In the past three-plus years that I’ve been out as trans (by which, I’d stress that I have been living as a woman full-time for almost that entire period) I have not written any substantial piece on the occasion of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the 17th commemoration of which falls today, 20 November 2015. There are good reasons for my having avoided doing so, which I propose to set aside this time around to write directly on the issue as it faces trans and gender diverse people in Australia. But because today is the 20th of November, I do need to start with the U.S. of A. (Content notice for homophobic and transphobic violence, suicide.) Continue reading
So the other day I was reading a heartfelt gripe about how the Trans Activists™ have been so nasty and repressive as to have dictated that you can’t discuss gender in any way whatsoever, or else you are a horrible TERFy transphobe, blah blah blah Orwell thoughtcrime 1984. I’m sure you can imagine how that sort of gripe goes.
The funny thing is, since my promotion to the Transgender Thought Police (Mind Control Division), I’ve now been to quite a few of these Trans Cabal party meetings where we engorge ourselves on roasted cis babies and other delightful snacks, plotting our further campaign of world domination, and — quite inexplicably — I can’t remember such a dictatorial edict ever coming down from our great unanimous Trans Activists’ Repressive Dictatorship Implementation Subcommittee. So, I immediately raised the issue in council — uploaded my unilateral proposal to the hivemind – and every other trans activist in the world instantly assented to be of one mind with me, ratifying the following proclamation:
1. Yes, of course you are allowed to question and discuss gender. Your gender.
2. However, we have noticed that a great deal of the time, you cisgender people are not discussing your own gender: most of the time you’re engaging in masturbatorial thought experiments regarding gender variant and transgender people’s genders. My, and the tone! And even more curiously, while a strikingly large proportion of these arguments tend to advance anecdotal assertions about trans people’s genders and life experiences – which for obvious reasons, you cannot know as well as your own – these discussions just as frequently tend to reach fallacious conclusions that invalidate trans people’s genders and experiences, while the parallels that compare to cis people’s genders are almost never discussed, almost never pointed out for criticism, and almost never invalidated. Why, it’s almost as if you have a motive – a cis agenda – for these discussions! Obviously we cannot permit this to continue.
3. Since it is clear that you cisgender people cannot be trusted to treat other people’s genders with any respect, we The Trans Cabal™ are instituting the rule that you may only question and discuss your own gender. If you are a cis man, you can only discuss the aspects of gender that you as a cis man can speak on reliably and critically. Likewise if you are a cis woman.
4. Having said all that, we do anticipate a rush from cis people to identify under the trans umbrella by claiming to be agender, in order to revert to the status quo ante of being in a position to denigrate other people’s genders willy-nilly. If this is the case, please leave your gender at the door and nominate your mandatory preferred gender neutral pronoun before proceeding.
5. Thank you. Discuss.
Oppressive Transgender Thought Policing Overlord j.g. (f-t)
Mind Control Divn [MiniTrans]
via the Trans Activists’ Repressive Dictatorship Implementation Subcommittee
ALL HAIL THE TRANS CABAL™!
I wrote a whole lot of stuff which I hadn’t posted anywhere, and even though this blog is pretty much on hiatus while not very much happens that I want to write about, I came to the conclusion that it was better to hit “Publish” at some point rather than continually postpone the evil day by clicking “Save Draft”. So, here we have three topics in search of an essay.
Speculation about why these three topics might have been selected will not be seriously entertained. Yes, there’s four thousand words here under the cut. Read them. Or, don’t read them. If you are in any doubt, I recommend not reading. Topics:
1. The geek social fallacies, as applied to other progressive communities
2. The ethics involved with enjoying problematic media
3. Transgenderism and the nature of transphobia out in the real world
As a précis: in various circles the nomenclature for the experiences of what it is like to be transgender or gender diverse is up for vigorous challenge. Although there have been trans or gender diverse people around for centuries (or even millennia apparently), the language in Western culture for describing us and our experiences has been acknowledged or defined only relatively recently.
Trans and gender diverse people were not encouraged to be publicly open about ourselves – to be out, let alone be out and proud about having survived – and thus a shared culture has slowly developed possessing memes, ideas, and descriptors which likewise have gradually gained traction with the wider society. Simultaneously, political attacks from trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) or other groups with vested interests against the acceptance of non-heterosexual, non-cisgender people have turned the cultural space for trans people into a battleground, and this too has influenced the expression of that shared culture. The word ‘transgenderism’ itself is one term that is currently under dispute, with numerous trans people actively saying: “Don’t use that word, ever! There’s no such thing as transgenderism!” Continue reading
So this month I had two consultations, firstly with my psychiatrist, and the other a couple of weeks later with my GP. Oh, and having my blood drawn inbetween.
There isn’t a huge amount to report from the latest psychiatric consultation – perhaps I was taken aback by the astonishingly picturesque views from his new offices on the edge of the CBD. We discussed the ANZPATH conference which had been held in the intervening period, and I asked if he had a copy of one of his references, which he managed to rustle up for me; I intend to blog about it hopefully sometime in the next month. Did I mention the new office has a spectacular lookout?
The medical consultation with my GP had to cover a fair amount of ground in the usual short allotted time, obtaining all of my usual prescriptions, discussing my latest pathology results and recommended actions, and asking for examination of a potential bcc or some other persistent mark on my skin – apparently burst capillaries are to blame. Continue reading
I had a medical appointment last month to obtain my usual twelve-weekly prescription, since the LGBT-supporting practice bulk bills me (i.e. at zero cost to me) whereas requesting a prescription to be prepared now incurs an administration fee of $10, making it more efficient for me to see the doctor than not! Anyway, since my Vitamin D is usually dreadful during winter and I had been diligent about taking 3000 iU of D3 tablets per diem through the latter half of the year – a real pain, since the tablets are large enough to be awkward to swallow – thus I requested a blood test to see whether that had been effective remedy. Sure, said the doctor, provided you’re willing to pay $35 for the test as the Federal government has changed the testing coverage so that only one Vitamin D test each year is covered by Medicare. Uhh, nope, I wasn’t that keen to find out about my Vitamin D.
However, testing for free testosterone is still covered for free by Medicare. Continue reading