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[–] madderthanhell 30 points (+30|-0) Edited

Brilliant. This line stands out:

The “transsexual empire” is thus a Trojan horse in the battle between the sexes, helping men to seduce unsuspecting women, or women who ought to know better, to join forces with their oppressors.

[–] goneharolding 22 points (+22|-0)

That, and half a dozen other flawless quotes. It’s a little spooky to see our exact arguments in such a familiar yet distant context. Not to mention how aggravating to think TRAs were clocked so accurately 40 years ago... Did no one listen??

[–] moxelan 11 points (+11|-0)

from what I understand, speaking against queer theory and transgenderism (in academia) has been frowned upon for decades. I imagine no one really expected it to crash into the mainstream like it has, as no one really predicted just how much social media would arrest so many peoples lives. I don't think TRAism would have caught on so much without it.

[–] hmimperialtortie 10 points (+10|-0)

No one in a position to do anything about it.

[–] goneharolding 12 points (+12|-0)

Maybe not at the time, but if they had started organizing then (like some others we know) we would be living in a very different world. It strikes me how most of us felt blindsided by Trans Rights and antifeminism, but this was all already understood so long ago. I read a snippet of an article about how San Francisco lesbians faced this stuff back then, Dr Em has a whole series about it which I definitely haven't had time to read, sadly. What I really want to know is how the resistance was subverted back then. Why did their campaign endure and ours didn't? Seems to me there's bound to be some valuable lessons there.