When did you hit peak trans and why? - Finally realized that trans activism and gender ideology are harmful.

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What ideas of theirs are they saying were vindicated, in the first place?
I've seen people around here giving rightoid takes that don't look ironic about how we should have never accepted the gays or women's rights because troonism is the result, and radfems of course are saying this is all because of capitulation to any degree of anything that isn't radfem - capitalism, sex positivity, non-female separatism. It's the same extremist grifter shit that people pull every time something goes wrong, and it's always stale. Looks pretty at first - why wouldn't it? Because what is happening now is clearly wrong. Ironically, troons have been pulling the same shit with the same topics - gender roles are pretty goofy right, what's wrong with transition? And we don't want to repeat all the shitty things that happened to the poor gays right?

It's not perfect, but nuance didn't fail us. Casting it to the side will certainly make things worse though.
 

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Gather around, children, as granny tells you tales of internet old.

So I've talked about LiveJournal a couple times, and while by the end of it's life every community and blog was infected by woke, one of the biggest main players and contributors to spreading social justice was ondt_political. ONTD stands for Oh No They Didn't, which was originally a wildly popular gossip community for celebrates and the like (which still survives to this day somehow), and it spun off a bunch of other communities who wanted to keep the snarky, catty, .gif-and-glitter-text infused "humorous" posting style of ONTD but focus on other hobbies and topics. Obviously ontd_politics was the community dedicated to politics. Trannies were always very vocal and very obnoxious there, and as they do they gained power very easily. As time went on, trannyism as a tropic came up more and more, the trannies became more and more shitty to other users, and ones who were friends with mod members began power tripping hard. The only members who could sometimes stand up to the trannies where the black flox, but if you weren't one of the big named black members, or if the community judged even your blackness couldn't excuse your transphobia, and a tranny got mad at you and decided to attack, it was all over for you.

Things came to head and I personally tipped from "Well only some of these people are assholes and they're just mad because society is so mean to them" when the infamous "are u trans?" wank happened. Imagine literally hundreds of pages (I wanna say 800+) of 50 main comments and hundreds of reply comments, many of them from one extremely assblasted tranny who would ask people over and over "are u trans?" as a way to silence anyone who wasn't trans and therefore didn't have a say in the attacks that other trannies where conducting on other members. If you said ANYTHING, even if you were pro-tranny, in a way they didn't like, you were attacked and likely banned. And how did this whole thing start, you might ask? Did someone tell them they weren't women? Did someone say they should all be gassed because they were mentally ill faggots? Did someone tell them they were fucking ugly, which they all were?

Why no, of course not. No, the whole thing started when a trans "ally", who read the original article talking about some tranny being harrassed or something, posted a comment saying they wished they could punch the people who had harrassed the tranny in the article. A trans member took umbrage with this statement, telling the commenter that their sentiment was parentalistic and that trans people didn't need her cis rage, that she was speaking over actual trans people, that her "intent does not matter" and that she needed to shut up and apologize. The commenter did initially apologize for speaking over trans voices, but she made the fatal flaw of stating that as a trans ally and friends of many trans people who had faced violence, she still stood by her desire to punch transphobes. And because of that she earned the ire of the entire tranny brigade and anyone who even slightly defended her or tried to stop the absolute insanity that was taking place was attacked too. It was a wonderfully crazy display of the abusive, destructive, malicious rage that these people would unleash on anyone, including their "allies", if they had the chance to and it was one of the biggest eye openers I got in my entire time floating in social justice circles.
 

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IDK if I'm peaked yet. I just don't care if adults make decisions that involve their genitals like the Caitlyn Jenners of the world. The issue with kids absolutely pisses me off and is concerning. But I also have a sick fascinating with it. Like...okay...so a bunch of children are being encouraged by every adult in the room to commit to gender surgery and cross sex hormones. This is despite the OG Gender Affirming care doctors from the Netherlands, known as the dutch protocol, saying everything Post-2013 does not apply to their research because of the volume and they highly recommend psychotherapy as a first line of treatment for these trans trenders.

I do absolutely feel for women. The most vulnerable such as Rape Shelters/Womens Prisons are going to result in 'hopefully' outstanding lawsuits that bring light to these issues. Girls sports? I was never into and still don't watch any sport. I feel bad for the individual women being impacted...sure. Do I also get a kick out of watching women be replaced by dudes at every turn in some sick orweillian-esque based New World Order? Yes. Absolutely Yes. I think women will naturally adapt somehow and our society will become even more powerful due to the Troon Menace. That's great and progresses humanity without starting a World War.
 

