Well, first off, this post marks the 300th on this blog! It was just over a year ago, I posted the 200th, and now we are up by another hundred. Hmmm, I wonder if Mr. "Autumn" Sandeen will want to make another smart remark about that....for those who don't know, he has been whining about the amount I post...not the first man to claim a woman has too much to say.
Another big announcement....this blog now has a presence on Twitter. I am there as @_JustJennifer_. Feel free to follow me. And I should note, Sandeen has blocked me from following him. Oh well....that is easily gotten around....
Now, on to the topic at hand... I have stated many times that I am a moderate politically. I often joke that I am a member of the Radical Middle, the Far Center....that I am a Extreme Moderate. But it is, in many ways, more than a joke. I do take a very moderate approach to most issues. And I am often amused by the more extremist views that others take.
To start with an easy example...there is Suzan Cooke. Her politics are pretty much off the deep end on the Left. She seems to want to relive her "glory days" as a hanger-on with the Weather Underground. When someone is that far out there, it is hard to take them seriously. On gender issues, Cooke used to be closer to the center, but has recently become almost as extreme as Mr. Sandeen.
Now, Mr. Sandeen may not be the craziest, or the most radical, but he is pretty much a kook among kooks. He is, quite frankly, is the gift that keeps on giving. I am still laughing at the bit about he pounding the table and telling Cathy Brennan that he wanted to carry "his balls around in a jar..." As she told him, that is not female. I guess we should all be thankful that the rules do not allow doctors to return such items to patients. The world is safe from Mr. Sandeen's testicles...though his penis is apparently still at large.
Over on a blog called "Gender Trender," there is a rather amusing exchange between Mr. Sandeen and someone who posts as "Gallus Mag." Basically, he is trying to get this person to reveal her name to him, and she is trying to get him to understand that a woman might not want certain people, including a kook like him, having that sort of information. Sandeen has repeated shown that he is incapable of comprehending how women feel, and this is a perfect example. Towards the end of the exchange, he refers to Gallus Mag as a "girl," and she objects. Instead of acting in a mature manner, Sandeen tries to defend this very male condescension...
I call women “women”. You’re not brave; you’re not a grown-up. You are a girl, “girl”, b/c you’re a hit and run coward. Seriously, not even brave enough to email me? Truly a height of effeminacy—a brave feminist you just ain’t. L and G done with us?This, as much as anything, shows how male his brain is. What an incredible bit of drivel, from someone who is not only a man, but more than a bit of chauvinistic pig at that. Oh, and a clue for Mr. Sandeen....he should look up the definition of effeminate...
(of a man) having or showing characteristics regarded as typical of a woman; unmanly.
Hmmm, "of a man." And Sandeen is tossing that insult at a woman. Yeah, talk about completely clueless. I suppose one could call Sandeen, "effeminate," and technically, that is what he is, but only in the sense that he is a very bad caricature of a woman. Sort of in the vein of various comedians who have dressed up and minced around in what many women would consider to be a highly insulting parody. Except he thinks he is actually fooling people.
On the opposite side of the coin, you have this mostly excellent response to Mr. Sandeen from Marie-France Lease
You know what, Sandeen. If I had been born in the middle of an aboriginal forest — without so much as a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of — everyone who met me in that forest would have NO DOUBT that I am a woman because I am, in fact, a woman.Most of this I can honestly relate to. I don't buy into the "Goddess" stuff, and shoot, when I was in my mother's womb, they didn't have ultrasound...but yes, I understand whshe is saying, and I know, just as well, that it is all lost on kooks like Sandeen.
I don’t need one or three or fifty sheets of gub’mint paper to “prove” I’m a woman. I AM a woman. For me and for half the human race, it really is just that simple.
While you’re bleating and foaming and tilting about demanding that everyone agree with you? Half the human race? We’re just going about our business trying to survive from cradle to grave as actual, authentic females.
