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Cathy Brennan – It IS Transphobia That Kills Us

10 May

Cathy Brennan, contributor to the Radfem2013 conference, has sunk to yet a new low.  She is now trying to exploit the death of our sisters (Transgender Day of Remembrance – TDOR)  to further her justification of transphobia. She wants us all to believe that it isn’t transphobia that kills us, it is male violence. While it is true that the majority of murderers are male, transphobia is the cause of the high death rate. I think we all know that TERFs are not likely to gun us down but their agenda that is filled with hate for transgender folks, mostly trans women, helps perpetuate violence against us. Transphobia is not okay and it really does kill.

From http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/ascii/htus8008.txt
Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008
Annual Rates for 2009 and 2010

In 2008

Males      8.5 per 100,000
Females 2.3 per 100,000

When you look at these numbers and then look at the current murder rate for trans women you will quickly see that it isn’t “male violence” that is the problem but it is specifically related to a woman being trans.

From http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2012/05/murder-statistics-of-transgender-people/

Trans women                     1 in 12
Trans women of color    1 in 8

* The homicide victimization rate for both males and females
was at its highest in 1980­X16.1 homicides per 100,000 for
males and 4.5 homicides per 100,000 for females. By 2008, the
rates for both groups had fallen, reaching 8.5 homicides per
100,000 for males and 2.3 homicides per 100,000 for females.

Balance of exposing male violence vs. transgender agenda

19 Mar

TRIGGER WARNING for violence and transphobia!

The TERFS have a fairly full agenda when it comes to their feminism. It does deal with violence (male violence while ignoring female violence) but when it comes to naming the problem (nametheproblem.com) there is a HUGE difference in how at least one TERF approaches activism when it comes to male violence and transgender women.

nametheproblem.com is nothing more than a repost of news stories about men who commit violence against women. Just copy and paste stuff. However, when this TERF focuses on her transgender-based activism she goes above and beyond to find every single thing about this person including, but not limited to, previous names, court records, any picture that they posted which can be used to ridicule a trans* woman, contacting employers of them and seeks them out to confront them about every single thing she thinks she can use against them. An enormous amount of time and focus is spent. See pretendbians.com for such an example.

Why is this terf more worried about trans* women than an actual real and proven threat? The threats that TERFs see from trans* women are mostly theoretical with almost no evidence to support it. Yet they drag these women through the mud in an incredibly abusive way. We don’t see this same tactic used against the men of nametheproblem.com, however.

They say they don’t hate us but I am sorry, evidence would show otherwise. They think that we are invading their healthcare and mention reproduction but they fail to acknowledge that trans women need access to women’s healthcare as well. Breast exams, for one.  Post op women also need access to OB/GYN care.

In my opinion, their trans-agenda is truly hate-based. It seems we are hated worse than the men who commit violence against women. It truly boggles the mind.