Dr. Kathleen “Kelly” Levinstein, PhD, LCSW, LMSW is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Flint. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Levinstein was a Heilbein Scholar at the …
October 27, 2015
I hope this video gets passed around a lot; I’m reblogging it from I Know You Think I Don’t Understand But I Don’t Believe You. I really like the way she answered the fawning interviewer; “bugger it!” “For fucks sake,” It’s her native tongue, I think. Plus, so many questions about trans people’s *feelings* and don’t they have a right to be happy and not say mean things to them etc. Who in this world has a right to happiness? (We do, in the U.S. have a right to the ‘pursuit of happiness,’ which is something else.) Enjoy! Pass it on!
February 7, 2015
This is too good not to share. My experience has been just this: No matter what I do, or what I say, or how I say it, I am not an ally unless I let someone through My Own Cotton Ceiling (copyrightKBarberisagenius.com) and fall in love at the same time with each and every craptivist in the world. Honestly.
I watched exactly one episode of the Amazon original miniseries Transparent before giving up. I wasn’t even offended, except by the masturbatory silliness of the script and Tambor’s overacting, so much as I was bored. It seemed like the fluffiest, flimsiest, safest possible story to tell. I assumed transwomen would eat it up.
But oh was I a fool to think that the queer community could get behind anything or anyone – except maybe a wife-murdering rapist or a violent teenager who assaults women – without some serious drama. Transwoman Marcy Cook is here to tell us why Transparent has “lost the trust” of transwomen.
The article starts with a complaint I’ve heard before: The show engages in a “classic erasure” by casting a man who is only pretending to be a woman…instead of, I don’t know, a man who thinks he’s doing more than that. I can’t be the…
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January 30, 2015
With all the violence that transwomen claim is visited on them, you would think that they might take a peek at just who is doing the violence. Now, some of the claims are rather silly, such as: One in twelve transwomen are murdered every year. That can’t be true, or every twelve years, ALL of them will have been murdered. But some transwomen are killed by violent men, that is true. But do they protest male violence? No, they blame feminists.
At first glance, that just seems irrational. But it isn’t. They hate us because WE’VE GOT THEIR NUMBER. We are ON TO them, and the game they’re playing.
That is why they see us as a bigger threat. We are. We threaten their very existence as ‘women,’ because we show, over and over again, that they are not. We show the world why they do what they do. And it makes perfect sense. Compared to men attacking and often killing them, we are a much bigger threat. They know this, or they wouldn’t call us names and threaten us with violence in return. It’s the only way they seem to understand. Because they are men.
If I were a transwoman, I would hate and fear feminists, too. We won’t play the game of “Let’s Pretend We’re Girls!” We won’t call them by their ‘real’ names. Worst of all, we won’t say they’re female. And that just ruins it for them. The truth is what they’ve been dodging all their lives, the truth that they were born–and remain–male.
All the makeup in the world isn’t going to change that. Wigs won’t change it. Surgery won’t, either. It’s a fact.
So feminists, please, keep it up. We’ll come out on top one of these days, when the liberal world sees that they been behind this huge lie, that they’ve supported a delusion. Say it out loud: TRANSWOMEN are MALE. Men pretending to be women does not make them women. It makes them men pretending to be women, and nothing more. Say it every day. Write it on social media. Keep telling the truth. The truth, someone said once, will set you free.
June 19, 2014
Just in case you missed this…
“Trans women are women.”
Among the most important themes explored in Orwell’s 1984 is that of language and its relation to oppression.
One of the most compelling moments in that book describes the protagonist, Winston Smith, realizing that the most valuable freedom of all is the freedom to tell the truth.
Later on, he is tortured for the thought he had—the idea that freedom means the ability to tell the truth, to be able to say that two plus two equals four. His torturer, hired by the state to break his will, seizes upon this idea:
“Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But…
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