Lately a disturbing big shift in how radical feminist politics regarding gender, transgenderism and trannsexuality has been reframed as “gender critical”. Let me be clear right now, I am NOT “gender critical”. I am against gender. I am a gender abolitionist. Gender is bad m’kay? Calling the radical feminist perspective on gender “critical” is a santized, middle-caste liberal way of trying to make what is not a respectable opinion, out to be one. It becomes a disingenuous way of getting men involved in the discussion too – just what we don’t need or even want!
The term “gender critical” sounds like something out of academentia. It doesn’t actually state a position. It states one is critical of something. Well its easy to be critical about a lot of things and still maintain them as institutions. I am critical of public schooling but not public schools – you see how that works? It can mean a lot of things and really ends up in women spinning their wheels talking out the sides of their mouths instead of getting to the point. Women and girls the world over do not benefit from taking a talk-shop stance on the very fabric of their oppression. The belief that it is their natural state of being AKA : GENDER.
I am not critical of that idea, I am fucking against it. That idea is misogynistic – hateful and bigoted against women and I don’t support that which is hateful and bigoted against women. Why does this even need to be explained?
The amount of “transwomen” aka men who flock to this liberal language and take it upon themselves to speak about how they’re gender-critical too is only more evidence of how the language we use matters. Its like a bad joke. Men who have such contempt for women as to behave the way they do on a daily basis, explaining back to us about how they understand our perspective. That is if they aren’t just your average autogynephilic pervert trying to divert attention away from women onto them but I digress.
How much of women identifying with the “gender critical” label is really about backlash they fear? Anytime women stand up for what is right for women they are met with backlash, and of course that is apparent with the whole gender issue. Make observations about how misogynistic and bad for women this stuff (gender) is and get met with accusations of hatred, bigotry and of course, misogynistic abuse. It makes sense why women who still care what men think would want to be able to respond to it with “I’m not hateful – I’m critical.” How comfortable for everyone. Except the women who’ve put themselves out there as targets for the crime of saying the emperor has a penis.
Terms like “gender critical” are potted terms, belonging to liberal feminism that dull the revolutionary impulse within the speaker/reader. Its important to say what we actually think and get to the fucking point. Women can’t wait.
Posted in Feminisms, gender, Liberal Dudes
Tagged abuse, feminism, gender abolition, gender critical, gender roles, julia serano, misogyny, radical feminism, radical lesbian, terri strange, the end of gender, trans, transgenderism
The other day on twitter a woman I follow shared the resolution the New Turns Feminism Conference passed to no-platform feminist writer and activist Julie Bindel. In the resolution she was referred to as “vile”. Now this is immediately not a professional or appropriate way to refer to a woman, regardless of how you feel about her. It smacks of personal bias and not a legitimate excuse for no-platforming someone. The same woman looked up the definition of vile and shared with us that one of the definitions for it was “disagreeable”. How interesting!
Because yes, she is disagreeable to quite a few persons out there. But being disagreeable is what feminism is about. A disagreeable woman is a good thing. That is unless of course you believe that it is a woman’s job to be agreeable. This my dear readers is what I’d like to tackle today.
Third wave feminism/modern liberal feminism today has taken up the platform of promoting transgenderism. It is considered to be the height of feminist activism. Male transgenders are regularly given speaking arrangements, book deals and generally sought out as the go-to experts on feminism. Julie Bindel was no-platformed because she takes a critical stance on the medical practice of transgenderism and follows the “old school” feminist understanding of gender being a social construct. A harmful social construct which was created to designate women as inferior and subservient to men. Because she takes this approach she is “disagreeable” and thus not welcome in any debate or discussion.
On my last post a woman in the comments section brought up that a good deal of the anger women receive for being against gender is that we are violating the gendered belief that women exist to have what she calls practical use. Because Radical Feminists do not fulfill the male fantasy of woman as compassionately accommodating to every whim we are thus “vile” aka disagreeable. This is why we consistently hear the charge of biological males making “better women than us”. Of course. Because in the misogynistic male imagination if a woman is not justifying her existence through being useful and accommodating to every male whim we aren’t actually women. We’re an aberration. We are wrong and need to be punished or just admit that we’re actually men or some such sexist shit.
There is no such thing as a man understanding what it feels like to be a woman. It is the utmost of presumption. What they are doing is projecting their beliefs about what being a woman is onto our entire sex. When we do that which disrupts the fantasy. Like say not being “compassionate” enough or not going along with anything without question we become “vile” and therefore silenced.
Modern liberal feminist projects like the New Turns Feminism Conference are participating in the silencing/punishing of women who do not conform to properly gendered behavior. The feminist community really needs to have a big think about where all of this GGG agreeable stockholmed girlfriend shit is taking us because this certainly isn’t the feminism our foremothers fought for or most of us even signed up for.
Tagged anti gender, feminism, feminist, gender abolition, gender critical, gender roles, gender stereotypes, julie bindel, julie bindel is vile, misogyny, new turns feminism conference, radical feminism, sexism, terri strange, trans, transgenderism