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Transgender Trope #10- Defining Men and Women by Sex reduces us to Nothing More than Genitals

April 16, 2012

This trope is a reversal, a thought-terminating cliché, and a colonizing attempt to re-frame women’s liberation concepts into erasure of the physical reality of the female sex and erasure of the primary role our reproductive biology plays in the targeting and enforcement of female oppression by males.

The goal of this trope is: total erasure of females as an organizing class under patriarchy, erasure of the way our reproductive capacity is targeted and exploited by males as the very basis of patriarchy, reversal of feminist concepts into male-supremacist ones, promotion of anti-feminist concepts of equating certain psychological, behavioral and intellectual traits with the female reproductive system.

This is a very, very popular trope, with many variations.

Variations:

– “Saying “female” is a purely reproductive category reduces females to walking vaginas”

– “Females are more than just baby-makers”

– “Using “male” and “female” as reproductive categories reduces people to nothing more than their genitals.”

– “Defining females as humans with the capacity for egg-producing and offspring-gestating means you think females who get hysterectomies are no longer female!”

When a male uses this trope feel free to simply cut and paste the following paragraph in reply:

Women AREN’T “defined by their genitalia”. Only men like yourself frame females that way. Females are defined by their genetic sex, and women are adult females. Adult HUMAN females. No human is defined by their genitalia, because they are human beings. A male such as yourself is by definition NOT female, because of your Y chromosome, your sperm producing testes and your male biology. Males are NEVER female. That doesn’t mean your male genitalia defines you. It is simply a fact of your biological reality. Truly, when males who wish they were female invoke the trope of “females being defined by their genitalia” they are trying to colonize and reverse feminist messages against sex-based stereotypes and sex-roles by inferring that actual biological sex reality doesn’t exist. And that’s just silly. Because humans are a sexually dimorphic species, and all your willing that to go away because for whatever reason you wish you were female, is just silly. You take a feminist meme of “women are more than just our reproductive systems, we are full human beings” and you attempt to upend it into “there is no such thing as a female”. Well hon, no one is buying that except you. Sowwy. Females actually DO exist! WITH our genitals! Or even with them (god forbid) missing for some reason. We are still female, and we are still fully HUMAN, ergo, MORE than just our reproductive capacity. It’s actually an expression of male aggression and sexism to imply that IF our female sexed reality EXISTS than we are SIMPLY GENITALS and LESS than human. See how that works? Probably not, because I don’t think you give a FLYING FUCK about anything but your own entitlement to females, and anything you think females can do for you.

When this Trope is refuted the Genderist will usually switch over to the “Brain Sex/Lady Brain” trope. Or just call you a “bitch” or a “fish”. Possibly threaten you with violence or murder.

Subtext: Bitch, I see you as nothing more than a walking reproductive system, lacking all humanity, and will call you one, and will blame YOU for “making” me do so, unless you play along and “affirm” my male fantasy of becoming a “real female”. Because female reality harshes my buzz.

Classification: Reversal, Appropriation, Re-framing, Thought Terminating Cliché, Thought Stopper, Obedience Demand, physical sex does not exist, lady brains, mansplain feminism cause females r doin it wrong.

(See: “Transgender Trope#2: Biology Isn’t Destiny”)

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2012 3:56 am

    This post is dedicated to these people:

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  2. April 16, 2012 9:22 pm

    Here’s a great example of trans using this trope. Horrifyingly, I discovered the link to the attached trope usage posted by Joelle Ruby Ryan, a M2T Women’s Studies Instructor at the University of New Hampshire!

    https://twitter.com/#!/JoelleRubyRyan

    • April 20, 2012 9:04 pm

      Great. A Women’s Studies prof who is not a woman. And who calls radfems “Radscum.”

      And who demonstrates an inability to think logically.

      How do people like this get into academia, let alone into WS? Oh, that’s right, trannie privilege trumps being female.

  3. April 17, 2012 9:12 am

    Many historians/anthropolgiasts/feminists hypothesize that men began to dominate women at least in part because we were the ones giving birth and nursing the children. It is not women who are defining us by our ability to give birth…it is (or was) men. And really, even if all women don’t have the ability to give birth ONLY women do have this ability. Period.

  4. April 20, 2012 9:07 pm

    There’s always a new trope around the corner, isn’t there, just waiting to become popular and the new trannie meme against women.

    Thank you, GM, great job. I just saw this trope on the reddit.com UPitt discussion board.

  5. April 23, 2012 12:20 pm

    I really don’t understand why they get away with this particular bit of non-logic. You’d think even the fun fems would recognise that the statement “existence of female reproductive organs is a actual concrete fact, but having said organs does not define me as subhuman chattel to be used and abused by those with biologically male organs”, is not in anyway shape or form a denial of our own female existence ( what, how ???)

