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Thu Feb 23, 2017, 05:38 PM

Tim Wise is bringing it..

"Aside from the sheer spitefulness and bigotry the lay behind the Trump Administration's decision to rescind the Obama guidance for schools (which had required schools to allow students to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity), there is something else I think we need to note and which is rarely discussed. Namely, that transphobia is, at its root, largely about fragile masculinity.

How do we know this? Simple: in all the uproar over which bathroom trans folks should use, the only example ever dredged up by transphobes is the "biological" (at birth) male, who dresses as a woman (note, transphobes often think trans people are basically just cross-dressers), and then molests little girls in the women’s room at Target or some such thing. Aside from the obvious responses — there are no examples of this ever happening, and men have never needed trans bathroom protections to molest little girls, nor have they felt the need to dress as women for the purpose — notice what the example signifies. These fears imply that all trans people are trans women (persons whose sex and gender assignment at birth were both male). But what of trans men?

If someone is born biologically a woman and assigned that identity at birth, but their true gender identity is male and they live as a male, present as male — and perhaps even have undergone gender confirmation surgery — do the transphobes really want that person to go to the women’s room? I doubt it. But that is what their preferred policy would dictate that person should do. Which means they aren’t thinking about such persons at all. Because if they were they would probably be freaked out that these masculine looking “women” (in their limited worldview) were going to be in such restrooms with their little precious Becky. The fact that they don’t think of trans men in the least suggests that their phobia is more about policing masculinity and punishing those “men” who do not meet their expectations of manhood or who fail to identity with it at all. It is as if they are so afraid of their own sexuality and identity that any consideration of a person born “male” but who is actually a woman confounds their very sense of self.

Transphobia, in short, is less about fear of the other and more about fear of the self: fear of one’s own often complex sexuality, fear that perhaps gender identity and sexual identity are fluid and not binary — and thus, are complicated and messy and not simple and easy to understand. Simple minded people like simple minded answers about the world. Complexity scares them. Indeed complexity and nuance and ambiguity are the first casualties of, and the greatest fears of, reactionary thinking.

Which is why when people suggest that trans folks are disordered they have it exactly backwards. It is they who are disordered. They operate on the basis of irrational fears and biases, and an irrational hostility to human complexity. If anyone needs counseling it is the transphobe, not the trans man or woman."


- Tim Wise

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JHan Feb 2017 OP
tblue37 Feb 2017 #1
JHan Feb 2017 #7
tblue37 Feb 2017 #9
Quayblue Feb 2017 #16
Amaryllis Feb 2017 #2
keithbvadu2 Feb 2017 #14
MontanaMama Feb 2017 #17
Amaryllis Feb 2017 #23
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2017 #3
erronis Feb 2017 #6
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2017 #12
MrScorpio Feb 2017 #21
BadgerMom Feb 2017 #4
greymattermom Feb 2017 #5
JHan Feb 2017 #8
Cha Feb 2017 #10
Solly Mack Feb 2017 #11
keithbvadu2 Feb 2017 #13
3catwoman3 Feb 2017 #19
Delmette2.0 Feb 2017 #15
MontanaMama Feb 2017 #18
Delmette2.0 Feb 2017 #20
MontanaMama Feb 2017 #22

Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:19 PM

1. This is Shane Ortega. These laws would force him to use the women's restroom & women's

locker rooms and showers:






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Response to tblue37 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:45 PM

7. well dayummmmm

I mean I wouldn't mind him using my shower tbh.

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Response to JHan (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:55 PM

9. Well, yeah--but the yahoos behind those laws WOULD mind, I think. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:23 PM

16. These fuckers haven't even thought about FTM trans folks

Their only "concern" is MTF.

Fucking assholes.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:22 PM

2. I always wondered how they would enforce it. Have someone at the door who makes everyone drop their

pants before they can go in? Sarcastic, but even that wouldn't do it since gender is just not limited to the binary. So how would they enforce it? Major privacy violation no matter how. Like the wall...ridiculous on its face but then when you look at implementation, a whole new level of not even doable.

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:17 PM

14. bathroom inspector

bathroom inspector

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:26 PM

17. Hoohoo inspector!?!?!?!

That kicks ass. Hilarious! Except it isn't. These fuckers need to stfu and worry about their own beeswax.

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 05:20 PM

23. OMG. You should make that a thread and post it. Too good to miss.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:27 PM

3. People secure in their own sexuality do not regulate the sexuality of other people.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:42 PM

6. Beautiful. And people that are happy within themselves only wish happiness for others. [EOM]

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Response to erronis (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:00 PM

12. So true. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 09:32 PM

21. Bingo!

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:36 PM

4. Gender rights are human rights

end of story.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:41 PM

5. How about a Stanford Professor

Ben Barres, M.D.Ph.D. http://www.genderbiasbingo.com/ben-barres-phd/#.WK9zDRiZPHc

Someone who knows first hand about gender bias in science.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:48 PM

8. Yes, the discrimination is real..

in a field where objective analysis is required. It's why I'm usually very skeptical about science studies into gender differences - there's usually something off in the methodology that exposes bias.

Thanks for the link, saving to read later.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:56 PM

10. KICK for Later.. TY, JH

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 07:59 PM

11. K&R!

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:13 PM

13. Republicans and the little girls bathroom

Republicans and the little girls bathroom

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:40 PM

19. ExACTLY!!

Everyone needs to just mind their own damn business.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:23 PM

15. There are men and there are women.

And there is everyone in between.

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 08:28 PM

18. I LOVE that!!

Everyone else IS in between. So true.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #18)

Thu Feb 23, 2017, 09:31 PM

20. I don't know who wrote it, but it is perfect.

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Response to Delmette2.0 (Reply #20)

Fri Feb 24, 2017, 12:13 AM

22. It is SO perfect.

For so many reasons. There is a family-like imagery in it for me with a woman on one side of the spectrum and a man on the other and the beautiful rainbow of all that is possible in between. It brings tears to my eyes. 🌎

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