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I'll definitely criticize the gay community for their bullshit over the years - predatory behavior, risk-taking culture, all the classic talking points that do actually have merit past the retarded 1950s tapes about "THE HOMOSEXUAL," and I agree that troons didn't have to twist very hard to morph already questionable facets of progressive movements into the lunacy that's happening right now. But I keep seeing stale opinions around here implying that troonism is proof that faggot and cunt rights movements were a mistake. I'm not sure if that's what you're saying, but it sounds like it's on the same spectrum. The thing is, radfems are screeching similar reactionary I-told-you-so's and tying troonism into proof that they were right about all their stale ideas. They're also full of shit. At the end of the day, I still feel comfortable not having much of a problem with modern faggots overall, or even a few flavors of feminists, and I don't feel like a hypocrite for thinking trannies have taken things way too far comparatively.
All Troons are feminists. Feminists (radioactive or not) pushing the same anti-biological differences on teenagers going through puberty is how you get so many trannies. Try reading When Harry Became Sally and get to the de-transitioned troons. All of them continue to spew feminist bullshit and patriarchy theory. It's bull dyke ideology which makes up a lot of the FTM trannies based on feminism non-sense. Even when they detransition none of them learn their lesson and become at best TERFs and at worst pro-trannies who think they were one in a million. Feminism is an ideology that dismantles vital structures in human development and replaces them with egalitarianism which doesn't work. Saying men and women can do anything they want to do to teenagers going through puberty is far more destructive to them than giving them a focused set of options which will fit the vast majority of them and lead them to living happy productive lives.

Feminism + Childhood abuse = Tranny
 

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All Troons are feminists. Feminists (radioactive or not) pushing the same anti-biological differences on teenagers going through puberty is how you get so many trannies. Try reading When Harry Became Sally and get to the de-transitioned troons. All of them continue to spew feminist bullshit and patriarchy theory. It's bull dyke ideology which makes up a lot of the FTM trannies based on feminism non-sense. Even when they detransition none of them learn their lesson and become at best TERFs and at worst pro-trannies who think they were one in a million. Feminism is an ideology that dismantles vital structures in human development and replaces them with egalitarianism which doesn't work. Saying men and women can do anything they want to do to teenagers going through puberty is far more destructive to them than giving them a focused set of options which will fit the vast majority of them and lead them to living happy productive lives.

Feminism + Childhood abuse = Tranny
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For me, it was when people started saying "trans woman". Some people might be young or newfags, but with me, I always thought once you transitioned, you were just a woman.

The creation of the term "cis" was probably the breaking point. If you have completed your transition, there should be no need to delineate. But there was. Then I started researching, found the neo vag horror show and became a KiwiFarms card carrying Nazi (in Minecraft)
 

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When kids got involved.

The fact is when it comes to kids trooning at most of the time it was because these kids were doing atypically boy things for a girl, and girls things for a boy, and then the parents bought that shit up like discount bishi. If that ideology existed when I was a child and parents bought that up I feel like my parents would either manipulate me or outright force me to a boy.

I liked doing boy things as much as girl things, even though I collected Barbie's I helped my younger brother with his car building toys as he was only five and I was ten. I liked building and doing that activity because it was simply fun and gave me a sense of accomplishment when it was completed. I also despite learning horse back riding enjoyed hunting and camping. If I was born a generation sooner I'd probably be forced to take t and get a pretend dongle made and end up in the 40 percent.

The thing is what really killed it for me was that, it's like one thing for someone who 18 years and has legitimate gender dysphoria to go ahead and transition its another to make kids make potentially life altering decisions because their idiot parents think they are trans, like kids have a tendancy go off on whims, and letting them take harmful treatments because of whim should be akin to child abuse. Not everything is gendered and just because you like either doing boys activities or dressing up in a tutu at 5 does not a tranny make.

The death blow was when my stepdad decided one day out of the blue thought he was a woman, I was only 19 at the time and had to literally cover for his ass while he went of to be a degenrate dressed as a woman. It. fucking. killed. me. I was embarrassed and humiliated but I had to at the time play along into his delusion and pretend nothing is bad. Because my mother was really sick at the time, and I had no idea how much negative impact will this revelation bring her.

