Both "Autumn" Sandeen and "Cristan" Williams have, quite cluelessly, shot themselves in the foot. Well, Mr. Williams more than Mr. Sandeen. Sandeen has simply shown the anti-social nature of his desires. Williams has shown that his claims about the origins of "transgender" are not true.
First off, Sandeen has posted in response to Jillian Page, who he describes as a "wonderful friend" even as he takes Page to task for stating what Sandeen no doubt considers the ultimate heresy against transgender doctrine.
As I discussed in my last post, Sandeen is ranting against stealth by "trans people," and I can imagine his outrage that someone he considers a fellow traveler has the audacity to actually disagree with him. I mean, how dare anyone but Sandeen presume to state what the primary goal of transgender people "should be?"
The ultimate goal of trans people is to blend in with society, and not to draw any special attention to themselves. I think we are getting to the point where the less said to the media, the better, especially about such personal things like having babies. I mean, whose business is it, anyway?Now I don't identify as "trans" anything, but I see merit in this comment. I have a lot less problem with those who are trying to blend in with society. And I do wish "trans people" would learn some discretion when it comes to the media. The example that Page gives is classic, a transgender "man" who has given birth in England. At least in this case the masculinized woman had the good sense not to allow her name to be used. No, men do not have babies. And I don't care what the British tabloids want to claim, this person was not a "male mother," first, second, or otherwise.
Of course, Sandeen is aghast at the suggestion that trans people primary goal is anything other than the complete destruction of certain societal standards. And this is what is wrong with the transgender movement in general. It is not about being who you really are, but instead is about rebelling against gender norms and imposing an unpopular view on society.
I think part of this is because, as certain behavior becomes more acceptable, the transgender need more and more outrageous behavior to fuel their fetishes. It used to be that appearing in public dressed as a woman could quickly land a man in jail. That sort of law has disappeared, so now there is less "thrill" in being publicly crossdressed. There is little shock value in just being a crossdresser, so they have to push the envelope.
Now, a commenter on Sandeen's site suggests that he is pushing this agenda because he is not able to "pass." And yes, in Sandeen's case, "pass" is the appropriate term, as he is not now, and never will be a woman. The best he can hope for is to fool someone into thinking he is not a man,though that is extremely unlikely.
The other post that shows what is wrong with the transgender movement, as I said, comes from none other than lead gender fascist "Cristan" WIlliams. Williams, who has made a name for himself by posting obscure citations that are supposed to prove that "transgender" really does apply to transsexuals, and that separatists are wrong. The problem, for him, is that they prove nothing remotely like that. At best, assuming that all of the claimed posts are remotely legitimate (still an open question since Williams basically demands that people prove a negative, which is a classic false argument) they show that a variety of people put "trans" and "gender" together, sometimes in reference to transsexuals, and other times in reference to other groups.
In one recent post he even cites C.S. Lewis using the term "trans-sexual." The problem for Williams is that Lewis was referring to marriages in Heaven. A classic question from theology, which Lewis answers with the idea that people will "beyond sex," not that the saints will have their sex changed upon arrival at the Pearly Gates. Granted, that was a plot line a rather silly bit of transvestite fiction that was cited in one scholarly book on the subject of transvestites.
And therein lies the problem for Williams' basic argument. The fact that various people, at various times, may have used a word does not equate to them holding to the current concept which is attached to that word. And it is actually the concept, not the word that those Williams likes to label as separatists reject. But that requires actual logic and thought, not one of Williams' strengths. He prefers what he perceives, usually erroneously, as clever arguments.
And Phillip Frye, who is, as shown by the very history that Williams posts, a heterosexual transvestite who was quite determined to force his little hobby on society serves as a perfect example of why many transsexuals want no part of "transgender." Frye has, in the past, attacked transsexuals, and has made statements to the effect that people should not have surgery, claim that 50% are dissatisfied after surgery. This, of course, is clearly a lie. Of course, Frye is not the first transgender extremist to make such a claim. Many of them vehemently oppose surgery for anyone.
Frye has attempted any number of legal frauds, such as suggesting that people claim to suffer from ectopic ovaries and a hyperthrophied clitoris in order to get their birth certificate changed. And he then suggested that such a birth certificate could be used to obtain a fraudulent same sex marriage. Now, I support same sex marriage, but not through fraud. That accomplishes nothing.
And Frye is one who is often credited with the creation of the modern transgender movement. Of course, what is repeatedly denied by Williams is the simple truth that originally, transgender was presented as an alternative to transsexualism. It started when some crossdressers, such as Frye, "Holly" Boswell, and yes, Arnold Lowman (aka Charles "Virginia" Prince). For example, Dallas Denny (no use in using what some refer to as "scare quotes" here, as Denny was named "Dallas" at birth, and as I understand, never changed his name. In fact, as I understand it, his legal name remains Dallas Henry Denny) wrote in a review of a book from the earlier days of the transgender movement:
To their everlasting credit, a few courageous souls, notably Virginia Prince, Linda Phillips, Phyllis Randolph Frye, and Holly Boswell, realized the absurdity of this type of thinking, and began asking, quietly at first, and then with increasing force and volume, “Why is it necessary to have a surgery I don’t want in order to live the life I desire?” Once posed, this question had but one logical answer, and that was that the rigidly dichotomous gender roles of our society had made us blind to the possibility, and that of course, they and other transgendered persons could function in society as women without offering their genitals up to the surgeons.Yes, contrary to what Williams tries so hard to claim, it really did start out as an anti-transsexual movement. And part of the irony is, Denny rushed into surgery, even though many who knew him felt he was not a good candidate. For the record, there is no joy in being right about such a thing.
The concept of "transgender" that we have today (as opposed to some obscure use of the term that Williams happened to possibly turn up) was first conceived as an alternative to transsexual. It originated when some aging transvestites decided that they wanted to be full-time crossdressers, but did not remotely want to give up their penises. Then, because of the transgender hierarchy that they often try to deny exists, they decided that they were "really" transsexuals....except, well, they still didn't want to give up their penises, but hey, they liked calling themselves transsexuals because, well, it sounded better than admitting that they were still crossdressers, just full time.
But how could they claim to be transsexuals if transsexuals were not "transgender." Thus the movement that began as an alternative to being transsexual began to claim to be about being transsexual, and the term was morphed into the vague, confusing mess we have today, and they wonder why transsexuals want no part of their silliness.
And, of course, Williams continues to try to force people to accept the label transgender, whether they like it or not. And, of course, we continue to laugh at his silliness.