As a woman recovering from a relationship with a man who wants to be a woman, I experienced a lot of personal hurt and injury during my close encounter of the trans* kind. As an individual, I have been hurt by the lies and deceit. I have felt very angry about the time I wasted living with, and loving, someone who doesn’t actually exist. But, deceit and betrayal are not new issues in human relationships. I’ll survive.
As a member of the sex class, Women, however, I do doubt my survival. I doubt the survival of all of us. Male-born transgender are exercising their male privilege and demanding the right to define our sex class for themselves. Men are demanding full and complete access to all women at all times. Men are demand that THEY be the women and that WE be…. nothing.
Men hating and subjugating women is part of our everyday lives. Everyday misogyny. We live in a very powerful, entrenched patriarchy. Women are oppressed by men. This is the way we are forced to live.
There have always been handmaidens under patriarchy, those women who act on the behalf of men to get men what they want from women. It is sad that they exist. It is sadder that they present themselves to Women as warriors, fighting on our behalf, fighting with us, to free ourselves from male supremacy.
This is The F Word. An organization which holds itself forth to women as a feminist resource to eliminate male oppression of women. Meet the Handmaidens: The F Word allows Men to define you, encourages Men to invade your private space, answers to an agenda set by Men. They do not support the liberation of Women from Male Oppression; they assist in our Oppression.