Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rachel Dolezal vs. Bruce Jenner: The Real Difference

There are, of course, a slew of new editorials out which purport to explain the difference - the identity politickers of the Left are tying themselves in pretzels to justify transgenderism while decrying transracialism, even though they have made this bed:

Anyhoo, the difference between how the Left treats transgenderism and transracialism is both simple and obvious.

Rachel is a villain because the Left does not believe in black brains (or at least - they know better than to admit such a belief.)

Bruce is a hero because the Left does believe in lady brains.

What's the difference between the idea of black brains and the idea of lady brains?

"Black brain" erases the experience of racist socialization. Some men experience racist socialization, so that experience cannot be erased.

"Lady brain" erases the experience of feminine socialization. No men experience feminine socialization, so that experience can be erased, with glee.

This is also why we can have an essay on how Rachel Dolezal is not a black woman because she did not grow up as a black girl, when no such standard holds for Laverne Cox or Janet Mock.


[More thorough take on this issue here: Sex and Race and Boundaries on the Left.]

Editing to add: For those asking why Dolezal couldn't work for civil rights and socialize with black people as a white person: 1) I agree, and 2) Why are we not allowed to ask why Jenner couldn't simper in expensive lingerie on a magazine cover as a man?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Transgender identity politics and brainsex: the epitome of pseudoscience

Brainsex is the centuries-old, conservative idea that men and women have different brains - resulting in innately different personalities, which just happen to serve male supremacy. This is Jon Ronson, quoting 19th century doctor Gustave ale Bon:

Meanwhile, in 2015, male people become female via brainsex. What does a female brain mean? According to transwomen quoted here it means you like "being dominated and fucked in bed," are "super emotional and dramatic about silly things;" et cetera.

Brainsex now is just as sexist as brainsex was in the 1800s. However, the sexism of brainsex is not my topic today. As someone who values critical inquiry, what bothers me even more than the blatant sexism is the sheer level of anti-science thinking required to accept that transgenderism proves brainsex when in fact it disproves brainsex


If your thesis is that male humans and female humans have different brains, you must define male and female and those definitions must STICK. Male = sperm producer. Female = ova producer. The existence of males/sperm-producers who supposedly have "ladybrain" means THAT'S NOT A LADYBRAIN. 


P.S. for those who think the existence of (sexist, anti-scientific) brainsex theory differentiates transgenderism from transracialism/#wrongskin, I give you THE HISTORY OF BRAINRACE THEORY.

Stop bending yourselves in pretzels and just accept that human personality isn't innately sexed any more than it is innately racialized.

[For much more in-depth feminist analysis of the pseudoscience of brainsex, see Elizabeth Hungerford here as well as Cordelia Fine's Delusions of Gender and Rebecca Jordan-Young's Brainstorm.]