This really takes the cake. Bob Tur, the famed news helicopter pilot who captured the Reginald Denny beating and OJ Simpson’s slow Broncho drive of police avoidance, has announced that he is henceforth no longer male. His misunderstanding of reproductive biology is enabled by a transgender politic which piggybacks on the gay movement’s platform of non-discrimination against same-sex relationships. Except this piggybacking politic has little in common with an equality platform and instead forwards a retrograde right-wing conservative agenda beyond anything even the fundamentalists could invent.
According to the transgender movement, men and women have distinctively oppositional brain functions caused by our reproductive biology. Namely, women have organically submissive and toilet-cleaning and compliant and pink-loving brains, and men do science and business and order women around and kill things and stuff. Per the transgender movement, Femininity (submission, softness, compliance, objectification) is an inherent quality of reproductively Female humans and Masculinity (domination, aggression, objectifying of females) is inherent in sperm-producers. Many patriarchal fundamentalists would agree with this portion of the transgender politic.
Females and males who fail to adhere to this strict cultural performance of reproductive hierarchy (males dominant, females submissive) are defective, per the transgender philosophy. Masculinity in females and femininity in males is a birth defect requiring treatment designed to bring one’s behavior and feelings into compliance with the male dominant, female submissive program. Children who are noncompliant should be slotted into corrective medicalized treatment programs as early as the age of 18 months old, per the transgender movement.
Such corrective treatment as outlined by the transgender movement is the application of cosmetic medical and surgical procedures designed to disguise the actual sex of the sex-role underperformer. This, in order to preserve the “congruity” between expectation of reproduction and concordant social role. Not only should the medical field devote themselves to disguising the actual sex of those who fail to uphold male dominant, female subordinant social behavior (via medicines and surgeries designed to create the appearance of the opposite sex) but the government (presumably having a vested interest in male domination) should also facilitate the practice of disguising and EVEN ERASING the actual sex of citizens who are non-compliant with government standards of social roles enforced based on reproductive function (such roles upholding the public order of male domination of females).
It is clear why males, including gay males, support such a program: Social roles which ritualize male domination and female subordination benefit men. No male is oppressed by compliance with gender, because the male gender role is that of domination over those performing the subordinate role: females. Even swell, sweet and loving men who consciously eschew (or try to, bless their hearts) the role of dominator still occupy the role of default human ie. Not female.
In other words, “butch” or femininity non-performing females are attacked (sometimes even by “political” lesbians and confused “feminists”!) as being “mannish” or “masculine”. But the absence of femininity (subordination) in females is not domination. The absence of subordination is basic humanity- unless that human is reproductively female. Non-performance is not performance . Absence of “gender” performance is not a “gender”. Both males and females can and do attempt to eschew ritualized sex role performance but only those reproductively male (even if wearing laydee-suit) ever obtain the status of default human. Butch and femininity non-performing women are forever framed as volatile female sex-role objectivists, or worse (even by some “radical feminists”) as pretenders to domination.
Oh hell. I forgot about idiot Bob, the dude that the Indigo Girls are so insistent should be soaping his balls in the shower next to you at Michfest.
From his TMZ interview:
“This is something that’s genetic it’s been around for my entire life. I have these incredible dysmorphic feelings. I was born with a feminized brain. And I kinda dealt with it and – I think initially you really don’t know what to make of it, and its very very confusing. You don’t recognize your image in a mirror. You know that you’re female but physically you’re not. So you kind of deal with it. I got married when I was very young and had my daughter Katie when I was 23.”
TMZ: The weird thing is that you say that you always identified as a woman and yet you became an aggressive helicopter pilot, I think that’s probably a fair way of putting it. And that’s not the typical role of a confused male.
“Well actually true transgenders do hypermasculine things. Kristin Beck the Navy Seal is not atypical of what’s going on. There are a lot of airline pilots, a lot of military pilots. I’ve known all kinds of pilots, I’ve known spies, I’ve done quasi-military flights overseas. So, um, its not, its not atypical. It’s a fairly standard thing. The typical transgender tends to be 30 IQ points above average, they tend to be left handed, they tend to be fairly conservative, they’ve been married, have children. And they, you know, in some cases have hypermasculine traits that are associated with being androgen resistant. So, which is my case.”
TMZ: Bob, this is Evan [unintelligable] here, how’s it going. I have a question for you. When you say that the urges and the feelings were getting bad over the last five years what do you mean by that?
“Well I started getting very depressed and I really started withdrawing. I shed my friends. I stopped really doing a lot of work. I started doing other things than being in the media because it just got very very depressing being in the wrong body. And you have these- you worry about, I was worried about Katie, shes on the NBC Nightly News and I you know was worried about doing that, and I was worried about you know- I didn’t want to hurt anybody. And now that I’ve come out about this you know, my kids have had to go through a mourning process. I’m mourning the loss of Bob Tur. You know? He’s gotta die for me to be me, so.. Yanno there’s this transitional process that I knew I would have tyo deal with. And its not easy. But once I’ve done it its great. And being on the hormone replacement therapy its changed everything. It’s like you have this feminized brain without the right hormones and once you get them the OCD,the OCD dysmorphic feelings are gone. And for the first time I didn’t know life felt like this. Its very incredible.”
TMZ: Where are you in the process right now?
“Well I’m at really the fairly early stages. Big changes happen around the fifth month. If you go on YouTube and look up male to female transition videos you’ll be shocked at the differences. Over the next three months- my body is starting to change now, my, I think, my hands are getting- I’m starting to lose a lot of muscle mass. Your body changes to a feminine shape. Your skin changes to female skin over the course of about 120 days. The big changes are with your brain. You start thinking like a woman about four weeks, three- anywhere from three to four weeks into it. So the, you start thinking with white matter as opposed to men thinking with grey matter. So where I was able to make split decisions flying and being in really rough conditions, weather conditions- I don’t know if I’d be as good a pilot because now I’m using white matter and I’m becoming- that really bridges the left and right brains, and you become a consensus builder. You start being more analytical. Not as impulsive as you were when you’re a guy.”
TMZ: You’re raising a whole other issue now about women flying, Bob. I think I can’t let that go unspoken now. What you’re saying..
“There is, there is… differences. I mean its not just strength. The irony is not be-lost on me. Because I thought I was a pretty good pilot and ten thousand hours flying and over war zones and over riots and news and .. It’s different. There is a difference. A major difference in the way men and women think. It’s exquisite. So. I’m dealing with that. And I’m learning a lot.”
TMZ: And you’re gonna go by “Zoey”?
“Yeah. Zoey means life.”
TMZ: Really interesting. Ya know what- we’re out of time but I wanna continue this along the process and bring you back.
And Bob, Bob, people that want to follow your journey can follow you on your facebook, right?
“Yeah I’m posting things on facebook and I’m thinking about doing a reality series that kinda tracks it because I think transgeder people really are misunderstood and it’s not the effeminate- it’s not what you think it is. “