If you were an actual, authentic female, you’d be nodding along with me and thinking, “Truth.” For us, it’s not a game. It’s not an achievement. It’s not a contest. It’s not “fake it till you make it.” It’s not a hobby, an avocation, an obsession, something we do to entertain ourselves — or get ourselves off.
We’re living it from the first sex-identifying ultrasound until we draw our last breath.
So to hell with you and the penis you road in on. We don’t care about your stupid little pieces of paper or your falsies or your pink eye-shades. We’re just trying to make it till the next payday, till retirement, till the Goddess draws us back into Mother Earth for our long sleep.
Go take up another hobby. We’re sick to death of being hounded by delusional dudes.
Another,Becky Green had this to say....
You’re a man with a man’s height, body frame and a man’s rage. You have an imposing figure and no woman could physically beat you. Who’s to say you won’t start stalking Gallus in person or that you won’t show up at her door and pummel her unconscious? With your words alone, we can see you’re pushy, aggressive, fond of intimidation and all MALE. No woman should ever divulge her personal information to a delusion, emotionally unstable man-child such as yourself.
So take your big, lumbering, hulky body with fake tits and size 13 shoes down to your local strip club and get a beer with the bros while you ogle the gyrating women, because that’s what “real” wo-men, like you, enjoy doing.A bit heavy handed, but in Mr. Sandeen's case, still dead on. Granted, some women are tall, have a heavier frame, and can exhibit some serious rage. But, given what has been said about Mr. Sandeen, by himself, and others, this is pretty dead-on. He himself has bragged about having a fit of rage because he was called a man. There is a lot of overlap between men in women in terms of size, so this is a bit extremist.
Then, into this argument, a voice of reason appears... Cassandraspeaks has this to say...
If anyone needs a piece of paper to prove their sex they certainly are NOT that sex. The men like Autumn Sandeen are an insult of the worst order. He is everything GM says he is and more. The list of those like him is as long as your arm. I’ve been fighting those like Sandeen in a verbal and philosophical war for over 25 years. They take advantage of the ignorance about what transsexuality really is in order to obtain their own perverted desires. Good luck in dealing with this freak.Cassandra is a transsexual, and one would hope that this would add some balance to this discussion, but now we see the other side of the extremist coin rear its ugly head... someone calling herself, Cynical Cynthia tosses this out...
Yes, Cassandra, your definitions of this arbitrary concept are the most correctest ever; menzes like Sandeen will never understand. You, because of the things you say and think about the arbitrary concept of transsexualism, are completely different to him.Now, if she had only stopped there, we would have reached a good middle ground. We could come together, shake hands, and join forces to defend women... Sadly, she continues with this silliness...
*yawn* – Same shit, different day. Females have vaginas and give birth; males have penises and fertilise eggs which causes females to get pregnant and give birth. Your thoughts on arbitrary principles or identification with either sex will not make you a member of that sex no matter how different you supposedly are to Mr Sandeen. At least, I imagine that your supreme ideas have not given you ovaries, fallopian tubes and a uterus with which to give birth, but do correct me if I am wrong.What a nasty thing to say, not just because of transsexuals, but because a small, but not non-zero group of women are born without uteruses, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. They are still women, in many cases, of XX phenotype, but with some other condition. I can understand that, and can certainly relate to them. Other women lose these things to disease. And they grieve for their loss. Men like Sandeen could care less. Some of use actually do feel a sense of real loss for what we, sadly, never had, and never will. I have heard similar remarks from some transgender creeps, but hearing such a flippant remark, from a woman, is just nasty.
But here we get into the realm of the more extreme of the radical feminists. Here a person recognizes that someone actually gets it, but then, purely on ideological grounds, turns a deaf ear. Cynical Cynthia effectively says, "Hey, your right, your different, but I am going to stop thinking because I have to stay true to a point of view that say I have to reject anything you say." How absurd.
