In reality, what is going on is something akin to the eugenics of gender non-conforming people through a process called "transitioning". Five year old little girls who don't conform to the cultural definition of "femininity" are labeled with "gender dyshporia" and are called "he" or transgender. If this doesn't "maintain patriarchy", then I don't know what does.

    She seems infatuated with word patriarchy, but like the term neoliberalism that she carelessly tosses around, she doesn't even know what she is talking about.

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  14. There are many female-born persons that transition later in life and are/were subject to the same social processes that you are. Keep in mind that you have no idea how old many of your anonymous commenters are… By reducing this issue to a generational divide, you are ignoring the lesbian history of these individuals and infantilizing their experiences. They too are part of your community and mine. And their lesbian history deserves to be celebrated as much as yours.


    First of all, "female born persons" are always female even if they "transition". Socially, FTM "transitioning" erases both female and lesbian identity. Second, why does this individual state, "By reducing this issue to a generational divide, you are ignoring the lesbian history of these individuals and infantilizing their experiences. They too are part of your community and mine." After they "transition", they lose their lesbian identity, so why bring up lesbian history? Third, this is not so much a generational divide as women being saturated with incessant messages that state that (1.) women and lesbians aren't as valued as men, and (2.) thousands of transgender blogs, websites, pushing "transitioning".

    In addition to the ethical issues surrounding the sterilization of children through GnRH agonists and cross gender hormones and mutilating female bodies through FTM "transitioning", there is the pesky issue of gay and lesbian eugenics. We know it's going on in Iran. This is one way that Iran deals with its homosexual problem. The government of Iran will pay for sex reassignment surgery yet executes homosexuals. Credible sources say that gay men and lesbians have been coerced into sex reassignment surgery. It could be that in Western countries we are just more subtle about it. It's not like history isn't littered with various medical procedures and experiments designed to fix homosexuals. Lesbians are being "transitioned" to near extinction, and this person ignores what is going on in front of her eyes.

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  15. I also take issue with the way that you understand the contemporary lesbian community as a whole.

    I take issue with FTM "transitioning" that socially erases both female and lesbian identity.

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  16. "I also whiteness a shrinking of the lesbian community induced by shame inflicted from you and the ideology that you (and your supporters/allies) maintain. From a personal perspective, it has only been very recently that I have been able to reclaim the title “lesbian” for myself... I have been shamed away from a lesbian identity and culture NOT because I am not a fem lesbian (BECAUSE I AM!), but because my understanding of/ attraction to “butch” female-born persons is shamed by you. As a fem lesbian, my attraction is NOT to men, but to persons born-female that include soft butches, dykes, and transmasculine persons both with and without testesterone. I have lesbian attractions and lesbian sex, and I hold within me a piece of lesbian culture and history. I am proud to be a lesbian. But I withheld the lesbian identity from myself... because people like you shamed me out of it. You told me I didn’t belong here. You told me I was mentally ill...for loving/ being attracted to butches that presented differently that you do yourself. You told me that I was a heterosexual and/or a self-hating homophobe. You (abrasively, violently) told me I wasn’t welcome, and so I left… Perhaps this is where your lesbian community went? Perhaps if you lifted up the all of the rugs you’ve swept us under you’ll find us?"

    This makes a lot of sense! So basically, Dirt body shames and identity shames young lesbians and has created her own problem here.

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  17. Some suggested readings on feminist analysis, sexual/gender violence, and race: Andrea Smith’s Conquest, The Combahee River Collective’s manifesto, and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature by Driskill, Finley, Gilley, and Morgensen

    I applaud the black feminists in the Combahee River Collective.

    Transgender activists have intentionally silenced and intimidated feminists of all races because of their political views.

    After transgender activists/queer theorists have shamelessly co-opted native persons and First Nations persons, why would I read anything about "Queer Indigenous Studies". Haven't indigenous persons been colonized by white European cultures, theories, religions enough? No one on this blog claims to speak for indigenous persons. If a person is born in the U.S. and isn't of Native American heritage, how can he or she be "indigenous" much less speak for indigenous persons.

    See the stereotypical "Native" symbol, the feather, hanging from the Trans Umbrella.

    http://transaustin.com/terms-and-concepts/the-trans-umbrella/

    How can white persons who live in industrialized cultures claim to be "two spirit"?

    By the way, intersex doesn't belong under the Trans* umbrella. It's another shameless appropriation of other persons and groups.

    Toward an End to Appropriation of Indigenous “Two Spirit” People in Trans Politics: the Relationship Between Third Gender Roles and Patriarchy

    "I have a special kind of rage for any white person who claims to identify as a “Two Spirit” person. It’s like wearing a hipster headdress: it proclaims loud and clear that you’re a white person who likes to appropriate American Indian culture while having little or nothing to do with the culture you’re appropriating."

    http://culturallyboundgender.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/toward-an-end-to-appropriation-of-indigenous-two-spirit-people-in-trans-politics-the-relationship-between-third-gender-roles-and-patriarchy/

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  18. I could care less if people identify as queer, but I wish transgender activists and queer theorists would stop appropriating indigenous persons and "two spirit" Native persons.

    Also, I wish transgender activists would stop co-opting intersex people.

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  19. This makes a lot of sense! So basically, Dirt body shames and identity shames young lesbians and has created her own problem here.

    The only people doing the "body shaming" are transgender activists, plastic surgeons, Big Pharma etc. who sell "transitioning" by telling teenage girls and women that they need to surgically/chemically change their bodies.

    Society constantly "body shames" females from the time they are born. Why else would millions of dollars be spent on advertising fashion, makeup, etc." Why are most plastic surgery patients female?

    As to "identity shames", culture does this to lesbians all the time.

    "I would much rather see my daughter grow up to be a trans man and receive the respect that comes from being a man, rather than be steered into becoming a carpet muncher and someone who gets absolutely no respect in our society."


    http://dirtywhiteboi67.blogspot.com/2012/05/camps-influencing-our-impressionable.html

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  20. "I also whiteness a shrinking of the lesbian community induced by shame inflicted from you and the ideology that you (and your supporters/allies) maintain"

    We have all witnessed a shrinking of the lesbian community through FTM "transitioning" which erases both female and lesbian identity. It's a fact that sex reassignment surgery has been used as a form of gay and lesbian eugenics. It's occurring in Iran as I type this post.

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  21. I have been shamed away from a lesbian identity and culture NOT because I am not a fem lesbian (BECAUSE I AM!), but because my understanding of/ attraction to “butch” female-born persons is shamed by you.

    "I would much rather see my daughter grow up to be a trans man and receive the respect that comes from being a man, rather than be steered into becoming a carpet muncher and someone who gets absolutely no respect in our society."


    http://dirtywhiteboi67.blogspot.com/2012/05/camps-influencing-our-impressionable.html

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  22. I really don't understand what race had to do with Dirt's blog.
    Lately I see more and more posts about Dirt being a racist and that's very stange.
    People tend to bring all kinds of issues into discussions and now it's race.
    If you argue long enough, someone will bring up Hitler.

    If you think long enough, I bet you can find a tiny link to race in everything. Good for yoy, but not contributing anything to this topic.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your life story, this was a really good post.

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  24. I think this is a good article, but in many ways I believe these teenage girls have it worse than previous generations. Not only do they receive constant messages from society that devalue girls and the same sexist bull that all females experience, they are constantly told that if they don't act "feminine" enough, they must really be transgender or "boys". Their role models are either hyper-feminine fashion models (hair, makeup, coolest clothes, etc.). When they don't conform to these standards, they are told they must be transgender. Their parents could be working two jobs to survive economically, and the kids are left to fend for themselves.

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