Behind the scenes disputes have been going on in the trans world since the beginning of the 21st century and the rise of the transgender paradigm. Transsexualism is being made to disappear under the avalanche of transgenderism—largely post Virginia Prince, Ph.D. as of the 21st century. It wasn’t even mentioned in Caitlyn Jenner’s book The Secrets of My Life.
I support equality for all people. But that does not make all things a variation of one thing. The transgender coalition is a political union of different things that plays down individual issues, but it is not my politic; I prefer a phenomenological view so that people may be themselves.
Example arguments made against transsexualism existing as such are below.
1. Extreme: “Transsexual is just an extreme transgender with an extra surgery.” No; that references phenomena. Someone can be transgender with that SRS “final surgery,” but that is not transsexualism. We’re not the same thing in the head with different genitals. Sex and gender are different things; transsexual and transgender are about different things. Transgenders make it about gender identity, gender role in society, because that’s transgenderism. But transsexuals and transgenders are opposite each other in sex identity (as male or female), sex expression (genitalia), and sex response (as male or female). and that deserves recognition as much as any male vs. female. Transgender living would have killed me.
2. Continuum: “There are so many variations, where would you draw the line? There’s a spectrum.” There are many variations, more than most people realize because the transgender coalition plays down much of what it’s about. You may not be able to see the difference between colors of 6,600 and 6,700 Angstroms, but many colors are distinctly different, worthy of recognition: Red is not yellow is not blue.
3. Marginalizing: “You shouldn’t say “transsexual”; “transsexual is a slur.” I’ve been told this to my face, and I periodically refute these on Twitter, elsewhere. That is demeaning, hurtful. I am not a slur. I should be able to say who and what I am without fear, to accept myself and be recognized as much as anyone else.
4. Agreement: “But we’ve all agreed.” Not true. That’s a hope, fantasy, the transgender view in advocacy for its stance. Transgenders are the largest group, the best funded, but we exist, also. Transgender radicals slam dissent from public figures, legislators, researchers and corporations—and pressure them to use “gender,” not physical sex references—who often give in and make life harder for us to be ourselves.
5. Appearance: “We look the same.” Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Appearing similar on the outside does not mean similar on the inside: All Asians are not Chinese.
6. Common Element: “We all change gender.” (1) The transgender paradigm doesn’t just make it about gender; it also denies and decries physical sex issues. For example: Gender is part of my transition, but I’m about something much more; living transgender would have killed me (see Chapter 4); our physical sex issues are opposite. Many of us live or die, based on this. (2) Transgenders cross clothes, so why aren’t they transvestites? Because they’re doing something much more significant than that—same reason transsexuals aren’t transgender.
7. Elitism: “You think you’re better than us.” No, just different. No human is worth more than another. Sex issues are simply different from gender issues.
8. Exclusion: “You’re excluding us.” No. It’s not a club. These terms are descriptive of phenomena; “transgender” is also used as a political orientation. We’re just different.
9. Homology: “Genitals are homologous” [the same, same source or structure]. Really? No. That is a transgender view, again, and using gender conflated with sex. After differentiation, physical sex tissues are very different, even opposite. And to expand from there, a penis certainly is no vagina. One is not compatible with the other in ideation, which relates to our high suicide rate.
10. A Majority: “There are more of us than there are you.” Believe it or not, I’ve heard this one, too, which belies the basic concept of minority rights as if we’ve learned nothing.
11. Unity: “We have to stand together.” Sounds good, but why not as fellow trans people of our different kinds? Why must it be under the banner of just one of the sub-groups of all trans people, “transgender,” others having to bend their issues to fit? Why must it be about gender all the time, obfuscating physical sex issues? Because the larger group is dominating transsexualism out of fear. If transsexualism is recognized, the next question is, “What’s the difference,” and then hidden qualities or quantities are highlighted. Transgenders fear rejection, so they hide not wanting to be the other sex.
12. Timeliness: “You’re old fashioned.” I’ve been actively in this since the 1970s, switched in 1981, but I’ve been seeing the transgender paradigm take a path of obfuscation and subterfuge largely since the beginning of the 21st century. I advocate for openness, that transgenders and transsexuals alike sell the truth of their phenomena, not hide their sexuality so a stigma may be quieted or to help other people hide theirs. Truth is not old fashioned; hiding is based on fear.
13. Accusations: “If you disagree, you’re transphobic!” No. It is harsh and cruel to label people with a phobia because they disagree—the cry of insecurity or outright pressure to make people stop disagreeing, a technique of radicals. In my case, I point out that sex and gender are different things, that we hurt ourselves in life if we hide major issues, that the transgender paradigm encourages, even demands, that kind of hiding of sex/sexuality issues, so I encourage people to embrace themselves, own their real issues. Only then can society begin to adjust to what we really are. Only then can real social inclusion and acceptance be eventually gained.
14. Physical Threats: I’ve gotten those, too, for existing or sharing my own views—and from people who demand acceptance for difference. It’s because of their fear, insecurity. Acceptance of self is primary, before you can ask for acceptance from others.