On Being Gender Critical

18 Feb

It is worth noting that the DSM-V continues to consider gender identity disorder, or gender dysphoria, a social anxiety condition resultant from not being treated with cross-hormones and sexual reassignment surgery, while transgender advocates have taken to arguing that they should be allowed to cross gender and be treated like members of the opposite sex even if they do not wish these medical treatments upon themselves.

I do not advocate for SRS, as it is major surgery and not only destroys healthy genitalia, but also may result in medical complications such as perforated bowels, and requires ongoing maintenance, including daily dilation of the neovagina that the body reacts to as the open wound it is. And even after screening, some people are not happy with the outcome and want to have the surgery reversed. I can’t say how unspeakably tragic this is.

And this is just for men who want SRS. It’s even worse for women.

But not advocating for SRS does not automatically equate to advocating for gender-crossing without medical intervention. It is an unfortunate fact that some predatory men will take advantage of the destruction of safe spaces for women and girls by invading them and engaging in lewd and sexually aggressive behaviors. We have laws against indecent exposure for very good reasons.

Gender identity disorders have no proven physical cause, though many have tried to demonstrate otherwise. Thus these confused people must be seen as victims of a culture that enforces gender roles. It’s astounding how deep this conditioning can run.

Gender critical people are often accused of being of the conservative right. This could not be further from the truth. The conservative right treats women as individual property, of the father and then of the husband. The left celebrates the prostitution of women and generally expects us to act as communal sexual property if we do not take on the role of being owned by one specific man.

Being gender critical is about freeing everyone from the constraints of gender. It is not about promoting the abuse of people who are confused about gender. But it is also not about women being the catch-all class for non-conforming men, or otherwise being expected to tend to male victims of male violence.

Women like Lierre Keith are brave enough to speak out about the evils of socially pressuring everyone into these roles, even with the threats and violence directed against her. Seriously, what kind of “real woman” threatens a woman with rape if she does not agree he is a woman?

A very sick one, and not a woman at all.

While I do not argue all transgender activists are as crazy and violent as some of the more high profile ones, I do not see many transgender people making any attempt to distance themselves from these people. As long as this situation continues, I can only sadly conclude that transgender people are comfortable with being associated with terrorists.

5 Responses to “On Being Gender Critical”

  1. BroadBlogs 2014/02/21 at 11:13 am #

    I don’t agree with everything you said but I do think that we should have a conversation on these issues.

    If people feel in need to dress has the opposite gender in order to experience themselves more authentically I can understand that. I’ve often heard actors say that putting on a costume helps them to get into the mind of the person they are playing.

    Abuse is a separate issue. And of course it should not be tolerated.

    Since gender is socially constructed I do feel that if we were to construct it differently–allowing everyone to be who they are–that we wouldn’t have these sorts of problems. For instance, women are much less likely to feel like they are trapped in the wrong body. That’s because we allow women much greater breath of attitude and behavior. So women with masculine personalities can feel perfectly comfortable expressing their masculinity in the body that they have.


    • Miep 2014/02/21 at 12:27 pm #

      I’m perfectly comfortable with freedom of gender expression. I do think that people who actually think they are members of the opposite sex are culturally confused. I think a lot of people don’t understand how deep cultural conditioning runs or how early it starts. And a lot of this hinges on how weak claims of a scientific biological backing for transgender identity are. They are pretty much based on a lot of projection involving brain studies that have been challenged for a lack of repeatability and a false assumption of causality and a general failure to understand how plastic brains are.

      Lesbian women report increasingly that there is a lot of pressure on butch lesbians to transition or identify as men. These conversations are worth reading.

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    • Miep 2014/02/22 at 1:08 am #

      One way of looking at it that I haven’t seen propounded is that people do have innate preferences of sorts, but they aren’t sex-linked. So culturally enforced gender roles that are linked to these preferences could convince people they are in the wrong body.

      Media obviously is involved with all this, and it in turn reinforces the culture. Since so few people are media-free, it could easily be mostly about that. But it’s certainly possible that genetics plays subtle roles in personality, and it would be one way to explain some of the more difficult incongruities. Mothers routinely say their children have different personalities from the start. But what we tend do (and I’ve said this before) with regards to gender is go around with hammers looking for nails, instead of trying to get outside of such projection.

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  2. BroadBlogs 2014/02/21 at 11:14 am #

    Just realized, As I read over my comment, that I used voice activated software and should have proofread. Sorry about that.


    • Miep 2014/02/21 at 12:29 pm #

      I tend to read what people meant in most cases without noticing things like that, what with all the weird autocorrect moments and other typos :-)


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