Granted, it is the usual sort of silliness one comes to expect. I am accused of trying to impose a hierarchy. Nope, not even close. For their to be a hierarchy, there would have to be a direct relationship. There isn't. Transsexuals are not automatically transgender.
The person also take umbrage at my pointing out that transgender is a choice. Of course it is. It is an artificial social political construct with no objective basis in reality. Period. Now, a person who is a transsexual might choose to identify as transgender. Some do, though I cannot for the life of me understand why. But, transgender is a choice. It is a chosen identity, though the more extremist of transgender activists, including über kook "Cristan" Williams, try, desperately, to force that label on people against their will. BTW, Mr. Williams was the first to praise the article. That says a lot, right there.
In any case, this article simply serves as continuing proof of what I asserted in my previous article, and in numerous articles before, and a few since. Transgender is about being "different." For a person who identifies as "transgender" normal is anathema, in the sense of something to be denounced.
I really get a chuckle out of this bit of true idiocy:
I have discovered that members of our community are policing each other and attempting to create a hierarchy of who is truly Trans or not. Many people are playing the same games of ‘normality’ that Gays and Lesbians have often pulled in an attempt to normalize themselves by othering people who are considered less normal. These situations really need to stop if we are going to strive for our goals.Oh, this is so wrong, in so many ways.... To start, let me repeat, I am not part of the trans community. Second, as I already pointed out, I don't believe a hierarchy can exist when there is no real relationship. You now, the old bit about comparing apples and oranges. Further, there is no real relationship between gays and lesbians and transsexuals, nor is there a relationship between gays and lesbians and people who choose to identify as transgender. Yes, such a relationship may exist in the mind of some ignorant people, but in reality, there really is no connection. People who are transsexual may be gay or lesbian, people who are transgender may be gay or lesbian, but people who are into left-handed, underwater basket weaving might also be gay or lesbian. There is no real connection. Further, no, this is not about "othering" people, it is about people othering themselves. People are are transgender deliberately separate themselves from "normal." They have no desire to be "normal." That is what transgender is all about. And finally, let me make clear, again, I have no desire to further the goals of the transgender community. I actively oppose the efforts of the transgender community. I hope to do whatever I can to thwart the goals of the transgender community.
Now, I am taken to task for the alleged mistake of "assuming' that "Nina Ember Nova" is transgender. Actually, whether this person is transgender or not has no bearing on the fact that what was posted is transgender idiocy. It's still wrong, it's still bogus, regardless of how the person who wrote it chooses to identify. And let me add that the term "privilege is, in and of itself, pretty much an example of idiocy in general. It is used when someone feels that they are denied something they think they should be entitled to, and are envious that they don't have it. It is what used to be called "covetousness." In recent years, I have developed osteoarthritis in my left hip. I am not classified, at least for certain purposes, as disabled. But I don't go around ranting about people having privilege because they are not. Privilege is just another way of othering oneself, and trying to put down those you envy.
Ah, but the author goes on:
Ignoring that however, JustJennifer’s arguments were inherently wrapped around the notion that if a person truly needed to transition from male to female they would dress and act like a ‘normal’ woman like she apparently does. She also claims that its wrong for someone to look like a ‘man in a dress’ and also claims that some people “invite abuse” because of their gender expression. She also seems to take it upon herself to become a gatekeeper for transitioning by essentially claiming that if others do not match up to her experience, then these other people are just performing “Transgender idiocy” and are essentially fake. Her arguments are also classist and ableist in the belief that people require SRS to have safe spaces while many can not afford or medically receive care for numerous reasons. The point is, her arguments cater to the mainstream audience of society and ask people to cave under the pressure of social expectation instead of understanding that she, despite her self described medical condition, is just as much of a gender rebel to the world around her. Also, Nina and myself will be working to respond to her more in depth soon enough.Okay, let's be clear about something here, AGAIN!!! If you really are a transsexual, then you are essentially a normal woman (or man as the case may be). You will not have the desire to play dress up and prance around in silly costumes like so many do, even though they claim to be "transsexuals). And yes, if you are not to the point where you can blend in with other women, then you should have the good sense and decency to exercise discretion and show consideration for other women. If, of course, you are a man, with a typical male personality, well....never mind. You will act like a man, and we will react accordingly.
And yes those who really need to transition will, it is called "not making excuses." Again, it is not easy, but one will find a way. I did. Others have. But many won't. It should also be noted that even when people have surgery handed to them on a platter, they will find excuses. They, actually, are the ones who believe in this silly hierarchy stuff. They think, like "Autumn" Sandeen does, that lying and claiming to be a transsexual elevates their status. It doesn't. It just makes then look like the liars they are.
And well, it sounds like this jerk, and "Nina" plan to take me on some more. Good. I like exposing foolishness.
In closing, let me offer up one last quote that shows the absurdity, and contradiction of this person's arguments:
The minute we, as Trans people, cross the gender/sex boundary, we are not considered normal any longer. We can go stealth and I certainly don’t take that away from any individual, but the mere act of having the courage to say, “Hey, I don’t belong to the group I’m assigned,” automatically introduces gender roles and the thoughts and opinions of society into the mix. It takes a certain level of internal thought and analysis to accept and understand something that much of society isn’t willing to accept as real. It is true that for some people there is a medical fix through hormones and surgery and the problem is more or less solved. Yet for others the acceptance and fight against a broken history and the narratives that are created for us as Trans People are problematic.Now, I am accused of "othering" people. Again, no. I decline to be "othered," (BTW, there really are no such words as "othering" and "othered," but since the author uses them....) First off, I may have crossed the "sex boundary," but no, I did not cross the "gender boundary." My gender, or more accurately, my brains wiring, was always female. I simply accepted that, and am living according to my correct gender. I took steps to bring my body into alignment with my gender. Interestingly enough, as I began the process, I actually found myself being called "ma'am" even while i was still, technically, "presenting as male." That is, before I updated my paperwork, and specifically stopped crossdressing. I chose not to but heads with society. I saw no pleasure in it. And that is what separates transsexuals, particularly true transsexual, from the transgender crowd. We are not rebelling against our gender, or anything else. We are simply getting on with our lives. And many of us, like most people, might be amused by the transgender, but beyond that, we really don't understand their need to act out, and we certainly do not approve of it.
Don't blame me if you find it hard being a "trans person." That's your choice, not mine. I think you are acting out, and no, I am not going to pander to you, I am not going to play along, and I am not going to welcome you into women's space with open arms.