What Is A Women? Fuck If I know

Ah, summertime.

Yesterday brought the first cool and rainy day of the season. Today brought the first sunny and hot as fuck day of the season.

“What in the hell does this have to do with?! . . . “

Absolutely nothing.

Many people are calling out “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling for a series of anti-trans tweets on Saturday afternoon.

Rowling’s latest controversy began when she commented on an article from Devex, a media platform for the global development community, titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”

“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted.

J.K. Rowling Gets Backlash Over Anti-Trans Tweets

Goddammit.

It’s a good thing that lefties aren’t generally keen on reacting by burning shit (recent events notwithstanding), because there would be a whole lot fewer Harry Potter books out in the world. Which would be a shame, because I love the series. I grew up with it, and it will always have a place near and dear to my heart.

It’s creator, however . . . not so much.

People on Twitter immediately called Rowling’s comments “anti-trans” and “transphobic” as transgender people, non-binary people and gender-nonconforming people can also menstruate. Rowling followed that tweet up by criticizing the idea that someone’s biological sense isn’t real.

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she wrote. “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense.”

The first thing that comes to mind is the question, what is sex?

Sex refers to a set of biological attributes in humans and animals. It is primarily associated with physical and physiological features including chromosomes, gene expression, hormone levels and function, and reproductive/sexual anatomy. Sex is usually categorized as female or male but there is variation in the biological attributes that comprise sex and how those attributes are expressed.

Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, expressions and identities of girls, women, boys, men, and gender diverse people. It influences how people perceive themselves and each other, how they act and interact, and the distribution of power and resources in society. Gender identity is not confined to a binary (girl/woman, boy/man) nor is it static; it exists along a continuum and can change over time. There is considerable diversity in how individuals and groups understand, experience and express gender through the roles they take on, the expectations placed on them, relations with others and the complex ways that gender is institutionalized in society.

https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/48642.html

That gives me a nice rounded answer. Which makes me think that Rowling is confused on her terms.

She added that she respects trans people’s right to live comfortably and later struck out at people calling her a TERF, a trans-exclusionary radical feminist.

“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so,” she added.

The LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD responded to Rowling’s comments, saying the author has aligned herself with an ideology that “willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.

This isn’t the first time Rowling has come under fire for this, either. Mistaken judgements happen. Hell, when it comes to a topic as fluid as this, one should punish ignorance to a minimum. That is, assuming you are dealing with a good-faith actor who actively wants to learn.

Considering that Rowling has now openly starting equating her critiques as hated against women, I think it is safe to say that the book is closed as far as she goes. I’m not going to call as far as calling her a TERF, because I don’t know if it is truly fitting (and being pinned into camps is irritating). I will simply say that this is . . . unfortunate.

What is a woman? What does it mean to be a woman?

I don’t know.

I don’t know what it means to be a woman from a cis-gendered point of view. I don’t know what it means to be a woman from a . . . a more gender-fluid point of view.

Realistically, I don’t care.

Gay. Straight. Trans. Queer. Fluid. Two-spirited. Non-binary.

All of this affects but one person. NOT ME.

I live in a fairly conservative (many would say, backwards) part of Canada. Everything between the boreal forest and the Rocky Mountains tends to be quite . . . traditional, really (with every flavour, from Oklahoma to Texas).
One aspect of life that is fairly common, however, is concern over things that don’t matter.

First of all . . . orientations DO matter. Just not at ALL, to any of these people. Which is why it’s interesting that it always becomes such a big deal to these folk. If it’s not for the safety of the children (“SEE! WE TOLD YOU!!” *cackles gleefully*), then it’s just a matter of preference (“Eww, that’s disgusting!”). 

I’ll let the Soprano’s do the talking.

Just for clarification, the conversations about issues ranging from homosexuals to trans issues that I happen across DON’T always go down this way. This is nowhere near a normal where I live. However, my city has had at least 1 instance of murder based around sexual orientation, so such things are certainly not alien to here (and anywhere similar). Not to mention that the murder of trans people is far more common than it should be, as illustrated by . . . take your pick.

Either way. . . All of this. I don’t get it.

In the episode of the Sopranos, Vito was eventually murdered and assaulted . . . though not by Tony. Instead, by Vito’s father in law, who took it all as an afront to his family honour or some shit like that.
Yes, it is fiction . . . none the less, everyone involved did a superb job of exploring the issue of closeted adult homosexuality to a depth that few producers could ever hope to match. HBO has no regulations, and David Chase made brilliant use of that free rein.

Though it is a very close 2ed, I also rank this routine on the subject highly as well.

As one can see, this all amounts to a set of quite sensitive topics that I am nowhere even close to fully grasping. Topics that are made incredibly sensitive by people that are seemingly too fragile to comprehend the simple fact that is Everyone is not like my kind. When it comes to my kind, use your imagination. These types of thought processes are often not ideologically independent, with religion being often a big influencer.

Another credit to David Chase and the Soprano’s . . . the way the lacklustre devotion to Christian principals is showcased is great. When considering what the husband is doing for a living . . . “He’s a monster! But he is an excellent provider”. But on the subject of a man hopelessly misguided by toxic societal conditioning . . . “HE HAS TO GO!”.

To round back to the initial topic, is JK Rowling actively attacking trans people (despite her claims as a trans advocate)? 

To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to answer that question. On one hand, it seems like a comment based on flawed knowledge. The knowledge that ideally should have been updated under any normal learning curve. But still . . . not deliberate.
On the other hand, however, with the sensitivity surrounding things like sex, genders and orientations, I can see how the refusal of a privileged cis-gendered female to even consider a dash of nuance could cause problems. Particularly people that grew up reading her books (which, to my eye, promoted mostly opposing values to what she is now accepting).

I mention this in order to make it clear that I am not explicitly insinuating that I place Rowling in the same category as . . . people depicted in the Soprano’s. Whether or not it was the case, the news story simply provided a perfect vehicle for an age-old rant.

In closing, recent events have showcased that Americans (and citizens of numerous nations worldwide acting in solidarity) are tired of bias and oppression based around uncontrollable hereditary circumstances. In this case, #BlackLivesMatter is the no longer subtle cry for help of a long-oppressed and implicated minority of . . . the world. Throughout the world, this has also become an opportunity to highlight the plight of biases that are relevant to those nations (such as aboriginal issues here in Canada).

Racial bias always tends to attract a giant spotlight, and rightfully. The fact that law enforcement plays a big role in the situation certainly is a factor.

Homicides affecting the GLBTQ+ (my way of abbreviating the ever-evolving list) tend to not garner as much attention since these crimes often happen in the shadows. This isn’t surprising since if they themselves aren’t living there, then society is putting them there. At times leading to horrific situations like the Bruce McArthur debacle in Toronto. 
When society puts vulnerable people in the shadows, they invariably end up in danger. Though not strictly related to the GLBTQ+ homicides (but in some cases, certainly overlapping), you have the plight of sex workers. I need only mention Robert Pickton as an example of the horror that can terrorize these people.

It’s June, the month of pride. So let us mark it by saying enough of this shit. A time when everyone is out of the shadows is a time when we’re a better species.

I was not born like you, I can never be like you. So fuck off.

Some random blogger

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