Transmen are not real men. It has nothing to do with eating quiche, either.
We’ve spent a lot of time on this blog discussing transwomen (it’s one word, by the way, not two.) But as yet, I’ve said very little about transmen. (Again, one word.) Essentially, transmen don’t exist. They are in fact lesbians with a social desire to appear as men. In the classic profile, this was consistent with their sexuality: to attract female partners, they wish to appear to be men. However, this is a social impulse rather than a sexual one.
Gender fluidity has come much under the spotlight recently. It has been suggested that there are ‘thousands of genders’, ’98 genders’, that ‘gender is a spectrum of gradations’ and even that it doesn’t exist. Yet if you walk down the street in any part of the world, you will see two genders. So how can this be?
This baffling conundrum is what you get when people don’t do enough research. In fact, BOTH the binary model and the gender-spectrum model are valid; but their relationship is being wilfully misunderstood.
In large parts of the world, but best documented in South America and Asia, the principal gender division is not between men and women but between men and ‘not-men’. I have referred to this in other pieces and it was well described by Prof Don Kulick in his 1996 book ‘Travesti’. Continue reading Men, not-men and neckbearders: a gender conundrum→
There are two distinct types of ‘trans woman’ — transsexuals and transvestite autogynephiles. These are people born male who present as women. Other than that, the two types have no similarity to each other. However, this has been deliberately confused by individuals in one of these types, to advantage themselves at the expense of the other, and also to harm women. This has caused widespread misunderstanding. We need a field guide. Continue reading Transvestite autogynephiles and transsexuals→
The brain sex argument claims that people born male may present, later in life, in feminine appearance, because they have ‘women’s brains’. This has been debunked so often it hurts, but apparently we have to keep making the point, because so many of these mutts just keep banging on about it.
Over the last few decades, particularly in schools and academia, strong masculine role models have been suppressed in favour of emasculated ones. This, today, has led to a situation where the majority of teachers, outside the hard sciences, engineering and maths, are either women or emasculated, effete men.
When I returned to university in 2010 to complete my Master’s I was shocked to see the extent to which this corrosion had progressed — and that was in Scotland. Not only were a majority of teachers either women or emasculated males, the few remaining masculine males were marginalised. There were, literally, no straight male role models. (I became one.)
In other parts of the world, this is a hundred times worse. It is obvious that academia in the US and, increasingly, elsewhere, has been infected by an anti-male social cancer which insists that everything male is bad and everything female is not just better, but so much better that maleness itself must be destroyed.