How transgender identity politics serve Leftist men

I have written a very detailed blog about transgender identity politics, which is meant to be read from page 1 through page 16, located here: thenewbacklash.blogspot.com. Blog stats tell me not many people get to the end, so I am taking the liberty of posting page 15, which is about the male supremacy of the Left, here:

For AFTAs, the benefit of transgender identity politics is the ability to perform their fetish for women’s subjugation in public, while still exercising their male privilege by forcing women to comply. They use the category “woman” as a kind of S&M Barbie vacation.

However, AFTAs are a very small group of people. We’re much better served by looking at the benefits of transgender identity politics for the much larger group of people who, you know, run the Left: men.

Transgender identity politics A) work to make male privilege unnameable, while simultaneously B) framing the male violence that props up male supremacy as inevitable, which C) allows the men of the Left to get their blatant sexism on, all in the name of “trans inclusion” (which really just means the inclusion and prioritization of be-penised people in all female spaces!)


A. Making male privilege unnameable

The necessary flipside of making femaleness and female oppression unspeakable is the inability to name male people, and talk about male-specific privilege.

Misogynists on the Left use transwomen as human shields against feminists who insist sex-based socialization matters – and when that doesn’t work, they also like to point at the men of the conservative Right, as if that is women’s only other option – suck all the Left Wing cock or get back in the Right Wing kitchen.

Misogynists on the Left spend all this time pointing their fingers at other people, be they human shields or bogeymen, because they’re desperate to take any critical focus off men.

Screw that. We’re gonna talk about the social category “man.”

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AFTAs and their allies love to accuse feminists of being “obsessed with genitals,” because we point out that people born with penises are male and male people have male privilege:

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This is as ridiculous as accusing anti-racism activists of being obsessed with skin color.

Just where exactly do they think male privilege attaches?

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Let’s conduct a brief thought exercise. We’ll use SPH and OPH (sperm-producing humans and ova-producing humans) instead of the now-objectionable terms “men” and “women”. You can attempt to derail via the tiny percentage of people born intersex, or with cries of sensitivity for the infertile—it does not matter, because this statement still stands:

SPH control the world. Not just the “global south.” Everywhere.

Politics, law, law enforcement, commerce, media, medicine, science, technology, even the arts … all dominated by SPH. Why?

Do world leaders use their penises to perform diplomacy? Maybe they use their penises as microphones when making important speeches? Do lawmakers sign bills with their penises? Do police actually use their penises as guns? Are businessmen joining important conference calls via the Bluetooth in their penises? Maybe bankers discuss pie charts using their combination penis/laser pointers. Do doctors perform surgery with their penis-scalpels? Are artists painting with their penis-brushes? Et penis cetera?

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No? Yet all these fields are dominated by people-with-penises. I see three possible explanations:

1) The vast majority of people who identify themselves and are identified by others as talented in these fields just *happened* to be born with penises. This is all just a big, centuries-long coinkydink.

2) SPH are naturally superior to OPH in all these fields. (If this is your opinion, kindly fuck off out of feminism.)

3) SPH have been unfairly privileged and OPH have been oppressed (sane people call this sexism,) in which case we can all stop pretending genitalia doesn’t matter.

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People born with penises are raised by their families and encouraged via media, merchandisers, schools, workplaces, governments and the general public to think of themselves as both [superior to] and [entitled to the servitude of] people born without penises (which is to say, with ovaries+uteruses+vaginas+clitorises, as there’s not actually an endless sucking void betwixt our legs.)

We’re disallowed from discussing this fact so nakedly because naked male genitalia is… hilariously stupid, as far as a symbol of superiority goes:

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Yes, through millennia of rape men have made the phallus a symbol of sexual violence – but it is only via men’s lifetimes of sex-based social entitlement and women’s lifetimes of sex-based social subjugation that rape can stand as a (for all intents and purposes, accepted) cultural practice. The absurd banality that “penises don’t rape people” is meaningless precisely because people born with penises are for that reason alone raised to consider themselves entitled to female bodies. It is therefore no wonder they so often use those penises as weapons against those female bodies. And it is therefore unthinkable that women should ever act like the possession of a penis doesn’t really matter.

My favorite male-genitalia-related story: I was dating a fella, and when we would rassle, he would say “Darling, do you really think you could stop me?” The first time he said this, my blood ran cold. I warned him, “Don’t ever say that to me again.” The second time he said it, I responded, “Fair warning: you may have superior upper body strength, but your genitals are on the outside. Don’t make me prove I can stop you.” The third time he uttered that vile, threatening phrase, I brought my knee up and lightly tapped his balls. He fell to the ground and rolled around in pain. It was the most pleasure his crotch ever gave me.

I do NOT tell this story to shame any woman who was not able to utilize this technique to escape sexual assault, though some opportunistic victim-blamers may take it that way. I tell this story because it is important to note that this man, a self-identified Leftist who supposedly cared about me, felt such impunity in “playfully” threatening me, even after repeated warnings. It *never* occurred to him that I would *ever* harm his magical, sacred male parts.

