There is something I’ve noticed from observing and participating in many, many liberal feminist forums, online and offline discussion groups. A hatred, distrust, and resentment of anyone with a female body, a refusal to admit that biological sex based discrimination exists.
Even though thousands of girl babies are aborted everyday based on their sex in China, even though child brides with female biology are forced into marriages with much older males, LibFem’s continue to mandate biological sex discrimination does not exist.
This is part of a deliberately misogynistic tactic that has infiltrated the LibFem movement by hijacking the word intersectionality.
It stems from a desire to control, humiliate, and squash any form of true agency or female bodied power. If you are still skeptical that bio sex discrimination is “a thing”, I ask you to consider this.
What is the first insult people fling at an unpopular female in the public eye if people believe she has female biology?
The C word is the crudest way of acknowledging basic biology, it is not an abstract concept it is referencing but female genitalia.
And how much more public vitriol is directed at her, than would be had she been born into a male body? Caitlyn Jenner was awarded the Glamour Woman Of The Year award and the complaints were largely limited to those on the right wing. Women were not opposed to this largely, neither were men.
Would people across the board have complained more, and in particular natal born men, if Chaz Bono, (a female born, female to male transsexual) had been awarded “Man Of The Year” for the GQ Awards?
I am not going to answer that question but leave you to think about the answer using not the LibFem mantra that discrimination is based on gender Id and not birth sex but on the basis of what you tangibly know and have experienced in the world.
Inequity for women is mandated by biological sex, in fact gender prejudice stems from this too. Whether you believe gender is a construct or not you have to acknowledge that the reason people have so many issues with accepting trans women’s identities is because there is a prescribed mandate in their heads for how a woman should look.
That is the strict gender construct society forces upon the sexes, which tells all people what they should be, how they should act, even how they should appear.
The reason trans women face this prejudice is because of their biology.
Biological sex discrimination is real. To ignore this fact is to ignore prejudice.
Now, in Liberal Feminism it’s the current rhetoric that women need to work towards equality, but that is far from true. You don’t have equality because the law says women can go to work, can study, and can sue for sexual harassment. Equality (aka liberation) is only gained when most of society accepts the idea women’s lives matter. But women can not gain equality under patriarchy because they are always being measured by male defined standards. You cannot work within a system where you haven’t set the rules, a system that hasn’t been built on what women want but what the male sex wants.
The female sex as a collective can demand liberation from patriarchy and thus gain status respect for themselves, we have the numbers. But as a collective we are not always stepping up, because of fear of reprisal. And so, we sleep on our feet, with many of us clamoring for our own chains, upholding misogyny, resenting other women’s success, throwing other women under the bus to gain brownie points with males, and conforming to misogynistic expectations and ideals for fear of losing male approval.
The LibFem position will never deliver women liberation
Women to embrace the liberal feminist position in the hope for their own liberation. But the liberal feminist position is doing nothing to challenge patriarchy as evidenced by it’s dogged refusal to acknowledge women can be discriminated upon based on their birth sex.
This is complete nonsense as it actually directly contradicts the liberal dogma, that trans women face more discrimination than natal born women. I would argue otherwise, though that is not to say that trans women don’t face prejudice, however can we pause and think for a moment and examine why they might face prejudice.
What is being discriminated against? Their biology.
Trans women too, are actually also discriminated on based on their birth sex, to pretend otherwise is madness.
Do Lib Fems really believe that all trans women are seen by everyone, everywhere as women? Of course not, so thus they have to face a biologically based form of prejudice too, because society perceives them as men.
The liberals answer to this problem is to simply deny biological sex discrimination exists.
But if someone looks at me and sees what they perceive as female biology they will treat me accordingly.
And we treat women we perceive to have female biology with less respect than people we perceive as having male biology.
This is a fact that radical feminism acknowledges. Liberal feminism refuses to admit this truth and actively dis-empowers women from naming, shaming, and challenging the problem.
LibFems have hijacked Intersectionality. RadFems are Intersectional too…
Liberal feminism all too frequently works to silence women, under the guise of intersectionality. This is actually another big distraction, as radical feminism is also intersectional, but in a different way. We work on a basis that mandates for all of the female sex, as we understand the simple truth.
