I often state, only half-jokingly, that I am an extreme moderate, a member of the Radical Middle, the Far Center. By that, I mean that I tend to disagree with those who are extremists. For example, I have a lot of disagreement with both extremists on both sides of the abortion issue. I believe that abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape, incest (which I consider to be a form of rape), and to save the life of the mother. I do not believe that women who have abortions should be prosecuted for doing so. I believe that adoption is a superior alternative to abortion, and was once rather vulgarly attacked by someone (a note left on my windshield) because I had a bumper stick that read, "Don't Abort, I'll Adopt." I have also been attacked by those who think I am a just too darned liberal on the issue because I don't favor executing women who have abortions, or think that abortion should be illegal, even if the mother's life is in danger (somehow it is lost on those extremists that the child will almost certainly die as well as the mother). But, such is the nature of extremists. I can respect your right to disagree, but I expect the same in return.
I feel the same way whenever a group of radical feminists start blindly attacking "transgender" people. They tend to take a very broad brush approach. But, I also find that the truth, again, falls somewhere in the middle. The Radfems, as they are known, have some views that are, unfortunately, rooted in ignorance. A lot of their philosophy is rooted in the rejection of a biological basis for gender. To them, it is all nurture, and no nature. Men and women are different because of social environment. And yet, they also seem to take a "biology is destiny" view that rivals that of some on the extreme Right. They push the idea that gender is oppression, but they wish to oppress those who feel their gender does not actually match their body.
Now, as I say, they have some good points. The fact is, sadly, the vast majority of so-called "transwomen" (a term I don't care for) may be "trans" but they are not remotely women. I am often amazed at how so many of them seem to take a surprisingly male approach to the act of "being a woman." They seem "womanhood" as something to be taken by force, as an entitlement that they have a right to, and they attack anyone who has the audacity to challenge them on it.
Just look at the behavior of the most extreme of transgender activists, like "Autumn" Sandeen, who decided that having himself castrated entitles him to claim that he is now a "womon born womon" (and yes, he actually used that spelling) and that he just might show up at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Look at "Colleen" Francis, and his supporters who think that a "transwoman's" right to flash his penis around a women's locker room trumps the rights of the women. Even if young girls are involved. Look at the style of "Cristan" Williams, and how his writing seems more that of a man trying to shove his views down women's throats than anything else. He loves to gloat, strutting like a Banty rooster" when he imagines he has scored a victory (which is usually more imaginary than real, as he tends to present straw arguments and then ignore any refutation of his silliness). I still get a laugh from his silly response when I refused to let him set the terms of a debate. He refused to continue, and accused me of "the Jennifer Shuffle." How, classically male, but not unusual.
And don't even get me started on the absurd, stereotypical way many transgender men (i.e. transwomen) think real women should behave. Just check out a video or two of Mr. Sandeen flouncing around in one of his outfits. It is an insult to women, period. I remember once, a person who, in retrospect, was more likely transgender than transsexual, commented to me, "You dress like a housewife." It was meant as a criticism, but I took it as a compliment. I also remember, after attending a Halloween event at a local LGBT center, being told that several had wondered why a "straight woman" was there with her daughter. Again, I took it as a compliment. That is, after all, what I am. Not a drag queen, not some bizarre caricature of a woman who favors the label "transwoman" because I want to hang on to my past, but simply an ordinary, run of the mill, woman.
Unfortunately, like most extremists, the Radfems paint with a broad brush. And, unfortunately, they follow the transgender approach of lumping transsexuals in under the "umbrella" that is "transgender." This is largely because they don't want to believe that there is a biological basis for transsexualism, which would refute their position that men and women are exactly the same emotionally and mentally, except where differentiated by nurture, even though that is clearly an invalid position. But, when it comes to the behavior of the transgender, they are dead on. Any woman should be offended by much of the behavior of transgender extremists, not just the Radfems, and no one should attack them for expressing such offense. But Heaven help anyone who actually finds fault with transgender behavior. Even if they are right on many of their points.