I recently received this message from a young feminist:
My name is XXXX and I'm a 26 year old woman currently working for a
feminist organization serving rural women and girls in XXXXXX.
I have always identified as a girl/woman but only in recent years have
really come to appreciate the awesomeness of what that means. I love my
body and would never want to part with any aspect of it. I have enjoyed
wonderful sexual and romantic experiences with men and women, and have
expressed my gender in various ways from feminine to androgynous. What
bothers me these days is that I have observed several young women in my
community transitioning and embracing male-centric identities. The
movement is very strong here to educate the public about trans people
and their experiences, and as someone working in the field of social
justice/feminism I feel obligated to support trans people as an
equity-seeking group. Deep down, however, I'm very concerned about the
shrinking of the category "woman" and the violent influence of misogyny
on all of us, particularly the pressure on women to alter and in
some cases mutilate our bodies. I've seen people on the internet
attaching the "hate" label to your posts and videos, but what nobody
(except you) seems to be talking about is the internalized hatred that
every female faces in this deeply misogynistic world, and how this is
linked to transitioning. Yet, were I to publicly agree with you I would
a) be disowned by my FTM friends/acquaintances and b) be shunned by
others working in my field. I have only spoken with one other feminist
who expressed a view similar to yours, and she is a long-time activist
who I admire and respect. There is just so much silencing of dissent
around this issue that I'm afraid to speak my mind. Thank you for having
the courage to articulate your perspective. I suspect that there are
many feminists who, like me, feel silenced but glad that someone is
raising these questions.
More and more feminist are expressing similar sentiments to the feminist's predicament above. The trans community takes the mass feminist silence as trans approval, but nothing could be further from the truth. Feminists are women, and women from our earliest teachings are taught to either be "polite" or "say nothing at all". Since postmodernism's conservative backlash against feminism first spewed Queer Theory from its muck funnel, there has been a rising tide of pressure for women/feminist to accept anything no matter how inane, from their fluid PC driven politic.
The greatest failure of feminism is silence in the face of violence against women. And make no bones about it, transition IS violence against women on a multitude of levels! Whether it is being silent about men co-opting "woman", allowing these men in female spaces or watching with cringed expressions and tight lips while women and girls are being brainwashed with acute misogyny then violated by the male medical machine perpetuating that misogyny for a fucking buck!
Silence IS the enemy! Silence permits violence against girls and women because when there is no one saying NO, it is presumed that everyone is thinking yes.
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