My favorite book is War and Peace. Yes. It is! Well because it's so
fucking good. No REALLY!
...FINE, it's Harry Potter and the Pillow of Down
Not really bi. Heteroflexible. Added it so I can see people who
restrict viewers based on orientation (you twitdicks).
As someone with firsthand experience of how the legal system loves
to screw over good fathers, I hate third-wave feminist extremism --
you are not Malala, you are a whiny middle-class bitch. (That's not
sexist: I meant it extra for males.)
On the pronoun thing: what the fuck am I supposed to do with you
people? You are the group I used to identify with. Now you have
your own idiotic Internet cult that wastes your energy on
semantics. "This girl looks cool," I'll think, and then Mitra comes
down and spits in my face as the profile continues, "DO NOT call me
by the pronouns he/him/his. I will accept [being fucked in the ass
by King Triton]." But where is King Triton, I ask? He is the holy
grail of the millennial generation. And where is Sir Galahad? Zhe
Members of this cult are extremely weak on logic and tend to
swiftly deteriorate into angry yelling, so I apologize for the
following, but let's give it a go.
Dear SJW: Debunking Gender & Pronoun Politics
1. Calm down.
2. It's OK. There are many people in the world who will love you
for who you are.
3. Gender is not a social construct, but a biological
approximation. Gender roles
are a social construct. Imagine
we're in a lab filled with rats. When a scientist calls a rat "he",
they are referring to the rat's biological makeup -- the possession
of male organs, a good amount of testosterone, etc. If a female rat
acts aggressively and humps females, the scientist is still going
to call her "she". It doesn't matter how animals act: male is male
biology and female is female biology. The same is true of
4. While there have been anomalies in the world, such as
hermaphrodites, they are extremely rare. Exceptions to the norm do
not invalidate the norm. For example, if I say to you, "Rats have
two eyes," it would be obtuse to go, "Nuh-uh. What about that rat
there? It has THREE. Rats can have as many eyes as they want!"
Pointing to a person who has extremely feminine features, breasts,
and a penis, in order to claim that you, a person whose body is
clearly male, are female, is the same. The exception to the rule
has nothing to do with you. A two-eyed rat can't believe its way
into three-eyed ratdom. It can have three eyes if it gets surgery,
but right now, it remains two-eyed (or biologically male).
5. Whether someone has a penis or vagina should have nothing to do
with their restrictions in terms of personality or opportunity.
You're the ones aiming for pronouns to be connected to
self-perception and gender roles. You're actually
gender stereotypes -- you've just broadened
them so that a man can more easily embrace the female stereotype,
and vice versa. The demand that “he” or “she” should mean something
beyond bare biology is sexist. After all, if it isn't biological,
what is gender? All in the mind? Then "she" and "he" could not be
anything but gender stereotypes, or else they would lose concrete
meaning. If you feel
male, and male/female are only social
constructions, you're necessarily saying that you feel like the
male stereotype. You're reinforcing the hell out of the stereotypes
by attempting to disconnect "he" and "she" from biology and make
them solely mental. (Incidentally, without a load of help from
scalpels and drugs, this cannot work. People with vaginas need to
see gynecologists. People with penises need to get their prostates
checked. You can't just wave a flag of Dr. Who with boobies about
and yell, "Fuck you science and doctors! We're redefining
biology!") Instead you should focus on moving away from gender
stereotypes altogether (not by making a universal pronoun for all
-- that's only acknowledging that people are sexist and hiding from
it) and allow people to be people. Not when men can wear dresses or
knit without censure, but when a dress or knitting are not
"feminine", will you have accomplished your goal.
6. I'm sorry if you don't like your body, and you can try to hide
or change it if you want. But don't ask people to play your game by
calling you a pronoun that doesn't fit your biology, because it
won't change your body or their perception. It will only change
their words and help you hide from the reality of your body.
Purposeful misattribution is like a game to most people. You’ll
find that even if you succeed in getting everyone around you to
call you “she” when you are male, you can’t change their perception
of you. In other words, you’re forcing them to lie to you. And if
you get furious or vehemently self-righteous when they don’t use
the pronoun you want, you force their hand or threaten to create a
rift in a human relationship. When we refer to a drag queen as
“she”, we know that truthfully it’s “he”, but we are choosing to
play along. There's enough bullshit already.
So can we get back to dancing on empty trains, playing impromptu
games, and being courageously ourselves (rather than embracing who
a minority tells us to be), now? Cuz I'm losing swathes of you to
formulaic mistruth and geek worship.