Around the time of the discovery of the AIDS virus in the very early 1980s, the Gay (and Lesbian) community adopted the ideology of homosexuality as innate; Gay (and Lesbian) people were born this way ergo they could not be “fixed”, it wasn’t their “fault” and AIDS could not be a punishment from God if the theist belief of being “made in His image“ were to hold.
It was politically expedient at the time, and quite intuitive really, to claim a biological basis for homosexuality when the AIDS pandemic itself was, and continues to be, a biological disaster. An innate homosexuality also allowed people close to Gays (and Lesbians), especially mothers, to absolve themselves of any *wrong doing* and instead build a platform from which they could advocate for their children, fathers (and mothers), brothers (and sisters), husbands (and wives) as full human beings with full human/medical rights.
Even though it soon became clear that AIDS was not limited to Gays – an early acronym was GRID/Gay-Related Immune Deficiency – Liberal-minded people felt good about themselves, rising above the dictates of an increasingly conservative society to stand by this newly visible class of marginalized, segregated and vilified people. Many, many eyes were opened to the realities of Gay (and Lesbian) life but with a heavy emphasis on the oppressions of the “lifestyle” most commonly expressed as: Who would CHOOSE to be homosexual in a world so hostile to Gays?
Being Gay has become mainstream enough, thanks to the hard political work and simple pride and humanity of countless people (and, yes, Lesbians), that the “lifestyle” is considered fully integrated into the fabric of life within the liberal political world at least; domestic partnerships, civil unions, et al. In other words, it’s no longer a privilege or special to be Gay, it’s banal, trite, redundant.
Now, 30 years later, the same tactic is being employed by liberal-minded people to justify the legitimacy of trans*women at every turn from State Houses to mental health providers to online political and feminist spaces. Over the past few years we have seen any number of feminist spaces be taken over by people who would have females adopt the very same born-this-way ideology even though, again, there is as yet no scientific data to support this male sexuality-friendly, misogynist claim.
As an example, I was recently a witness/participant when the trans* debate inevitably exploded at a very popular Liberal Political forum. A month later the fallout continues to rain down only to be kicked up by a small band of lulz boyz with the end result being that several long-time, steadfast feminist members have been either banned for *transphobic bigotry* or simply self-silenced in sheer disbelief, bewilderment or disgust. Several males have become hosts of what was the feminist space in addition to a whole new *feminist* group which was created specifically for the “diversity”-minded. With diversity to mean, of course, that male-to-transpersons be happily included in Feminism as women. Or else.
From a discussion on appropriate wording for the Statement of Purpose for the *Diversity* group:
[…] why the hell would someone go through the process of changing their physical sex characteristics if they weren’t “born” female? In the same way that it isn’t a “choice” to be homosexual, is transgendering a choice? If it’s not a choice, one was born that way, right? […] But for what a person has to go through to change physical gender assignment – I would think there would have to something hugely compelling in their biology to do that. Which would come under being “born” that way, IMO.
This comment has it all: a blindness to the very real difference between “gender” and “biological sex”, a seeming ignorance of the fact that surgically altering physical sex characteristics is often no longer required to affect legal trans*identity and the argument that male-to-trans persons are also born female under the Born This Way model. Yet, when biologically female-born persons dare to say they are female-born they are hounded, ridiculed, deemed bigots and transphobes; excommunicated from this 21st Century Feminism that is now male-identified and male-defined.
Some thirty years ago a handful of women and girls recognized the glossing over of female reality early on in the AIDS/HIV epidemic in an effort to save our *brothers*. It was clear soon enough that females were infected by penile activity with closeted and non-closeted gays not only in porn, but in other forms of prostitution and the sharing of infected drug needles and/or “sex toys” but even at home in their supposed “low-risk” *monogamous*, heterosexual, perhaps religiously condoned and *drug-free* relationships as well. Many females gave birth to HIV infected infants. All of this certainly did not go unnoticed by life-long Lesbians who were not intravenous drug users and who had never had a blood transfusion. As a class, they were not hosting the virus in their female bodies and to date no transmission of this sort has been confirmed.
In another 30 years another unfounded *biologic fact* will be that biological males are “born” females simply because they say so, and again a handful of women who used to be girls will sense it for what it really is. But, again, the ideology will remain firmly entrenched in the collective male-centric, liberal mind until that too becomes banal, trite and redundant.
What will be the new flavor of oppression for the no-longer *female privileged* males come 2042? And how high will they expect the truly female-born to jump to serve their endlessly destructive and deadly sexuality then?