Young people, please don’t fall for gender. Your demipanromantic transfagbulldyke identity is a chain hanging around your neck.
Gender presentation is a fancy word for fashion. It’s how the average person on the street perceives you. In our Western culture, there are only two genders so you will instantly be categorized by everyone who meets you as either a woman/girl or a man/boy and certain expectations will be placed upon you dependent on which category you fall under.
Many, many, many people are unhappy with the gender label they were assigned. These people might call themselves transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, genderfluid, genderfucking, androgynous, neutrois, polygender, agender, gender variant, or queer. They might also call themselves radical feminists.
None of us like gender roles. The difference is in the approach. Radical feminists consider gender to be toxic and damaging. Gender forces young people people to waste time doing soul-searching identity quests to discover which gender label applies to them. It forces labels on to small children who are still young enough to think they will be Batman next week. It forces young people on to puberty suppressing drugs which will beholden them to the pharmaceutical company for life; drugs that will sterilise them. Gender forces women to cut off their breasts and men to invert their penises. Gender kills people. We don’t need gender because it is a tool of the patriarchy used to subjugate females into the weaker feminine role and elevate males to a dominant and masculine role. Gender is inherently damaging. We shouldn’t reinforce it by playing with it. Gender should be played out.
Instead of fucking with gender, we need to fuck gender off. Be yourself. You can’t change the sex you were born and trying to do it chemically and surgery is really fucking dangerous! Don’t be a gender, just be a decent person who happens to be either male or female. Be a conscientious objector.
Also, uh: “It forces young people on to puberty suppressing drugs which will beholden them to the pharmaceutical company for life; drugs that will sterilise them.”
Puberty-suppressing drugs are only taken for a short period of time, so that young people have time to decide whether they want to go on with transition or not. If they decide not to, they go off the drugs and puberty continues its own merry little way.
You’re acting as though trans* people are committing some vast conspiracy to turn everyone into a textbook transsexual. The truth is that precious few people actually go on to physical transition. There are more of us than there were in the past, but that’s due to more awareness. Not only that, but if you actually asked a trans* person, “hey should I go through with gender confirmation?” the answer you would get would not be “YES BY ALL MEANS LET’S GET THOSE BREASTS RIGHT OFFA YOU,” it would be “well if you think that’s what’s right for you.”
We just think that everyone has the right to self-identify as they please, and we want them to have the options to make the best choices for themselves.
But this one time some trans*-identified teenager told a butch lesbian that she was probably actually a trans* man in denial and this proves that we’re all thinking that everybody should be transsexuals, especially if it gets rid of cis gay people.
“Gender forces young people people to waste time doing soul-searching identity quests to discover which gender label applies to them…Gender is inherently damaging. We shouldn’t reinforce it by playing with it.”
You know what? I’m a two-spirited person, and implying that soul-searching is somehow a fucking BAD THING sounds the same as the fucking GOP saying that critical thinking skills should NOT be taught in schools.
Although my cultural history was shattered by colonization, there are still fragments that can be healed into a whole identity, and that includes third and fourth gender people. To be fair, “two-spirit” tends toward being a pan-Indian identity, and there are actually quite a few MORE than four genders to choose from! And you know what? They require “soul-searching identity quests”, because that shit is important, and valuable, and is NOT a waste of time.
To be fair, my gender identity is specifically also a racial and cultural identity, and therefore isn’t open to all people, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more genders worldwide:
On nearly every continent, and for all of recorded history, thriving cultures have recognized, revered, and integrated more than two genders. Terms such as transgender and gay are strictly new constructs that assume three things: that there are only two sexes (male/female), as many as two sexualities (gay/straight), and only two genders (man/woman).
Yet hundreds of distinct societies around the globe have their own long-established traditions for third, fourth, fifth, or more genders. Fred Martinez, for example, was not a boy who wanted to be a girl, but both a boy and a girl — an identity his Navajo culture recognized and revered as nádleehí. Most Western societies have no direct correlation for this Native “two-spirit” tradition, nor for the many other communities without strict either/or conceptions of sex, sexuality, and gender. Worldwide, the sheer variety of gender expression is almost limitless. Take a tour and learn how other cultures see gender diversity.
I realize that you’re talking about “western culture” specifically, but third genders DO have a history, even in Europe.
Saying that being young and searching for your identity, which includes gender, sexuality, and possibilities for adulthood are a “waste of time” is fucking ridiculous. It’s erasing, dismissive and completely wrongheaded. For fucks sakes.