We believe, if you are perceived to have female biology you will be treated with less respect than someone who is perceived to have male biology.
Think about it. Is that true according to your own personal experience?
Radical feminism recognizes women of colour have it harder than white women and in this respect is completely intersectional.
Radical Feminism’s core ethos acknowledges sex based discrimination is a problem
RadFem is not opposed to trans women’s existance, right to identify, or rights to public services, but those rights should not come at the cost of biological women’s spaces meant to provide shelter to those who are vulnerable to male bodied violence. It does not seek to harm trans women but it does seek to dismantle the limiting gender construct which mandates that if you have female biology you must behave, dress, act, think, talk in a certain way.
This actually benefits trans people as they can be whatever they want to be, without any gendered expectations dogging them from birth. If they then decide to change their bodies, take hormones, call themselves whatever they want, that is up to them but to insist a gendered world is better than an un-gendered one is, in my point of view, harmful to trans people.
I should know, I am a female born person who takes male hormones, and sometimes goes by male pronouns in society.
I would love to live in a world where my natural self was not seen as unnatural because I don’t behave, act or dress the way my biological bits say I should.
No other progress groups are expected to campaign for other causes – why is RadFem?
RadFem does not have to mandate for trans women when our very aim is to challenge the discrimination meted out to natal born women based on their birth sex.
We would not expect the Gay Rights movement to mandate for heterosexuals, however that does not make it opposed to heterosexuals.
I can understand liberal feminists pain. I understand it is all too tempting to believe that things are changing, that liberation is just over the horizon and can be achieved, simply by ramping up the number of female MP’s in Parliament.
I think women want to believe that gender identity dictates discrimination, irrespective of biological sex, because that means theoretically, we could all be discriminated against in a kind of perverse equality.
In this case they can imagine a world where they can “work towards equality”.
In a patriarchal society however, where men’s interests will always dominate, sadly that will not be the case.
We need to destroy the patriarchy not work within it.
In liberal feminist’s minds, those of the female sex get to believe that someone who has male biology could receive as much discrimination for the same reasons as they do, in the same way, simply for their gender identity as a woman.
They get to ignore the simple fact that they are hated for their biology, a scientific fact, that also marks them out in society as having female biology.
But by doing so, natal born women become complicit in their own silencing, and prevent other natal born women from naming what they know to be the source of their oppression.
Liberal feminist women turn a blind eye to the female sex’s current status in society in a misguided attempt to will equality into existence. Perhaps they think by ignoring the situation, the inequities will go away?
They won’t. Only by confronting the root cause of misogyny head on and together, will we defeat it.
The root cause is biological sex.
There are some valid issues that LibFem has raised, where trans woman might have a similar experience of the exact same type of discrimination as a natal born woman.
If a trans woman is perceived by society to have female biology (passes) then she will be treated like any natal born woman, unless people know the circumstances of her birth, which is true.
But it is not true the majority of trans women pass and cannot be true by sheer dint of their biology. Testosterone is a powerful hormone, which is why it’s much easier for female to male transsexual people to pass than it is for male to female transsexuals.
Neither is it true that trans women have been socialized as females based on their birth sex, with all the experience inequity that intends to bestow.
Yes they have grown up unhappy, dysphoric in many cases. But that is not the same as being socialized as female. To be truly progressive is to recognize that different people face different problems, not try to lump them all in together.
LibFem tries to do this but fails because the movement is largely BS.
Trans women are raped, drugged, beaten yes, and again this is where they have a similar experience to natal born women. But the overwhelming prejudice that trans women face is not because they are seen as natal born women but because they are not seen this way.
They are seen as gender non-conforming, and as this is despised by our society, they suffer.
Another reason to dismantle the gender construct, rip it up, and get rid of it
RadFem is the solution. Why do you think people work so hard to silence us?
We are regularly called TERFs – Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists but we are not advocating hate, violence, or bigotry towards transgender people of any shade or stripe.
