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I’d say it’s a culmination of things; of women being presented as uninteresting, two dimensional stereotypes in film and media - we are frequently reduced to sexual objects or pretty decorations. Women aren’t real people. Young girls/women think “but I’m a real person, I’m interesting and imperfect and more than these bland, beautiful vessels” Male characters are complex, exciting, dynamic, imperfect (but still likeable!) ... of course young women relate more strongly to (male) characters with actual character.

Only beautiful (and filtered/edited) women are seen on the internet and on film. Many normal looking girls feel inadequate. If a girl doesn’t fit the narrow window of beauty norms then how can she be a woman?

The depravity of men. The unspoken trauma of getting your first period, growing breasts and hips...the unwanted attention, leering, groping and commentary from boys who used to be peers, not to mention older men.

Really, why would anyone want to be a girl? Look at how how women are treated, dismissed, degraded, dominated, disrespected, hated (for no real reason) ... of course, the reality is that we have no choice. These girls are just naive enough to think the rest of us are happy with our lot as second class citizens.

The trauma of having a female reproductive system, knowing that if you ever wanted children you'd have to sacrifice yourself and even risk your life, instead of having a nice, quick orgasm and be done with it.

The fact that the whole world was built for men by men, the male is the standard and the "other" is the female.

The realisation (either conscious or unconscious) that men - who hold all the power politically, socially, professionally, and privately - hate us. They just hate women and girls, and they either want to hurt/kill us, or they're simply okay with it. And there's no known reason for that, only hypothesis and the frustration that follows.

Virtually everything going wrong with the world is caused by men, but women are somehow the ones to blame and take the harshest punishments. When women do great things it's "people", when women do wrongs it's "women". When men do great things it's "men", when men do wrongs it's "people".

The acknowledgement of your own physical disadvantages, understanding that you are weaken than any average man and you can't run as fast, jump as high, punch as hard. Your body is alien and many abilities related to personal freedom are sacrificed in the name of reproduction, even if you don't want and never wanted children. Also grasping what it means to be the weaker and "othered" side, when your counterpart wants to hurt you and/or exploit you.

Having no class solidarity despite being the world's most victimised minority (as in disadvantaged social class), while our oppressors will defend eachother even when they don't personally know the perpetrator but they know the victim.

Being considered responsible for your family's wellbeing, the domestic chore unfair ratio, the wage gap, and all the rest that frankly we are all familiar with.

I had to learn how to accept and love being a woman, but it's something I have to work towards every day because the rest of the world is actively working against it.

I agree, and also, when it comes to dating, almost everything about hetero dating revolves around who's The Man and who's The Woman. That's probably contributing to the non-binary trend.

100%. Sex is seen as something men do to women.

Women get fucked/banged/shagged etc

Men “make love” to women, not with them.

The woman is passive, she has things done to her.

Hetero sex is not presented as equal. And hetero norms are imposed onto LGBs so that w/w get asked “which one of you is the man?” 😐

[–] winnidream 9 points Edited

If a girl doesn’t fit the narrow window of beauty norms then how can she be a woman?

Right. Our worth is based on how pretty we are. This was drilled into me from a very young age

It also happens during late adolescent pubertal development too. I honestly can’t say that first growing breasts or getting my period around 11/12 distressed me at all, but around 18 my breasts grew about 2 cup sizes larger due to birth control and probably genetics and I remember hysterically crying after hearing the new bra size during a bra fitting. I just felt so uncomfortable and like I was going to be newly gawked at because of it.

He struggles with the new pronouns but agreed to the new male name, and reluctantly bought, at the 11-year-old’s request, a crocheted penis and testicles to wear inside their underwear.

I truly have no words

I'm a fairly chill parent and have probably been too lenient at times, but this is beyond the pale. Your job as a parent is to set boundaries and to say no TO BAD THINGS. You're essentially allowing a child to wear a strap-on. Just because it's 'crocheted' doesn't make it not a sexual object. Normal, healthy parents would be utterly grossed out that someone crocheted genitalia for children. I'd bet money a blue light would show bodily fluids cause that crocheter is highly likely to have a fetish and/or be a pedophile.

Unless The Guardian misreported "My 11 year old child literally held a gun to my head and said she'd shoot us both if I didn't buy her a crochet strapon" as "I bought it reluctantly", I can't even begin to understand what on earth he was thinking. If you can't say "no" in that situation, what will it take?

To be fair, the 11 year old might have threatened suicide, which to a parent is very scary.

Medical "professionals" claiming that those suicide threats are totally real doesn't help.

Parents probably are relieved when their children don't demand puberty blockers and think they can compromise by allowing the other stuff.

