|“nonbinary” binarist: I’m here to subvert the gender binary!|
|Feminist: That’s great! So you want to help people be comfortable in the bodies they have, without depending on capitalistic BigMedPharma?|
|“nonbinary” binarist: Wait what? Gatekeeping is wrong and bad because suicide!|
|Feminist: But surely, you encourage kids to wear and do what they like, without telling them they must be the opposite sex?|
|“nonbinary” binarist: Obviously a 2-year-old girl who doesn’t like barrettes needs his trans identity validated! (*eyeroll*) And don’t call me Shirley, can’t you see I identify as masculine today?|
|Feminist: Hmmmm. So you oppose the abuse of women by and in pornography and prostitution?|
|“nonbinary” binarist: Hell no, that shit is sexxaay!|
|Feminist: But you must support efforts against harms to women and girls like genital mutilation, child marriage, and “honor” killings?|
|“nonbinary” binarist: Islamophobe!|
|Feminist: So you’re completely on board with every single harmful, sexist abuse ever invented by the patriarchy. How exactly are you “subverting the gender binary” again?|
|“nonbinary” binarist: You’re literally murdering me!! I hope you get raped!|
Polk County (Texas, USA) Sherriff Grady Judd had this to say about the men arrested in this sting:
When a 60-year-old man wants to have sex with a 10-year-old child, those are the most dangerous of the dangerous.
Sex is not work, sex is not a right, and raping children is most certainly none of the above.
…but only because you can’t always tell by looking. A few minutes of chitchat should be plenty though.
They may as well use this poster for 99.8% of the excreta of male writers and directors, since even movies named after women aren’t about the woman.
Case in point:
Meryl Streep is one of the finest actors of her generation. Presumably these guys paid for the privilege of having her grace their movie — and then they waste her talents by making Florence into a glorified mannequin to be posed by mediocre-on-his-best-day Hugh Grant?
We learn almost nothing about Florence except the few facts needed to create sympathy for her and mitigate the spoiled-rich-lady-using-her-fortune-to-insulate-herself-from-reality image the character otherwise might have projected. There are hints of Florence’s intriguing past — she played the piano for the president as a child! She was performing in a “violet velvet dress” the night she met Mr Bayfield! She got her own apartment as a young woman despite her father’s objections! We’d like to know more about these experiences — maybe a flashback or two? We’d like a better picture of how Florence sees herself, how she understands her ability, and what motivates her performances. We’d like to see her interacting with a female friend, perhaps, (Bechdel test fail) or exchanging more than two sentences with her Irish lady’s maid, or really having contact with anyone other than her sycophantic, wishy-washy husband or her smug, ambitious accompanist.
But no. It’s so much more important to show Hugh Grant getting wasted and dancing with someone else’s wife in the apartment Florence pays for, or cavorting in golden-sunshine-washed Long Island meadows with his lover (played by a woman 23 years younger than Grant*). We must foreground the sweet, self-sacrificing actions “Whitey” performs to protect Florence from herself. God forbid a man lowering himself to care for a woman (the way women worldwide take care of men every day) not get center stage in a movie that’s not about him. Because old fat ladies are boring and it’s a sausage party after all!
I love you Meryl. I hate you BBC.
Oh, and yes:
FEMALES ARE HOT DOG BUNS.
Whoever thought this up, may you burn in hell.
* I will say that in a rare and unusual departure for the movie business, Streep is 11 years older than Grant.
Shere Khan has a class analysis.
Shere Khan knows that humans constitute a class that has held itself above all nonhumans, with disastrous consequences for animals and the natural world as a whole.
Mowgli is human. Regardless of any feelings Mowgli may have of being a wolf or whether he identifies with the wolf pack who raised him, his humanness is a biological fact. Raksha’s stereotypical protectiveness of Mowgli does not change this fact. Neither does Baloo’s self-interested affection or Bagheera’s paternalistic fussing.
And how do we know this? What evidence do we have of Mowgli’s human nature?
The fact that, despite his feral upbringing, despite his isolation from humans, and despite repeated warnings that “the red flower destroys everything it touches,” when his own sack is in the vise, Mowgli barely hesitates before grasping the power of his people, decimating the jungle, and endangering the lives of everyone he claims to love — leaving those he’s victimized to resolve the crisis he created.
Understand: I am not saying that Mowgli’s behavior is *caused* by his biology. I *am* saying that his social relationships, and hence his upbringing and acculturation, are inevitably shaped by the fact of his biology. All the animals know that he is a “man cub” and treat him accordingly. Mowgli knows that he is a human, he knows what behavior is right and expected for a human, and so that is how he chooses to behave. He could have chosen to behave otherwise; but he has been unable to free his mind so his ass could follow.
Shere Khan may sound nuts to you, but he has PTSD from taking a burning branch to the face. Mowgli’s father’s brutalization gives Shere Khan insight into human-animal relationships — beyond his personal animosity and desire for revenge — that may not be obvious to others. But you can see his point if you look past the dominant narrative and give his story a little thought.
Hello Hollywood — isn’t it 2016? Whoever is responsible for the revival of this drivel, for the indoctrination of another generation of children into this twisted pathological anthropomorphism, deserves to spend eternity having TED talks by wildlife conservation experts projected onto the inside of their eyelids.
And also, the only character you could imagine re-sexing was Kaa, into a one-scene, predatory, seductively murderous female? Fuck you Disney, for real.
Yet another divide in #TeamTrans. Pigs in Wigs vs. The Passers. The gender crit trans tend to skew younger and more passable. More likely to be dysmorphic and gay. Pigs in Wigs are older, couldn’t pass if they were Joe Montana and het. Basically the PIW have appropriated the trans identity for the purpose of sexual gratification, and the Passers (rightfully) resent them for it. (Ironic, I know, since the Passers have appropriated womanhood from actual females).
My guess is that the Passers understand perfectly well that the PIWs are totally undermining any chance they have for acceptance, plus, at least one poster on Tumblr asserts they make a habit of exploiting and perving on the younger Passers. They also understand that the PIWs are homophobic as hell and hate them even more than they hate women. Given the PIWs propensity for violence they’re probably as dangerous to the Passers as they are to actual women. (Indeed the library where New Narratives met had to hire extra security.) Passers also know that heightened attention to #TeamTrans is bad news because it brings them under greater scrutiny. The whole purpose of being a Passer is to you know, pass. Very few trans are up to that level of scrutiny and they know it.
Being gay men for the most part, the Passers understand that at a certain level respectability politics must be adhered to. Much like gay men realized that running around at Pride in a g-string didn’t benefit them nearly as much as making an effort to adhere to social mores, thus Marriage Equality was born. Most folks went from thinking of gays as freaky men fucking each other in the ass, to that nice couple that always brings the potato salad to potluck. And my, doesn’t their yard look nice! The Passers know they stand a good chance of that same level of acceptance, indeed many already have it. Except for one problem, the PIWs. Being het white men, with money to boot, the PIWs have been socialized to believe they are entitled to anything they goddamned well please. They are about dominance and forcing others to their will. That’s what they get off on. They’re white men dammit and it’s their way or no way at all.
Here’s the problem; from what I’ve seen most people seem to believe that most trans are Passers when in fact most are PIW and freaky as fuck, to boot. Obviously it would be smart for the Passers to work toward getting rid of the PIW, but they seem incapable of doing so, presumably because they’re well-to-do white men. This whole Planet Fitness debacle is pretty much the worst thing that could happen for #TeamTrans as it makes people more aware of their dirty little secret. It’ll be interesting to see how the whole thing shakes out.
OMG. All I can say is “Thank you.”