Why aren’t there any transsexual anarchists?on May 21st, 2012 at 21:11
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If a Black man had to seek permission from the government to be Black, many people would rightly consider it vulgar & egregious & would rightly be outraged. Though many people would rightly consider it vulgar & egregious that a Black had to seek permission to be themselves, they don’t seem to think it vulgar & egregious that a transsexual has seek permission from government to be themselves.
It is pretty much standard practice in all countries where transsexualism isn’t totally prohibited that a transsexual has to seek permission from at least two government approved agents for them to be themselves. The pursuit of happiness for transsexuals is more regulated then any other group in the LGBT community & I’m genuinely surprised that there aren’t more people who are outraged by this kind of restriction upon transsexuals pursuing their own happiness. I’m genuinely surprised there isn’t more outrage at the kind of regulations upon transsexuals pursuing their own happiness, because as I say if the same kind of regulations for blacks or homosexuals to pursue their own happiness then there’d be a great deal of outrage.
What is probably the biggest surprise about government regulating transsexuals pursuing their own happiness is that transsexuals themselves put up with it. Considering the amount of hoops that government gets transsexuals to jump thorough so they can simply be themselves, you’d think it would not only encourage transsexuals to protest unfair treatment compared with other minorities but encourage more transsexuals towards antiauthoritarian or antigovernment type rhetoric.
It’s surprising that there aren’t more transsexuals who are raging anarchists, when considering the amount of hoops that all governments that don’t totally prohibit transsexualism get transsexuals to jump thorough in the pursuit of their only happiness. I’ve encountered many weird & wonderful people of many differing stripes, but I’ve never encountered any transsexual whose an out & out anarchist & that has surprised me.
I can honestly say I’ve never encountered a ‘transsexual anarchist’.
The closest person I know of who could possibly be described as a ‘transsexual anarchist’ is Kate Bornstein who espouses a philosophy she calls ‘gender anarchism’ the basis of which is the dismantlement of the binary gender code which governs society. I think one could describe Kate Bornstein as ‘cultural anarchist’ rather then ‘political anarchist’ but I’m not sure one could describe Kate as a ‘political anarchist’. I actually don’t know what Kate’s political affiliations happen to be but I heard she endorsed Obama back in 2008. As for those transsexuals who follow Kate in espousing ‘gender anarchy’ though culturally they might be anarchist but politically they tend to be pretty much left-liberal.
Closest I’ve personally come to encountering any transsexual who could be described as anarchist have been a couple of transsexuals (I’ve known at differing times) who could be described as conservative-libertarians. These two transsexuals I’ve known who could be described as Conservative-libertarians were pretty typical of conservative-libertarians–they were cool with guns, pot, & porn being legal but like most conservatives nowadays they where were all hung up about Islam being the greatest threat to western democracy, etc. & wanted to bomb countries full of Muslims etc.
I’ve certainly met a few transsexuals who seem to be pretty anti-government as they seem to have a pretty cynical perspective of government, but probe them a bit & you find that though they might have a cynical view of the world they don’t believe in getting rid of government. They in fact want government to do a great deal, but they want the government to do stuff according to how they think government should be doing stuff which of course usually entails immigrant bashing.
Typically most transsexuals who are politically engaged tend to be of a lefty persuasion. Its no great surprise that the majority of transsexuals would be of a lefty persuasion because typically lefty parties such as the Democrats in the United States & the Labour Party in Britain have appealed to transsexuals wanting equal rights. The last Labour government certainly did go further then any other government has in instituting equality for transsexuals, but transsexuals still have to get permission from government to correct their own bodies so they can simply be themselves & be happy.
As a transsexual I certainly applaud the steps that the Labour Party has made in advocating equal rights for transsexuals & when in government instituting equal rights for transsexuals, but I still seriously object that even privately fund the correction of my body so I’m finally able to be myself I still have to get permission from government & because I don’t believe its justified!
You don’t have to get government permission to get a boob job. You don’t have to get government permission if you want to get a face lift, but if you want to have bollocks chopped off then you do need government permission. I thought of any political group pick up on all this would be the anarcho-capitalist strain of libertarianism. Considering anarcho-capitalists tend to strongly advocate self ownership, I’d of thought that they in particular would pick up on how unjust it is that transsexuals have to seek government permission to be themselves & yet I’ve never heard any anarcho-capitalist advocate against the government restrictions against transsexuals perusing their own happiness.
There are stereotypes of anarcho-capitalists being young White middle class men who live in mom’s basement & spending way too much time intellectually masturbating over Ayn Rand novels & obsessing about conspiracy theories surrounding the monetary system. Somebody said to me the other day about US libertarians that “they don’t care if you’re black, female, physically or mentally ill, disabled or just poor …” & this is another stereotype which I’d say is true from my encounters of anarcho-capitalists. You’ll hear plenty of anarcho-capitalists justly decry government prohibiting by force people ingesting whatever plant materiel thy want into their body because this affects white kinds sitting about mom’s basement smoking pot, but you won’t hear any anarcho-capitalists decry the fact government restricting transsexuals pursuing their own happiness because, hey, there aren’t any transsexuals who are anarcho-capitalists.
I guess the question remains as to why there aren’t any transsexual anarchists? Well the answer is about wanting to ‘fit in’ with the rest of society. The vast majority of transsexuals want to fit in to society as ordinary women. The vast majority of transsexuals want to be seen near as possible as ordinary women & therefore want to do their best to do so. Fitting in for a transsexual isn’t just about looking & sounding like any other woman as much as possible. It’s also about the kind of attitude a transsexual has culturally & socially & yes the political attitude a transsexual espouses. Anarchism is somewhat of a fringe ideology & to advocate such an ideology will put you at odds with society & transsexuals are already at odds with society for just being transsexuals. Transsexuals don’t want to be at odds with society & so aren’t going to advocate a political ideology which is going to put them at odds with society. Most transsexuals are going to take mainstream attitude culturally, socially, & politically because they don’t want to be at odds with society more then they are already at odds with society.
Most transsexuals want to fit in with society as near as possible as normal women, but most transsexuals sooner or later find out they’re not going to fit in as near enough as normal women & so the question remains why aren’t there any transsexuals screaming “fuck the government” & decrying “Why should transsexuals have to seek permission from the government to be themselves?”
Sophia Christina Botha