[–] Lilith-Fair 25 points Edited
  • Porn
  • Media, companies, influencers and trendsetters making "trans" the hippest new thing (indoctrination and putting stupid idea like "born in wrong body" into their heads)
  • Social Contagion on local levels
  • misguided liberal social justice activists anointing "trans" people as top of Oppression Hierarchy (indoctrination and putting stupid idea like "born in wrong body" into their heads)
  • Social media spreading harmful ideology to young people, feeding on their insecurity about their self-image as they enter puberty and showering them with applauses and attention (indoctrination and putting stupid idea like "born in wrong body" into their heads)
  • Celebrities eg: Kylie Jenner constantly posting manipulated photos of themselves as "the standard" of what women are to look like
  • Adult male sexual harassment toward girls as young as 10-12 as soon as they visibly entered puberty

Just a few reasons to start off top of my head... Why is it such a mystery to established media outlets like Guardian? What rock have they been sleeping under?

I’d also add that all the bright colours, rainbows, sparkly things, fluffy toys, unicorns would appeal to a lot of young girls. Heck, I’m 59 and still attracted to colourful sparkly things.

A fake rock with poorly applied makeup, and an ill-fitting dress and wig. They've convinced themselves it's a real rock because it feels that way.

It has never been particularly fun to be a girl, but with internet porn accessible even to primary school age boys, it has become even less fun.

And now those trans groomers tell girls that they could identify out of being considered subhuman objects to be raped.

Of course girls are going to want to identify as fully human beings who have their rights and boundaries respected.

Not that males would ever treat them as such, but the illusion is there.

It is not surprising at all. In fact, every couple of years there seems to be a new trend, a new way that women try to have their humanity acknowledged.

Back in the day, it was anorexia, either as a way to eternally stay a child and thus not be treated as sex object, or to be a thin woman and be perceived as more worthy.

And before that .. well, I would not be surprised if pretty much every generation of young girls had had some "disorder" that was connected to the fact that they very much noticed that with childhood, life as they knew it was over and they'd be turned into rapeslaves for males.

I've never put this together before, but did anyone else get fatshamed by the adults around you when you developed your adult body as a teen? I had a horrific time when I was about 15 when every adult I met talked about how I was "looking well" and they "didn't recognise me", all said in a snide way. But I wasn't fat, I had just grown from a teen shape into an adult woman shape in a very short space of time. Anyone else? It was very traumatic, in an era where gaining weight was seen as the worst thing a woman could do.

The reasons why teenage girls are trying to get out of womanhood are numerous, but fuck, this experience doesn't get talked about enough. DON'T COMMENT ON TEENAGE GIRLS' BODIES!

💯 it was mortifying to see the breasts growing and growing and I couldn’t control it:-( to then deal with the comments was beyond humiliating. Even if one ends up “looking good” it’s still very unpleasant.

My friend, a very liberal Gen Xer, peaked when her nephew told the family a few weeks ago he's a TIM. But, in talking to her, she had been mini-peaking for a while--why? Because so many of her Gen X friend's daughters are claiming to be trans or non binary. I feel like most people know it's bull shit. But in this political climate, it's hard for them to admit its all a fucking joke, or they stick their heads in the sand and refuse to analyze WHY these girls are doing this in astounding, never-before-seen numbers. My friend knew exactly why her friend's daughters were doing this. And yet, the world is being held hostage by this insanity. I hope this is the beginning of the downward slope toward a return to sanity.

It’s not entirely head in the sand. It’s also a lot of older folks not taking it seriously thinking it’s just young kids dumb shit, like kids being hippies, punks, goths, etc before. Non-binary and gender identity are all meaningless just like all the past youth trends. Most older people busy with real life responsibilities think it’s all just youth stuff not worth the time of the day. They don’t realize laws are being overhauled and institutions are imposing this madness en mass.

Then you got the “be kind” older folks still thinking they’re supporting gay rights. And they haven’t a clue transgender today is unrecognizable from traditional transvestites.

This whole horrific movement relies on keeping regular people in the dark to reshape society into the dystopia they want to create

I couldn’t believe my eyes, seeing this in the Guardian.

You know Owen Jones is having the world’s longest temper tantrum over this. My day is improved by that alone.

‘An explosion’: what is behind the rise in girls questioning their gender identity?

Oh, good grief. Being a girl or boy is not an identity, but concrete reality. In their effort to align with an insane, radical culture war ideology, the news media reporters clownishly twist themselves into convoluted knots. I don’t know when I’ve ever seen writing so goofy.

[–] BondiBlue 18 points Edited

The Internet, fucked-up theories that should have been purged from the academy, and a whole lot of money from rich, pornsick men. Many if not most are donors to the Democratic Party (and ideological cohorts like UK Labour and the Canadian Liberals and NDP).

The Guardian is finally dipping its toe into the slight possibility of questioning gender woo! That's a good sign.

Ahh...the Guardian feeling punked by The New York Times? Happy they did...we need more left leaning media to worry they've missed the ball on this.

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