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As a biological psychologist, and a fellow human being, I completely agree that "the bastardisation of language" to describe female bodies is misogyny. And, I find the term to which you refer here as particularly vulgar. Thank you for your principled, thoughtful essay. Sincerely, Frederick

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I tend to agree with these views. Under no circumstances do I wish for any of the trans individuals to be persecuted, discriminated against, shamed etc but if this small group of biological males are hellbent on erasing what tiny authenticity we females have, I’ll fight them tooth and nails!

That’s my AM dose!

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Yes yes yes! This is not “progress” or “inclusion” we are literally being defined as the “other.” Bonus holes, non-men etc alienate women and only see us in the eyes of men.

My university installed free pads and tampons in the restrooms recently - which is great. Out of curiosity I peaked in the men’s while campus was empty and saw it also had a dispenser for free menstruation products. It’s absurd. It feeds into this delusion that “anyone can menstruate.” Also, the plan kept getting delayed because of budget issues - well obviously if you just cut the number of dispensers needed we could have had this resource available for WOMEN years ago! Nonsensical.

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I don't get this. At one point, we were 51% of the world's population. Who would define us using men as the standard?

Bonus hole is an offensive term. And it's not a "bonus" if it's completely normal.

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I don't see transmen attacking women; this is a male movement and we must keep pushing back and sharing - thanks JB, your words say it best.

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Has anyone read the French feminist Luce Irigaray who wrote ‘this sex which is not one’ amongst other things? I read it at Uni and it was specifically about countering psychoanalytic renderings of female as lack (hole/nothing/gaping emptiness) and did a whole thing about re-presenting the vulva (probably) as lips that touch continuously. Sort of in the area feminine ecriture (and now dismissed as essentialist - I’m going to have to go back over that. Am sure I’ve read liz grosz and butler talking about necessity of essentialism or something like that). Whoever calls the vagina a hole should be thrown into a real void!

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Using any term other than vagina is a way to force us into the porn-based "lifestyle & identity" of what is a majority white, straight, colonizer men's predatory sex movement.

All other men are their last & ultimate prize, and they're not gonna stop the movement until moral, courageous men take on these brothers & build woodsheds again.

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“Front hole?” Either my vagina is in the wrong place or someone needs a refresher on female anatomy….

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"Bonus Hole" means that the vagina is secondary to the asshole for penile insertion. Trans ID women who use this word to describe themselves are seriously trying to convince men that they are actually gay men because they want butthole sex, but if the dick wanders it's a plus.

The story that I read was that the cervical cancer center was advising their practictioners that the transmen patients may prefer this dumbass terminology. In this case I don't think that trans ID males have anything to do with the demand.

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What about the life course costs of being a woman - the pill, pads/tampons/period pants/moon cups then HRfuckinT

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Jul 12, 2023·edited Jul 12, 2023

Oh dear Julie. I notice that some deeply women hating men have crept into your comments section. The right-wing misogynist's have discovered you, it seems.

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While I agree with much of what you e written, I think the misogyny argument, while focusing on a real concern, largely addresses a symptom instead of the disease. The primary battle is one between those arguing for personal or subject reality over objective reality. The apparent misogyny of Transgenderism is more obvious because women desire their own private spaces for reasons largely based on physical strength whereas on the male side hardly anyone cares what “trans men” do because they do not present a threat. The real battle is more Orwellian. It’s agains those who would seek to use language as a means of advancing their political agenda in order to control society.

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Totally agree with all your points.I regard trans men to women the final attempt to colonise our bodies...taken everything else so why not take our body form too?Unaware of this bastardisation and started to giggle before I realised They are SERIOUS.

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“Front hole?” Either my vagina is in the wrong place or someone needs a refresher on female anatomy….

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If we are being brutally honest here, is this not the unintended consequences of the feminist revolution? The ground work was laid by feminist ideology for this insane adoption of trans activism to take hold. When the foundation for your entire theory is to lay waste to biological essentialism that claims no fundamental differences between men and women, radical viewpoints will ultimately find a hospitable landscape to grow. It’s time we start contending with the fact that the road to gender equality is not without some very negative effects for both women and men. They only way through this mess is by engaging in some extreme truth telling and rethinking what is really best for the majority of women and the majority of men. Pandering to a subset of outliers other than ensuring basic human rights are upheld is deranging Western society.

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It’s a shame that left and right wing don’t really mean anything these days... I identify as left wing but some of my beliefs (factual ones) are regarded as right wing (the T word). Some of the feminism I rejected as a student is making more sense these days. Not all of us have time to fact check every piece of information, and I’m not feeding trolls. Othering of female sex and what flows from it, which is what JB is focused on, remains an issue regardless.

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