“As I was saying, the phrase,
‘This may be politically incorrect, but…’, makes me reach for the “delete” key. Why? Because it almost always precedes, a mindless bit of racism or a snotty put-down of women. The cutesy idiom masquerades as disobedience but in fact dismisses consciousness and justifies meanspirited conformity. So-called “political correctness” didn’t weaken feminism, but fear of that label did. Excusing the perpetrator from taking on tough issues, this phobic umbrella shelters a multitude of retreats…”
Author(s): alix dobkin
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 29, No. 8 (august-september 1999), p. 15
No sooner had we recovered from the ubiquitous and nauseating coverage of Bruce Jenner’s public ladypersona transgender identity reveal than the story broke of Rachel Dolezal, a self-identified black woman, Africana Studies professor and Spokane NAACP president who was in fact secretly white. lmao. Social media was predictably all over it like cat hair on my best jeans. Just as the collective cogs started slowly, rustily screeching into an unfavourable comparison between transgenderism and transracialism, the hivemind stepped in to prohibit thinking about it, for compelling reasons like “welp nope“, “nope stop” and “shut up“. The claim that one can identify their way into a group on the basis of its social construction, regardless of the fact that the construct itself is predicated on the physical features of those it’s designed to oppress, is obviously strikingly similar for both Bruce Jenner’s transgenderism…
INTRODUCTION: “There are small changes afoot in laws referring to asylum for gays. But it remains inordinately difficult to find examples that apply to lesbians. Four years ago, I began researching the literature on the torture of lesbians. I was confounded by a severe lack of research. The countries in which the torture of lesbians takes place adhere to very different political forms ranging from socialist to fascist, from secular to fundamentalist. Lesbians are tortured in families, in prisons and in mental asylums…”
Author(s): Susan Hawthorne
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 36, No. 3 (2006), pp. 77-78
INTRODUCTION: “I began my reading of The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male with a full deck of unexamined liberal assumptions: that the concept of a woman trapped in a man’s body was not absurd; that transsexualism was at least consistent with feminism if not essential to it; that alleviation of an individual’s pain took precedence over all else. Jan Raymond’s book prompted the questioning of all these assumptions and raised many fundamental points that I had not considered.”
Author(s): Susanna J. Sturgis and Jan Raymond
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 9, No. 9 (october, 1979), pp. 14-15
“The day of my release, Sue picked me up at the hospital in her ’85 tan Volvo. I felt shame: psych ward, raped, welfare, waiting to get on disability shame. I’d flunked a class. But I had one thing to hold onto: I was alive. That’s it: a breathing, heart-beating animal. As bad as I felt, I still had hope. I was alive, and if I got on disability, I wouldn’t be homeless. Sue drove me to the house I shared with another survivor. I was afraid that nothing would ever be okay. I was afraid I could never overcome what I’d been through. The shrink had told me I would be in and out of the psych ward the rest of my life.
Sue dropped me off; she had to go to work. It was hot, mid-June, sunny. I walked into the entryway; my cat, Cleo, sat curled on the wooden staircase. I was alone. What would happen to me? Would I live or die? I sat down on the stairs, petted Cleo, leafed through my stack of mail piled in a mound on the bottom stair. Bills from the hospital, letters of dropped classes from the university, notifications of bounced checks, bulk mail from a real estate agent, and a Monet postcard. I turned it over.
It was from Andrea. I had written her from the hospital, sent her a poem. And she wrote back. You are a terrific writer, she said. I hope you are back from the hospital and doing okay. Best, Andrea.
I held it against my chest. She believed in me. I could make it.”
Author: Christine Stark
Source: Feminist Studies, Vol. 34, No. 3, The 1970s Issue (Fall, 2008), pp. 584-590
“The prevalence of anti-discrimination legal proceedings filed by self-defined ‘‘trans-women’’ has prompted an increasingly contested question in modern sexual politics — what does transsexualism actually ‘‘transcend’’? It seems that in spite of the 1970s’ radical feminist critique of transsexualism, the phenomena of transsexualism and sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) have proliferated considerably. This increase has, through sheer magnitude, given birth to a broad-based, international movement that is rapidly expanding its fight for acceptance and rights for trans-people. In particular, trans-women are currently claiming their right to participate in, and access the assistance of, women-only events, organizations, and service provisions.
In this paper, I will argue that whereas radical feminist campaigns have sought to break down gender categories, and thus, free women from gender oppression, the protection of gender is imperative to the goals of trans-activists and their supporters…”
Author: Belinda Sweeney
Source: Women’s Studies International Forum 27 (2004) 75– 88
“We assessed ratings of nine themes in commercial pornography to test feminist theory about what is degrading to
women in pornography. Ninety-four female and 89 male college student volunteers rated nine brief excerpts of sexually explicit material. Seven of the nine themes depicted two types of inequalities, active subordination and status
inequality; one theme depicted female indiscriminate availability; and one theme depicted equal sex.
Participants viewed the themes either with or without accompanying definitions. Consistent with feminist theory, both men and women who viewed the excerpts rated active subordination more degrading than status inequalities and both types of
inequalities more degrading than sexually explicit material with equality, with one qualification. Women rated all
inequalities and availability more degrading than equal sex, whereas men rated active subordination themes and
status inequalities more degrading than nonreciprocated sex, female availability, and equal sex.
In general, video clips without the definitions were rated as degrading as those presented with definitions, with some variations in ratings of status inequality themes. Suggestions for future research to assess degrading aspects of pornography are provided.”
Author(s): Gloria Cowan and Kerri F. Dunn
Source: The Journal of Sex Research,Vol. 31, No. 1 (1994), pp. 11-21
“…even if men could be guaranteed that the women they watch have made an unconstrained and “free” choice to participate in making pornography, men viewing and purchasing pornography are still contributing to the demand for pornography, which contributes to creating a world in which women who are not making free choices will be hurt.”
Author(s): Robert Jensen and Karla Mantilla
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2007), pp. 62-63
“If we want to find the place where dissident ideas are squelched or distorted beyond recognition, we would do well to examine the celebrated “free market place of ideas.” That marketplace is no freer or more democratic than any other capitalist marketplace. It is here that feminist and lesbian publishers and bookstores are going out of business at an alarming rate; as are all kinds of independent publishers and bookstores. The men who run the huge corporations that control this market place have a large incentive to limit the availability of ideas that challenge patriarchy, capitalism, or white supremacy in any deep or comprehensive way. If nothing else, people who think radical thoughts have something to give their lives meaning besides the mindless consumption that drives the U.S. economy…”
Author(s): Betsy Brown
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 4 (april 2001), pp. 8-11