We are a movement whose core ethos challenges sex based discrimination and we do not have to work to advance other causes, including the transgender cause. That does not mean we condone prejudice against those people..
We do not say the Black Lives matter movement should also campaign against capitalism, or include in their core mandate, the enfranchisement of gay people, Muslims, women, or transgender people.
Although in many cases, of course the Black Lives matter movement does support these people’s right to existence, rights, freedom, and liberty, it does not have to mandate for it, since it’s core objective is to work to challenging race based discrimination against Black people.
Radical feminism is opposed to all forms of prejudice of course. It supports the gay rights movement, the anti-fascist and anti-racist movement, as well as many other movements working towards social justice. But it is a movement seeking to challenge sex based discrimination, an all too real issue for the female sex. It is dangerous to attempt to pretend bio sex discrimination is not a reality.
Radical feminism also gets a lot of unfair criticism, nearly all of which is artful spin, lies and slander, by those who actually seek to promote male sex interests and hate the female sex.
For example, Liberal feminism frequently indulges in the sadistic humiliation rituals of silencing and criticizing white women on the basis of political correctness. It’s main targets of ridicule are nearly always white women, not white men who are the actual culprits.
Misosgyny underpins the Liberal Feminist movement.
Men get to humiliate, silence and degrade women by telling them to get to the back of the queue. But women of all colours, have always been at the back of the queue. To be a woman is always to be considered less important.
Except in Radical Feminism.
Again, think about it.
Radical feminism is not white feminism as many with misogynistic or misguided agendas have suggested. Radical Feminism understands all women, but it understands that particularly women of colour experience more challenges in our prejudiced society and we seek to change things for the better.
As it recognizes sex based discrimination is a reality, it can work to effect real change by liberating women as a class of all colours from patriarchy.
The fact is whether the female sex wants to ignore it, or not, the painful truth must be acknowledged.
In a large part of society’s eyes, we are status zero.
This prejudice stems from a hatred of us as a sex class. Yes there are other, horrific prejudices that exist in the world like racism and homophobia. But until we build a movement united in one singular aim, to challenge a system that insists on relegating women to second class status, we will never change anything.
If you are happy with that situation, or disagree with that statement, carry on as you are. If you are unhappy with it, and it resonates with you, there is something we can do about it.
We can really change things if the female sex as a whole are prepared to take action together, by supporting radical feminist causes, getting involved in radical feminist activism, and amplifying the message of what radical feminism is really about.
If you need proof of how much we can change things, look to our radical sisters of the seventies to see what can be achieved when we come together and work to achieve a common aim.
If you think our supposedly progressive society respects women more because more and more women are popping up in every profession, in every walk of life, think again. In fact, it only furthers the resentment that lurks in the corners of the misogynists minds, it fuels them to make their insults more personal, more violent, more vicious.
This can be seen evidenced by the outpouring of body-shaming, revenge porn, and misogynistic outbursts women in the public eye are subjected to every day online, merely as a side effect of their visibility, a price that must be made for their success.
It’s not just online that misogyny thrives either, even though that’s where it’s at its most honest. We might not say the vile bile found on Twitter in polite society but underneath the thin veneer of civility, misogyny runs deep, in both men and women.
Women are oppressed into upholding the current system that bestows the lowest status in society on each and every person born in to female body. Without women’s support and participation the structure would collapse, whether the men wanted it or not.
There are many reasons why women continue to uphold a system that does not ultimately benefit them, but one of the main reasons is, that from the cradle women are taught to hate other women, to fear them and see them as rivals.
It’s essential that this attitude is taught for the current system to thrive. Were women to suddenly start supporting each other en masse, to form a sisterhood the way men have a brotherhood, it would be very dangerous to our current society indeed.
Imagine, if it were different. If misogynistic utterings and limiting gender expectations were criticised and challenged by most women, everywhere, instead of the current situation, where very often they are initiated, or supported by women.
Wouldn’t this world be a better place, not only for women but for people who currently ID as Trans? If you could be anything you wanted, no matter what your biology, wouldnt that be better than having to combat prejudice that is based on biology, whether you want to ignore the fact or not?
The future is rad, women.