#Sheila Jeffreys Tumblr posts

  • radfem-book-club
    08.04.2021 - 1 mont ago

    "The effect of the cultural turn on feminist ideas about beauty is three-fold. Women are seen as having choice and agency in relation to beauty practices, or even being empowered by them. Women are represented as having the power to 'play' with beauty practices because instead of being oppressive they can now be reinterpreted as fun. Fashion magazines and popular culture are reinterpreted as fascinating resources from which girls and women can be inspired and creative rather than playing a role in the enforcement of dominant ideology."

    Sheila Jeffreys Beauty and Misogyny (2005) Chapter 1: The "Grip of Culture on the Body"

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  • radfem-book-club
    08.04.2021 - 1 mont ago

    "'New' [1990s] feminism argued that women had achieved huge advances by the late twentieth century towards equal opportunities with men in the public world of work. This 'new' feminism was influenced by radical American liberal individualism such as that expressed by a 1986 book which argued that 'gender justice' could be achieved entirely through the facilitation of women's choices by removal of barriers so that 'individuals have the opportunity to choose.' In the 'new' feminism women's private lives were now simply the result of 'choice' and should be off limits for feminist analysis or action. . . In other words, the context in which 'choices' are made is less important than the opportunity to explore them. This eschewing of rational interrogation of the mystery of such 'choices' and pleasures to which most men seem immune, and what they might mean for women's lives, renders beauty practices into an aspect of the natural world beyond political concern."

    Sheila Jeffreys Beauty and Misogyny (2005) Chapter 1: The "Grip of Culture on the Body"

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  • radfem-book-club
    08.04.2021 - 1 mont ago

    "[B]eauty practices are not about women's individual choice or a 'discursive space' for women's creative expression but, as other radical feminist theorists have argued before me, a most important aspect of women's oppression. The feminist philosopher Marilyn Frye has written incisively of what makes a theory feminist, and why it is not enough to rely on women's individual assurances that a practice is OK with them and in their interests:

    "One of the great powers of feminism is that is goes so far in making the experiences and lives of women intelligible. Trying to make sense of one's own feelings, motivations, desires, ambitions, actions and reactions without taking into account the forces which maintain the subordination of women to men is like trying to explain why a marble stops rolling without taking friction into account. What feminist theory is about, to a great extent, is just identifying those forces . . . and displaying the mechanics of their applications to women as a group (or caste) and to individual women. The measure of the success of the theory is just how much sense it makes of what did not make sense before. (Frye, 1983, p. xi)"

