A few days ago I received a link to a blog post called “Sara Buechner, Once David Buechner”, by Ira Rosenstein. In the post, Rosenstein displays his ignorance of the difference between sex (“what’s between your legs”) and gender (“what’s between your ears”).
While I was pondering how to approach my write-up about Rosenstein’s post, the Ron Gold debacle happened at Bilerico. As I read Gold’s post, I couldn’t help but notice one glaring commonality between the two screeds: apparent anxiety over penile amputation.
I recall reading something by Jan Morris in which it seemed that he thought he needed a sex change because he wanted men to hold doors open for him and kiss him goodbye at train stations. For starters, I’d have told him that I’ve had these nice things happen to me and I’ve still got my pecker.
David apparently went through the complete process- the hormonal treatments, and then the amputation. Followed by whatever crude physical reconstruction modern medicine is capable of. I think it’s clear most men would choose death instead.
We already know that anti-gay bigots think of homosexuality and feminism as two faces of the same challenge to masculinity and/or male dominance. So is it really a stretch to think that some men with personal masculinity or dominance issues might respond so maliciously to MtF women? Rosenstein has another post up claiming that the recognition of Asperger’s is part of “the current war on boys, the demonization of boys”, so he’s clearly got some man-adequacy issues. And Gold in the comment thread of his post responded to ZeoB’s (that’s the Zoe Brain of the blog A.E.Brain) mention of intersexed people like this:
What do you mean you are intersexed? From most of the stuff I’ve read “intersex” seems to be entirely about women with enlarged clitorises who have sometimes been misidentified as males, and sometimes forced to undergo clitorectomies.
Tell me he didn’t type that with johnson in hand.