I am not trans. I do have some trans friends and that made me search for information online. That alone would not make me blog about it.
What made me blog about it was that “trans-critical” authors got me at a pan point that has nothing to do with gender as such. They turned out to be my old and deeply hated enemy. Collectivists!
I grew up in the late USSR. I know exactly what it means when class interests are extolled, when “the common is higher than the personal”, and when “do you think you are special?” is an insult. Their “speshul snowflake” attacks on trans would ALONE suffice to make me into a committed trans supporter, because I have seen that and had that done on me – for things having to do with red hair and non-typical interests and beliefs, not gender. With THIS sort of bully against trans, up trans.
Every one human is special. Individual identity is more important than any collective which the human has not chosen (once chosen, a collective becomes a part of individual identity – and matters BECAUSE of the individual choice). This is where I come from. This is what I stand on. And this is why I find myself a trans ally, even though I am not of their movement and actually oppose gay marriage (a different story altogether – and I do support civil unions for all).
For this one trans ally, thank the radfems.