Why I Disavow ‘Woman’ And Am No Longer ‘Gender Critical’

As someone who is self-critical, my views evolve and I now disavow use of the word ‘woman’ for myself and other transgender males, preferring to use the term ‘transsexual’ or ‘transsexual male’.

Furthermore, for some time now I have ceased to describe myself as ‘gender critical’, as I don’t think this fits in with my beliefs. I see gender as a harmful hierarchical system of power and stereotypes, it is purely cultural so has no meaning outside of human societies. Being a critic to me implies the system can be fixed, I do not think this is the case (see for example my post on How Modern or Third Wave Feminism Benefits Men).

I take an abolitionist stance on gender, I believe it damages everyone particularly girls and women, homosexual and bisexual men and of course trans males. It always strikes me as odd that transgender individuals never argue for gender abolition, whereas I can see that it is gender that provides them with the ideas, artefacts and stereotypes they build their identities around, the problems they face while doing so are of course themselves caused by gender, which punishes feminine males.

Some years ago I found an excellent essay on what gender abolition would mean in practical terms and I’d recommend you read this Judith Lorber ‘Imagining a World without Gender’ and of course other work by Judith Lorber.

3 Responses to “Why I Disavow ‘Woman’ And Am No Longer ‘Gender Critical’”

  • sally

    Short but very sweet. You are so good at putting into words the woolly notions that bumble around in my head!

  • Prizm

    “I believe [gender] damages everyone particularly girls and women, homosexual and bisexual men and of course trans males. It always strikes me as odd that transgender individuals never argue for gender abolition, whereas I can see that it is gender that provides them with the ideas, artefacts and stereotypes they build their identities around, the problems they face while doing so are of course themselves caused by gender, which punishes feminine males.”

    Yes, short and sweet and very well said. Thank you for continuing to publish meaningful pieces, despite all the nastiness which can be generated by this topic (I am guilty of indulging in the nastiness myself). I very much appreciate and enjoy your work.

  • stacey jones

    Good on you Miranda for ‘sticking your neck out’ on this issue. Hope you don’t get bombarded with hate mail.

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