An interesting thing happened last week on Suzan Cooke's transgender blog, Women Born Transsexual. She finally had her fill of "Willow" Arune, who is a well known net kook and apologist for Blanchard, Bailey and company. What finally triggered the meltdown was the rather bizarre case of George Rekers, a well known advocate of reparative therapy for both those who are gay or lesbian and those who are transsexual. Rekers was found to be involved with a gay prostitute who had accompanied him on a trip. I will spare you the nasty bits, which have been posted on numerous gay blogs.
Cooke linked Rekers to Blanchard and Bailey and as would be expected, Mr. Arune rose up in defense. Cooke, who is a major Godwin's Law violator, seemed a bit surprised, perhaps the only person who was. The usual accusations of being a collaborator and a Nazi resulted, and Arune apparently decided to beat a hasty retreat before being toss off of another blog. Arune has a long history of being banned from numerous groups, blogs, and other places. Arune even managed to get banned from Yahoo after creating a mailing list to attack Andrea James. That cost Arune not only that group, but also his infamous Autogynephilia mailing list.
Why Cooke would expect anything different from Arune is the real mystery. Arune has a very bizarre history. He is on disability in Canada, even though he brags about practicing law pro bono. He traveled to Thailand, supposedly as part of some sort of business deal, and claims he was imprisoned because he was framed by Citibank. While he was in a Thai jail, he claims he was sodomized (he uses the term rape, but that is not the appropriate term for male on male sexual assault). Apparently, prior to this he showed no inclination towards any gender issues and he originally claimed that the idea of a sex change was suggested by a therapist, apparently in Thailand. When he was confronted on this, he defended that claim.
After being largely rejected as a transsexual by anyone who encountered his bizarre claims, he dropped out of sight for a while, returning with a claim of being an autogynephile and major defender of Blanchard and Bailey.
Arune has a history of attacking those who have successfully transitioned. He tries, desperately, to drag them down to his level. He has attacked Andrea James, Calpernia Adams, Lynn Conway (he took her to take for her "Successful Transsexual Women" page, claiming that none truly existed), and anyone else who does not blindly adhere to the Blanchard theory of transsexualism. Arune also has a history of seeking affirmation for his transsexualism. He seems more concerned with being seen as a transsexual than anything else. That is why he was trying to befriend Cooke. He saw her as a major source of credibility. As is always the case, this has basically blown up in his face. Of course, it never occured to Arune that Cooke's imprimatur no longer has the value it was once perceived to have.
Of course, the relationship was symbiotic. Arune provided major strokes for Cooke's massive ego. Both seem to have a pathological need to viewed as authoritative. Outside of their indivdual small groups of followers, neither of them is.
The bottom line? I seriously considered naming this article, "When Kooks Collide."