Just as male supremacists, ever experts at reversals, would have us associate shame and weakness with the female organs that CREATE HUMAN LIFE, they would also have us associate male organs, frightfully vulnerable as they are, with unassailable power. And apparently these days, unnameable power. Do not say p—s. P—s is whatever p—s says. Do not look behind the curtain/zipper. DO NOT SAY VOLDEMORT’S NAME.

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I will bet you one million dollars these people have penises:

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It should not be a shock that we end up here:

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Or here:

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You can pomobate (that’s short for postmodern intellectual masturbation, obvs) about the words “woman” and “man” all you want; whenever [a person born into a body with a reproductive system meant to produce sperm] tells [a person born into a body with a reproductive system meant to produce ova] that [being born into a body with a reproductive system meant to produce sperm] entitles him to dominate her – whether via economic control, or threats of violence, or the emptying of her language, including her right to say “no,” (just for examples) – he is being an obnoxiously entitled sexist pig. And he is obnoxiously entitled because he was socialized to be that way, because of the genitalia with which he was born.

And that is as inescapably true as it is inescapably absurd.

The human penis is:

1) The MALE organ of sex and peeing.

2) Out of context, rather unimpressive (sorry not sorry).

3) In context:

  1. A) A lifelong lightning rod of unearned (and most often, unexamined) privilege, and
  2. B) A universal marker of membership in a violently oppressive class.

The good news, women, is that every time you stubbornly insist on seeing, naming and analyzing male privilege, you are metaphorically punching patriarchy right in the dick.


B. Framing male violence as inevitable

If gender is just “how you feel inside,” and if that feeling is totally self-defined and above critique, then what can we do about men who “feel” entitled to maintain dominance through violence? After all, if gender identity is innate, so is masculinity– which is simply the “gender identity” ascribed to “cis” men. And when masculinity is viewed as innate rather than socially constructed and validated, male violence is viewed as inevitable and is therefore always-already excused. And if male violence is always-already excused, we will never dismantle male supremacy.

We expect gender-conforming males to attack gender-non-conforming males because we all know how much men hate and fear the idea that the human qualities/tendencies we label “feminine” – whether gentleness or self-objectification or what have you – do actually exist/occur in male bodies. So transwomen say, “But we’re not men. We’re just women trapped in men’s bodies,” and everyone goes along with it. Femininity = not a man. Woman = garbage box for not-men. As long as “real” men’s superior position in the patriarchy remains their biological right as “real” men, nobody has to die.

Except: they’re still killing. Men are still killing transwomen. Men are still killing women. Men are still killing children. Men are still killing each other. Because the gender hierarchy is still in place, and it doesn’t just keep women subordinate. The gender hierarchy strips men of their empathy, and tells them the way to prove their worth is through dominance. We’d all be much better served if, instead of this constant, absurd deconstruction of “What is a woman?” we started asking “What the hell is wrong with men, and how can we change it?”

Let’s take the question of shelters. “Transwomen need access to rape resources” cries one “activist,” hell bent on shutting down a female-only shelter. What goes unsaid in that statement is that 1) transwomen are male victims of male violence; 2) the resource in question was built and is sustained by female people; and 3) the female victims in that shelter matter, and have the right to female-only space. The sentiment can be restated more accurately and honestly as “female people must put male victims of male violence first.” Refusing to name male violence and assuming female care-taking and self-subordination is not “transing” gender roles – it’s enforcing them. Why can’t Leftist MEN take on the problem of male-on-male violence?

Another common battle cry is that transwomen must be allowed to use women’s bathrooms and changing rooms because they face violence in male spaces. Again, we must never name the basic problem there — that men may behave violently when faced with another male who defies gender norms. We simply assume that women will be the ones to solve the problem, by giving up our boundaries. There’s an obvious flaw in this logic, of course: what are transwomen afraid of in the men’s room? Violent males. Hmm.

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In the above picture, a woman and her transwoman friend are headed to the ladies room. An unknown male (the red figure) looms. What is to stop that male from entering the ladies room? According to transgender identity politickers (and their bathroom bills) all he has to do is say he “feels like a woman” – if asked – though asking itself is verboten:

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As long as any male person can legally access female spaces based solely on his say-so, neither women nor (actual) transwomen are safe in those spaces. Yet the entirely reasonable compromise of allowing access with documentation of medical treatment for transsexuality is rejected as transphobic [see page 4 for links]. This is very obviously not about safety, for women or transwomen – this is about appeasing men, both those men who get a kick out of exposing their genitalia to women and girls [see page 10 for links] AND those men who refuse to grow up enough to accept the presence of a “feminine” male person in their spaces. Any true “gender outlaw” would be aiming their pistols at those men, rather thandemanding women ignore the gift of fear that comes from our lifetimes of experience with male predation.


C. The same old sexism, in a shiny new rainbow-sparkle package

Just as no man must enact male violence against women on an individual level in order to benefit from the male privilege that such violence enforces for men as a class, individual men on the Left do not have to engage transgender identity politics in any meaningful way in order to reap the benefits provided by widespread social acceptance of those politics, which enable Leftist men to:

*Label other male people Not Real Men, thus making themselves feel like Yes Real Men in comparison.

