Homophobia and the erasure of lesbians
OK so today we are talking about homosexuality, and as a feminist I am particularly concerned about my lesbian sisters and the exceptional issues they face under the rise of identity politics. Many lesbians argue that the “L” no longer belongs in the LGBT alphabet salad; that in fact the inclusion of the T and so on actually negate the meaning of the L.
I’m inclined to agree.
Identity politics legitimizes homophobia and specifically lesbophobia under a banner of “inclusivity”.
Lesbians have been persecuted for centuries – subjected to “corrective rape” and unwanted relationships with men. Infamously, lesbians weren’t even considered capable of having sexual relations together (fortuitously, as it happens) so were not included in UK laws banning homosexual contact.
Even today in these “enlightened” times, lesbian culture and identity is frequently ignored, mocked, or framed as titillation for heterosexual men. And now they are being silenced, simply for preferring a female body over a male one.
We’ve covered how identity politics dictates that your sex is not a material reality, but a notion determined by your inner “gender identity”. So, the ideology commands, if your gender is female, you are a woman – regardless of inconvenient things like a penis, or a beard.
Believe me when I say I have seen the words “female penis” or “lady dick” many many times, often used to threaten rape to feminists who question this assertion.
What implication does this have for lesbians? Well, lesbians are homosexual. It means they are attracted to people of their own sex. They like women – women who look, smell, feel, and sound like women; women with vulvas and real breasts. They don’t like penis. However many men, especially adult transitioners, who become transwomen, are heterosexual men – and as a result, they start calling themselves lesbians.
Women-only dating apps and lesbian meet-ups are now full of men in bad wigs and dresses. Lesbians cannot exclude them because that would be discriminatory, so as a result bars are shut down, and women who want to meet with other women to network, have fun, flirt, hook up or form relationships are forced to organize in secret in order to avoid the male gaze.
Here’s where I introduce the disgusting concept of “The Cotton Ceiling”
Coined by Canadian trans woman Drew DeVeaux, this phrase describes how lesbians will be friends with transwomen but will not consider them as sexual partners. The cotton refers to a woman’s underwear. It’s as rapey as hell.
Planned Parenthood in Toronto even held workshops for transwomen on this subject – only transwomen allowed – but you can’t organise a workshop for only natal women because that would be exclusionary.
In fact lesbians are frequently attacked for their “discriminatory” sexual preferences. Here’s a quote from Buzzfeed:
“Some lesbians…are still all too eager to write off [people] because of “genital preferences,” which means they have incredibly reductive ideas…”
News for you Buzzfeed – dating IS discriminatory, no one is under any obligation to have sex with anyone else. Being homosexual is not having “reductive ideas”.
Young lesbians in particular are feeling a real strain to embrace identity politics. Young butch lesbians are encouraged to see themselves as men, and are put under social pressure to transition. Referrals to the transgender clinics for teenage girls suffering dysphoria now outweigh boys significantly.
Chest binders, which have appalling side effects and make physical exercise next to impossible, are being tolerated in schools. Young female bodies are being altered and hidden owing to this regressive ideology that says that if you have masculine traits you must be a man.
Other young lesbians are told that not to date transwomen is exclusionary – and many are vulnerable when it comes to peer pressure, feeling obligated to have sexual encounters they do not want.