I saw a little girl today who was absolutely riveted by the life in the rotting seaweed around the harbour. I love seeing these little moments, because it takes me back to some of my first experiences as a ‘young naturalist’ of sorts.

I was nearby, photographing and identifying pollinators: I was just about to go over and ask her what she had found…

Both of us had our moments shattered, however, as her mother started screaming at her about getting her clothes dirty. Unfortunately, I also have memories of moments like these, where the female obligation to be decorative trumped my right to be fascinated and curious about the world around me.

She immediately started crying when he parents took her by the arm and led her away.

For those of you who are parents or caregivers, think of what is means to prioritise a child’s appearance over her learning and interests. It’s not fair to socialise girls this way: it breeds self-consciousness, insecurity, and I’m absolutely sure has a direct link to why girls and women are under-represented in the sciences. 

Gender Nihilism: An Anti-Manifesto
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We are at an impasse. The current politics of trans liberation have staked their claims on a redemptive understanding of identity. Whether through a doctor or psychologist’s diagnosis, or through a personal self affirmation in the form of a social utterance, we have come to believe that there is some internal truth to gender that we must divine.

An endless set of positive political projects have marked the road we currently travel; an infinite set of pronouns, pride flags, and labels. The current movement within trans politics has sought to try to broaden gender categories, in the hope that we can alleviate their harm. This is naive.

Judith Butler refers to gender as, “the apparatus by which the production and normalization of masculine and feminine take place along with the interstitial forms of hormonal, chromosomal, psychic, and performative that gender assumes.” If the current liberal politics of our trans comrades and siblings are rooted in trying to expand the social dimensions created by this apparatus, our work is a demand to see it burned to the ground.

We are radicals who have had enough with attempts to salvage gender. We do not believe we can make it work for us. We look at the transmisogyny we have faced in our own lives, the gendered violence that our comrades, both trans and cis have faced, and we realize that the apparatus itself makes such violence inevitable. We have had enough.

We are not looking to create a better system, for we are not interested in positive politics at all. All we demand in the present is a relentless attack on gender and the modes of social meaning and intelligibility it creates.

At the core of this Gender Nihilism lies several principles that will be explored in detail here: Antihumanism as foundation and cornerstone, gender abolition as a demand, and radical negativity as method.

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me: *notices my 4 year old nephew’s new Spiderman sandals* wow! I like your shoes!
him: I was thinking they were just for boys but the lady at preschool says that girls and boy can have the same things so if you really liked them we could go to get you some of your own if you wanted from the shops?

Glad to hear that school is teaching him right!

IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS

Biological Sex – attributes such as anatomy, chromosomes, and hormones that is usually assigned at birth and inform whether a person is male, female, or intersex. (source)

Gender – the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones). (source)
Gender Identity – a person’s internal sense of being a man, a woman, neither of these, both, and so on; one’s inner sense of being. Everyone has a gender identity. (source)
Gender Expression – the ways in which a person manifests masculinity, femininity, both, or neither through appearance, behavior, dress, speech patterns, preferences, and more. (source)
Gender Roles – set of roles, activities, expectations and behaviors assigned to females and males by society. American culture recognizes two basic gender roles: Masculine (having the qualities attributed to males) and feminine (having the qualities attributed to females). Other countries have three or more gender roles. (source)
Transgender – sometimes used as an umbrella to describe anyone whose identity or behavior falls outside of stereotypical gender norms. More narrowly defined, it refers to an individual whose gender identity does not match their assigned birth gender. (source)
Cisgender – refers to people whose sex assignment at birth corresponds to their gender identity and expression. (source)
The Gender Binary – Western view of gender as a rigid binary consisting only of two options, male or female, usually designated by physical sex characteristics as observed at birth. (source)
The Gender Spectrum – opposed the static, binary model produced through a solely physical understanding of gender. Includes the intersection of biology, gender expression, and gender identity in a multidimensional array of possibilities. Represents a more nuanced, and ultimately truly authentic model of the human experience of gender. (source)
Nonbinary – an umbrella term covering any gender identity that doesn’t fit within the gender binary. The label may also be used by individuals wishing to identify as falling outside of the gender binary without being any more specific about the nature of their gender.(source)
Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGP) – the pronoun or set of
pronouns that an individual would like others to use when talking to or about that individual. Examples include she/her/hers, ze/hir/hirs, he/him/his, and others. (source)
Gender Dysphoria – happens when a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. (source)
Misgender – refer to someone (especially a transgender person) using a word, especially a pronoun or form of address, that does not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify. (source)

Men who say they want a long-term relationship do much better than men looking for an occasional lover. But women looking for an occasional lover do great.

For men, a woman’s looks are of paramount importance. For women, a man’s income is terribly important.

The richer a man is the more e-mails he receives. But a woman’s income appeal is a bell-shaped curve: men do not want to date low-earning women, but once a woman starts earning too much, they seem to be scared off. 

Men want to date students, artists, musicians, veterinarians, and celebrities (while avoiding secretaries, retirees, and women in the military and law enforcement). Women do want to date military men, policemen, and firemen (possibly the result of a 9/11 Effect, like the higher payments to Paul Feldman’s bagel business), along with lawyers and financial executives. Women avoid laborers, actors, students, and men who work in food services or hospitality.

In the world of online dating, a headful of blond hair on a woman is worth about the same as having a college degree—and, with a $100 dye job versus a $100,000 tuition bill, an awful lot cheaper.
—  Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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Dear mom and dad,
When the doctor thought I had male parts when mom got her first ultrasound, you were happy

Dear mom and dad,
When I came out and the doctor said “it’s a girl” you were happy

Dear mom and dad,
You dressed me up and did my hair,
You bought me shiny jewelry to wear,
And bought me dolls and barbies

Dear mom and dad,
You assumed my gender before I even knew what gender was

Dear mom and dad,
When you found out my adoration to both boys and girls when I was only 4 you told me “girls can only date boys. And you’re a girl”

Dear mom and dad,
You raised me to be who you wanted me to be. Not who I really was

Dear mom and dad,
As the years passed I never felt right but I didn’t dare to tell you because I knew you wouldn’t accept it, I knew you would reject me

Dear mom and dad,
When I first came out to you about being a boy you were unhappy, thought I was just lesbian, and told me it was just a phase

Dear mom and dad,
You made me cry and go back into the closet where I stayed for another few years

Dear mom and dad,
You thought the “phase” passed

Dear mom and dad,
When I came out to you again you gave me a 7 hour lecture telling me that it’s my hormones, and I’m confused because I’m still trying to figure out who I am, and how god made me a girl so I should stay that way because god’s plan is the right way

Dear mom and dad,
You’re the reason I’m an atheist and you’re the reason I attempted suicide that night

Dear mom and dad,
When I got my first haircut like a guy you looked at me in disgust, but inside I was smiling because I was starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin

Dear mom and dad,
I started wearing baggy clothes to look more like a guy and you started calling me pretty to reassure yourself that I’m still you’re daughter

Dear mom and dad,
I’m not you’re daughter, I never was, never am, and never will be

Dear mom and dad,
I’m getting a job so I can buy a binder and guy clothes

Dear mom and dad,
You can no longer stop me from being who I am anymore, this is my life and I have control over it

Dear mom and dad,
Beware, I found my own voice

Dear mom and dad,
I no longer care if it makes you unhappy because it makes me happy

Dear mom and dad,
If you were happy either way at first, why aren’t you happy now?

Dear mom and dad,
Thanks to you I envy kids with accepting parents

Dear mom and dad,
I just wish you’d love me and accept me for who I am…