We assure a similar mentality in sororities, where new members arent officially sisters until theyve endured the same hazing rites that their elders were forced to endure .
Emerging as one of Hollywoods most radical feminist voices, actress Rose McGowan lashed out at Caitlyn Jenner in a fulminating Facebook post on Monday, after Glamour publication named her Woman of the Year.
McGowan slammed the transgender activist for not understanding what being a woman is all about. She was particularly incensed by Jenners statements backstage that the hardest portion about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.
The Charmed actress construed this statement most literally: We are more than deciding what to wear. We are more than the stereotypes foisted upon us by people like you, she wrote, echoing second-wave feminists like Andrea Dworkin and Germaine Greer. Youre a woman now? Well f ** cking learn that we have had a VERY different experience than your life of male privilege.
McGowan has defended her Facebook post in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon: “I am not , nor will I ever be, transphobic…Disliking something a trans person has said is no different than detesting something a man has said or that a woman has said…I’d be thrilled to fight alongside Caitlyn Jenner. I merely want her to know there is a monumental oppose to be had.”
Still, in her original statements, McGowan has aligned herself with the radical feminist fringe in her rant against Jenner, one of the worlds most well-known transgender female.
At a period when transgender rights are flourishing in progressive circles, radical feminists will not budge from considering transgender girls as men.
They argue that transgender girls havent been victims of the patriarchy in the same way that biological girls have, particularly women who have fought for decades to elude stereotypes that subordinated them.
There is something off-putting about this exclusionary ideology: It suggests that transgender girls havent had the same experiences as biological women and therefore shouldnt be treated as their equals.
We assure a similar mentality in sororities, where new members arent officially sisters until theyve endured the same hazing rites that their elders were forced to endure.
The radical feminists message seems to be that yes, transgender girls have suffered, but they havent suffered for generations like we have.
Needless to say, this doesnt sit well with todays progressive feminists, who are so desperate to demonstrate their inclusivity of minority groups that theyre intolerant of any views that dont solely align with theirs.
Progressive feminists in the mainstream media were appalled by McGowans anti-Jenner rant, which she has since deleted. The Frisky called her out for implying that every womans experience must be that of, say, someone like Rose McGowan, a cis female who proclaims feminist politics.
Caitlyn Jenner has always been a woman, they write, but she was conditioned to present male for all but the last few months of her life.
As transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner enter the mainstream, weve been forced to reconsider what sex and gender entail. Of course, being a man or a woman means different things to different people. For some, its an issue of biological essentialism. For others, genderlike sexualityis not fixed; it isnt defined by peoples chromosomes but by how they view themselves.
Progressives have taken up the latter position, so that whether transgender people like it or not, they have been politicized as a leftist issue. Meanwhile, old-school, radical feminists find themselves curiously on the same side of the transgender debate as the far-right, who dont consider transgender people to be real girls( or men ).
Germaine Greer, the 76 -year-old trailblazing feminist, has never run in right-wing circles. But her refusal to position Caitlyn Jenner as a woman is a position that conservatives are equally firm on, albeit for different reasons.
In an interview with the BBC denouncing Jenners Woman of the Year award, Greer argued that misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that a man who goes to these durations to become a woman will be a better female than someone who is just born a woman.( Youd be hard-pressed to find a conservative who blames misogyny for Jenners Woman of the Year award ).
The problem with both the older, radical feminists and the younger progressive ones is that they are ideologically exclusive.
Older, second-wave feminists have fought for inclusion their whole lives, but they refuse to take over the transgender cause with mainstream LGBT and feminist movement. Younger, progressive feminists are hell-bent on furthering trans rights even if it means omitting their feminist forebears from the conversation.
They have no qualms banning Germaine Greer from speaking on college campus because of her views on transgender people.
Both camps would do better to adhere less to identity politics and define themselves by more than their genders and sex identities.
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