THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — (I wrote this for The Huffington Post.) You’ll find these “moralists” dwelling in the comments section of mainstream Internet media sites immediately following the publication of any kind of trans-related story. We’ve all seen their vile, hateful, myopic, black-and-white views of gender: “if it was born with a penis, it’s a man” and other similarly ignorant comments dismissing the medical reality that gender was never just two choices to begin with.
(You can also read the article at the HuffPost site: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/sheena-metal-anti-transgender-moralists_b_3621812.html)
A lot of people are born intersex. And many intersex people aren’t even aware of this themselves; their doctors took a quick look after birth and put down either an “M” or an “F,” leaving some wondering later in life why the heck the gender marker on their birth certificate isn’t matching up with what seems obvious below. Many other intersex people are living with obviously vague genitals but have a birth certificate marked with one gender or the other.
Right or wrong, the practice of doctors assigning a gender on a piece of paper has given anti-transgender moralists fertile ground to spread their black-and-white view of gender among the masses in our society. When confronted with the idea of an intersex person, they easily dismiss it because it isn’t quite common knowledge; I mean, doctors are not quite upfront about this document blundering, are they?
Which brings me to Sheena Metal. She’s a popular L.A. radio host, journalist, comic and sometimes-actress. Recently she came out as intersex over the air and in an interview in Gay Star News. What struck me about this is that Sheena says she’s baffled that nobody wants to talk about it. She believes the media isn’t that interested in covering it because “the general public doesn’t really want to understand anything about being intersex.” As for the “intersex community,” Sheena says there isn’t much of one. She asks how one can find others when nobody admits to being intersex.
This piece isn’t a criticism of the intersex community; in fact, it’s far from it. I believe both the transgender community and the intersex community can gain from a higher public profile of the prevalence of intersex people in our society. Not only will this improve the lives of some intersex people who live in the shadows, but it will educate more in our society at large that when it comes to gender, the black-and-white view is another fallacy that we were led to believe.
And most of all, the existence of intersex people throws a huge wrench in the dogma of anti-transgender “moralists,” weakening their ability to create chaos.
Los Angeles Radio Icon Sheena Metal Poses Dilemma for Anti-Trangender ‘Moralists’ | Courtney O’Donnell.
Sheena Metal on the air: http://www.latalkradio.com/Sheena.php
Her most recent film: http://vimeo.com/69158555
The film’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrunoAndEarleneGoToVegas
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Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/
Categories: Discrimination, Equality, Civil Rights, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans, Transphobia, exploitation, dehumanizing, violence, hate
I call this unrealistic pseudo-biologistic image of gender “bodyfashism” or “genitalism”, because it is the attempt to reduce the sex and gender on genitals.
But I think it is not much better to write that a person would be “biologically …” or “born as …” because this is exactly the same bodyfashistic point of view, argumentation, its just to hide this a bit, but at the end, you give the excuses and power back to the same assholes, who will later take away your rights and stab you.
There is no reason to tolerate or even discuss with bodyfashistcally argumenting people, they are misanthropic, ultrasexistic fundamentalists to my point of view.
Everything you suffer as a person that is stigmatized by genitalistic nouns like “transsexual(ist)”, “biological …”, “GID-…”, “transgender” (if you are nothing else than a wrong assigned man or woman) and so on, is because of people spreading this genitalistic propaganda.
So I see no reason for discussion, mercy or tolerance against this repressive dogma that destroyes some thousands of lifes per year completely.
I would also not diffenciate, if your enemys call you “trans” or “intersex” because that is accepting their trick, to accept that they claim that your body would give ANY reason for non acceptance and that ANY shape of ANY body would give em any right to categorize you in any other way than you say you are.
It is never the body or the shape of the body to talk about, it is just non-acceptance and the building of filthy categories that needs to be talked about. And let them talk and categorize because of bodies is just let them take the first step to take away your life, existence and well-being, so you should refuse against this everytime and beat up the gender-cops.
But I also like to emphazise that I think it is the same shit to call anyone a “transgender” or a “intersex” person without asking this person, what (sex) * is. That is just the beginning of foreign determination, sexism and fucking people up with filthy categories they just want to end or reject.