Monday, October 22, 2007

Sheila Makes Me Day, As Always

A good laugh on an angsty afternoon came to me from the blog of Nixwilliams. He links to the marvellously insightful piece FTM Transsexualism and Grief by our dear pal and protecter Sheila Jeffreys, who helpfully chooses to 'identity FTMs and MTFs by the pronouns that demonstrate their sex class of origin for the sake of clarity.' Oh, if only I could pick a favourite quote from it I would make a tshirt. Perhaps:

'So FTM transsexualism is a problem for all women who want to change the power relations of male dominance rather than engage in surgical social climbing. But it is most spectacularly a problem for lesbians because it is lesbians who are suffering the agony and the expense.'

or maybe

'We must challenge those forms of self-harm which are presently being promoted as progressive and liberating such as butch/femme roleplaying, sadomasochistic self-mutilation and the instruments, drugs and surgeries now being used to enable lesbians to ‘transition.''???

Thankyou Sheila. It is all so clear to me now!

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Blogger nixwilliams said...

it's good for a bit of a pick-me-up, isn't it? i actually read it again this afternoon as i was feeling down, and it helped. laughter, as they say...

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