A Hierarchy of Oppression

This is a lovely hobby. I find blogs, leave comments, people find me, and I judge how well I am doing by the interest I generate in what I write: how many page views I have. So I commented on Nicky’s blog, and found I was getting a lot of page views from a blog called twanzphobia. That blog protests that almost all AMAB transfolk are perverts and dangerous to real women, and those who are not should get psychotherapy to accept their penises and gender non-conformity. To which I respond, if I choose to alter my body, that is none of their business. Show the proof that transsexualism is genetic, demands Twanzphobia. Easily done, just have a look on Wikipedia. More evidence is being discovered all the time.

On a page called “tackle status”, saying whether AMAB trans bloggers had had the operation or not, Nicky wrote, “I found you another twanz blogger posted a comment on my blog. You may want to take a look at his so called woman like pictures” and Twanzmooselike (sic) replies “Nicky you poor thing. You must find better friends! How very sad this blogger thinks language can change the fact of his biology. Sex: Male.”

Actually, this is more ridiculous than offensive. Nicky is out as an intersex person. Some intersex folk look down on transsexual people. “No, we’re not weirdos like them,” they say, “we have a genuine physical condition”. Perhaps they feel threatened by bi-gendered society, and want to avoid the prejudice they experience from ignorant cis-sexuals. But the way to do it is not to collude with oppression of another group.

I have heard similar comments from transsexual people. They say, “I am a transsexual woman, I have a physical condition, not like those transvestites at all. They are perverts, I have a medical condition.”

Seeking to ally with thoughtless oppression, and thereby escape oppression yourself, increases oppression, draws attention to your own- abnormality, for want of a better word- and fails to prevent mockery. It is a way to increase your own fear, self-hatred and lack of worth. Nicky, I wish you could see the world as it is, not through the prism of your own spite, hatred, bile and pain.

The suggestion that I should express myself as genderqueer rather than seeming to conform to the bi-gendered norm has little weight. I twist and play with gender all the time. So do a lot of straight cis-gendered people. And I do not need to justify my decisions to anyone. I express myself this way because I find it fulfilling. I express my liberation, which anyone may take for themselves.

9 thoughts on “A Hierarchy of Oppression

  1. Yeah, I’ve dealt with Twanzphobic before. She just refuses to acknowledge her own privilege. D: I mean, I’m a feminist, and I’m seriously ashamed there are people like that in our movement.

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    • Thank you. I commented on that blog, and my comment was edited to include insults, including calling me a “moron”. All that anger expressed to a completely uncreative end. They are the ones who suffer. Water off a duck’s back here.

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  2. “And I do not need to justify my decisions to anyone. I express myself this way because I find it fulfilling.” Thank you for these two sentences. In the context of my own life, they are validating and reinforce where I am these days. Take care, Clare!

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    • You are welcome, Holly. Though in different circumstances, you and I can sympathise with and support each other, working out of Love rather than Fear. It is the only healthy way. We do not need an out-group to condemn.

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  3. They have a right of reply here, but instead gossip on their own nasty little blog. Have a listen:

    Nicky said 8 hours ago:
    Oh and check out the response that the twanz blogger made in response to these comments. That twanz is now attacking intersex people and quote

    “Actually, this is more ridiculous than offensive. Nicky is out as an intersex person. Some intersex folk look down on transsexual people. “No, we’re not weirdos like them,” they say, “we have a genuine physical condition”. Perhaps they feel threatened by bi-gendered society, and want to avoid the prejudice they experience from ignorant cis-sexuals. But the way to do it is not to collude with oppression of another group.”

    It seems his maleness is showing in his blog post, claiming oppression because of a medical condition. It’s very typical of these twanz to lash out at those who uncover their true agenda and expose them for all to see.

    DaveSquirrel said 8 hours ago:
    I saw that comment, I thought the description of “an out intersex person” was weird! But what a jumble of important-SOUNDING stuff eh? “bi-gendered” (ummm, thought the whole point was really that two sexes with two artificial but corresponding gender roles was too limiting and they wanted moar jendah). And how can he put in “cis-sexuals” in there when talking about the beloved and sacred gender? Should be cis-gender surely?
    Fucking nutters, can’t even get their own babble right.

    Nicky said 7 hours ago:
    Yea and it does not surprise me one bit that they had to throw in the “cis-sexuals” and “bi-gendered” in their to make themselves sound very important. It seems they are trying to call anyone who is against twanz, self hating and self fearing. They are the most insane bunch the internet has ever seen.

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  4. The weight of oppression just gets heavier and heavier, the more people sling at it. Just don’t bother, is my advice. Let go and let god, is another philosophy that seeks to contain prejudice by not reacting to it. You might say, “But i have to Do Something so that these idiots don’t get away with this drivel.” Well, drivel is still drivel, and if we withdraw our investment in drivel, it will die, at least for us. Abraham (Esther and Gerry Hicks) say that we are here to “experience outrageous joy” and if it gives you pleasure to respond to eejits, be my guest. If not, it is perfectly alright to leave them alone, to hang themselves up by the noose of their prejudice. Plenty more fish in the sea. Ann Forsyth xx

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    • I probably could not get that blog shut down, and it is not worth the effort. I hate what they write, because at one time it would have deeply upset me, and I think it deeply upsets other vulnerable people. I know I am female. I know I am no threat to anyone, and that my creative energy is a force for good in the World. However, reading their pernicious rubbish I felt moved to restate the truth.

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      • I think it’s fantastic that those sorts of comments don’t deeply upset you now, but I think you’re exactly correct that there are vulnerable people for whom such comments, like any oppressive comments, can be very very damaging. I’m so grateful that there are bloggers like yourself writing about your experiences and perspectives.

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