This comment showed up on my post about the Autostraddle camp. I was debating whether to even respond to it—this person clearly doesn’t want to have a mature, adult conversation with me, or else they wouldn’t have started with “WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT YOU ARE.”
I have decided to respond, not because I think this commenter actually gives a shit about my response, but because my regular readers might be interested in this situation.
This person thinks that if I only googled some information about trans women, I’d find out that they’re really women. The thing is, I did start out trans-positive, back in the day. I’ve been to pro-trans events and I’ve seen trans women speak a few times. I’ve done years of reading about transgenderism, and I’ve put lots of thought into my position. I do not believe that transgender ideology makes any sense, and I do not believe there is such thing as a female brain, and I do not believes that males can be females just because they say so.
For anyone new here, I analyzed the question of what a woman is in this post, and I wrote some questions to challenge anyone who believes that trans women are women. Those questions are the following:
- If there is nothing distinguishing trans women from other women then why are we calling some women trans? How do we know which women to call “trans” if there is no way to tell them apart?
- Assuming that transgender means transitioning from one gender to the other, then what did trans women transition from? If they were born women and have always been women then why did they need to transition?
- Do you think we need a word that describes the set of all adult humans who can produce ova and bear young? Why or why not? If so, what do you think this word should be?
- Can you define the word ‘woman’ without using the word in the definition? (i.e. without using a circular definition.)
I would challenge this commenter to answer these questions, if they come back here.
As for the reasons Michfest ended, I cannot say exactly what Lisa Vogel’s reasons were, since I do not know her personally. But she did run the festival for 40 years, and anyone would get tired of doing anything after 40 years. As for the queer women’s community rejecting the intention of Michfest, I would like to say that hundreds, and possibly thousands, of lesbians all over the world loved Michfest exactly as it was, and considered it their homeland and the most positive experience of their lives.
I would, in fact, LOVE to go into the woods with a group of Totally Excellent Real Females—that’s the only factually accurate thing written in this comment.
It is interesting to me that I am being yelled at for saying that queer women are lesbians and bisexuals. Back in the day, queer actually meant homosexual. So yes, queer women are lesbian, and in some cases, bisexual women. I am fully aware that the word queer has come to mean absolutely everyone—I’ve written about that phenomenon a few times now. But I reject that. It’s hard to explain why without writing an entire essay, but here is a simplified explanation. Humans are a sexually dimorphic species and the vast majority of us are either biologically male or biologically female. Intersex people exist as rare exceptions to this rule. People have started “identifying” as a sex other than what they are, or as being neither sex. I place much more value on physical reality than on people’s subjective perceptions of themselves. I still think of females as females regardless of what sex they claim to be, and same for males. This is not because I hate or fear people who identify as transgender, it’s because I do not agree with their ideology. I am allowed not to agree with their ideology, both because it doesn’t make sense, and because it harms women.
I do not believe there is any such thing as “gender-binary elitist.” Among humans there is in fact a sex binary, that is real and cannot be wished away, and there is also a gender binary. Yes, there are only two genders—those genders are masculinity and femininity, and they are enforced by our culture on males and females. Androgyny is merely a combination of the two genders, it is not a gender of its own. I do not believe that gender is an outfit that people put on, or a sparkly essence inside of people. Gender is a harmful social construct that oppresses women and maintains patriarchy.
I read books that are recently published all the time. If you knew anything about me at all, you’d know I am a bookworm who is constantly reading, and that I write about the books I read on this blog.
It’s interesting that this commenter is supposedly supportive of queer women, but is showing that support by telling a lesbian that she is a piece of shit who shouldn’t be allowed to exist in the world. If this is how this person treats lesbians, then I think that they are the one who is hateful toward queer women!
It’s also interesting that this person says “fuck you for criticizing a place that allows people to shine,” but they just criticized Michfest, which was a place that allows females to shine.
As sparkly as this person’s gender is, they aren’t supportive of females who love other females and want to have female-only spaces in which to heal from patriarchy.