This morning I was told that Dr Ray Blanchard (best known for his research studies on autogynephilic transsexualism) had posted the following to his Twitter followers:
I initially found it incredibly disappointing to witness an ‘expert’ who had provided such a valuable contribution to the understanding of autogynephilic conditions decide to openly follow the lead of Ricky Gervais’ “a plague on both your houses” stance of declaring ‘both sides’ unreasonable and placing himself in a position of placid circumspect.
Unsurprisingly many women felt similar disappointment to my own and after many requests for an example of ‘reasonable compromise’ Blanchard later felt the need to clarify his statement:
I do not believe that it is the place of ANY man to be informing women what principles they must compromise and although I can accept that Blanchard has attempted to be ‘fair’ regarding the ‘compromises for trans’ (perhaps a bit too late since trans identified males are already destroying our sports!) I find the compromises for women to be quite grotesquely insulting.
I fervently oppose the first ‘compromise for women‘ because so many women (including myself) simply do not want ANY man in our single-sex spaces. It does not matter how pretty, or ‘feminine’ they present nor what amount of surgery they have had; men can never be women and should not be permitted in our spaces.
Any ‘vaginoplasty’ that a male person elects to undergo will never create an actual vagina but instead at best a surgical imitation of a vagina. The possession of a vagina in a woman doesn’t make a woman a woman, nor does a surgical mock-up of a vagina in a man negate the very real threat of an otherwise male-bodied person in a female space. This also begs the question of just how Blanchard proposes such a ‘compromise’ would be policed? Surely it is better to just stick to the bathroom of your sex?
The second ‘reasonable compromise for women‘ is perhaps the most bizarre of all. Why would we support the changing of the ‘sex designation’ on any documents when every single person alive on this planet is a product of the immutable dimorphism of sex. Humans simply cannot change sex and as women we should not have to support such lies that suggest they can simply for the psycho-sexual gratification of men. Legal and government-issued documents should reflect reality not the personality of the named individual at one particular point in time.
In light of Blanchard’s ‘reasonable compromises,’ I would like to suggest the following compromise for MEN:
Men; please grow the hell up and accept that some of you choose to surgically modify your bodies for psychological or sexual gratification, others choose to dress in ways you do not. These men are no less male than any of the rest of you and need to use your spaces without abuse or harassment. Let them.-Rebecca Eddy
Problem solved? Perhaps some would argue not entirely; but it would pass the responsibility for the mental health and sexual paraphilias of men back to men themselves, which is frankly overdue.
For too long women have been forced to compromise in order to make men feel better about themselves, and for too long we have been forced into the role of the eternal mother, nurse, and healer of all. It is not the job of women to fix men, it is the job of men to accept their own broken concepts of ‘male’, what a shame that so few prominent men like Blanchard are willing to take the lead when it comes to their own sex.