Manufacturing GID

Money drives the trans industry. From the doctors and “psychologists” who make diagnoses, to the surgeons who actually do the butchering, to the pharmaceutical corporations that pump hormones into healthy bodies…It’s all one big money-making racket!

But after seeing the latest post at GenderTrender,Transgender Children: an Intersex Activist’s Point of View, and the  picture attached, it’s also becoming glaringly obvious, even to those with their heads in the sand, that if you removed the cultural trappings of the modern world, GID would no longer exist.

 

 

Every item in these pictures must be bought.  Every item was conjured up and invented by  a bunch of men working for toy companies, brainstorming how to make the most profits at Christmas time. Every item had to be transported from the factories in China, brought by plane to the rich world, and distributed through warehouses and middle men until they reached the shop floor. Each item had to be meticulously marketed, using advertizing. Arbitrarily, the marketing men decided that the pink items would be aimed at kids with vaginas (regardless of what the individual preferences of vagina-owning children may actually be) and that the blue items would be marketed to kids with penises. (Conclusion: all patriarchies are simply obsessed with genitals.)

Anyway, this is what the men decided, and so they set about using their power as a class–as proprietors and managers of almost every single major manufacturing, advertizing and distributing company in the world–to make it so.

But while men are preoccupied by all this busy-busy work of theirs , it is noticeable that they spend very little time with children.

Women, meanwhile are spending their time telling their little boys that no, unfortunately they won’t be able to make a baby in their tummy like mommy when they grow up. Women are  busy washing out “Bug-Boxes” for daughters who insist on going outside and catch summer insects, barefoot (this was me this morning). Women are busy trying to rescue their cat because their little toddler boy has put it in a pram and is insisting on “taking it for walk”. (this was me this morning).

Even as male doctors and toy manufacturers are putting  an inordinate amount of time and energy into labelling kids, women are trying to survive the day to day, as women do, by smoothing away their children’s anxieties. And all this labelling is making women’s work harder than it has to be.

I am interested in the concept of bedrooms. I’ve heard it said by trans women that real females are cis-privileged because they had a pink and sparkly rooms as children, something the trans women themselves desired, but were not allowed to have, due to being male.

Now,

only a very tiny amount of children the world over get a room of their own. Japan is a rich, developed country, by world standards, and yet even here almost every family lives in a tiny apartment, with just two or three rooms.

 Bedrooms are usually tatami rooms, which are converted into a living space during the day. Foutons are folded up in the morning to make space, and are taken out of the cupboards again at night before the family goes to bed. Children of both sexes sleep together with the mother until they feel ready to move to their own fouton, at about the age of eight or nine. (BTW, there is overwhelming evidence to prove that sleeping with the mother prevents Crib death (SIDS) ) The father usually sleeps alone, or in many cases lives alone in a separate appartment close to his work (known as tanshin-funin)

 

 

There is literally no space to fill the appartment with gendered toys for each child.  If you live in a rural region you are more likely to have a house, but even houses are very small. I have  a one-bedroomed house.

 Media, such as cartoons and animation is, of course, gendered (though not all) but toys are pretty gender-less. My daughter’s summer kindergarten uniform is genderless. She wears exactly the same clothes as the boys.

Take away all the cultural gendering, and all that remains is a child’s sex. I swear when I go to collect my child, and all the kids are dressed in that maroon (or is it burgundy?) sportswear, it is extremely difficult to tell who is a boy and who is a girl.

Without the cultural trappings of gender  it becomes harder to slot children into one  box or the other. And much harder to pretend they’re in the “wrong” box. What feminism began to do back in the seventies was blur the lines between the boxes. It lost its way a bit during the backlash of the eighties and nineties, but I think we’re back on track now.

Mothers are getting angry at the way shops divide their children into pink or blue. Blogs are popping up all the time. Kristin Bair O’Keefe found her local Toys R Us riddled with gender divisions,  such as a fuschia pink “My first washing machine” with pictures of little girls on the box, and in another, separate, part of the store there was a blue themed “Boys Action and Adventure” department:

“Um, HELLO?????? How am I supposed to raise a strong, independent, adventurous, curious, self-assured, creative, loving, smart daughter when the entire “Girls” area of the store is hot pink and filled with ironing boards, washing machines, dolls, and cooking sets? While the “Boys” area of the store (aka “Action and Adventure”) is filled with action- and adventure-related toys? Cool stuff” ( Kristin Bair O’ Keefe )

I might be prematurely hopeful here, but I believe the upcoming generation of little girls (and boys) might have  a fighting chance of escaping the gender boxes. Our own mothers didn’t stand a chance against the patriarchs; they were raising girls in the midst of a backlash, and the media onslaught against their daughters in the form of pro-porn empowerment and beauty ideals  was like nothing women had ever had to face before in the history of womankind.

Our own mothers did not have to navigate this steep rocky path themselves as girls and were therefore clueless. All they could do was look on in impotent horror as their daughters wasted away from anorexia, or pumped their bodies full of silicone, or asked the Doctors of Death to perform mastectomies and hysterectomies on their healthy bodies in order to “cure” i.e destroy their femaleness. Every revolution eats its children, as the saying goes.

 But today’s mothers understand the backlash better than their own mothers did. They are more sophisticated when it comes to seeing how damaging media images can be; have more books on the subject to hand, have experienced the influence of advertising themselves and, through the web, more mothers then ever before have access to the information they need. Women are beginning to write about the horrors of breast implants.

Women’s reality will be heard this time.

