Juno Dawson is a gay man who identifies as a trans woman. I mocked him in November for writing an article where he mansplained to feminists how to do feminism.
Now he is saying that “A lot of gay men are gay men as a consolation prize because they couldn’t be women.” Article here.
When Dawson was younger, he came to the reasonable conclusion that since he is male and attracted to males, that makes him a male homosexual. Later on, upon learning transgender ideology, he threw logic out the window and decided that, despite his male body, he is a “woman.” To date, I have never seen a logical definition from a transgenderist about what a “woman” is, but Dawson is quoted as saying the following:
“I just wanted to get f****d like a woman. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about what hole it’s going in”
That quote comes from this article by Douglas Robertson. I wasn’t able to find the original source for the quote in context, so if somebody finds it please let me know. It seems to me that no matter the context, this quote is very telling of what Dawson thinks about women.
In the article from Attitude magazine with the above-mentioned homophobic quote, the author summarizes a longer interview thusly:
“She opens up about the various elements of her life that led her to realise she was a trans woman, in order to encourage other people to explore their identity and start a healthy discussion about gender.
“With the increased awareness of transgenderism,” Juno says, “when we sit down and think: ‘Oh God, why am I struggling with alcohol, why am I struggling with drugs, why am I doing chemsex, why am I up all night on Grindr?’ Now one of the questions we’re asking ourselves is: ‘What’s my relationship with gender?’
“The whole point of The Gender Games is that I would love all the people who read it to question their relationship with gender.”
Another trans activist teaching young people that their emotional problems are caused by a mismatch between their body and their “gender.” Now, I’m all for people getting to know themselves and expressing themselves how they want, but transgender ideology is not about accepting yourself, it’s about rejecting your body as being ‘wrong’ and changing it, sometimes in ways that have high potential to cause harm. Rejecting yourself and trying to become someone else is not a path toward improved mental health. Transgender ideology assumes that there is such a thing as a body not matching a personality. I disagree strongly with that position—anyone, male, female or intersex, can have any personality, and because anyone can have any personality, there is no such thing as a personality not matching the body.
Dawson would love all people to question their relationship to gender. While I agree that all of us have a unique personality and therefore a unique experience of, and relationship to, the social constructs of masculinity and femininity, I don’t think anyone benefits from obsessing over this or making it into a life-altering issue. I have a unique relationship to masculinity and femininity too—for example, I wear my hair short and never wear makeup or high heels, but I also enjoy the colour pink and I like cooking and sewing. I could sit around making a list of all the things that are feminine or masculine about me and assign a gender label to that. But I don’t, because that’s a pointless activity. I am female, and that doesn’t change regardless of what kind of relationship to femininity I decide I have. I have a personality which is apparent to anyone who interacts with me and there is no need to label it with a “gender.”
I wouldn’t care at all if some people like applying useless labels to themselves, but if they are misogynist or homophobic about it then I have reason to care. There is a long history of gay men being regarded as not “real” men or having a “female brain” because they love other men, and this is sexist and homophobic. Dawson is a homophobic and misogynist man who rejects himself as a gay man and identifies as a “woman,” which to him is not an adult human female but a collection of attributes that anyone can identify into.
After Dawson’s article received a social media backlash for his obvious homophobia, transwoman Shon Faye wrote a response defending him.
In isolation, perhaps the quotation seems alarming to some gay guys, who recall being bullied for ‘acting like women’ or not being ‘real men’. I appreciate that the last thing you may want to hear after a lifetime of fighting for your sexuality to be respected is that that work and fighting could be erased and that someone is saying you’re actually a woman – just like the school homophobes always said. But I don’t think this is what Dawson meant. At all. Instead, I think she was referring to a very specific experience – the experience of some transgender women, who grew up as boys in the past twenty years when gay rights and visibility advanced thanks to the tireless work of gay campaigners but trans rights lagged behind.
Faye names here exactly what’s happening—feminine gay men are agreeing with the bullies who’ve always said they’re not “real” men. He doesn’t have a rebuttal to this other than “that’s not what he meant.” This is a really weak rebuttal, it doesn’t disprove the point. That’s because there is no difference between a male homosexual who identifies as gay and a male homosexual who identifies as a transwoman other than that the transwoman believes he’s really a woman. (This belief, of course, being nonsensical because a woman is an adult human female and males are not female.) Aside from this nonsensical belief, the material reality of both kinds of men is the same.
Faye says the following about his own journey from gay man to transwoman:
“As I hit puberty, I watched gay porn and knew I fancied boys – but that wasn’t the issue. I felt wrong. Not my sexuality – me. I never once wished to be a straight man. I wished I was not having the expectations of masculinity placed on me at all.”
The expectation that all men must be masculine is a sexist expectation that harms men, and it’s also harmful to women because part of masculinity is dominating women. Not wanting to be masculine doesn’t make a man a woman. Faye is demonstrating here that he agrees with the bullies too—he doesn’t want to be masculine, therefore he’s not a man. Here’s a photo of Shon Faye from the Attitude article:
Sure, his “gender” is feminine, but he’s still recognizable as male. When men grow their hair long and put on clothing that is culturally associated with females, they’re still male. Also note that the clothing he’s wearing here is something that plenty of actual women wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing. This sort of style is not something intrinsic to being female.
I’m so tempted to read Juno Dawson’s book to find out what attributes he thinks makes him a woman. So far all I’ve seen trans people rely on is sexist stereotypes, and no one has told me anything that leads me to believe it’s anything else. But judging by the crap he writes, I don’t want to pay money for his book.