“I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” – Maya Angelou
Females are an oppressed class, and males are an oppressor class. Bigotry flows from the oppressor class to the oppressed class. It is nonsense to speak of “reverse racism” flowing from black folks to white folks, and it’s equally nonsense to accuse females of “transphobia” against people born male.
It’s impossible for an individual to be an oppressor based upon the same axis by which she is oppressed. To suggest so is a great misunderstanding of class analysis and oppression. An axis has only two poles.
Females and males are not equals or peers, and females are certainly not oppressors of males, however the males may identify. If this were so, oppression would be a meaningless concept, a mere collage of unpleasant causes and effects that may or may not happen to any particular individual based upon his behavior and who he’s hanging out with at the time. This is not how oppression works — oppression is systematic, not situational. Black people don’t sometimes oppress white people, either.
Males with gender dysphoria feel oppressed, harassed, and unhappy, for a variety of reasons internal and external to themselves. But not receiving every concession they wish to receive from females is not oppression.
If females do not redefine our class to include such males, if we do not adjust our language and truth for them, if we give them side-eye when they enter our restrooms and if we fail to cheerfully drop our pants next to them, this is not because females are oppressing such males. This is because males have always oppressed females. We are not required to give up the fight for our rights because you have come along with allegedly more important rights. We are not required to redefine males and females so that those who wish to opt out of criticism for sexism or class oppression may do so at will.
This has always been about us, not about you.
Among my rights are these:
- As a member of the female class, I have a right to criticize and reject the shenanigans of my oppressors. This includes when they believe their actions “don’t count” or are beyond reproach; it includes when they believe they are different from other oppressors or are not behaving in an oppressive way. News flash: the oppressor class has never been very good at self-regulating their oppressive behavior. Rights have always had to be wrangled out of their reluctant grasp.
- I do not have to redefine my class to include its oppressors.
- I am free to reject definitions of my class that are based on harmful stereotypes.
- I am free to be offended by parodies and misrepresentations of my sex.
- I am free to reject the voices of males who purport to speak for my class.
- I do not have to “not all men” any more than black people have to “all lives matter.”
- I can criticize an ideology that holds that members of my class can be manufactured via drugs, surgery, clothing, or self-identification.
- I can criticize an ideology that suggests that the disadvantages women face on the basis of our unchosen biology is identical to the disadvantages our oppressors face on the basis of their admittedly unpopular but freely-chosen presentation.
- I can criticize an ideology that calls me a bigot if I do not allow my privacy boundaries to be violated by males simply because they petition to violate them.
- I can criticize an ideology that defines the well-known male-on-female crimes of exhibitionism and voyeurism (of which I’ve been a victim multiple times) out of existence.
- I can criticize an ideology that seeks to take protections of title IX away from the females it was designed to protect and transfer them to the males it was designed to protect us from.
I will not cheerfully relinquish my rights to my oppressors, however harassed and “different” some of them may feel.
My interest in my rights does not constitute oppression of those who seek to violate them.
It is unprecedented in civil rights movements that one group seeks to displace the gains and protections of another group rather than seek solutions that protect the rights of both parties. That it is happening only bolsters the case that oppressors cannot be trusted with self-regulation.