Well, it has certainly been a revolting couple of days here at Twisty HQ. The righteous indignation emanating from every cranny, including the cranny I at this moment inhabit, is making my boob scars itch.
One thing is clear: I can’t stop people from having stupid ideas.
I can’t even stop myself from having’em. And here are a few on the subject of feminist revolution, the promotion of which, by the way, despite the occasional foray into sport corsets and the hypocrisy of Oprah Winfrey which are the result of my fun but ultimately obfuscatory fascination with the existing false patriarchal “reality,” is ultimately the goal of this blog. A brief explication of a relevant facet of my current working theory of feminist revolution may help clarify why I believe that both those who advocate an exclusionary woman-born-woman view, and the transactivists calling bullshit on what is by any definition bigotry (as well as every other living human being), are all targets of the same deeply entrenched, deeply corrupt paradigm.
Patriarchy derives its precious bodily fluids from enforced binary sex roles. The ultimate result of this binarism is an oppressive heteronormative matrix. Within this matrix, binary gender, which functions, with its attendant phallogocentric mythology, as the rationalization for a system of domination and submission, is artificially fixed.
For example, woman, as a concept, relies for its meaning not on invisible chromosomes doled out at conception by Mother Nature, but on a cultural understanding of preexisting conditions of heteronormativity, patriarchy, romantic feelings about aching ovaries, pseudoscientific notions focusing to the exclusion of all else on genitalia, etc. The context of patriarchy is necessary to define woman.
The thing is — and I believe this is the reason feminism is dead in the water — not all humans who identify or are identified as women, regardless of chromosomes or extant genitalia and despite the ubiquity of misogyny in all its colorful guises, share a common, unified experience. For example, the dominant culture identifies me as a woman because I am clearly not a “man.” However, I currently experience this “womanhood” from the decidedly non-universal perspective of a privileged, educated, middle-aged, mostly celibate, skinny, honky American dyke with no sex organs, no estrogen, no nuclear family, a limp, and a faint mustache. A thousand other apt descriptors (I’m funny, I don’t “bleed”, I don’t do housework, I’m not “good with kids”) differentiate me from the universal “woman.” What am I really? Just a mutilated woman? A spinster aunt? Why not a trans man?
Why, indeed, must I be any “thing” at all?
In a post-revolutionary society, the core development that, above all else, must obtain is the dissolution of these oppressive binary sex roles. This must extend to the dissolution of biology as a determining factor of identity.
Without the patriarchal binary sex role paradigm to enforce my status, I would be just what I am. Not woman. Not man. Not “something in between.” I would be merely a realized consciousness delimited by organic matter. So would you.
This is what I mean when I say that gender can not survive the revolution.