    Sheila Jeffreys Beauty and Misogyny (2005) Introduction

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  • medusanevertalks
    23.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    “A wave of publicity that alerted men to the possibilities open to them occurred in relation to the sex change of Christine Jorgensen[...]. The historian of transgenderism, Joanne Meyerowitz, states ‘In the 1950s Jorgensen made sex change a household term’ (Meyerowitz, 2002: 51). Jorgensen’s case generated a huge media interest in the United States. In his Transgender History, the transgender activist Susan Stryker says that ‘Jorgensen’s fame was a watershed event in the transgender history’ (Stryker, 2008: 49). Jorgensen was homosexual, and said in his memoirs that his ‘emotions were either those of a woman or a homosexual’ (Meyerowitz, 2008: 54). His preference was to consider himself a woman, perhaps because he considered homosexuality immoral: ‘it was deeply alien to my religious attitudes’ (quoted in Meyerowitz, 2008: 57). In a letter to a psychiatrist in 1950/1951, Jorgensen described himself as a ‘homosexual with a ‘large amount of femininity’ (quoted in Meyerowitz, 2008: 59). Within a few years both Jorgensen and the doctors who treated him would emphasize the difference between his condition and that of homosexuality, and stress that his problem was ‘glandular’ (Meyerowitz, 2008: 61). But early in his career, the concept of transgenderism had not been constructed with which Jorgensen could identify. Meyerowitz explains that it was Jorgensen’s endocrinologist who told him that he was not homosexual but had a condition called ‘transvestism’, which was ‘deep-rooted in all the cells’ of his body (Meyerowitz, 2008: 66).”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender#trans history #transgenderism & homosexuality #Christine Jorgensen #alerting men to the possibilites open to them #Joanne Meyerowitz #historian of transgenderism #'in the 1950s Jorgensen made sex change a household term' #Susan Stryker #a homosexual whose 'emotions were either those of a woman or a homosexual' #'his preference was to consider himself a woman' #men have the power of naming #This power of naming enables men to define experience/ to articulate boundaries and values/ to designate each thing its realm and qualities/ #to determine what can and cannot be expressed/ to control perception itself. #→ see Dworkin's 'Pornography: Men Possessing Women' #Jorgensen described himself as a 'homosexual with a large amount of femininity' #increasing emphasis on the difference between Jorgensen's condition & homosexuality #Jorgensen's endocrinologist #a condition called 'transvestism' which was 'deep-rooted in all the cells' of his body #rejection of effeminacy
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  • medusanevertalks
    23.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    “After his (Virgina Prince) second marriage ended he began to, as he puts it, ‘personate’ women in public, had electrolysis to remove his beard and gained breasts as a result of hormone treatment, but he retained his penis. Prince became the spokesman for the tranvestite community and claimed to have coined the terms ‘transgenderism’ and ‘transgenderist’ to describe men such as himself who ‘have breasts and live full-time as a woman but who have no intention of having genital surgery’ (quoted in Ekins, 2005: 9). Prince considered the development of transgender surgery, and its wide dissemination and promotion, to be problematic because he thought it caused susceptible tranvestites to be seduced into taking that route; an insight that was prophetic.”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender#trans history#Virginia Prince #to 'personate' women in public #. . . #spokesman for the transvestite community #coined the terms 'transgenderism' & 'trangenderist' #to describe men who 'have breasts and live full-time as a woman but have no intention of having genital surgery' #the development of transgender surgery & its wide dissemination + promotion #prophetic insights
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  • medusanevertalks
    23.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    The idea of a gender ‘mistake’

    “The idea of gender offered a way out of the difficult situation in which such men [men seeking a sex change] would otherwise be seen as sexually motivated by a ‘paraphilia’ to cross-dress or change sex. The association with sexuality created problems for their access to treatment, and the seriousness with which they were regarded in the public world. The idea of a ‘gender’ mistake, in which they mysteriously incorporated a ‘feminine essence’, washed them clean of sleaze and enabled them to constitute themselves as a confident rights-bearing minority who were just born different.”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender#trans history#trans activism #transgenderism & treatment #[pls insert the 'staring into the void' meme of your choice here] #ideas of gender #men seeking a sex change #otherwise seen as sexually motivated by 'paraphilia' #to cross-dress or change sex #association with sexuality created problems #the idea of a 'gender' mistake #MISTAKE#woops #mysteriously incorporated a 'feminine essence' #washed clean of sleaze & enabled to constitute themselves as a confident rights-bearing minority #! confident indeed #oh the male privileges
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  • medusanevertalks
    23.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    “Another force in the construction of transgenderism, according to David Valentine, is the conservatism of a gay male politics concerned to reject and sideline effeminacy. Whatever the balance of forces that constructed transgenderism in the late twentieth century, one puzzling element is the lack of criticism by male gay scholars, particularly since hatred of homosexuality so clearly played a role, and one group of those who aspire to transgender are men who love men. [...]

