Off Our Backs: Letters Page, April 2000

‘No More Co-optation’ and ‘Anger over Transsexuals’ by Bev Jo

‘Criticisms on Target’ by Beth Natale

Author(s): bev jo, beth natale, andy greenwood, linda strega and alix greenwood

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 4 (april 2000), pp. 17-18

Off Our Backs – Letters Pages (Link)


‘The Emperor’s New Gender’ by Alix Dobin

“You know that glazed look certain born-again Christians get in their eyes when they’re not listening? Or how voices of loud-mouthed Republican politicians and TV pundits get even louder to outshout the opposition? To foreclose debate defends the fainthearted against perceived attack, even when no attack is intended. Beloved tactic of cowards and bullies everywhere, shutting down discussion stymies challenges to the firmly held, vulnerable doctrine of the True Believer. Thus
does insecurity unite with bluster to frustrate education’s advance.”

Author(s): Alix Dobkin

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 4 (April 2000), p. 14

The Emperor’s New Gender (Link)

(Photo from an exhibition by artist, Scott King, in Glasgow 2014)

Men in Ewes’ Clothing: The Stealth Politics of the Transgender Movement

“Backlash is everywhere these days. Its latest manifestation is the transgender movement, which is wreaking havoc among lesbians, liberals and other so-called progressives. It comes right on the heels of (and is no doubt born of) postmodernism. Once again, we’ve been had. This movement presents itself as radical, indeed as the most radical thing going, but it is really an insidious form of paralyzing liberalism which translates into ultra-conservatism in action. I know these are strong statements but…”

Author(s): Jennie Ruby and Karla Mantilla

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 4 (April 2000), pp. 5, 8-9, 12

The Stealth Politics of the Transgender Movement (Link)