(originally posted on Twitter 23/03/18)
So, I don’t have a GRC, shocker, right? Not really. My passport and driving licence are changed, and they’re all I need to get around. You could argue I could get my birth certificate changed, but why would I do that? Firstly, I’m a bit of a historical puritan. A healthy male child was born – yeah ok, there were/are a few anomalies, but otherwise, yeah. Secondly, it in and of itself represents a legal fiction anyway, so who cares?
The GRC is a misnomer: you want to change gender: change your clothes, modify your behaviour and your mannerisms, and BOOM! Job done. My issue was with my sex, NOT my gender. Call it a Sex Recognition Certificate and I’d be interested. For me, the RLE, the psych evals etc, leading up to, and including surgery, was a rite of passage. This is what society expected – this is how I fulfilled my burden of proof. The surgery has been a huge success for me, and I’ve never looked back. I understood the need for all this – checks and balances.
Self ID turns this on its head.
Predatory males already abuse this and slip through: to suggest that pushing the checks and balances back ’til AFTER any “Event” won’t encourage more is a bit naive.
So how did we get here: how has this been allowed to happen? Language, that’s how. Since the GRA.
There’s a lot of linguistic manipulation going on: the conflation of sex and gender from the GRA; the obliteration of women’s language accompanying Self ID (if FGM being called ‘transphobic’ didn’t Peak you, dunno what to tell you, you’re a fucking moron). Another piece of language impacted is ours, transsexuals’. At some point, don’t know when and don’t know why, the term ‘transsexual’ became “Outdated”. So what happened? I reckon it was co-opted, absorbed into the more nebulous term ‘transgender’, then deliberately pushed into obscurity by the TRAs. But why? Well, again I reckon, it was simply to reinforce the conflation between sex and gender.
Their control over language is critical to their cause [cult] – just look at what happens when you challenge the narrative – the case of @ThePosieParker should be ample in highlighting this. A quick one on trans kids: I find it odd that, after centuries (maybe?), doctors came to the sensible conclusion of adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach with intersex kids. But a kid picks up the “wrong toy”, wants the “wrong clothes” and they’re scooped up and transed before they can say “But I like the tractor too…”, or something.
The sad truth is there are many transsexuals involved with the TRAs. TSs are generally mentally quite fragile, particularly early in transition. TRAs are able manipulate this fragility to foster a deep, albeit misguide, indignation: they point at what GC fem’s say – “See what they think of you. See, they’re trying to erase you. This is war”. The obfuscation of the term ‘transsexual’ prevents them from separating themselves out of it……..”Nah mate, that’s YOU they’re talking about”.
Self ID is not only toxic, it’s dangerous. The very fact it’s essentially being forced through with dissent heavily punished, should be enough to raise the hairs on your, well, everywhere. Violence and intimidation surrounds Self ID, fuelled by some of the most sickening misogyny I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter. Women see this, as do many TSs and TGs.
Women are rising, and thanks to the efforts of Venice Allen, now suspended ffs,
@Womans_Place_UK, and a great many other radfems many more women and men are becoming aware of the true nature, scale, scope, and extent of the erasure of women as a sex class, that will become possible should Self ID be fully implemented.
What I believe we need now, is a cohesive, united, transsexual and ally front/group/thing. Across twitter I have, albeit it somewhat slowly, encountered more and more TSs, and TGs, who are also deeply worried about the implications of Self ID. Our affinity is with women, we feel connected to women, and we experience a largely peaceful life thanks to the good grace OF WOMEN! Understandably, women, and men, who see the assault on them, coming on the horizon, are pushing back, hard. Sometimes their language can seem harsh, but actually, I’ve found many radfems to be the warmest, and most inclusive people. But we [TSs&A] need to do more.
We’re genuinely small in number, and we’re quite dispersed, I think. Moreover, many TS support networks are tied up in “their” shit, we need something new. The formats #waronwomen and Womans Place UK used worked really well, something similar could be done.
We need something to get behind, to unite our efforts and give us direction; @sushingthecult previously suggested #takebacktheT, possibly that. There are so many like us out there, lost and in need of some beacon that tells them they’re not alone – @dad_gc sent one my way earlier
We are small, but we must make our presence big, work with our radfems sisters to bring and end to this madness. Bring about a platform where we take back control of our language, prevent women’s language being co-opted, absorbed, then discarded, just like ours was. I have a neo-vagina, women have vaginas. There is nothing “female” about a penis…..that’s why I got rid of mine.
I have no idea how to bring this about: I’m not well resourced nor well connected. Suggestions are welcome, and the sooner this gets underway, the better.
Ideally this would be up and running, and ideally done(ish) before schools go back after summer.
So yeah, that’s me, just in time, it’s still tomorrow…