Ideologies often get pushed so far that they start contradicting themselves.
If sexual identity is based solely upon how a person “self-identifies”–so that a man must be accepted as a woman if he says so–what does that do to feminism? Or what if a woman rebels against female stereotypes and wants access to masculine roles? Should she be a feminist or reject being a woman and identify as a man? What does that do to feminism?
If a man has sexual desires for other men, does that mean that he is gay, or that he is transgender–a woman trapped in a man’s body–in need of “gender re-assignment surgery”? What does that do to gay rights?
What about a man who identifies as a woman but who, rejecting the surgery, still feels sexual desire for women, thus further identifying as a lesbian? (Even though he has sex with women in the traditional manner.) What does this do to lesbianism?
Radical feminists and lesbian activists speaking at the unlikely venue of a Heritage Foundation conference denounced the transgender and gender identity movement in the name of feminism and gay rights.
From Tyler O’Neil, Radical Feminist: Transgender Activism Is a ‘Men’s Rights Movement’:
Kara Dansky, a feminist lawyer and spokeswoman for Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), spoke against the so-called “Equality Act” at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, denouncing the transgender and gender identity movement as anti-women and anti-lesbian in particular. Her remarks echoed the London Pride March sign declaring that “Transactivism Erases Lesbians.”
“This is a men’s Rights movement — this is really a men’s rights movement,” Dansky declared, calling for men to stand up for women and denounce the transgender movement. . . .
“I got kicked off of the Baltimore mayor’s LGBTQ commission — as the only lesbian — simply for stating biological facts,” [Julia] Beck said. “I was found guilty of ‘violence.’ My crime? Using male pronouns to talk about a convicted male rapist who identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns.”
“It doesn’t matter that he sexually assaulted two women in a women’s prison after being transferred there on account of his ‘gender identity.’ Oh no, it is far more criminal for me to call a male rapist ‘he’ than it is for him to rape,” Beck argued.
Adding insult to injury, “the man who led my inquisition also identifies as ‘transgender.’ He is the president of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and claims to be a lesbian,” she added, bitterly. “I find that almost funny because everything he does makes life for women, girls, and lesbians worse.”
“The meeting made one thing crystal clear: Inclusivity means all voices are welcome, except women’s, except lesbians’,” Beck said. “Everything is about the T now, entirely eclipsing the L, G, and B. The T is diametrically opposed to the first three letters in the acronym, and especially to the L.”. . .
“Sexualities are based on sex, but gender identities are based on stereotypes,” she said. “Girls who play with trucks and like the color blue, boys who play with dolls and like the color pink, children with autism … children who would likely grow up to be happy gay adults are now being sterilized for defying sex stereotypes.”
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