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TWO GENDERS

Filed at 8:20 am under by dcobranchi

It’s a bit of a long story that I might blog about soon, but I ended up on extreme wingnut Phyllis Schafly’s website. There I learned all sorts of interesting “facts” about the feminist agenda. I also learned that I’ve been wrong in thinking all these years that the two genders were male and female. Under Obama, they’ve been redefined:

Appoint feminists to key positions in all the federal departments and strive for gender balance (i.e., fifty percent feminists) throughout the government… Many Americans don’t understand what it means to be a feminist. Now we know. The premier feminist organization, NOW, has defined feminism for us.

11 Responses to “TWO GENDERS”


Comment by
Lisa G.
February 1st, 2009
at 11:53 am

Ugh. Won’t she go away already?

I bet trans*folk never figure into her rhetoric. Or even cross her mind, for that matter.

Two genders, my foot.


Comment by
dcobranchi
February 1st, 2009
at 1:12 pm

Well, I said “two genders.” She said that there would be gender equality with 50% feminists. I suppose she could have meant 50% of the feminist gender and 50% all others. Riiiiight. 🙂


Comment by
sam
February 1st, 2009
at 2:37 pm

Interesting that this should come up as I’ve been sort of thinking about the idea of gender a good bit lately. My own consideration of gender doesn’t really fit in here with the ideas of feminists and not feminists, and really, it’s the sort of thing I should write about at my own place, but I haven’t been very good at that lately. Maybe I’m spending too much time thinking about gender.

Also, I’m with Lisa, two genders my foot!


Comment by
JJ
February 1st, 2009
at 8:14 pm

Do feet have gender? 😉


Comment by
Lisa G.
February 2nd, 2009
at 12:58 am

I also guess it never occurred to her that there are men who are feminists.

Hey sam, there’s a good bit of theory out there about how pushing for trans rights will further the cause of feminism (i.e. the eradication of sexism) a lot. Also, queer rights in general, especially marriage. Which would be a gay marriage: a FTM non-op married to a cisgendered man or FTM non-op married to a cisgendered woman? You see how silly the argument starts to look?


Comment by
speedwell
February 2nd, 2009
at 1:29 am

I used to have opinions about gender identity. Then I found out, at the age of 30 or so, that my first serious college boyfriend had divorced his wife and became a woman. She is in a permanent relationship with another transwoman. They identify as lesbians. Blew my little mind right away.

It’s not so bad. Sometimes I have a hard time wrapping my head around it; sometimes I write her a letter and we groove out for a bit. She’s precious to put up with the dumb old ex who’s still sort of in shock. Really she’s the same free spirit and all-around massively decent person as always and I would fight anyone who said a damn thing to hurt her feelings.


Comment by
dcobranchi
February 2nd, 2009
at 7:09 am

Lisa–

For the unenlightened among us (i.e., me), could you please explain what FTM and cisgendered mean? In chemistry, cis is the opposite of trans. Is it the same nomenclature here?


Comment by
Lisa G.
February 2nd, 2009
at 7:03 pm

Heh, sorry!

FTM – Female to Male
MTF – Male to Female
non-op – hasn’t had, and doesn’t plan to have, any transitioning operations.
cisgendered – not transgendered. It’s not my favorite word, but it’s the one most people use.

I also recommend being familiar with genderqueer and genderfuck – both of which are explained well over at wikipedia.


Comment by
ElectricBarbarella
February 3rd, 2009
at 8:31 am

Let’s try this again..I once had an uber religious homeschool mom ask me this question:

“How can their marriage be legal if he was once a woman? That means they are both lesbians, not man and wife”

I tried to explain to her that once surgery is completed “she” is no longer female, but legally male and thus, their marriage is legal and they are not two lesbians.

She couldn’t grasp this concept. She said that while they changed the outside, they didn’t change the mind or the inside, which still makes her female in her mind.

My head just exploded and I ended the conversation. Delusions are not as wonderful as I thought.


Comment by
AztecQueen2000
February 3rd, 2009
at 6:45 pm

Okay, let me get this straight.
We should encourage women to go back to work if they are on welfare, but cut funmding for daycare and Head Start programs that would make such a return possible.
We should disallow contraceptives and abortion, then cut SCHIP benefits for the babies that come from a lack of contraception.
Also, coorect me if I’m wrong, but aren’t most pro baseballl players male? And aren’t most teachers female? Who makes more money? Who should make more money?


Comment by
dcobranchi
February 3rd, 2009
at 10:00 pm

You actually read Schlafly’s column? Call 911 immediately before your head explodes. 🙂