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Thu May 17, 2012, 08:11 PM

"Complicit in trans women's oppression"

There's nothing radical about transphobia

by Laura Woodhouse, 17 May 2012

...I was angered to learn that a new UK conference for radical feminists, RadFem2012, is not only playing host to a well-known transphobe, but is actively excluding trans women from attending.

The conference is open only to "women born women living as women". Now, I personally support and fully appreciate the value of women-only space, but that space has to be open to all self-defining women. Excluding trans women from an event that aims to build an "anti-oppressive movement for the liberation of all women from patriarchal oppression" is bitterly ironic.

Trans women suffer horrifying levels of violence, abuse and discrimination, fuelled not only by the fact that they are women, but by the refusal of the vast majority of the cis population to acknowledge and respect their identities. The organisers of RadFem2012 have actively chosen to align themselves with this majority, and in so doing are complicit in trans women's oppression. Radical? Feminism? I think not...

...What is my business, as a feminist, is standing in solidarity with my trans sisters and fighting the system that oppresses all of us. A system of which the term "women born women" is very much a part.


More:
http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/2012/05/theres_nothing

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Reply "Complicit in trans women's oppression" (Original post)
Zenlitened May 2012 OP
William769 May 2012 #1
TheWraith May 2012 #4
yardwork May 2012 #2
William769 May 2012 #3
Zorra May 2012 #5
Vanje May 2012 #6
qb May 2012 #7
obamanut2012 May 2012 #8
laconicsax May 2012 #9
TriMera May 2012 #10
DURHAM D May 2012 #12
DURHAM D May 2012 #11
TriMera May 2012 #13
nickinSTL May 2012 #14

Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:13 PM

1. I think we know someone at that conference.

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Response to William769 (Reply #1)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:19 PM

4. I think you're probably right. nt

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:16 PM

2. This is sickening.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #2)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:18 PM

3. Yes it is, in the highest order.

Talk about bigotry.

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:41 PM

5. Victims of bigotry being bigots. The stupidity of this never fails to amaze me. nt

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:58 PM

6. Horrible!

I DO NOT understand this.

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 09:03 PM

7. "Feminists" who discriminate against women.

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 10:08 PM

8. Disgusting

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 10:20 PM

9. What bullshit!

 

(The exclusion of trans women, not the article or OP)

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 10:52 PM

10. The worst part is that Sheila Jeffreys is a lesbian.

So, a woman who belongs to not one oppressed group, but two, is willing to oppress other women. IMHO, Ms. Jeffreys is the lowest of the low.

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Response to TriMera (Reply #10)

Thu May 17, 2012, 11:14 PM

12. Unfortunately I have met many lesbians

with that attitude over the years. I thought things were getting better but this is shocking.

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Response to Zenlitened (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 11:04 PM

11. Good lord

From the next article - "Transphobia is the great shame of modern radical feminism."


When reading these two articles the first person I thought of was Billie Jean King. In 1977 she stood alone and against the tennis world and insisted that Renee Richards be allowed to play on the women's tennis circuit. She & Renee won that argument. It should be settled matter in every venue.



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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #11)

Thu May 17, 2012, 11:38 PM

13. +1. n/t

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #11)

Fri May 18, 2012, 09:10 AM

14. I hadn't heard that about Billie Jean

I was...kind of young in '77, so wasn't really aware of...well, I don't know if I'd even heard of tennis, much less Billie Jean King or Renee Richards.

Makes me respect King even more.

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