I don't think he was legit trans as he did play a masculine role but it was creepy that he turned out to be autgynophile and all this while my mother was termally ill with end stage renal disease and mydriad of other health complications. That fucked me up for a good few years and I started to develop the tendancy to drink as a coping mechanism, can you imagine when your own autistic degenerate biological father abandoned you at 2 only to find out your loving stepfather who regarded you with the same love as a bio dad become a degenerate?

my biological father knocked my mother up intentiolly then abandoned me when I was two and became too much of a a hassle, then she married my dad who hinted at degenrate tendancies fucked my sisters sanity up, and then fucked me up with his autogynophilia. Yes dear kiwis that enough to break anyone's sanity or world view.

Although my sister went hard left, and I hard right.
so politcally we disagree often and despite seeing how trans shit is tainted with autohynophilia she still swallows every hard left opinion on the trans issue.

I was personally fucked up at 19 and that was the death blow of my belief in trans legitimacy, although I do accept there are a few that have legitimate dysphoria, the out righ degrenacy, and not checks on the possible harms of childhood transition killed it. I am okay with legit dysphoric people transing out so they can feel comfortable in their own body but I am not okay with it being tainted by idiocy and degrenracy.
 

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All Troons are feminists. Feminists (radioactive or not) pushing the same anti-biological differences on teenagers going through puberty is how you get so many trannies. Try reading When Harry Became Sally and get to the de-transitioned troons. All of them continue to spew feminist bullshit and patriarchy theory. It's bull dyke ideology which makes up a lot of the FTM trannies based on feminism non-sense. Even when they detransition none of them learn their lesson and become at best TERFs and at worst pro-trannies who think they were one in a million. Feminism is an ideology that dismantles vital structures in human development and replaces them with egalitarianism which doesn't work. Saying men and women can do anything they want to do to teenagers going through puberty is far more destructive to them than giving them a focused set of options which will fit the vast majority of them and lead them to living happy productive lives.

Feminism + Childhood abuse = Tranny
The "F" in "TERF CUNT" stands for "Feminist." Feminists have been fighting the troons since the 70s nor did they ever claim that there were no biological differences between men and women. That is the trans argument.
 

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A long time ago, during my more coomer-tastic days, I was perusing r/gonewild, as a 20-year-old autistic loser is wont to do, when I stumbled upon a pussy close-up that was different. Something was off. Nothing nasty or anything, but I wasn't getting any tingling sensations. In the comments, somebody asked if that was a post-op vagina, and the user that posted the picture replied "Of course it is, why wouldn't it be?"..... 'Why wouldn't it be?'??!! What do you mean "Why wouldn't it be?"?!!
That reply got to me. That arrogant tone. How far up your ass must your head be to come out with a reply like that. That, or what kind of a delusion have you built up for yourself to live in, that you would give such a bizarre reply. Which finally led me on to start thinking, maybe this transgender thing should be seen as a mental illness first and foremost, and by kowtowing to every caprice and by blindly supporting "trans rights", we may be causing more problems than we are solving?
 

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That is the trans argument.
the "gender is a social construct" thing and the deconstruct gender roles sperging started with feminism

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Knew it was retarded bullshit from day 1.

Well, more specifically, I heard that term on a college campus a long time ago. This dyke and her hot girlfriend were orbiters in my friend circle and was always putting up "transgender" propaganda signs. I didn't know what that word meant. She "explained" it to me, but it made no sense.

So I thought it was just the latest term for gay rights. At the time, that was just gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Transvestites were a rare thing. Occasionally on college campuses you'd see a dude in a dress looking for attention. They never pretended to not be men though.

Transsexuals... the term we used for people that got the surgeries and hormones, were non-existent. Not even on my uber-liberal college campus. The only place I ever saw people like that were on daytime talk shows.
 

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The "F" in "TERF CUNT" stands for "Feminist." Feminists have been fighting the troons since the 70s nor did they ever claim that there were no biological differences between men and women. That is the trans argument.
infact I think terfs were the last of the 2nd wave before the 3rd wave, and now this bullshit wave where men in dresses can go into women only spaces and are valid even with hatchet wounds. yeah okay terfs are the sane ones in current year despite they can be radical.
 