This is at the heart of the radical feminist's arguments with transsexuals. While they are quite accurate in their assessment of the transgender crowd, which for the most part act like men, they have to fall back on ideology when faced with transsexuals. Someone like Sandeen is easily dismissed as the man he is. He makes it oh, so easy. He waves his paperwork and say "I am a woman," and everyone pretty much laughs and says "Nope, you're not..." He flounces around in a ridiculous outfit that no real women would wear and says, "Hey, don't you just love #girlslikeus," and everyone sort of snickers, and he gets mad and makes threats. He chains himself to the White House fence, and says, "I am like Martin Luther King, Jr.," and every grimaces and says, "Well, only in the sense you both were men..."
But, they attack transsexuals on very theoretical basis, claiming that gender is a "social construct," and dismissing legitimate brain studies by lying about them...a tactic that has also been used by some transgender types who know that such studies expose them for the frauds they are. They make claims like biology is destiny, while effectively denying the only basis on which such a claim can be made.
The radical feminist view is based on the notion that gender is all about socialization, which is, often the same idea claimed by feminists. We are supposed to believe that it is all about how we are raised. In the radical feminist view, children born with a penis are raised to be men, and told all the things that seem to come to men so naturally. And yet, they ignore the fact that even when parents try to raise their children more neutrally, they still exhibit gender typical behavior. Parents who try to raise their boys to be more gentle are shocked when things don't work out as they expect. Try to raise a girl to be more masculine, and she might shock you. And do they really think that they can just ignore situations like mine, where my father made very effort to "beat and/or shame the sissy out of me?" Now, sure, someone like Sandeen, who spent twenty years in the military, proudly, and successfully serving, as a man, in a very male environment, before, as he neared the time he would retire, only then began to show some signs of what was to come. Sandeen is a typical of the sort of man who hides a fetish for a long time, and then has it come out late in life. He is able to easily assimilate as a male, before finally deciding he is going to enjoy his little hobby.
I, on the other hand, like many, never fit in as a man. I always stood out. I was seen, as I have said, as a "defective male." I was like the classic comedy trope...the woman who dresses up as a man, to infiltrate some group of men, and who is either immediately spotted, and subjected to playful torment, or for even more laughs, initially succeeds in her disguise, but keeps slipping up, creating more and more humor. In short, I stuck out like a sore thumb, and often had people people comment on that fact. I learned to laugh it off, but I knew people wondered what was going on.
On a website called Transgender Tropes, which sets out to refute said "tropes," there is this comment:
“Transgenderism is based on the idea that gender traits, characteristics, emotions and behaviors ARE inherently tied to one’s biological sex (Biology IS destiny), and they seek to reconcile their own diversity from gender norms by altering their biology to match the traits they view as incongruent with their physical sex. This is actually a REVERSAL of the idea that biology isn’t destiny. What they are saying is that gender IS biologically determined. And if they fail to conform to sex based gender norms they must alter their biology as much as possible to at least conform cosmetically to their gender essentialist beliefs. This is opposite to the idea of transgressing biological imperative (nature) with socialization and free will (nurture).”Actually, this is rather odd, and quite inaccurate statement. First off, it is not remotely accurate to attribute this to the transgender crowd. They tend to claim that sex and what they call gender, are so separate as to be completely unrelated. In fact, they often claim that gender is, effectively not only a choice, but is almost a mood. That one can be a woman one day, and a man the next, and perhaps even none of the above on yet another day. And that each whim must be accepted as totally and equally valid.
Ironically, even as the radical feminist reject the idea of "brain sex" (as, ironically do many of the more radical transgender extremists) they actually seem to adhere to exactly such an idea with a tenacity that matches that of some among the religious right. And, in complete ignorance of scientific studies that show otherwise.
