A similar thought was aired in April 2018, when Russell Brown asked "Why are right-wing men *so* obsessed by Lizzie Marvelly?" The answers flooded in from adoring Marvellettes: "Because she's awesome"; "You wonder if they realise how much it says about them"; "They scared. Ain’t prawn cocktails at the mandalay no more, old men"; "I do wonder if it’s a bit like the six year old boy at school, who’s only way of showing affection towards a girl is to hurt/ denigrate her"; "I think there is something about 'seen and not heard' that bugs them"; "Aren’t most rightwingers obsessed about something?"
Friday, October 13, 2023
From The Struggle To Find Trans Love In San Francisco (For one trans woman, finding a date within San Francisco’s lesbian community turned out to be much harder than she anticipated) by Julia Serano
Sexual attraction is a complex phenomenon, and of course there is lots of individual variation. I certainly do not expect every cis queer woman to swoon over me. And if it were only a small percentage of cis dykes who were not interested in trans women at all, I would write it off as simply a matter of personal preference. But this not a minor problem—it is systemic; it is a predominant sentiment in queer women’s communities. And when the overwhelming majority of cis dykes date and fuck cis women, but are not open to, or are even turned off by, the idea of dating or fucking trans women, how is that not transphobic? And to those cis women who claim a dyke identity, yet consider trans men, but not trans women, to be a part of your dating pool, let me ask you this: How are you not a hypocrite?
I did not write this piece to vent about my dating life. I go out on plenty of dates, and I’m having lots of super-fucking-awesome sex, just not with cis women at the moment.
With regards to meeting queer women, it seems that traditionally much of this takes place in dyke bars and clubs. While I am sometimes in such spaces, I don’t feel that they are very conducive for me to meet potential romantic or sexual partners. This is partly due to the fact that I am generally read as a cis woman. While I recognize this is a privilege, as it makes my life significantly easier in many ways, it also means that any flirting, making out, or heavy petting I engage in will eventually lead to a coming-out-as-trans moment, which often leaves me with an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach. While you would think that cis dykes (being more trans aware than the public at large) would take such coming outs in stride, this is not actually the case. Trans female friends of mine have had to suffer through cis dyke “freak out” moments, or even accusations of deception, that rival stereotypical reactions of straight people. For obvious reasons, I’d rather avoid this if I can.