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Basically when I was lurking around on the Farms a year and a half ago. It opened my eyes to a lot of the shit I've seen getting spouted from the far-left online. I mean, I had my suspicions here and there, but I mostly got shot down by people I used to consider as friends and posts I would post on certain forums (like Nanowrimo. I know, I know...) would get flagged to oblivion. But once the JK Rowling TERF shit was going down back in 2020, that was the final nail in the coffin for me.
 

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The "F" in "TERF CUNT" stands for "Feminist." Feminists have been fighting the troons since the 70s nor did they ever claim that there were no biological differences between men and women. That is the trans argument.

That's misleading. By definition it's all feminism. The troon crowd are mostly third wave feminists, which is basically feminism with "sex positivity" thrown in and the "oppressor/victim" parameters shifted a bit to include men in dresses. They don't see second wave feminists/radfems/terfs as "real feminists," and radfems don't see troons as real feminists. Both of them see themselves as the only logical endpoint of feminism, and see the other side as feminism being corrupted by reactionary influences in some way.

Which is why they have a very special, violent hatred toward each other that they don't even reserve for the right ("traitors" and "subversives" in your own movement are more dangerous than open enemies, etc).

I see a lot of ostensibly "conservative" people here romanticizing the most hateful, miserable, shout-your-abortion fundamentalist radfem legbeards as HECKIN BASED just because they're not afraid to own troons or whatever, and it's just kinda funny to me. They're either easily manipulated, or too chickenshit/backstabbing to admit when something is an enemy-of-your-enemy temporary alliance. I don't have a dog in the troon vs. terf fight, but when it comes down to it, I have at least met some relatively civil, self-aware trannies who aren't too obsessed with politics. Never met a tolerable 2nd wave radfem in my life. Ever.

Anyway, there's a direct lineage from this "good" second wave feminism to our current gender theory bizarro feminism. It's just people adapting to the toolset they live with and expanding the victim class umbrella to afford themselves its enormous cache of social currency.

Ultimately I'm not gonna sympathize with a movement based on smashing long-standing traditions and mores when it has its own traditions and mores smashed. Feminists getting fucked over by troons and having to join the club of people purity spiraled out and left in the dust of increasingly insane left wing activism is called "silver lining."
 
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That's misleading. By definition it's all feminism. The troon crowd are mostly third wave feminists, which is basically feminism with "sex positivity" thrown in and the "oppressor/victim" parameters shifted a bit to include men in dresses. They don't see second wave feminists/radfems/terfs as "real feminists," and radfems don't see troons as real feminists. Both of them see themselves as the only logical endpoint of feminism, and see the other side as feminism being corrupted by reactionary influences in some way.
If you think it's second wave vs third wave feminists, I don't think you really understand the dynamic all that well.
 

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When I realized the whole foundation of 'gender' and 'gender roles' was developed by a pedophile, unethical researcher and liar, John Money. Its built on a foundation of bullshit, he lied about his research for decades. Approved of fucking young boys and directly lead to the death of both of his subjects.

Gender roles and gender as a construct built up by money are founded on an unethical experiment and 40 years of him saying it was true, and not one fucking academic came out to fight this because it wasn't 'progressive'. If the foundation is rotten, the whole house is too.

The man was a child abuser and a fucking liar, who published papers on untrue research, milking his failed 'experiment' for his entire career. And no action was ever taken against him. He was a gigantic piece of shit and human trash.
 

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I recommend reading Maria MacLachlan's blog Peak Trans and the Youtube channel. She's very witty and smart in her presentation of her arguments.

Anyway, here's her peak trans story from her blog.

Some personal information that some readers might think matters:


I am Maria MacLachlan. I live in England. I’m a baby-boomer of mixed European parentage. I’m married to a man. I have borne and raised a son and a daughter.


My real-world experience of trans people doesn’t amount to much beyond getting robbed and assaulted by a few of them at Speakers’ Corner in September 2017, though I’ve made a few real-life trans friends as a result of that experience and a few more online. On this page I recount how my thinking about transition has changed over the years.


A word about pronouns: As this is the story of my personal journey to where I’m at now, I have decided that my use of pronouns should reflect my feelings at the time that the events I describe occurred. I use pronouns that reflect biological sex prior to transitioning and that reflect gender identity after transitioning, which is what I did until very recently.


Where it began​



April Ashley

The first trans person I knew of was April Ashley. That was in 1970. I now know that she attracted media attention at that particular time because of the legal precedent on the status of transsexuals being set by her divorce case – Corbett vs Corbett – but my recollection is only of learning from the TV news that she’d been a man who had somehow turned into a woman.


