Objective and Subjective Reality

The Other McCain writes about the intra-progressive battle between “radfems” (radical feminists) and the transgender/transsexual rights community. (Here.) In the post, he mentions the concept of the “cotton ceiling,” i.e. lesbians’ lack of desire to sleep with men who have undergone gender reassignment surgery and live their lives as women. (For a full description, see here.)

In a conversation between a lesbian and a transgendered person, the following exchange took place (see previous link):

[Lesbian:] It’s not completely different to lesbians, and it’s not completely different at all. Lesbians are sexually attracted to females. This does not include trans women with penises.

What you say makes sense *only* if you believe the fiction that people with penises are *female.* Correct?

On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM, [redacted trans] wrote:
Trans women’s bodies are female bodies, whether or not we have penises.

If the words “male” and “female” have any meaning that distinguishes one from the other, that difference must be objective, i.e. not merely in the mind of any particular person.

Putting aside the statistically abnormal situations of extra chromosomes or malformed genitalia, men are adults with an X and a Y chromosome and the sex organs that normally develop therefrom. Women have two X chromosomes and certain sex organs that are different from a man’s sex organs. Men and women each produce gametes, and a male and a female gamete are required for procreation.

Objective reality does not bend to subjective, i.e. person-specific, whims. If you were born with unambiguously male chromosomes and sex organs, then you’re a man. Period. You might “feel” like a woman – let your freak flag fly – but you do not have the right to demand that other people deny reality on your behalf, especially when such denial of reality implies that someone is morally obligated to sleep with you. (Here’s a pro tip about being a real woman: we get very squeamish about the idea that we are obligated to sleep with certain people.)

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