Tuesday, June 09, 2015

bruce's brain just more at home in panties, a bustier, and mascara...,

NYTimes | “My brain is much more female than it is male,” he told her, explaining how he knew that he was transgender.

This was the prelude to a new photo spread and interview in Vanity Fair that offered us a glimpse into Caitlyn Jenner’s idea of a woman: a cleavage-boosting corset, sultry poses, thick mascara and the prospect of regular “girls’ nights” of banter about hair and makeup. Ms. Jenner was greeted with even more thunderous applause. ESPN announced it would give Ms. Jenner an award for courage. President Obama also praised her. Not to be outdone, Chelsea Manning hopped on Ms. Jenner’s gender train on Twitter, gushing, “I am so much more aware of my emotions; much more sensitive emotionally (and physically).”

A part of me winced.

I have fought for many of my 68 years against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes, to reduce us to hoary stereotypes. Suddenly, I find that many of the people I think of as being on my side — people who proudly call themselves progressive and fervently support the human need for self-determination — are buying into the notion that minor differences in male and female brains lead to major forks in the road and that some sort of gendered destiny is encoded in us.

That’s the kind of nonsense that was used to repress women for centuries. But the desire to support people like Ms. Jenner and their journey toward their truest selves has strangely and unwittingly brought it back.

People who haven’t lived their whole lives as women, whether Ms. Jenner or Mr. Summers, shouldn’t get to define us. That’s something men have been doing for much too long. And as much as I recognize and endorse the right of men to throw off the mantle of maleness, they cannot stake their claim to dignity as transgender people by trampling on mine as a woman.

Their truth is not my truth. Their female identities are not my female identity. They haven’t traveled through the world as women and been shaped by all that this entails. They haven’t suffered through business meetings with men talking to their breasts or woken up after sex terrified they’d forgotten to take their birth control pills the day before. They haven’t had to cope with the onset of their periods in the middle of a crowded subway, the humiliation of discovering that their male work partners’ checks were far larger than theirs, or the fear of being too weak to ward off rapists.

For me and many women, feminist and otherwise, one of the difficult parts of witnessing and wanting to rally behind the movement for transgender rights is the language that a growing number of trans individuals insist on, the notions of femininity that they’re articulating, and their disregard for the fact that being a woman means having accrued certain experiences, endured certain indignities and relished certain courtesies in a culture that reacted to you as one.


CNu said...

What does the "vampire squid" have to do with this douchebag writer's costly status-seeking and subsequent refusal to pay back those who lent him the money to acquire the status which Columbia degrees confer?

This oxygen-thieving sack of pus needs to be publicly caned and have his assets seized and liquidated to pay back what he owes (with all interest and penalties!) As for Columbia's exhorbitent tuition, the marketplace will take care of that in due order.

rohan said...

Should we consider Bruce an old cross-dresser, an out lesbian, or just another effeminate homosexual in drag?

rohan said...

SeeNew!!! Stop telling yourself that Janet has the cutest little Adam's apple and snap the phug out of it!!!

CNu said...

lol, I have no earthly idea concerning its sexual proclivities - firmly believing these to be degenerate no matter how or with whom they're expressed. As far as its identity goes, I'ma go with old drag queen doing a hellafied Jessica Lange impersonation.

CNu said...


John Kurman said...

I'm gonna go with manwich.

CNu said...

Tap your brakes brother, wikipedia say different: In June 2015, Jenner debuted her new name and image, and marked using feminine pronoun self-descriptors.[5] Her transition is the subject of an eight-part TV documentary series that will premiere in July 2015. While she has undergone some cosmetic surgery as part of transitioning, she has not undergone genital reassignment surgery, but has not ruled it out either; she said that life as a woman is primarily a matter of mental state and lifestyle.[77] She said she has never been attracted to men and had exclusively been attracted to women before her transition, but now identifies as asexual.[78][79]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caitlyn_Jenner

Vic78 said...

We could have free college in the U.S. The problem is that Americans are too stupid to make it happen.

makheru bradley said...

President Obama is supportive of Caitlyn Jenner's transformation from Bruce Jenner, the White House spokesman said Tuesday."The president does believe that Caitlyn Jenner has shown tremendous courage, as she has undergone this transition in a very public way," said press secretary Josh Earnest. "And that's worthy of our respect."Earnest said the president supports the views expressed by the "Barack Obama" Twitter feed operated by the political group Organizing For Action, which said: "It takes courage to share your story."

Perpetrate a fraud for the first 64 years of your life, and suddenly you’re courageous because you’re riding a wave of pathological pop culture. This has nothing to do with courage. It fits the power narrative of the cabal which created the LBGT category.

American society is a sick society.

Dale Asberry said...

It's all about debt slavery and the vampire squid's tentacles reaching into higher education where competence is the objective. I see the author as an active protester.

CNu said...

He's a free-lance writer for chrissakes! If higher-ed hadn't puffed itself up like a peacock, and I suppose one could surmise that puffery and prestige in higher-ed is somehow related to ill-gotten puffery and prestige in the financial sector, then tuition might not be so exorbitant, and consequently, student loan debt not so high.

That said, this punk is nothing more than a thief and a parasite and the NYTimes article was highly irresponsible.