The following is a comment I made in response to someone posting on my previous entry. I think the person I responded to is really just remarking on the level of anger she sees in this discussion, but it brought up a sore point. Of *course* this argument is acrimonious. This isn’t something that is going to be addressed by being friendly with people that want to use you. That’s called being a chump. The whole notion of going along to get along is used against good people by scoundrels to commit their crimes, and I don’t think being nice for its own sake is an ideal to aspire toward.
Most of us who are starting to speak up know that we aren’t going to be seen as nice women for doing so. Women who speak up never are. That is one of the ways we are silenced. The person who I respond to with this post is not trying to take the transgender position I don’t think, but I want to take the opportunity to address the attempts to silence women in this argument by accusations of “hatred”.
What hatred? I confess to hatred of other people’s actions. I despise being politically assaulted by others and then told to shut up and that my opposition to their attacks is hatred. I also do not like people demanding rights over women, and claiming that it is hatred if I object to it being done in my name. I will not accept that my declaration of independence is hatred, or an imposition on anyone else. If they feel that way, they are imposing on other people perforce and just don’t like being caught in the act.
Yes this is all very personal to me, that’s why I say “I” and “they” so much. I am quite tired of being held up as a human shield every time some TG plan backfires. There is a definite “they” when they do this to people born like me. I don’t accept their actions as valid. I speak for me, they do not.
On the topic of “intersex”, it’s important to define that term closely. Maybe the difference in viewpoint is that I already feel certain that my difference is physical in the brain, and also in the rest of the body. That was one of the first things that I understood before I began my treatment. But intersex in nature is a different thing than intersex as it developing as a social movement.
Intersex as it is coming to be known as a movement is about standing up to the the attacks of the medical and government establishment. This is an industrial complex that has gained unspeakable control over individual lives as business grows tendrils throughout the machinery of power in Western civilization. Some people see government as inherently beneficial. I see government that must be controlled to be useful, and non-murderous.
Some people feel some level of affirmation of the reality of your condition from recognition by your government. But that is a personal experience and should not be “inflicted” on other people as standard business practice in this type of matter. What is good for one is not good for all, and if we respect individual rights we do not impose diagnosis against people’s will, especially under penalty of law. I do not accept a patriarchal view of government.
I am not willing to be diagnosed with a falsehood in order to gain sympathy from a government system or individuals. And that is how I view “Gender Identity Disorder”; it is a lie. And for perspective, those who think intersex is some kind of panacea for social vilification need to speak to some of the people affected by the medical and government abuses that crop up in their lives. As it stands, men who pretend to be women in the UK, for instance, have more ability to affect their legal status than women who have been labeled as men by false scientific gods there. Intersex itself is being created as a category by medical authorities as a crass powermongering move to make themselves relevant where they are not wanted. There is a lot more to intersex than biology. It is political. And because of that alone I would not tread on their lives, because I have not been targeted in the same way they have. I respect their identity, whatever and whomever that may include.
Accusations of hatred are sorely misplaced. I stand up for myself, and I would hope others can see that for what it is. If people can’t, then they have lost their way. I won’t be chastised by accusations of hatred for simply objecting to the nonsense that is going on right now.