A group of male transgenders organizing a “Transwomen Only” conference are being called “Self-Exclusionary Radical Feminists” or “SERFs” by other male transgenders in this week’s GenderTrender “jumping the shark” edition.
The conference, called New Narratives 2014: Reframing the conversation, organized by three male transgenders is scheduled on Sunday May 25th following the trans-inclusive Radical Feminist program RadFems Respond in Portland Oregon. The day-long New Narratives workshop runs concurrent with the women-only portion of Radfems Respond and is designed to address issues specific to the male transgender or “Transwoman” community and provide safety and privacy for those attending. This is hugely controversial in the transgender community because the conference tacitly supports the rights of females to meet outside the presence of males in the concurrent female-only Radical Feminist gathering. Eliminating the rights of females to women-only spaces is the number one priority of the transgender movement, whose aim is to roll-back sex-based legal protections for women.
Further, the transwoman-only gathering, although pro-genderist, seeks to redirect the goals of the gender movement away from interfering with women’s interests and the erosion of our legal rights, although they don’t exactly explain how.
Still, in such an anti-woman political climate- where multiple sexual assaults of homeless women by male transgender Jessica Hambrook (who used “gender identity” laws to access vulnerable female victims) is responded to by trans activists by lawsuits against another homeless women’s shelter who protected women from a man, JodieLynn Wiley who defines “womanhood” by his sexual kink- the simple recognition that women exist and are human and deserve human rights seems like a huge sea change in the noxious anti-woman transgender movement.
From the New Narratives website:
Speech that is silenced in trans communities
*Acknowledging male privilege, male socialization, and it’s effect on behavior. Verboten. Evidence of self-hate. It is interesting to note that on the recent 350+ signatories of the Zinnia petition, approximately 120 out of 390, or 31%, listed a STEM occupation. And yet we are to ignore the forces of sex-based oppression that keep females disproportionately absent from STEM fields, and privileges males.
*Siding with females on safe space issues? Treason of the highest order. Evidence of self hate.
*The realities of passing, and challenging self-identification as proof of gender? Elitism, dismissed as appealing to society as one of the ‘good ones’.
*Calling for rational engagement and an end to online violent and bullying behavior? “Stop tone policing me! I’m just venting!”
*Identifying and expressing concern over the fetishization of female objectification and submission prevalent in trans behavior?
This is actually frequently discussed as a source of shame. Rarely, however, is fetishization and autogynephilic behavior discussed as arising out of misogyny and male socialization. Instead, it is ‘normalized’ as a symptom of being trans (“you do that too? what a relief!”), and is not unpacked and unlearned.
Holy shit 31% STEM careerists! Wow.
New Narratives 2014 is being organized by three transsexual women. We are putting together this workshop in order to encourage members of our community to ask tough questions and to do some internal work that may be very difficult. We realize that not all trans women are in a place where they are ready to consider these notions.
To be blunt, many of the topics we hope to explore during this event are dynamite within the trans community. As individuals, we have in the past been shouted down, called names, accused of transphobia, accused of self-hatred, accused of violence, blocked, banned, smeared, and threatened for voicing our opinions and concerns. Additionally, all of us live stealth lives. We are torn between our concern for our sisters and community and our fear not only of losing the normality we’ve built for ourselves in our personal lives, but also being personally attacked and libeled by zealous trans activists. Moving this discussion from the virtual world to the real world is risky, and we are well aware of the fire we’re playing with. Attendees will be meeting with us personally, and we’re ready for that step, but posting our identities online publicly still feels reckless at this point.
To any and all trans women who already consider themselves gender and/or trans-critical, or to any who find themselves at a crossroads in their conception of self and community: please come. We’re holding this event because we care and we seek better directions for trans discourse. We’re anonymous because we know the current state of trans activism and we recognize the necessity of caution.