[As I researched this post I uprooted a lot of patriarchal filth. Even a simple google to find an image of my daughter’s sportswear directed me to numerous porn sites, some of which appeared to be kiddy porn animation. But I have to leave you with this, which I found when I was looking for a pic of  a girl’s pink washing machine. It’s a Western man in the Phillipines, who is ever so pleased with himself for having bought his Phillipina bride her first washing machine. A pink one.]

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17 thoughts on “Manufacturing GID

  1. The mere fact that over 60% of little girls identify as tomboys as children should be a giveaway that there is no such thing as innate gender. Lots of children like shiny and glittery things. I did, but not as much as my best friend John. Whenever I hear people talk about gender as a synonym for sex I want to pull my hair out.

    You know they actually tried to later scientifically “prove” that women are innately drawn to pink. They said that since women were originally the gatherers while men hunted (which is false anyways according to all other sources) our eyes were naturally drawn to shades of red to find berries. Obviously men wouldn’t be drawn to red to find wounded animals or anything of the sort. And obviously red isn’t a main “boys” color while pink is a girl color.

  2. And while I’m on a roll,

    PInk was a boy’s colour in Europe until the fourties, because it was seen as part of the red spectrum and therefore too strong for girls. Blue was regarded as more quiet and calm:

    “According to Jean Heifetz, for centuries, all European children were dressed in blue because the color was associated with the Virgin Mary. The use of pink and blue emerged at the turn of the century, the rule being pink for boys, blue for girls. Since pink was a stronger color it was best suited for boys; blue was more delicate and dainty and best for girls. And in 1921, the Women’s Institute for Domestic Science in Pennsylvania endorsed pink for boys, blue for girls. (When Blue Meant Yellow. pp. 20 -21)

    One could argue that contemporary color symbolism confirms these associations. Blue is considered a calm, passive color, hence feminine. Red (pink derived from red) is considered active hence masculine.

    http://www.colormatters.com/colors_pink.html

    • I actually did a thesis on colour psychology, way back in the day.
      I did not cover the “baby” colours (or more correctly, artificial colour associations). But yes, blue is generally a calm colour.

      The 80s were certainly backlash years as far as children’s toys gender-coding, but, it is way worse now, with the addition of pinkifying absolutely everything for girls. They even dress primary school aged girls in pink from head to toe.

      What a mind fuck. Really.

      • Yes, I agree the backlash is increasing. But I just think back to my mother (she’s in her fifties now), who was raised as a girl in the seventies, when there was hardly any of this shit. The problems women faced then were different. Escaping an abusive spouse was difficult, divorce and illegitimate pregnancies were seen as shameful, many women didn’t understand that you didn’t have to get married. So we’ve overcome some major hurdles.
        THen she had me, and the backlash presented itself in full force, and she didn’t even know it was going on. I was anorexic and cutting myself in primary school, and by the age of 15 I was wondering whether prostitution would be a good way to save up for my breast implants. This was like nothing women had ever seen before.
        But todays mothers have seen it. We have been through it. We are writing about it, talking about it, and warning other mothers.
        Campaigns such as Pink Stinks are getting the word out.
        http://www.pinkstinks.co.uk/

      • Well, no one can live up to the beauty myth, the femininity myth, the virgin/whore myths – and that is exactly the purpose of these myths (pretend to be obtainable, but are not) – so it drives females crazy and insecure, hence eating disorders and self-harm.

        Even though (I grew up in the 60s-70s) toys were relatively gendered (dolls for girls, building/action stuff for boys) it was nothing like what happened in the 80s backlash, with an even greater gendered push – mainly aimed at girls – for the crappy pink washing machine, the crappy pink vacuum cleaner, the crappy pink [insert all other domestic house slave crap]. Boys had a wider variety of toys and activities, girls had dolls and pink housewares. And definitely again the last decade, talk about brainwashing and grooming. Is it any wonder that so many kids are supposedly non-gender-conforming with all this crap aimed at them? Any kid that rejects this artificial genderised nonsense is now ‘diagnosed’ as GID, and pushed into hormone blockers, unnecessary surgeries, and longterm (or lifetime) hormone replacement. All because they don’t want to follow the polarised gender roles and behaviours prescribed to them. And it does not mean they are “in the wrong body” at all. It just means they hate being dictated to on artificial behaviour (due to body/sex type).

        We know that these gender roles are a pile of shit, because just looking at different countries, the supposed roles manifest themselves in different ways, what can be deemed masculine in one culture, is deemed feminine in another. It is good you keep pointing out these differences in culture.

  3. Of course they were, there is SO much money to be made by forcing these “gender differences” on people. Anything that makes them money they will do even if it’s horrendous for society. People getting sex changes must be a HUGE money maker because after all the male things were bought, now all new pink things must be bought. New clothes, new shoes, etc…

  4. Really where do the twanz get their ideas? Actually, we know, it’s all those psyches who so terribly resent women who rejected them who fill the teeny twanz bwains with prejudice and nonsense. I guess it’s part of the twanz childhood, a psyche daddy who’s a perverted loser?

    Have you seen male psyches? Spit. Phtooeeey. Blarghghghh.

    (But I covet one of those washing machines. I don’t care what colour.)

  5. This is fantastic! I wonder why I never got a pingback. Such good points about the marketing of gender- especially the inculcation of gendered identity marketing habits to children.

  6. Also, it is a particularly Western phenomena to actually claim one “is” the opposite sex. Trannies outside the western world, even those who have been castrated or had a fake vagina installed don’t claim to actually “be” female.

    • I suppose Western = ANglo cultures, including Britain and Australia
      The richer a country gets, the more susceptible it is to all of this, I suppose.

      In Japan MT2 transsexuals are called “New Halfs”. THe logic behind it is as ridiculous as our trans logic, but at LEAST they’re not pretending they’re women.

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