She posed for the TV cameras looking ultra feminine in heavy make-up and sniffing a flower and I recall that, as a sporty and streetwise pubescent girl who was mortified by my developing body and somewhat disdainful of all things girly, I found the sight of April irritating and disturbing. I wasn’t, however, so contemptuous as to refer to her as “it”, as did others at my (co-ed) school the next day. That seemed a step too cruel to me.


I was still in my early teens when I read The Female Eunuch, from which I learned the meaning of the word ‘stereotype’. Germaine Greer’s words about April Ashley, resonated strongly.


As long as the feminine stereotype remains the definition of the female sex, April Ashley is a woman…She is as much a casualty of the polarity of the sexes as we all are.

It was this book that confirmed my visceral, unarticulated feminism and inspired me to become active in the Women’s Movement and well-read in feminist writings of the 1970s, now referred to as ‘second wave’ feminism.



George Roberts

In 1979, a multi-part documentary called, A Change of Sex aired on BBC2. It allowed viewers to follow the journey undertaken by George Roberts as he transitioned into his new identity, ‘Julia Grant’. My memory of that programme was that there was nothing remotely feminine about George either before or after transition. But because John Randall, the psychiatrist at the Charing X clinic was so vile, I was firmly on George’s side and happy for him when he was finally allowed to go ahead with treatment. I felt no empathy with George/Julia as a woman for the same reason I felt no empathy with April Ashley as a woman. I was irritated by the importance placed on clothes and make-up which, to my mind, served to confirm that women were to be seen as frivolous and inferior to men, thus reinforcing the message I’d been bombarded with all my life, which was that the most important role of young women was to be a decorative plaything.



Julia Grant

That said, I felt empathy for George as a human being. Here was someone so deeply unhappy with what he was that he was prepared to take massive risks in order to change himself and he was being horribly patronised by the odious Dr Randall. He “lived as a woman” – meaning he went round dressed in women’s clothes while looking very much a blokey sort of bloke. He took hormones, he had surgery. If doctors or other professionals couldn’t change the way he thought and the way he felt about himself, perhaps a “sex change”, as it was then called, was the only thing that could help him find happiness.


See a clip from A Change of Sex to get a taste of how unpleasant Randall was.


And an interesting interview with Julia from 2014, in which she talks about her extraordinary early life can be viewed here.


Personal impressions​


I was a volunteer with the Samaritans for several years. Calls from men who said they felt they’d been born in the wrong body — or words to that effect — were quite common. I now understand that some of these men were what psychologist Ray Blanchard calls ‘autogynephiles’. I know it is hotly disputed that there is any such thing as autogynephilia. On the basis of my experience of listening to these callers, I know it exists and I see that at least some trans people admit to it.


Of those who weren’t sex callers, those who wanted to, or were in the process of, or had completed transition, I never once felt I was listening to someone who was really a woman. As far as I was concerned, these were deeply unhappy, often very lonely and, in some cases probably mentally ill men. Of course, those trans people who weren’t unhappy and lonely wouldn’t be calling the Samaritans.


Around the turn of the century, I did a stint teaching young adults at a private language school in London. When I first started, I was confused by the look of one of the receptionists, whose light moustache and masculine clothes gave the appearance of a 15-year-old boy. I eventually got to know this individual and was shocked to hear from her that she had started transitioning because she “didn’t want to be a lesbian” and then changed her mind and stopped the hormone therapy. I can’t remember which country she said she’d been in when she started to transition but it seemed a vastly different experience to that of Julia Grant. A transgender identity casually adopted and abandoned, her story did nothing to make me feel more sympathetic to trans people but nor did I have strong feelings against. I just couldn’t understand it.



Nadia Almada

The news that a transsexual was in the Big Brother house in the UK version of the reality show aroused my curiosity enough to tune in and I was soon hooked watching the fabulous Nadia Almada. I rooted for her for the duration and voted for her to win the cash prize. I really wanted her to win and I don’t how much this was to do with wanting her to feel accepted and loved and how much it was to do with her being a great and entertaining character throughout. Nadia is one of the few male-born trans people I’ve found it difficult to think of as anything other than a woman, bless her.


Becoming more sympathetic​


A major change in my feelings, as far as I had any at all, came early in 2009 when I attended an event in London and heard the personal stories of two trans people, Stephen Whittle and Rikki Arundel. My comment on it, posted in a thread on Think Humanism, survives.


