I am a communist, (specifically a left com) and a cis male. I have participated in many hard left circles and even came to leadership in a few, with a relevant case being that I was made the main security admin of a community server made for transgender individuals due to my IT skills, numerous times ive had to deal with conflicts from rad fem comrades and various trans comrades, usually MTF, often over a rad fem not recognising their gender etc. I ended up having to exclude them due to the issues caused.
I view radical feminists as natural allies against capital and the class system, So I want to ask for clarification, why do you's reject the identity of trans individuals so often?
I remember taking a feminist class many moons ago and one theme that seems to have persisted is loving your body, at any size. There was a sticker that feminists were distributing that had an overweight barbie-like doll and some saying like, this is what the average woman REALLY looks like. Well, from what I remember the body was actually much bigger than average, but the message was to love your body, at any size. [I tried to find this online, but instead found a bunch of fat barbies.]
I have nothing against loving your body, and in fact, I go so far as to truly see the body as a temple to be cherished. That's why I think treating it with utmost respect, by eating well and exercising, for example, is truly "feminist." It seems like it should be promoted by women (especially feminists, actually) and highly regarded. Being fit can be a form of self love, as long as it's not extreme.
I'm not saying we should do this for shallow purposes, such as to be attractive to others, or competitive with other women (in terms of being "hotter"). But feeling proud of your body, being healthy, and feeling strong is **empowering**. At least to me it is.
I've been overweight before and personally I think it sucks. Moving around is more difficult, eating crappy foods makes many of us literally unhappy (it definitely does for me), and not being able to just RUN seems to go against our very nature as humans.
Our bodies all throughout evolution have been honed and are used to having to be quite active. Now that food, especially horribly unhealthy food, is readily available and we don't need to search for it and all that, many of us are fat.
I bring this up because a lot of the feminists I know are, well, fat. They probably aren't super happy about it, but no way no how am I going to open my mouth and ask them about it. I don't fat shame or anything like that, and I absolutely want them to love themselves, but I don't get why feminists aren't more often fit.
Please know that I'm being serious and I in no way want to be insulting. I LOVE females and their forms and want people to be healthy and happy. I love my fat friends just as much as the leaner ones. Also know that my friend pool isn't exactly expansive, so maybe it's not as much an issue as I'm thinking?
Why aren't feminists more supportive of being lean and healthy? (Or am I just WAY off base and wrong about this?) I'm not trying to be insensitive!
I've been subscribed to /r/GenderCritical for a while now, mostly just lurking, and comments like "Men are fucking disgusting" and "All men are trash" are fairly common in my experience. I'm just curious what you guys think about such comments and how I should interpret them.
Is it a code word for "Patriarchy/society/toxic masculinity is fucked up", or a way to blow off steam meaning more like "Fuck that guy" or "Men like that are trash"? Or do you think it's actually a common rad fem view that all men are disgusting? In that case, do such radical feminists not have male friends? Do they avoid eventual brothers/fathers?
And yes I'm a man if you haven't figured it out yet, but I'm not asking because I'm offended by the comments, but rather because I'm just curious if they should be interpreted literally or not. Thanks.
As far as I understood it, being gender-critical and against pornography is the main focus of Radical Feminists ( And I'm a wannabe, I hope I'm welcomed ), so why would terms like " swerf " and " terf " need to exist? Being " swe " and " te " are already included in " rf ". So there should be apparently no need. Right?
Premise: Nature is efficient. It provides just what is needed and does not provide what is not. Example: more melanin for those in sun heavy areas, and less melanin in ares without. It's really just a tiny thing, but Mother Nature is efficient with where energy is allocated.
Men have 2x the upper body strength as women and 1.5x the lower body strength. Men are faster, stronger, and have better hand-eye coordination.
It didn't have to be this way. Many many other species have the sexes effectively the same (such as dogs and cats), or even have the female be larger and stronger.
Why has nature/evolution shaped humans such that men are larger and stronger? What purpose might it serve?
I'm gonna try and keep this short. Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but I'm kind of at a loss of where to ask this. So, I naturally agree with basically every gender critical viewpoint, but I struggle to find solid research or "evidence" on a lot of things related to being GC when I try to look for myself. A big problem for me is the bombardment of the internet with articles claiming "brain sex" is real and bringing up other evo-psych talking points to justify sexism. I'm really reliant on having statistics and facts in mind in order to truly believe in and discuss something, so this is my one main roadblock in being able to speak out about being GC. My thought process basically boils down to anecdotes and stuff along the lines of "It's obvious that x is bad, because its effects are evident everywhere." every time, and I can't work with that. I understand that this perhaps isn't the most well-researched topic out there, but I'd at least like to keep trying to search for answers. Any tips on where to look or what to read? Thanks.
I've known something was up my whole life, I used to imagine myself as a girl as early as five years old. The dysphoria just got worse as I matured, I started feeling phantom appendages and I began to really hate life as a male. Eventually I ended up here, on hormone treatment, but I'm still so fucking confused? It was much easier than I had anticipated to receive the hormones, which sorta concerned me. I've been on the hormones for a month now.
Anyways, I'm well aware of how toxic the trans community is. I tend to stay away from their forums because they push away reasonal thought in favor of their (somewhat) irrational ideals. I can't agree with bashing lesbians, I can't agree with AMABs in womens sports, I can't agree with the denial of biological reality. I don't fuck with any of that backwards thinking.
Knowing all this, I experienced my own 'peak trans'. As a person with dysphoria it's a little disheartening, but I'm smart enough to know these things.
What I'm trying to find out is why I have dysphoria. I want to be a girl so bad, and I feel as if I am not living my life the way it was meant to be lived. It's never been about gender and my 'identity'. I can identify however I want; It's always been about my body. My wide shoulders, my exaggerated facial feautures, my biological maleness in general. It disgusts me. And now I'm on hormones, which I'm a little suspicious about, but I'm willing to experiment with my own body in order to discover more things about myself. Maybe hormone therapy will be a viable treatment option.
Off that note, I've always been curious about whether or not I can overcome my dysphoria, without trying to convince the world that I'm something that I'm not. I'm curious about alternative treatment options that the trans community seems to shun. My body is perfectly fine. I'm an able bodied, biologically male adolescent who loves biking, skating and spending time outdoors. There has to be a way for me to just love what I got, regardless of what my biological sex is. I just really fuckin wish that I was born a girl! Ugh. Can you understand how confused I am? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.