Guest post: The bigger picture

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on What comfortable looks like.

And it isn’t resolved by transferring the problem to GC feminists, and attacking them as the enemy. They are the ones with the most understanding of the real problem, because we feel it ourselves. We live with it every day, and somehow manage without cutting off healthy parts, changing our name or our pronouns, or adopting the stereotypical image of the opposite sex.

It’s amazing how allegedly progressive people and organizations have bought into gender ideology, which is irredemably regressive and reactionary. Gender critical feminists are actually fighting the real war.

In the eyes of trans activists, GC feminists are the enemy, and for good reason. The huge increase in FTM transitioners is a symptom of the bigger picture that feminists see. The epidemic of ROGD can be seen as a “rational” response by young women, trapped within a sexist, patriarchal culture, attempting to escape the burdens placed on their sex. Trans activism denies that ROGD even exists, and by doing so, attempts to try to find any sort of “cause” or “pattern” behind this non-existent phenomena must be derailed. Young women are supposed to just conform to sexist stereotypes, either by submitting to femininity, or “identifying” into maculinity. And of course, there’s always the option of “sex work.”

The locus of change, and the onus of responsibility for change, is thus shifted to female minds and bodies, and directed away from the toxic standards from which they are trying to escape. Within trans activism, “gender non-conformity” is the freedom to switch from one cage to the other, leaving bodies broken, and sexist, patriarchal stereotypes safely intact. This is a feature, not a bug.

This atomization, the attempt to prevent anyone from connecting the dots, the denial of the sheer numbers of “isolated incidents” of ROGD, is an attempt to conceal the bigger picture that is driving this. To borrow Margaret Thatcher’s phrasing “There is no such thing as patriarchy, just individuals and their gender identities.” Or, to quote The Wizard of Oz, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

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