Friday, April 30, 2010

Another Gender Fascist, Another Bad Joke

I have mentioned the person who calls himself "Dyssonance" before.  One of his silly little posts was brought to my attention when a well known kook, "Willow" Arune, quoted it on Suzan Cooke's transgender web site.  I left a comment there, but as is typical for those sort of sites, any dissent is avoided.

So, let's look at what this gender fascist has to say:
Imagine the term Transgender used as an insult.
Well, it is an insult if it is being forced on you.  I do not identify as transgender, and consider it an insult to be referred to as such.
Well, that’s what’s going on with a small group of trans people. And make no mistake, they are absolutely trans people. But they do not consider themselves trans people.
Now, isn't this interesting...  Mr. Dyssonance doesn't care how we identify.  He will tell us what we are.  It appears that he is the one using "transgender" or in this case, "trans" as an insult.
The particular group involved here is a break-away sect from the slightly larger US “TS-SI” sect, which is itelf (sic) a break away group from the “HBS” sect of Trans people.
Now, notice how he tosses out terms like "sect" and "break-away."  Neither is appropriate, but hey, truth is not an issue for gender fascists.
These people are surgical supremacists, to start with, and the fastest way to discern one is that they decide that some people are and some people aren’t transsexual based on puerile and utterly subjective personal opinions.
Mr. Dyssonance is really laying it on here.  Or perhaps I should say, he is really shoveling it.  I guess in his mind those who disagree with him are childish.  And apparently he has no idea what the term subjective means.  Those who identify as "classic transsexuals," or HBS, tend to have objective views.  For example, we reject the oxymoron "non-op transsexual."  This is why, increasingly, men who have no desire to lose their penis have started claiming to be "pre-op" but they never seem to have any real intentions of having surgery.  Just excuses.  We also look at other, very objective factors.  So no, our rejection of many is not at all subjective.
The splinter group in this case calls themselves “Classic Transsexuals”. They are seeking to gain ownership of the term transsexual. To them, a transsexual is only such if they happen to “vibe” right to them, and if they happen to have an acceptable “narrative” (personal history), and if they happen to hold acceptable views similar to them. The requirements for which change according to how they feel about the individual. 
So, now "classic transsexual" is a splinter group.  Actually, it is probably the more common term.  And I hate to break it to Mr. Dyssonance, but words do have meanings.  Actually, he, and his ilk, are the ones trying to gain ownership of the term "transsexual."  And no, it is not just about vibing.  Yes, one's personal history is a factor in deciding if one is a transsexual.  Especially if the person making the decision is a licensed professional.  As to "acceptable views," there are a lot of people I would consider to be transsexual who I strongly disagree with.  There might be some who don't consider those who disagree with them on some social or political view to be "transsexual," but such an approach is absurd, and such a claim is bogus.  It is just a bit of smoke and mirrors to avoid the truth.

And no, the requirements don't change.  Being a transsexual is not about holding any political or social views. It is about having a brain that is sexually differentiated differently from the body.  Period.

Now, I am not going to bother with the rest of the article.  It can be summed up simply as a typical attack on the idea that transsexualism is inherent, and not simply something one chooses.  Clearly, Mr. Dyssonance is one of those who knows, deep down, that he is pretending to be a woman.  So, he attacks those who have a history that indicates a biological basis.

I will note that he does make up one fact.  He claims that no "mainline scientist" supports the idea that transsexuals are "neurologically intersex."  While he might be able to maintain such a claim by insisting on using that specific term, in the broader sense, his claims is totally untrue.  It is true that the term "intersex" tends to have a very specific meaning, and is generally limited to conditions involving the genitalia and internal sex organs, the idea that transsexuals are, to use an older term, "psychic hermaphrodites" is not a new one, and has been a widely held one since Harry Benjamin first suggested it.

Or to put it more succinctly, Mr. Dyssonance simply makes stuff up as he goes.


Aria Blue said...

What's good is that people are finally starting to see the things that people like Dyss do for what they are- loudmouthed stunts. The TG were above criticism for a long time due to political correctness, and now they are turning mortal since people like us have told others its ok to criticize what they do.

In fact, THEY are the ones who are the fringe of the fringe and people are able to see that now. They don't speak for anyone but themselves, a tiny minority of crossdressers who think there is more to their dressing than there really is.

By the way, do you think Sandeen's stunt helped make up any minds with this announcement on DADT today? hehe :)

Just Jennifer said...

I have long found Dyss to be a bad joke. This person has made absurd claims, including holding degrees and credentials that seem, at best, highly unlikely.

As to Sandeen...I suspect that what was done is a violation of Federal law. Retired military are allowed to wear dress uniforms, but only under very restricted conditions. They are not allowed to wear their uniform for the purpose of political protest, and they are limited to wearing the uniform that was appropriate at the time of their discharge. Now, it is possible, even probable, that such laws will not be enforced, but if the Navy wishes to, they could go after Sandeen big tine.

Zoe Brain said...

"Mr" Dysonnance?

That was unworthy of you.

A regards PO Sandeen - yes, since as a service-disabled veteran she's deemed to be "performing other duties" rather than retired as such, she could be charged with violating the UCMJ, whose provisions still apply to her.

Not merely could she be imprisoned in a military jail, it's likely her only income would be stopped: and as she's on 100% disability, paying work is out of the question.

She knew this - and knew the risk she took once being placed in the penal system. She just thought that someone should act on a matter of principle for once.

It may have worked too - Speaker Pelosi's calling out of Obama on the issue is unprecedented. It appears that she's feeling the pressure from GetEqual's efforts.

"We all look forward to the report on the review of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy by the Defense Department. In the meantime, the Administration should immediately place a moratorium on dismissals under this policy until the review has been completed and Congress has acted."

I'll omit the "hehe". That would be as unworthy of me as yours was of you, though I can understand the temptation.

Perhaps we should all step back, take a deep breath, and realise that disagreement does not mean the other side is evil, nor that one should rejoice in their discomfort. And by "we" I mean "I" anyway. What you do is your own affair.

Just Jennifer said...

"That was unworthy of you."

No, it is simply a statement of fact. Dyss is not a woman. He is a full time crossdresser, an avowed "non-op" which is an oxymoron, since anyone who is not going to have surgery is not a transsexual. You see, I reject the insanity that says that one becomes a woman simply by saying one is a woman.

As to Sandeen, he is a self-important kook who is engaged in a major ego trip. His most recent post concerns his plans for the next month. He is a legend in his own mind.

None of this has anything to do with disagreement. It has to do with radical extremists demanding that society pander to their delusions.

While I see nothing wrong with an otherwise qualified post-op being allowed to enlist in the military, the idea of those who are transgender being allow is absurd.

Anne said...

I agree that Dyss is a loose canon.

I find that her delusional proclamations are extremely counterproductive and damaging to the needs, goals and purposes of TG AND TS and IS people.

All she/he does is cast everyone in an ugly light

Anonymous said...

Some of us have been warning people about Dys, we have been called self hating and racist of all things.

Everything that some of us have been saying about certain personalities has and IS coming true.