Of course, for the transgender crowd, it is really all about the trappings. Like most women, I enjoy getting dressed up for certain occasions. But, day to day, I dress like, well like what I am, a geeky woman. Most days that means what I guess you would call "mom jeans," a t-shirt (unisex, since I kind of like them loose) with something clever on it (One of my favorites says "There are 10 kind of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.") , flats or sneakers, no jewelry, and no make up. I don't need to dress like Barbara Billingsley in Leave it to Beaver in order to "feel like a woman." Someone, who was quite transgender, once commented that I dressed like a house wife. He meant it as a bit of a correction. I took it as a complement. Then again, one of my best friends, who is a born woman, is never seen in anything but a skirt. I used to dress that way more, but I was also working in a an office. BTW, I don't know if she knows my history or not, but she has never brought it up, and even if she does know, she treats me as a woman. In fact, I had a doctor a few years ago, who would occasionally make some comment, and realize she had actually forgotten my history, catch herself, and then realize that oh, yeah, it really didn't matter.
I have, or had, a cousin who well, I have often wondered if she was possibly transsexual. She was very masculine, always preferred things like cars, and ham radio to the things her mother would have preferred. She generally dressed in what certainly looked like men's clothes, and she never married. I don't know if she was a closeted lesbian, or simply repressed her feelings. She lived in a time, and place, where being a lesbian would not have been acceptable. I have lost touch with her. I imagine she has heard about me, and it would be interesting to find out her reaction. Most of that part of my family has effectively disowned me. At least as far as I know. The last time I saw her was at the 70th anniversary of one an aunt and uncle of ours. She was there, in a dress, looking quite odd. At the 75th, I was told I would not be welcome after informing people of my transition. Not long after than, both that aunt and uncle had died. I haven't had contact with any of them since. But, I digress...
What I honestly wish the radical feminist could accept is that, yes, one is born a woman, but that what makes one a woman really is in the brain, and it really is determined by hormone levels during development, and that yes, something can go wrong. In a sense, they do accept transsexual women. Many of us simply do not wish to be "out, loud, and proud." We don't wear our histories on our sleeve, and we don't tell people our past, and, perhaps this might surprise some of the radical feminists, they would never guess. The vast, overwhelming majority of my friends in the real world are what they would call "women born women." I have friends who are straight, and I have friends who are lesbians. Some know my past, most don't. I interact with them, and I am accepted by them, as a woman. I live as stealth as possible. If I did not love San Francisco so much, and if I did not have such good friends here, I would possibly consider relocating somewhere and starting over...again. I lived for a year in small town, where literally no one knew. It was heaven, but it did not last for reasons that had nothing to do with being transsexual, and I wound up moving 2,000 miles to San Francisco. To most people who know me, I am simply a very smart, very geeky, middle aged woman. I have nothing to do with the transgender community. I occasionally will see someone I know from when I did outreach work, a job I stumbled into somewhat by accident, but which paid reasonably well, and had good benefits. As soon as possible, I moved to a position that had little to do with the transgender community. It paid even better, but unfortunately, like a lot of government-funded research work, funding dries up, and you end up being cut. So, shortly afterwards, was my boss. I have moved on, and I am in a completely different field. And no, it really isn't anyone's business.
My point in all this is, we need to find a middle ground. There are people who actually do have a medical condition that is known, for want of a better term, as transsexualism. They are rare. Sandeen and that ilk, are not transsexuals. They are a lot more people who get off on dressing up and pretending. As long as they don't cause harm, who cares? But they really need to learn their limits. Invading women's space is causing harm, and they need to either voluntarily stop it, or they need to be stopped. They have a choice. Transsexuals don't. They should not receive special rights, and yes, things like access to women's spaces, and being allowed to change their birth certificates while keeping their penises are special rights.
It is time to return some sanity to this whole mess. It is not likely to happen easily, but I do suspect it will eventually happen. They are pushing for too much, and the backlash is beginning. And all the while, I will be here, in the middle, watching it all, and doing what I can to help restore a least some reason before it is too late.