unpacking the transgenderism baggage: #1 separate spaces
July 27, 2008
It must be stressful to have someone as inquisitive as myself not automatically understand all the finer points of transgenderism, and to mention any inconsistancy outloud. I’m sure some feel as if their entire humanity is at risk of being rejected, but that is not the case, unless their entire identity is wrapped up in their genitalia. While I have the utmost sympathy for those feelings and respect the individuals themselves, I’m still not sure why seeking greater understanding is considered so outrageous. If transgenderism made sense, I wouldn’t keep picking at it.
I know they say their entire identity is not contained within their sexual organs, but it does appear to be the case that the transgendered themselves are placing a great deal of emphasis on their own genitalia. I’m just trying to understand why body parts are such a big deal to them. But let’s be clear: they are not upset when people seek understanding, they are only upset when people do not automatically accept everything they say as true.
Anyway, one observation about transgenderism is below, and here’s the beginning of this particular series with the other six observations.
1) NO oppressed group has ever demanded anything other than full human rights. But transfolk are not seeking full humanity, for they already have that entitlement as men; instead, they want the right to be treated as a special class of human. They demand the right to be subdivided into a smaller catagory based on gender, as opposed to wanting inclusion into the largest catagory based on full humanity as all other oppressed groups have wanted.
So those complaining, “how dare you exclude transfolk; that is just like excluding People of Color from places because whites were uncomfortable!” are sadly inaccurate, for they are not comparing apples to apples.
It would only be accurate if we said “People of Color prefer to be subdivided from the largest catagory of humanity into a smaller catagory based on skin pigment, and since they themselves approve of subdivision from some particular group for their own private reasons based on skin pigment then they can’t really complain when some OTHER People of Color want to be subdivided from them for their own private reasons also based on skin pigment.
It makes no difference if either group claims to be more oppressed, because the one being excluded has already indicated subdivision from a group is acceptable and fair. So whining about being locked out of the medium clubhouse when they already demanded exclusion from the biggest clubhouse renders these folks inconsistent. Demanding both inclusion and exclusion privileges for themselves while insisting that all other groups only have one option renders them hypocrites.
It also makes no difference if the medium-excluding group believes the smallest-excluded group are real People of Color or not, for the same reason above. The medium group is just helping the smallest group be consistent and play by the same rules that they inflict onto others.
Suppose lurkers require a translation: Transfolk want to be subdivided from full humanity based on gender. Okay, fine, go for it. Just don’t complain when other genders do it to you, else you’re an ignorant, privileged hypocrite.
 Also, comments #4 and #13 in the comment section explain this in a different way, so it might be easier to understand.