    The absence of any critique of transgenderism from within the male gay community is sufficiently conspicuous as to need explanation, and David Valentine seeks to offer one (Valentine, 2007). He argues that the lack of protest by gay men points to the useful function that transgenderism performs for a new breed of conservative gay men post gay liberation. These conservative gay men assert their concordance with normative masculinity and seek to deny and exclude effeminate gay men by casting them into the category of ‘transgender’. This ploy protected the normality of the gay men and helped in his campaign to be accepted legislatively and socially as just another jock.”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender #transgenderism & homosexuality #the construction of transgenderism #David Valentine #the conservatism of gay male politics #concerned to reject & sideline effeminacy #the lack of criticism by male gay scholars #hatred of homosexuality #one group of those who aspire to transgender are men who love men #absence of any critique from within the male gay community #the useful function that transgenderism performs #conservative gay men post gay liberation #to assert their concordance with normative masculinity #to seek to deny & exclude effeminate gay men #a ploy to protect the normality of gay men #a campaign to be accepted legislatively & socially as just another jock #!!
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  • medusanevertalks
    23.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    “Valentine argues that when he did his research in the late 1990s in New York, he found, much to his surprise, that there was no transgender community. He carried out his research while employed as a safe sex educator for the transgender community and found that the majority of those whom he was directed for outreach work either did not know the term transgender or did not relate to it. Even those who lived full-time in clothing usually associated with women, and those who had surgery to remove parts of their bodies saw themselves as gay men. Valentine argues, persuasively, that most of the varieties of behaviour now commonly placed by scholars and social workers under a transgender umbrella, such as drag artists, feminine gay men and butch lesbians, have historically, and in the present, been understood by themselves and others as ‘gay’.”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender#trans history #transgenderism & homosexuality #David Valentine#90s #'there was no transgender community' #research #either didn't know the term or didn't relate to it #they saw themselves as gay men #(when words still had meaning) #under the transgender umbrella #how to academically poison ppl's relation to reality #drag artists/ feminine gay men/ butch lesbians #historically & in the present understood by themselves & others as 'gay'
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  • medusanevertalks
    21.03.2021 - 1 mont ago
    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism #the fight to remove the definition of what a woman is from masculine institutions #to develop our own understandings #the 'right' to self define 'gender' #subjecting womanhood to men's power to define #! #the power of naming
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  • medusanevertalks
    21.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    “The term ‘gender’ itself is problematic.

    It was first used in a sense that was not simply about grammar by sexologists—the scientists of sex such as John Money in the 1950s and 1960s—who were involved in normalizing intersex infants. They used the term to mean the behavioral characteristics they considered most appropriate for persons of one or other biological sex. They applied the concept of gender when deciding upon the sex category in which those infants who did not have clear physical indications of one biological sex or another should be placed (Hausman, 1995). Their purpose was not progressive. These were conservative men who believed that there should be clear differences between the sexes and sought to create distinct sex categories through their projects of social engineering. Unfortunately, the term was adopted by some feminist theorists in the 1970s, and by the late 1970s was commonly used in academic feminism to indicate the difference between biological sex and those characteristics that derived from politics and not biology, which they called ‘gender’ (Haig, 2004).

    Before the term ‘gender’ was adopted, the term more usually used to describe these socially constructed characteristics was ‘sex roles’. The word ‘role’ connotes a social construction and was not susceptible to the degeneration that has afflicted the term ‘gender’ and enabled it to be wielded so effectively by transgender activists. As the term ‘gender’ was adopted more extensively by feminists, its meaning was transformed to mean not just the socially constructed behaviour associated with biological sex, but the system of male power and women’s subjugation itself, which became known as the ‘gender hierarchy’ or ‘gender order’ (Connell, 2005; MacKinnon, 1989).”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender#trans history #the concept of gender #the term 'gender' #first used in a sense that was not simply about grammar #sexologists#John Money #50s + 60s #normalizing intersex infants #behavioral characteristics considered most appropriate for persons of one or other biological sex #when deciding upon the sex category #(not progressive no-not progressive) #conservative men who sought to create distinct sex categories #projects of social engineering #'gender' was adopted by feminist theories in the 70s #used in academic feminism to indicate the difference between biological sex & those characteristics derived from politics/ not biology #'sex roles' #'role' → connotes a social construction #/not susceptible to the degeneration that has afflicted the term 'gender' #its meaning transformed #the system of male power & women's subjugation #the 'gender hierarchy' #'gender order'
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  • medusanevertalks
    21.03.2021 - 1 mont ago

    “Transgenderism has only been an accepted disorder for which the treatment of choice is the administration of hormones, and perhaps amputation or other surgery, for a comparatively short time. Many US physicians contested the idea of such treatments for the condition until the 1970s, and some still do (Meyerowitz, 2002). In the 1990s, partly as a result of the potential for networking created by the Internet, a political movement of transgender activism was created to campaign for transgender ‘rights’.”

    — Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts; 2014

    #Sheila Jeffreys#Gender Hurts#2014#quote#radical feminism#gender#trans activism#trans history #transgenderism & treatment #an accepted disorder #the treatment of choice #administration of hormones/ possible amputation and/or other surgery #a contested idea until the 1970s #the 90s #partly thx to the potential for networking created by the Internet #political movement of transgender activism
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  • mean-gemini
    02.02.2021 - 3 monts ago

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    #sorry I’m too drunk to articulate this very well but As A Lesbian I feel rly weird abt femmes who make a point to exclusively date butches #or butches who make a point to exclusively date femmes #I’m not gonna go straight to like accusing them of internalizing heteronormative gender roles bc obviously it’s still a lesbian relationship #and therefore cannot be heteronormative but .. #....... something about it feels weird to be and I can’t put it into words #idk like I get having a type u kno and like ultimately it’s not that big of a deal even if it is a little weird #but idk I’m just kind of like . Is it perhaps possible that despite being a lesbian u still think a relationship has to be #a Masculine Person and a Feminine Person #idk #I also just think like .... femininity or at least conventional femininity is a product of misogyny so it’s especially weird to me when #butch radfems talk abt being into femmes only bc im like ....... #aren’t we always talking abt how restrictive and harmful femininity is ............ #idk I’m speaking as someone who is rly neither butch not femme like I’m kinda right in the middle #also it’s probably not that deep I’m just thinking #more and more the whole butch/femme thing is starting to feel icky to me #maybe Sheila jeffreys was right lol #I rly want to hear other people’s thoughts on this but please be nice about it lol #if ur a butch who’s only into femmes or a femme who’s only into butches I truly don’t mean any disrespect I’m just trying to understand #also I put this all in the tags bc I know it’s potentially controversial and I don’t wanna start shit lol #I just feel like butch/femme shit is getting out of hand the same way top/bottom shit got out of hand #like they’re fine as labels but once it gets to the point where u start acting like a lesbian relationship Has To Be a butch and a femme or #a top and a bottom or whatever the fuck #that’s when I’m like uhhhhhhhhh #I do think there’s a chance that in some way it’s trying to imitate heterosexuality #I don’t think it’s always that I know it’s more complex than that #but I don’t think it’s entirely impossible that here’s an element of trying to imitate heterosexuality in there #and I’m not accusing either butches or femmes of this just like . the ppl who think that a lesbian relationship must be butch/femme
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  • chronic-yonic
    21.01.2021 - 3 monts ago
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  • hieronymouscock
    22.11.2020 - 5 monts ago

    my dad keeps telling me to shave my head and free myself. who radicalized my dad.

    #who let my dad read beauty and misogyny by sheila jeffreys
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  • heynattt
    15.10.2020 - 6 monts ago

    No les pasa que están leyendo Herejía Lesbiana y se siente como si lo hubiera escrito el año pasado.

    Y eso me pone a pensar en la frase de "quién no sabe su historia está destinado a repetirla".

    Ojalá las lesbianas nos alejáramos más de lo queer y LGBTasdfghj+ y nos acercáramos mas al feminismo (si es lesbofeminismo mejor)

    #herejia lesbiana#Sheila Jeffreys#lesbiana#feminismo#queer #lesbian not queer #lesbiana no queer
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  • antiplondon
    24.08.2020 - 8 monts ago
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  • reading-blog
    18.08.2020 - 8 monts ago
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  • reading-blog
    17.08.2020 - 8 monts ago
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    17.08.2020 - 8 monts ago
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