I attended an event at the Wellcome Trust in January to hear Stephen Whittle (a transman) and Rikki Arundel (a transwoman). It was probably one of the most interesting and informative meetings I’ve ever attended. I recommend this brief video of Stephen Whittle but it doesn’t say much about Stephen’s childhood. IIRC, he had decided to commit suicide if he couldn’t become a transman. He now lives a happy life as a husband, a father and Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I was amazed by Stephen Whittle, whom I found impossible to imagine as ever having been a woman. Rikki Arundel, on the other hand, who had transitioned late in life, having been in a straight marriage and fathered children, was easily perceived as trans. But Rikki said something that made a lasting impression on me, which was that having lived a man’s life thus far, he didn’t feel he could call himself a woman. He could only ever be a transwoman. If only all male-born trans people would say the same, I might never have reached peak trans.



Lewis Hancox

Late in 2011, I watched the TV documentary, My Transsexual Summer, which led to a further strengthening of my sympathies. I ended up making a contribution to the funding of Lewis Hancox double mastectomy. I’m not saying I regret doing this – Lewis was going to get the surgery with or without my help – but I won’t be donating to anybody else’s top surgery. By the way, at this time I was still under the mistaken impression that “transitioning” meant surgery, including genital surgery, as well as taking hormones. I thought that every male or female in the process of transitioning wanted to have genital surgery and that those who considered their transition complete, had already had it. I now know this is not the case. I don’t know what percentage of male-born transitioners have had any kind of genital surgery – “bottom surgery”, as it’s called – but I understand that it’s a minority.


In January 2013, when Suzanne Moore was criticised for making some unfortunate throwaway remark about the body-shape of Brazilian transsexuals, which she later apologised for, I felt sorry for her for making a mistake but, after her critics pointed out the unhappy lot of Brazilian transsexuals, my sympathies were more with them.


Edited to add: Five years later, Julie Burchill remembers the whole debacle here.


Another edit: If only I’d known the extent and nature of the abuse Suzanne got from the trans lobby at the time – examples here – it probably would have peak transed me back then.


The tide begins to turn again​


In September 2013 I attended a meeting at Soho Skeptics entitled Battle Over Gender, involving a discussion between a panel of four: Gia Milinovich, Julie Bindel, male-born Bethany Black – who presented as a butch lesbian – and female-born Adrian Dalton, who presented as a drag queen. I understood that Julie Bindel was considered to be a controversial guest and that she might provoke hostility from trans people in the audience. I was aware of her but hadn’t read much of her work at that time. But I was greatly impressed by her contribution, whereas the two trans people just confused me. On the whole, I was rather bored and left before the Q&A.


Some months after that meeting I saw Gia Milinovich getting some hate from trans people on twitter after she’d tweeted using a hashtag saying ‘no unexpected penises’ referring, so far as I recall, to wanting to enjoy a night out with women friends without fear of any of their male partners tagging along. I thought the criticisms were a ridiculous overreaction and I remember resolving to be extra careful not to say anything that would make me a target of the trans lobby, who came across as irredeemably nasty. I was getting enough crap from the various quacks I was involved in campaigning against at the time.


So I didn’t pay very much attention to the fuss about Germaine Greer in the autumn of 2015. I privately thought the proposal to no-platform her was disgusting but didn’t publicly express an opinion on it. What was the point when other people were doing so quite eloquently? Richard Dawkins is not someone I have too much time for these days (unless he’s writing about zoology and evolution, in which case I highly recommend him) but I thought the comment he expressed on twitter was spot on.


Students who suppress a distinguished scholar’s lecture because they disagree with her have no place in a university. Those who think it’s nonsense are entitled to stay away. Or come and argue. They should not censor views they think are nonsense. A university is not a ‘safe space’. If you need a safe space, leave, go home, hug your teddy & suck your thumb until ready for university.

In January 2016 I commented beneath an article on Pink News, which reported some unpleasant comments about trans people made by Jeremy Clarkson and a response to someone who was complaining that Clarkson was being called a bigot “just for disagreeing.” It was the first of several comments I have made on Pink News – or ‘Prick News’ as it is commonly referred to in feminist circles – but it is the only comment I have made there on the side of trans people. I still stand by what I said in the comment but I doubt I would bother to make a similar comment there or anywhere else ever again.


