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[blitherish] My non-standard take on gender

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--- Quote from: Pammie on August 07, 2021, 01:16:01 am ---Interesting. Im not at all sure I understand what “techie” is in the context of gender identity nor indeed “radical feminist’ in that context.

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I have to admit, I have some trouble making sense of the term "gender identity."  What I've come up with is that "identity" in this sense is what you feel is part of the core of who you are.  For example, in the USA, being "an American" is a core part of who they are.  For others, it may be a religion.  (And one can have multiple things that are a core part of who one is.)

For me, being a "techie" -- someone who makes things work, especially concrete things -- is a core part of who I am.   When I sew something, or plaster a hole in the ceiling, or fix my bicycle, I feel like I'm expressing an essential part of who I am.  And I've always been a feminist, because it's about challenging injustice, and I've always taken the injustices I've seen personally.  Whereas I can't imagine whether I am a "man" or a "woman" has much to do with who I am inside.  It's just something I have to deal with when relating to the rest of humanity, because it's important to them.

--- Quote from: Pammie on August 07, 2021, 01:16:01 am --- I couldn’t help but smile at what radical feminist thinkers would think (in general) of having you on their “team” as they are not often seen to embrace anyone under the trans umbrella.

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Well, trans-exclusive radical feminists are a subset of radical feminists.  Back when I had more contact with radical feminist circles, most of the people I encountered were trans inclusive, for the obvious reason that the very existence of trans people is a counter-example to most of the assumptions our society has about sex and gender, and what is radical feminism but a critical examination of our society's deepest beliefs and assumptions about gender?  (After all, "radical" means "at the root."  If your analysis isn't going down to the roots, you're not radical.)

Moreover, a lot of the people who get called "TERFs" aren't by any stretch of the imagination "radical feminists."  They're mostly just inventing rationalizations for their prejudices, and in some cases, they aren't even inventing them, they're just parroting lists of trans-exclusive slogans, often lists with contradictory opinions.  And in some cases, one could dispute the label "feminist" -- some trans-exclusive "feminist" groups are making common cause with some of the most openly (and proudly) anti-feminist and misogynistic pressure groups out there.

I think these trans-exclusive "feminists" get a disproportionate amount of press for two reasons: (1) hate always makes for good click-bait, and (2) the mainstream media are bigoted -- they report things in ways that support misogyny, racism, etc.  They are mostly owned by and staffed by people who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo which supports their privileged position.  The situation is even worse in the UK -- the press there doesn't even pretend to be unbiased.

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