You write, "Transsexualism, by its nature, promotes the idea that it is "natural" for boys to play with guns and girls to play with Barbie dolls."
Actually, nobody ever mentioned guns or Barbie dolls at any point that I remember in my treatment. None of the transsexual women of my acquaintance (and I have slept with a number, and am friends with many more) have expressed much of an interest in Barbie dolls.
I have fired an army assault rifle and enjoyed the experience though.
You write, "Think about a world inhabited just by transsexuals. It would look like the set of Grease"
Now here's the thing - if you picked a random "stereotypically feminine" woman on the street, the odds are overwhelmingly the case that she'll be cissexual. Despite social gender stereotypes being perpetuated by billions of cis men and women, with the tiny number of trans people having about as much influence as a cork bobbing about in the wake of a supertanker, all the bad things associated with "gender" are apparently all our responsibility.
Anyway, in my experience the very opposite of what she asserts is true. Almost none of the trans women in my social circle wear makeup routinely, or ever. Lots of them never wear skirts, or heels, etc.. Most of them are employed in traditionally male fields of endeavour, with information technology featuring highly. Furthermore, there should be no need for any of us to justify ourselves like this, but Bindel, the great feminist crusader against prescriptive gender roles, in an act of extreme hypocrisy, seems to have appointed herself chief inspector of the gender police and requires us to prove that we're performing our social gender roles to her satisfaction.
Well, I'll play the game. This is me, right now. I dressed this way this morning before I had any idea her venomous bile was about to be published. Note the lack of "fuck-me" shoes (they're actually men's hiking shoes), makeup, skirt, etc.. Can I go now, Julie?
Oh, sorry, I have longish hair. Yes, you're totally right, it's all true. Pass the Barbie.
You write, "Treatment is brutal"
Not true, they used general anaesthetic.
You write, "Painful laser treatment to remove hair in the beard area".
I'd like to place on record that the last time I had a facial hair removal session, a few weeks ago, I found the experience so traumatic that I nearly fell asleep in the middle of it.
Genital electrolysis stung a bit though.
You write, "A number of transsexuals are beginning to admit that opting for surgery ruined their lives. "I was a messed-up young gay man," says Claudia McClean ..."
I note with interest how it's always Claudia you trot out, Julie. There she was backing you up in your Radio 4 thing, you remember, the one where you managed to single-handedly get most of the trans activists in London together in one room, where many of us met each other for the first time. Thanks for that, by the way. You also had her quoted in your rants against Russell Reid back in 2006/07. Well, fair enough. One is, after all, "a number".
Anyway, what's with the subtext about having female genitalia being some sort of inferior configuration representing a fate worse than death? I know I'm not a celebrated feminist writer like what you are, but that sounds a bit misogynist to me.
(Aside; I think this highlights a problem with the behaviour exhibited by a lot of radical feminists, that of projected internalised misogyny. There seems to be this assumption that anything typically associated with the female, or the feminine is weak inferior and less authentic than anything typically associated with the male, or the masculine. I suspect the specifics of what vaginoplasty involves have little to do with Bindel's apparent disgust - the problem is that it's a procedure which takes something typically associated with maleness and turns it into something typically associated with femaleness, and that's obviously really, really bad and something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.)
You write, "Six weeks later I, along with a police escort, walked past a huge demonstration of transsexuals and their supporters, shouting "Bindel the Bigot""
I was there. We were chanting, "Stonewall, hypocrites!" and, "LGB, where's the T?". We were emphatically not chanting anything with your name in it. Indeed, as one of the stewards of the demo, I can confirm that our policy was to ask anyone who did to stop, as the demo was about Stonewall, not you. Most of us didn't even notice you arrive, although I'm pretty sure there was no police escort (most of the police there were standing around chatting to us, one was kind enough to pose for photographs with a friend of mine who shall remain nameless, but who seems to have a thing for police uniforms).
We were emphatically not chanting "Bindel the Bigot". Sorry if you wanted more attention though - we didn't realise.
Anyway, the entire article is probably only worth reading if you are blessed with a sense of humour of the sort which appreciates bigots engaging in unintentional self-parody. If you find nasty discriminatory ranting just plain unpleasant, it's probably best avoided.
Originally posted at http://auntysarah.dreamwidth.org/21