Peak Trans​


A year later, in January 2017, I was astonished and thought it absolutely pathetic that there were objections by some trans people to the pink pussy hats worn on the US Women’s March against Trump. Over the next few weeks, several things happened close together that finally ignited me.


The first was reading a report tweeted by Meghan Murphy – Vancouver Women’s Library opens amid anti-feminist backlash – and seeing the video recording of thuggish men and their handmaidens bullying feminist volunteers.


Then there was the unbelievable reaction to Jenni Murray’s article in the Sunday Times, an article I very much agreed with. As I was busy tweeting #IstandwithJenni, I became aware of a story in a local paper about a convicted rapist in which HE is referred to as SHE throughout. And, finally, the story of how a male weightlifter in New Zealand took a title and ranking away from one woman and ousted another from her place in the women’s national team. These were what sent me looking for more incidences of what I saw as insanity that was hurting women and girls, by which I mean female-born persons, as well as seeking out articles by gender critical feminists and our allies. Coming across the terf is a slur website, which contains screenshots of abuse directed at women by trans activists and allies, I was shocked, sickened and my anger was – and still is – strong enough to lift a 20-ton truck.


Unlike these men, however, I never felt remotely inclined to physically harm, kill or sexually abuse people promoting trans ideology, even though I now see them as the enemy of women. This may be something to do with the fact that, unlike them, I was socialised as a woman, whereas these hateful misogynists are not and never will be women.


A few weeks later I found myself in the somewhat surreal position of supporting gender-critical comments on twitter while challenging the transphobic sentiments being expressed elsewhere online after Zeke Smith, a participant on the American reality TV show, Survivor, was cruelly outed as transgender by someone who should have known better. The revelation came as a big surprise to other participants on the show and, it seems, most of the viewers, including me. But I was more shocked at the nasty intolerant comments about Zeke I saw on public forums and youtube in particular and I argued with them and defended Zeke whenever I saw them.


At this time I joined a number of radical feminist facebook groups which, one by one, have been forced to change their status from closed to secret, apparently after complaints by trans activist bullies. I’ve no intention of disclosing the contents of any of these groups beyond saying that although women express anger at some of the things trans activists say and do that are perceived – correctly, in my opinion – to hurt or be potentially harmful to women, I’ve never once seen the kind of violent hatred I see daily directed at gender critical women all over social media by trans people and their allies, whom I have come to think of as ‘the trans cult’. Thankfully, I have come across some cool trans people online who have helped me keep things in perspective. I can still count the number of them on two hands and I see they get a lot of hate too. They even get called ‘TERFs‘ which is, frankly, ridiculous.


Yet, although I’ve looked, I don’t see any such sustained attack on their real enemy – the right-wing and predominantly male bigots who would mock and abuse and physically assault them in the ways the trans cult say they’d like to do to us.


Speakers Corner​


Finally, there was the attack on me at Speakers Corner and the reaction to it, which I blogged about here.


More than three months after the assault, it is still on my mind almost every waking minute. I have not been able to sleep unaided or take much work on because the incident has affected my concentration so badly. I am prone to anxiety attacks especially around young adults. I have children who are young adults. These are the kind of people whose company I used to enjoy. Now I avoid them.


I am still every bit as angry as I was when those people attacked me. I still don’t know why they did it, why they are so full of hate for someone they knew nothing about except that I wanted to go to a meeting to hear about some proposed legislation.


The effect of this attack on me has been compounded by the fact that it has been applauded and celebrated by hundreds of people on social media who think I deserved the attack. There are many fabricated versions of events being circulated together with video footage edited to give the impression that I provoked the attack. Some – including, purportedly, one of my assailants – have blatantly lied that I started the attack and this has given rise to a further falsehood that the police were not interested in investigating the incident. In fact, the police have always taken the incident seriously. People purporting to be feminists have been shielding the assailants and have been smearing my character. At the time of writing, only one of the three assailants has been arrested and will be charged. The other two are still to be found.


Because I was chosen pretty much at random to be the target of this assault by someone determined to “fuck some terfs up”, thousands of people who don’t know me are attributing to me views and opinions I simply don’t have. At the moment I feel I’m going to be walking round in a perpetual rage for the rest of my life. I’m a life-long humanist who once had quite a bit of faith in people’s fundamental decency. I no longer have that faith – it has been stolen from me and in that sense this has been a life-shattering event.


And that’s why I expect peak trans is where I’ll stay for the foreseeable future.
 
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