Sunday, July 31, 2005

Intellectual Underpinnings of "Trans" Activisim

Why is the "T" included in "GLBT"? The radical transgender/transsexual and homosexual movements share the goal of negating or overturning the traditional understanding of our God-given, natural biological gender. These extremists are engaged in an all-out effort to "normalize so-called sex change operations [and other deviant behaviors] and to deconstruct the reality of male and female in our culture." (See Traditional Values Coalition for more readings on the "trans" activist world.)

It's hard to take this topic seriously, until you see the photos of teenage boys in fishnet stockings and short dresses on parade at the Governor's "Youth Pride" parade in Boston; or read about boys going to their high school or college prom as a "queen"; or see the photos from Boston's Gay Pride events of the young women baring their scarred chests, with breasts removed; or hear about the push on college campuses to demand unisex bathrooms; or see the agenda for your local high school "awareness" days. This is what "gender identity" and "gender expression" include.

So we thought it might be interesting to look into the brains of these people. Here is an example of the "scholarship" supporting the transgenderl/transsexual revolution (out of Berkeley --
where else!):

cultivating transsexuality with the internet as a technology of the self
Jaime R. Balboa, Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley


Queer theorists such as Judith Butler and Michel Foucault argue for or assume the amorphousness of human sexual desire and identity(ies)--an amorphousness which is staunchly regulated by hegemonic ideologies (i.e., compulsory patriarchal heterosexuality) and their concomitant technologies of the self. In this paper I shall explore the ways in which cyber-narratives, cyber-identities, and cybersex constitute a Foucauldian technology of the self which enables the cultivation of a transsexual sexual desire and identity. Correlatively, I shall argue that the fictive realm of the internet offers a means by which traditional (fictive) categories for being sexual, i.e., straight, gay, bisexual, are vigorously contested, indeed, deconstructed, by the performance of cybersex in its counter-hegemonic narrative frames. The internet, as a technology of the self, can provide a site for continual self-construction and deconstruction, providing for both (1) outlets of transgressive sexual desires and (2) the construction of transsexuality. I shall also argue that the effects of the internet on sexual identity are not entirely new. Rather, when understood through Butler's theory of gender performativity, it will become clear that the enactment of cybersex in the malleable context of the internet is a hyperbolic and deconstructive repetition of traditional sexual narratives.