Today, November 20, 2008, is Transgender Remembrance Day

Please take a moment to acknowledge people who have lost their lives, people denied their dignity – even in death, and people who are told, over and over again in a particularly ugly version of a never-ending mad tea party, that they shouldn’t even exist.

Some links:

The Quick and the Dead
How to Mourn
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2008

Angie Zapata and white-hot hatred

Following, and leading up to, the murder of Angie Zapata, the feminist blogosphere has been experiencing a new round of discussions on OMIGOD trans!!! If you want more context, please read this righteous post by Lisa Harney.

To me, some of the eruptions on the topic are reminiscent of “Reefer Madness” or promos for “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” And that’s why I didn’t want to write about them, and still don’t really want to write about them. Because I am in a screamy kind of mood as it is. There’s nothing new I could possibly add, except for maybe a loud ANGIE ZAPATA SHOULD STILL BE ALIVE.

And yes, I believe that many people in the feminist community hate people like Angie Zapata, though they often hide said hate behind sugary bemusement and/or doe-eyed earnestness. This”if trans people only knew their place, they’d be alright” mentality that makes my blood bubble and steam.

Angie Zapata, a teenager, is dead because someone decided that her place was in the grave. Think about it.

Shorter Debs: “I want to be Natalia’s scratching post”

What’s up with the snark lately? Maybe I’m not getting enough love and/or proteins. Or, actually, maybe I’m just freaking tired of trans bigots.

Take Debs. Hey, a lot of the posts on her blog are actually quite useful andinformative, especially if she provides links. Alas, she also has this thing against trans people. Even if she didn’t, I suspect we couldn’t be friends, since Debs wuvs Germaine Greer (and glamorous GG, as you might recall, hates me).

I could give you an in-depth look into the things that I find objectionable about Deb’s brand of feminism. I could point out the many similarities between her rhetoric and the rhetoric of Soviet youth culture, for example, which makes me plain uncomfortable. I could further discuss Debs’ feminism as Original-Sin-turned-on-its-head. I could mention the severe moral and ethical repercussions of exlcuding and even battling trans people, some of the most marginalized folks in modern society.

Or… I could just take the piss. Continue reading “Shorter Debs: “I want to be Natalia’s scratching post””