*Excuse themselves from feeling any guilt about their male privilege. After all, as long as they don’t want to call themselves women, they were simply born with manbrains and thus destined to be the Manly Men in Charge!

*Enjoy watching women being forced to confess to “cis privilege” – one can only assume this is because they agree with MRAs that we have it easy, that we are spoiled princesses with no real complaints.

*Reap the rewards of transwomen insinuating themselves in women’s spaces to make sure male feelings and orgasms are centered within feminism. And when they support AFTA efforts to fully colonize feminism, they get to feel right-on!

*Use [the violence inflicted by homophobic males on gender non-conforming males] to shame women for not being “empathetic” enough. Blaming women for male-on-male violence means they get to 1) put us back in our place of mandatory care-taking and self-abnegation and 2) excuse themselves from confronting that violence, even though they are members of the class that both inflicts and experiences it.

*Perhaps most importantly, sit back and let the Paris “I would rather have a ‘sticky fuck’ than analyze oppression” Lees of the world show women how “woman” should be done – See woman number four, below.

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*And finally, transgender identity politics enable Leftist men to casually dismiss as “TERFs” any feminists who might make them question any of the above.

4 Comments on “How transgender identity politics serve Leftist men

  1. A very strong, thought-provoking article and series as a whole. I recall those passages in Dworkin on the insidious corruption of the left. While I suppose there are always arguments between what can be achieved in the here and now – for example, for protecting sex workers within the industry – and for the ideal position we want to be in in the hopefully foreseeable future – for example, no sex industry to speak of – the loss of the ideal / vision / raison d’etre is always detrimental and corrosive to any cause. (This is where I would normally change paragraph, but…) The bathroom issue seems apt to drag on in spite of many reasonable options. The over-publicised refusal of recent “activists” – Lila Perry especially – to submit to compromises shot the whole trans population in their collective feet, IMO. For what it’s worth, I don’ known any “transitioners” in real life who make any sort of issue about using disabled and GN facilities, to cite another possibility. As you state, they seem on balance to be more concerned with safety than making a statement. Just as long as I never have to share the men’s room at Gare de Lyon with troop of burly French squaddies again… (A tad threatening, that was… imagine new paragraph here). I struggle to think what the best solution for rape relief / counselling would be for trans people. I would not trust leftist men to provide the solution, pardon my misandry… Perhaps segregated trans sections within existing shelters, assuming they have the infrastructure for it? If not, I think the only option might be government assistance to local charities / NGOs to provide support, by persuading them it is the lesser of two economic evils. If centrist and right-wing men have something to recommend themselves over the leftist ones, one can at least reliably tug them by their purse-strings…

    1. Yes, in the here and now compromises are required, and thoughtful women and transwomen could work those out, if the ladystick brigade and their zombie supporters could stop with the misogyny and totalism. I will however continue to push Leftist men – they claim to care so much, they simply *must* label feminists the enemy! They simply must silence us! On behalf of transwomen! If they care so much, why are they doing nothing to solve the problem? My take on their reasons are included in the essay of course, I just hate that they get a free pass in *all media* and feminists are so overwhelmed just trying to protect ourselves and get someone, anyone to care about women that they nobody. ever. asks. why we can’t redefine “man” to mean “an adult who is not excused for reacting to femininity with violence.”

  2. Thank you for writing this. The bathroom situation… I’m a “cis” woman and a survivor of sexual violence. I’ve had years of therapy and ‘graduated’ about two years ago, hadn’t had a panic attack/anxiety/nightmare/flashback since then. Have developed friendships with males and come to grow comfortable around them and not continuously worry if they are just looking for an opportunity to harm me. Then, last week, I walk into the ladies’ restroom in the college campus library and there’s an anatomical male in there. “She” identifies as female, doesn’t dress in the stereotypical genderized feminine clothing, and is attracted to “cis” women. I had my first panic attack in over two years of having none. I’ve gone to counseling now, will be starting EMDR therapy for treatment of panic attacks/flashbacks/nightmares/anxiety/fear that has ALL COME BACK. I was informed that there’s nothing I can do to stop this from happening again. I can’t complain to the university. I can’t go to the police. I can’t even request the trans-community to encourage their members to use the Gender Neutral restrooms (that are F***ing NICE & CLEAN!!!) in consideration of the statistical 20% “cis” women who’ve survived attempted/completed sexual assault & the 25% “cis” women who’ve survived childhood sexual abuse and who are vulnerable to developing PTSD due to the violence they have suffered from. Nope. I’m just a trans-phobic “cis”-woman who should “just get over it” and stop making other people uncomfortable. :( Why is nobody bringing this up??? Why is nobody advocating for me or the other 45% of the 150 million “cis” women who are at risk having PTSD triggered? Why should I or any of the estimated 67,500,000 other victims/survivors of this country be FORCED to disclose such a traumatic experience to complete strangers just to get some privacy in a restroom??? WTF.

  3. I liked this so much I have spent most of today reading the full 16 pages + a good many of your links within it . Thank you for the excellent & very thorough work . And I love the snark .

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