Last year I wrote a piece for Socialist Resistance. I talked about my work for a feminist women’s charity working with women who have experienced men’s violence in the context of some of my thoughts about feminism and social class.
As a working-class woman, my sex-class is as important to me as my socio-economic class. Women’s oppression is biologically based and reinforced by socially constructed gender. Though not the same, there are similarities to the way that access or lack of access to material resources is reinforced and reproduced by the different life chances and opportunities afforded to a person on the basis of social class.
I know this is a painfully difficult thing for men to accept (even those men who feel like ladies), but sometimes women (you know, female human beings) get sick, endure shit, have feelings, and live through events that do not have anything to do with males. Sometimes, in the course of our little lives, women face choices that pertain only to their own lives, and not to the lives of men.
Sometimes, our experiences are not about men.
I know this is hard for men to grasp. As men, you have been conditioned to believe you have jurisdiction over women’s bodies. As men, you have been taught that the state of being female is little more than a flight of fancy that can be appropriated as one might appropriate a line from a poem. As men, y’all have been raised in a society that assures you EVERYTHING is about you.
Here’s his fantasy life about being a prostituted Polish woman who “dentz for teeps”
https://archive.today/RKUru So in 2011 CS is going to Slut Walks dresses “as a woman” but wears men’s clothes to meet his ex who “doesn’t want to know about Carlotta (not even her name)”, so this man has a “female persona” he refers to in the third person.
Man sure loves his strip clubs
ya don’t say
Nope, men can’t be lesbians, lesbians are females and cross dressers and transwomen are male. You sir, are just another porn sick man with a lesbian fetish.
Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland and occasional vanity candidate, criticized Turs remarks for saying that men’s access to female sex segregated spaces if they had certain gender feels was protected by Title II 1964 Civil Rights act and it is not as sex is not listed as a protected class, which makes this woman wonder why I should bother fighting for the rights of men to have their imaginary “female” gender identities protected when my biological female sex isn’t.
Beyer also claims that there are no recorded instances of cross dressing men assaulting women in females sex segregated spaces or using them for improper use, like taking videos. This is a big fat lie.
In places with gender identity laws, cross dressers can demand access to female sex segregated spaces if they say they identify as women, spaces such as women’s shelters
Here are some examples of gender identity laws and they include cross dressers as transgender individuals and protected under gender identity laws which mean they can demand entry to public female sex segregated spaces
Ontario Human Rights Commision defines transgender as:
“Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) people are protected from discrimination and harassment because of gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, facilities and services, contracts, and membership in unions, trade or professional associations.”
I originally wrote this piece for Socialist Resistance – in response to an idea that came from them, not me – but asked to have it withdrawn in light of this editorial announcement. I think it’s important for women’s work to be represented fairly and I don’t consent to my work being presented in contexts which don’t reflect the actual commission. The insistence that women’s voices in particular – particularly when women are describing their lives and needs – require “trigger warnings” is patriarchal to the core. When people are offended by women speaking or writing, it’s rarely women who are the problem.
In this particular instance I think Socialist Resistance need to be honest about their editorial policies and their political principles. There is a word for people for whom discussions of female bodies, female labour and male violence cause “offence and distress.” That word is not “trans”, “queer”…
The NUS Women’s Campaign is a Men’s Rights Organization that has banned the use of the term “sister” in their “feminist” spaces because it is “transphobic.” It adopted lots of other equal stupid resolutions at its conference that you can read in the document below.
Chekistocrat takes on the purportedly materialist feminist analysis of ‘“I Was Born a Baby Not a Boy”: Sex, Gender and Trans Liberation’ by Shanice Octavia McBean, and points out where its materialism is utterly lacking.