Kay Green explains why she says she’s a transgender woman. Branded a rebel as a girl, Kay never managed to be the kind of young woman other people wanted her to be. She soon realised the real problem was gender, but struggled to find her place. Now aware of her autistic traits and loving her life, she says the women’s movement needs to explain to gender-divergent men and women that you can’t change sex but can change your gender.
He tells her he’s a woman too: a bleak, wry poem on a husband becoming a ‘wife’. He tells her that a woman is whatever he decides … She searches for the words she needs to talk about herself; the billions who exist like her: their lives, their rights, their health … The conversation carries on, but she’s no longer in it. By Rachel Irischild.
David Wong describes how he, like all men, was subtly trained to view sexually assaulting women as normal and desirable.
Transgender animal rights activist updates us on his campaigning activities around England. Hope Lye witnesses male violence towards women, while enjoying comparative safety in his favourite pink’n’black outfits. Transgender claims of vulnerability seem exaggerated at best, yet advocates openly threaten violence to females.
It turns out that claiming a transgender identity is a coat of armour against justifiable criticisms of male violence. In a way, it’s magical. Even a homicidal bigot can be insulated from the wrath of social justice criticisms if he claims to be trapped in the wrong gender.
I am woman; hear me roar, As I bow my respect to the fight, Of those who went before, Whose lives were given to my right. The mothers, grandmothers, sisters all, Who forged a way, set me afloat, So that I may now stand tall, Work, love, live, own, vote.
Just thinking about this transgender ideology, this insistence that a woman is someone who ‘feels’ like a woman and it’s nothing to do with bodies or biology. I just wanted to point out that most women HATE their bodies. Trans women seem very, very confused about what the reality of women’s lives are like. They don’t have the monopoly on feeling like you’re ‘in the wrong body’; every single woman I know has a really complicated relationship with her body.
I envied the way boys could pee up walls and really felt as if I was lacking. I tried to pee standing up. Being a boy meant strength, adventure, toughness and vigour; I felt trapped and imprisoned as a girl … Growing up meant loss of freedom, although at twelve I could not articulate that. As my body began changing, I felt a sense of wonder: a deep, but unexpressed, pride and excitement about my maturing female body. Where was the little boy of not long ago?
Cartoon of “Danielle Muscovado” explaining that a banana is anything that says it’s a banana. The words are a skit on Danielle ‘Dave’ Muscato’s gender statement: If you think I am “less” of a woman, or NOT a woman, because I don’t fit your mental picture of what a woman “should” look like, or what body parts women “should” or “shouldn’t” have, news flash: Your mental description of women is not only inaccurately narrow, but anti-feminist and bigoted as well.
Re-posted from 4thWaveNow: The following guest post, by 4thWaveNow contributor Artemisia, is Part 1 in a series. In this piece, Artemisia investigates a recently reported case of a 7-year-old child in the UK who was removed from the custody of his mother. The court found that the child had been essentially
The BBC has produced a short programme, aimed at children aged 6-12, about one child’s “transition” from a boy to a girl. Just a Girl depicts the fictional video diaries of a child who calls himself (or, as he would prefer, herself) Amy and wears girl’s clothes, but explains to viewers that he was born as a boy, Ben, and is in the process of halting puberty. The programme has rightly been met with protest that this is inappropriate for children. You can complain here.
Re-posted from Smashing Gender Change by the admirable Hope “Street Voice” Lye: The ‘Not Guilty’ verdict for Ched Evans in his recent re-trial for rape has left many women angry and rightfully so. This has sent rape trials back 30 years where the defence can use any means to attack the victim
Re-posted from http://www.aguycalledhelen.com I think that these are really important questions. On the surface they seem quite simple questions but once you start to look at the implications we can start to understand what the real issues might be. The question is about the definition of woman. A good place