Change your Facebook profile pic, twitter avatar, etc., to an image of you or someone else wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.
I have been wanting to point out the absolute bullshit in the above image for a while, but until now never had a good example of the contradictions present until now.
The initial image that is repeated above by “evilfeminist”, a fairly telling name choice, is part of a campaign of violence against trans people that fundamentally misrepresents the trans position and paints the trans community as having an “agenda” in the same way that gay folks were said to have an agenda.
It does this by describing the fight for human and civil rights as merely a disagreement about politics, which is itself an aggressive, silencing tactic used by oppressive groups. For trans people, who deal with extraordinary levels of discrimination and harassment on a per capita basis, several times the average for any group, this isn’t a political disagreement, this is a fight for our lives.
But let’s start with each of the assertions and examine how they are fundamentally dishonest and misrepresent reality in order to make it easier to attack or to make themselves seem less violent, immoral, unethical„and shameful than they are, they being a small subset of radical feminists who exclude trans people called TERFs that operate under a genocidal ideology.
Patriarchy does not tell people that they must change their personality to match one’s sex. This argument ignores what decades of science have proven about gender, which is the social manifestation of sex, and places what is enforced through acculturation into the realm of personality,which science shows is established as a result of biochemical reactions and adaptations to various events.
Indeed, gender has nothing to do with a person’s personality, which is a collection of unique characteristics that are habitual, and so this makes it seem like the target of this deeply dishonest and immoral attack, which is not patriarchy, is merely about one’s personality.
The already pointed out falsehood of trans “politics” says that one must change one’s sex to match one’s personality, continuing the flaw of associating gender with personality and bluntly ignoring that the personality of trans people does not change. At all. Trans efforts towards their liberation have nothing to do with personality, either, and being a man or a woman is not a function of one’s personality. this is why we can see that it is about trans people, and that they are the target here.
The attack is on the notion of social sex identity, also known as gender identity, which is a small portion of what makes an individual aware of themselves as a person, their self awareness. They are reducing a fundamental sense of self awareness, a prerequisite for sentience, to a “personality trait” that is changed, which goes against every single scientific finding about social sex awareness, let alone the idea of self awareness.
It is an argument that relies on the notion that people are made to be trans, instead of it being a complex combination of physiological processes as science shows, and ignoring the real impact in terms of the existential existence of all human beings.
By reducing it to just personality, it makes it seem like less a critical thing, denies trans people their agency, and informs them that their basic core human dignity is without value or merit, and so is an argument against human and civil rights.
Lastly it talks about “gender critical” feminism, which is a way of arguing for trans exclusionary genocidal feminism of the sort popularized and pushed by Mary Daly and Janice Raymond. The idea here supports the notion of the genocide called for in Raymond’s destructive, violent, and malicious work that effectively established all the major arguments used against trans people today and gives cover to the people who engage in violence against trans people. Under this rubric falls the idea that if gender were to cease to exist, then so would trans people, which, again, ignores the history of the human species and the established science around trans people. It is, however, called for, and is therefore a dog whistle for the genocide itself.
Here they claim that for them that people are just fine the way they are. Meaning that they should exist as they are, which I s incredibly harmful to trans people. It is, in terms of the nature of Transness, the literal position of patriarchy.
Men are men, women are women,there is no other option, and one is that from birth to death and you had better just get used to it.
Trans politics are the direct outgrowth of the sciences created and commented on by cis people. It isn’t trans politics, it is cis politics, and therefore what they do when they call it such is deny trans people their own voice,choosing the voice of the oppressing groups over theirs.
So the goal of gender critical feminism is to deny trans people their human and civil rights as a matter of course and habit, and the initial graphic demonstrates this.
Then we get into the earnestly believed lies of the poster.
The opening paragraph says that the actions they are accused of, which are denying basic human dignity, being dishonest, acting in immoral and unethical ways, being violent by denying trans people their right to self awareness, to participation In the culture and life of their home, and to health care (which the aforementioned Raymond is directly responsible for and which TERFs such as this one continue use to promote), their prejudice, their bigotry (this fight has been going on since the early 1970’s, and despite scientific evidence and the real life of people, they cling to this proven false ideology), and the proven anxiety, aversion, and animus towards trans people they have, some of which is demonstrated above, are not true.
Yet they are. Objectively so, and it would take someone deeply ignorant to argue otherwise. Of which there is no shortage.
If they genuinely stood for human and civil rights, then they wouldn’t spend so much time yelling at Trans women.there wouldn’t be a transphobic rationale for mwmf excluding trans women. There wouldn’t be a fight about trans women using the restroom. They wouldn’t have a problem with pronouns that are strange and different to them.
They wouldn’t do the vey things they do engage in, including arguing that trans women are not women, and they wouldn’t be subject to the 40+ things that one can use to identify a transphobe! all of which this evilfeminist has done and two of which were taken from her comments.
So what the above is can be summed up in one word: propaganda. Spin meant to make an incredibly unreasonable request that trans women attend an event with with the people who are directly responsible for forty years of devastating persecution, oppression, violence, and denial of human and civil rights, as if they were the problem.
Only someone in a position of privilege could pull that off.