November 28, 2013

On the current attacks on girlfags

It seems the tumblrverse have discovered girlfags (a lose term that includes non-trans women with a fascination for gay male culture, as well as FTM crossdreamers and trans-men).

It seems it is their sharing of gay male imagery that has pissed some homosexual readers off. Apparently any straight woman who find gay men attractive must be a perverted fetishist.

The fact that both gay men and lesbians may worship the human body as well as  a wide various of gender expressions is apparently completely unrelated to the girlfag's enthusiasm for gay men.

Yepp, this is old fashioned invalidation of your opponents by labeling them as sexual perverts all over again, but now some of the persecuted have decided to become the oppressors.

Another example of such attacks can be found over at the Facebook Girlfag and Guydyke group. 

In order to reach tumblr readers, I have posted two short blog posts on girlfags over there:

"Stop the harassment of girlfags!"

"Lou Sullivan, pioneer FTM trans-activist and girlfag"

The struggle of women, disabled, people of color and gay men and lesbians tells me that we have to be both patient and persistent, if we are to end this kind of persecution.

The anti-toxin is, as in the struggle against homophobia, to show the human face of those marginalized and make people understand that these are nothing more (and nothing less) than another variation of that wonderful thing called humanity.

Most reasonable gay and lesbian people will understand this, given their own life experience and their own suffering.  But we need to explain it to them.

I strongly recommend Julia Serano's new book Excluded, which provides an excellent analysis of this type of invalidation.

[Some minor edits Nov 25 at 15:51 CET]

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