  6. radicalwoman permalink
    June 22, 2012 2:09 am

    Once when I was talking to my very young child in front of an F2T and a Trans handmaiden, we were having a very basic informative conversation about human biology – I forget why, something about whatever had been going on in school. The F2T decided it was really, really important to interrupt and properly educate my child by saying, “But not all little boys are born with a penis, you know.”
    I was in a very unsafe place and couldn’t say anything about it without putting myself and my child at risk, unfortunately, but it just goes to show – they will take it upon themselves to forcibly “educate” YOUR children, against YOUR wishes, in the interests of THEIR agenda, too. I was rather horrified, what a disturbing and inappropriate thing to say to a child! What a way to completely disrespect their mother right in front of them!

    • Alvina permalink
      November 11, 2012 3:45 pm

      I don’t quite understand what your big problem with this comment is… MY problem with your comment however is that you take one transpersons action as an example of how transpeople in general act – that is a very common form of oppression used against so many oppressed groups – transpeople, people of color, lesbians and gay people etc. etc.

  7. Jennifer permalink
    June 15, 2013 12:52 pm

    Last one. I’ll Keep this short. Women are defined by more than just genitals. Agreed. So can’t women be defined by more than just chromosomes? What actually defines a woman? My desire to be a woman isn’t about taking anything away from what it means to be a woman. In fact I’d like to add something to the meaning. I want to be a part of the team and I want to help achieve the same goals. Does the philosophy of feminism really have to be so “us vs them” that there’s no room for anyone to switch sides? I’ll admit there may be things I just don’t get or don’t understand. Maybe I even have some pig headed ideas stuck in my head that I need to unlearn. but can you at least give me an opportunity to try to be a woman before you label me an enemy to the cause?

    • Cayenne permalink
      March 18, 2015 6:00 am

      Why do you think women need more depth?,why do you expect us to drop everything we do to welcome you?,why should we?, a women has many definitions but the one you care about are the ones that don’t whole hearty accept you apparently because it dosent sound like you give a shit what we say you mostly just want validation that your one of us which is offensive this isn’t a team its a front a movement Id like you to rethink your post and also your last request opportunity to be a women and what fucking opportunity is that you sound very entitled to not only are spaces but are experiences too sit don’t stop trying to assert yourself on everything read about women okay

  8. Alexis permalink
    August 22, 2013 6:25 am

    Under the 2010 equality act you are breaking the law, that means if you are British, or insult someone with your hate-speech that is British, you can be prosecuted.

    • August 30, 2013 11:50 pm

      LOLOLOL. And the “hate speech” part of this post is WHAT exactly??? Or just that men like you hate it?

    • August 31, 2013 8:30 pm

      Hate speech? British? Oh my god the “equality act” now you got women running scared mister. Please have us arrested. Is the Tower of London still holding prisoners–that’s where I want to serve my time. I want to be charged with calling a dick and dick and refusing to suck by giving you that big hot turn on and pretending you are anything remotely other than male. I want guards too in cool uniforms–Oh please mister press charges. I say you sir are a male prick a dude and I am betting I am right. That’s “hate speech” Okay whatever. Someone (not naming any names) has a problem with reality–Penis=male (cut off penis=male with cut off penis)+(male with cut off penis+female hormones) factors out to male with cut off penis and female hormones. Male that “feels” like a woman=male.Here in the states you boys are losing ground fast–Mr Manning Mr Don–good show. Hahahahahahah. Seriously don’t you have anything better to do like threaten suicide or claim that you will be murdered 3xs a day–run along now. Oh and don’t forget–your are not a woman and never will be and we will never play pretend with you.

  9. August 31, 2013 10:34 pm

    Dear Alexis that is bull if it wasn’t you would have stated under which section of the act the law was broken. Plus UK laws don’t apply outside our jurisdiction. Hell the equality act 2010 doesn’t even apply throughout the UK!

  10. johnny permalink
    September 1, 2014 10:25 pm

    yet they can’t stop talking about their fake genitals –> http://i.imgur.com/toDvuGG.jpg

  11. Miss Soph permalink
    September 20, 2014 5:00 am

    Newest trope is that we will no longer be able to say that transwomen are not women because of uterus transplants and ECTOPIC pregnancies! This is now all over the internet! But the uterus transplants were in biological females and only a dumb ass would believe that an ectopic pregnancy which is 99.9% fatal is the way for trans to have babies! This lets you know they don’t know anything about women. Ectopic pregnancies are the leading cause of death of pregnant women. But they want them! Good luck, idiots!

  12. Beepbeep permalink
    November 8, 2015 12:42 am

    I identify as a poor person. Yes, I make 500k a year, but it’s so materialistic to define a poor person on the basis of income!

    As a trans poor person, I’m extra oppressed and therefore should be given control of all the socialist organizations.

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