The debate around transgenderism and feminism feels as though it’s getting ever-more heated. Journalist, Michelle Goldberg, wrote about the rift recently for The New Yorker, explaining the crux of …
On August 11th BBC’s Newsnight had planned a discussion on retired boxing promoter Frank Maloney’s announcement that she is in the process of transitioning and is now known as Kellie Maloney, and more generally, what it means to “identify as a woman.” A number of gender critical feminists had declined the invitation to join the discussion out of fear that the response to their arguments and views would be extremely hostile.
Miranda Yardley, a transwoman who takes a gender critical approach to transgenderism and feminism, made herself available to participate in the conversation with two journalists: Paris Lees, a transwoman and Fred McConnell, a transman. At the last minute, both Lees and McConnell pulled out of the debate and the show was cancelled.
I spoke with Yardley about what happened, as well as, more broadly, her experiences as a transwoman, what it means to be a gender critical transwoman, and her perspective on trans activism today.
Might be a little dark for some, but as someone who battles with depression I find this hilarious.
A funny and accurate depiction of those dreadful days when you feel like you can’t even move without messing it up- this is usually the end result.
NOTE: In 2008 the non-transgender Feminist/Radical Feminist community popularized the term Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) as a way to identify a group, primarily focused on targeting transgender people in the name of Radical Feminism - as being non-representative of Radical Feminism itself. It is out of respect for these feminists that I’ve used their terminology to differentiate between Radical Feminists icons like Monique Wittig and Andrea Dworkin and TERFs like Sheila Jeffreys and Janice Raymond.
Many in the feminist and trans communities have come to view the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MWMF) as a microcosm of the larger Radical Feminist vs TERF vs Trans battle that’s been raging since the 1970s.
TERFs began to colonize the RadFem identity as early as 1973 at Radical Feminism’s biggest event: the West Coast Lesbian Conference. The conference was specifically trans-inclusive, but TERFs disrupted the event, demanding that trans attendees be removed. TERF icon Robin Morgan incited violence by telling the TERFs to “deal with” a trans women who was known to be in attendance. When a group of TERFs tried to physically assault the trans woman, Radical Feminists stepped in to protect the trans woman. Instead of beating the trans woman, the TERFs instead beat the Radical Feminists. After the TERF violence, the conference still voted to remain a trans inclusive space, but the trans woman left the conference to avoid further TERF violence and disruption to the conference.
Trans Latinas in Hollywood - Yesterday and Today
- Holly Woodlawn (on the left)
Born October 26, 1946, Holly Woodlawn is a Puerto Rican transgender actress and former Warhol superstar, who appeared in his movies Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1972). In 1970 she received word from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that George Cukor, supported by others, was petitioning the Academy to nominate her for best actress for her work in Trash, however, nothing came of this campaign. Woodlawn continued her acting career throughout the 70’s, but finally moved back to Miami when further acting opportunities halted. In the early 2000s Woodlawn returned to show business, performing in sold-out cabaret shows in New York and Los Angeles . She continues to travel with her cabaret show, most recently appearing in Kraków and London in 2008. Holly currently resides in West Hollywood. [x]
- Harmony Santana (on the right)
Harmony Santana is an American film actress. She is most noted for her appearance in the 2011 film Gun Hill Road, for which she garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a major acting award in the United States. Harmony is of mixed Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage. [x]
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, arrested a black LGBT activist and former state Senate candidate Monday, saying that he violated a city ordinance by distributing literature about voting rights and candidates on parked cars.
A member of Toronto’s transgender community says she’s facing rampant discrimination in her job search.
Why do white people own so many pets?
Because we’re not allowed to own people anymore.
What is the scariest thing about a white person in prison?
You know he did it.
how many Chicago cops does it take to change a light bulb? None, they just beat the room for being black.”
A good looking 50 year old white man is trying to get laid on reality TV. What show are you watching?
To catch a predator.
Why do white girls travel in groups of three or five?
They can’t even
What do you call 64 white people in a room? A full blooded Cherokee.
at dinner last night, a coworker was talking about hanging out with his white friends and getting fed up with the racist jokes, and asked them to tell a white people joke. nobody had any, so he googled and found these. after a few of them, people were a lot less comfortable.
white folks, next time you hear a racist joke, maybe lead with one of these in response. tag this “I’m white” when you reblog it, if you are.