An article was just posted in Glamour Magazine entitled “Call yourself a feminist?” It was written by their male-to-trans columnist Juno Dawson who is apparently going to tell feminists whether they “really pass the test.” Oh goody!
Juno Dawson came out as a trans woman in October 2015, so as of the writing of this article, he has been a “woman” for about a year.
Before Dawson came out as a “woman,” he was a gay man. In his own words:
“For a decade, I was pretty happy with that. I dated guys as a guy.”
Great! Another homosexual lost to the trans cult. What he should have done is reconciled with being male and accepted the fact that men can be feminine, but instead of being a proud effeminate gay man he’d rather pretend to be a woman. He named himself Juno, which is similar to his male name James, and it means “Queen of the Heavens.” And now, after several months of being a “woman” named Juno, he’s an authority on feminism and telling us bigoted, hateful women that we’re doing feminism wrong.
So what can female feminists learn from a gay man with internalized homophobia who writes for Glamour magazine? Let’s find out!
“One of things I love about GLAMOUR Magazine is how it supports women’s choices. Indeed there is a whole section called Hey, It’s OK…because, when things are your choice, and if they’re not hurting anyone else, it is OK. Women are sometimes made to feel guilty about their choices in a way that men are not – you shouldn’t eat that, wear that, think that, do that, say that. What I also love about GLAMOUR is that, since 2001, it has encouraged women to feel confident about their choices while rarely using the word ‘feminism’. That was because, back then, feminism was something of a dirty word. It was a word that felt militant, angry, unconstructive and, frankly, unglamorous.”
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
This is a perfect example of the neoliberal version of “feminism” that is being sold to the masses by corporations and mainstream media. The “feminism” they sell is a consumer lifestyle that can be branded and marketed and the practice of this type of feminism involves the choosing of choices in order to gain a thing called “empowerment.” This “empowerment” has nothing to do with gaining actual real-world power–it’s only about the “power” to keep doing what women were expected to do anyway, like buy products from capitalists, look pretty, and suck up to men.
Actual feminism, the kind that seeks to liberate the female sex class from oppression, cannot possibly be marketed and sold. That’s the kind that people think of as militant, angry, and unglamorous–because it is. Ending male violence against women is hard work and there’s no glamour in it.
The sexy version of feminism that is being marketed to us by the likes of Glamour magazine is in fact an anti-feminist backlash against the actual women’s liberation movement.
“Fifteen years later, thanks to a rebranding – although by no means a retooling – feminism is mercifully ‘in’ again. Caitlin Moran; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Beyoncé, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and many, many more stars are proudly reclaiming the label. The goals of feminism are the same as they always were: social, political and economic equality between genders. We know, in lots of ways, we have not yet reached equality: the wage gap; unpaid domestic labour; FGM; domestic violence; rape and those are just the biggies.”
Yep, every few years, the mainstream media and industries that target women “rebrand” feminism, making it more fun, more sexy, and more “empowering” than ever before. Choosey-choice “feminism” has become so “sexy” these days that it’s pretty much indistinguishable from the pornstitution industry.
At no point has feminism ever been about equality between the ‘genders.’ First of all, if it’s about equality then it’s equality between the sexes, male and female, not the ‘genders.’ Second, real feminism (not the fun and sexy kind) is about liberating the female sex class from oppression by ending patriarchy and male violence.
“When I visit high schools with my novels, I always encourage teenage girls to call themselves feminists because I believe all girls need feminism. They need it to safeguard the rights they already have and those inequalities still not fought. I have always been a feminist, but it’s from feminists that I’ve faced my harshest criticisms.”
Ha! You’ve never been a feminist, dude. You don’t even have a clue what feminism is.
Dawson complains about how Germaine Greer was being all TERFy when he was coming out as a “woman,” and quotes her saying some pretty logical and reasonable stuff about how a man with a chopped-off dick is not a woman. Duh.
That’s when he starts in with the TERF stuff.
“Greer is not the first, nor will she be the last, TERF: a trans-exclusionary radical feminist. A subgroup of feminists who steadfastly believe me – and other trans women – are not women. Sadly, there are probably women reading this right now who are like, “If it looks and sounds like a bloke, it’s a bloke. If it’s got a penis, it’s a bloke.”
Blogger Marina S wrote about how unsurprising it is that a mainstream “women’s” beauty magazine like Glamour would embrace the anti-woman slur “TERF.” If you haven’t read her post already, please do– it’s a great read.
As for, “If it’s got a penis, it’s a bloke.” DUH.
He talks about bathroom bills for a couple of paragraphs–I’m not going to address that here, except to say that he names a time when a transwoman assaulted a woman in a shelter while simultaneously claiming this never happens. Right.
“What it boils down to is, am I somehow less of a woman? Well, I think – as women – we can all agree on one thing: sometimes biology fucks us over. Those of us who can’t get pregnant – less of a woman? Those of us who need mastectomies – less of a woman? Those of us (including me) on HRT – less womanly? I think I’m just one more woman who was royally fucked over by biology and now I’m in the process of putting that right.”
No dude, you aren’t “less of a woman.” You’re not a woman at all. Men aren’t women. We are two distinct biological categories and if you are male you are 0% female. People who are female and can’t get pregnant–due to infertility or not being in child-bearing age–are still female. The fact that some females cannot get pregnant doesn’t mean that males can call themselves female. I’m not in the business of calling some women more “womanly” than others. All adult human females are women–there are no degrees of womanhood to judge us against. Similarly, all adult human males are men–there should not be any rules that say males have to look or behave a certain way, and just because a male identifies with stereotypes about what women are supposed to be, that doesn’t make him any less of a man. The idea that a feminine man is not a real man is sexism and homophobia.
“If you’ve read this column regularly you’ll know that being trans is fraught with difficulties – no more or less than any other woman, but different perhaps. It breaks my heart that much of the trolling I get on Twitter is from women and women who claim to be feminists. I will need the support of other women to get me through. Don’t we all?”
Nope, transwomen don’t have the same difficulties as women. As humans who were born and raised male, and who cannot become pregnant, give birth, menstruate, or breastfeed, transwomen have very different life experiences from women.
You’ll never get support from me while you’re writing anti-feminist crap and calling women by a misogynist slur. You’d get my support as a gay man, if that’s what you were calling yourself, because as a homosexual myself, I support the right of all homosexuals to live as they are without having to pretend to be something else. Women don’t exist to support you, and feminists don’t exist to support you. We support the female sex class–those who are oppressed by patriarchy because of their female biology.