FEMALE COMMENTS ONLY TO THIS POST.
POST UPDATED 02/29/2012 :
I would like to stop characterizing these young lesbians as powerless victims, or people who “need help”. (Not that anyone here is saying that exactly.) We have a crisis here among young lesbians of incredible proportions, and it isn’t due to their stupidity, or mental illness, or herring-like trend behavior. (Ok perhaps a bit of the latter.)
As I see it these young women are following a narrative – the only narrative- that allows them to escape (somewhat) the lot of being female in a female hating world. That isn’t stupid, it’s smart. It’s no different than all the females through out history who have male impersonated to escape the shackles placed upon females.
It’s the same + easily accessible medical technology = an explosion of females seeking escape from the female lot.
And what sensible female wouldn’t want to escape the shit-smear of female existence by taking a few shots? Seriously. Let’s get real here. These girls are smart, not dumb. There is A SOLUTION and they are taking it.
Yes, it would be nice if they were conscious of the hideous misogyny they have internalized, but hey, they’re swimming in it, and they don’t want to drown.
Sure, some FTMs transition for male privilege, like this female commenter who schools us on “fake FTMs” and wants women who “emasculate” to be “kicked in the cunt” :
Submitted on 2012/02/26 at 11:43 pm
I’m FTM and was too naturally butch in the beginning and pissed everyone off, males felt threatened and women would get butthurt over simple jokes. I didn’t have any friends and actually tried to curb my natural high-testosterone behavior to seem “nicer”.
Believe me when I tell you these so-called “ftm” guides are useless to me because I always KNEW (not “felt”) who I was inside. I worked in construction and worked in many male-dominated fields and even once lived in a house with all guys (and believe me, I wasn’t the “woman” of the house.. I fixed everything in there and was the only one used tools).
Most of these FTMs are frauds, simply confused girls who are having an emotional reaction to misogyny. Some of us are the real deal and have a masculine-structured brain and I am just as confused by these flaky fake FTMs as I am by women in general”
[Came back 10 hours later to add!]
“Submitted on 2012/02/27 at 9:38 am
You can emasculate the FAKE FTMs all you want (since they don’t have any masculine energy to castrate). But if you tried that around a REAL transman like myself, I would kick you in the c**t and tell you to back off. And you would.
Also, before I transitioned I didn’t see any so-called “butch” woman I read as being masculine. They were all fat, boring, folk-music listening, poetry-reading unattractive dykes with a chip on their shoulder.”
Obviously this woman has a need to abuse. But I seriously doubt that our friend “Carter” featured in this video is transitioning for this reason. She’s doing it because it’s trendy, gets her attention, makes her special, and most importantly: Provides a framework, a narrative, a cultural meme, that allows her to stop being “treated as female”. And who the fuck wouldn’t want to stop being treated as female? I mean, for reals. It’s like a magic pill where all her formerly negative characteristics (like femininity noncompliance and raging homosexuality) are read as positives. As researcher Dr. Kenneth Zucker stated last week in an article on transgender children :
‘Suppose you saw a black kid who came into your clinic and wanted to be white. Wouldn’t you try to understand what is happening in the child’s life that is making him feel like that? You certainly wouldn’t recommend skin-bleaching.’
I would like to see a discussion in the lesbian and feminist community about concrete steps we can take to push back against the magic pill, the “quick fix” that many many of our young sisters are being pressured to take. And make no mistake, there is enormous pressure both subculturally and in the medical “gender provider” community.
This from a thread on Pressure to Take Testosterone on a trans forum:
“I was very pressured to go on T. My first lgbt therapist was supposedly amazing, but my experience with her was awful.
To begin with, I wasn’t ready to go on T. I was androgynous and fine with that, but every single appointment she would ask me, “I can’t remember if we got you started, are you on T yet? No? You really need to get on T, now.”
I gave in and made an appointment at the Whitman-Walker clinic. Go through everything, and finally the doctor was just like, “Are you honestly wanting this right now?” I caved and said that no, I wasn’t ready, but my therapist wouldn’t stop hassling me about how I just had to get on hormones.
The doctor was not happy, and my therapist got a call about it. She apologized at the next visit, but I had a lot of other problems with her service as well. So I stopped seeing her completely.”
“Ok, so there’s this well-known doctor in Portland who sees a lot of trans people. Let’s call her… “Bara Secker”. So, a certain individual (let’s call him Y) went to Dr. Secker and basically said “I don’t know if I want to go on testosterone or not, I’m still thinking about it.” Secker asks everyone what they do for a living, so it turned out Y works in a biology lab. When she heard this, she immediately got into a tizzy about “well, working in a lab like that you’ll have access to things like chicken testosterone and you might get tempted to self-med”. So she wrote him out a T prescription on the spot, even though he didn’t want it yet.”
I could pull a million more examples (and I will if anyone accuses me of cherry-picking).
There is enormous pressure on lesbians or androgynous females to transgenderize. Both socially and from the “LGBT Friendly” therapy community. And from the medical community. A non-feminine lesbian can’t go to a gay bar without being called “he” and asked when she is starting T. The dyke-hatred is so profound. Yes, even with maybeline spokesperson Ellen on the scene.
And I’m asking what we are going to do about it.
A huge part of the problem as I see it is that lesbians have been driven back underground by heterosexual male harassment, often of the transgender variety= straight males who now “identify as” lesbian who have driven true lesbian culture underground.
Honestly, when I was “Carter’s” age, I felt completely alienated from what I saw as “the lesbian community” which I did not relate to AT ALL. Lame boring folk music and ugly haircuts (sorry). Fucking humus. Luckily I found the awesome lesbo alterna-culture which saved my life. Which is all driven underground now due to hetero males, mainly the trans variety. How will they ever find us now, real lesbians in all our diversity??