This was a comment Aria made on her blog post called The Argument of the Beard about Dan Choi who is the US Army officer discharged under Don't ask, Don't tell.
My comments are below
“Go ahead: call me a ‘misogynist.’ I’m still pro-choice, pro-ERA. …”
See, this is the problem; if you say you believe in the right things, you don’t actually have to believe them in today’s America. Lip service to high ideals is the same thing as actually doing them. You can do or say any crappy thing to anyone if you are on the “right” side of a set of social issues.
And it’s interesting to watch people over at Pam’s who initially took offense backpedal and start making nice again. Gay male misogyny is quickly excused as just being one of the boys, you know how they like to use women’s body parts and functions as insults. We shouldn’t be too hard on them because we just know their hearts are in the right place.
I wonder how long the lesbians in the GLBT are going to put up with that kind of garbage. Anything for the cause, eh? Makes you wonder how far you have to go before you don’t have common cause anymore.
And these are the spokespeople for transsexual women today? No thank you, Mr. Gay America. Your misogyny stinks, and your politics stink just as bad. The GayLBT should not have dominion over medical conditions like transsexualism.
The post itself is another rant about how everyone is out to get her and well you know the rest. I do wonder if she comes up with these rants when she is in front of the mirror taking pictures of herself but that is another interesting thought.
Aria has done what she always does which is twist a quote to fit her supposed feminist, true transsexual, and proud activist myopic views of the world. Here is Dan Choi's actual quote taken in context plus his response to the outrage by people like Aria.
At Netroots Nation '10, Dan gave Harry Reid his West Point ring; the Senate Majority Leader said he would return it when DADT was repealed. Guess he'll have that ring for a long while...
But to Choi's mind, Reid's gamble of attaching gay rights to a defense bill gave the Republicans a legitimate reason to feel shut out of the debate. So what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. "Harry Reid is a pussy," Choi angrily said after the failed vote in the Senate last month, vowing to speak out about the Democratic leader, "and he'll be bleeding once a month."
Very crude but IMHO an accurate description of Harry Reid but in no way transphobic or anti women because well guys unfortunately talk like that and guys are crude and men who have been in combat are exceedingly crude. Any fellow soldier or man that that doesn't do his job, shows weakness, is a coward whether political or in combat, or keep a promise is a pussy.
Pussy is an English word meaning:
- The human female genitalia in slang
- Pejoratively, cowardicing or weakness as an insult in general
Originally Feminism referred to movements aimed at establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women which as a woman in the workplace for 43+ years I have both fought for and set precedents for. The problem is I do not want to emasculate men.
I love men as they are with all their normal foibles, insecurities, fears, wants, and desires. I particularly have enjoyed being an object of the sexual wants of men and am not ashamed to admit it. I wanted everything that went with being a girl including, menstruation, pregnancy, and in particular men. I wanted men to protect me and hold me and open doors for me and make love to me. If that bothers some of you then so be it.
The single most overused and misused word in the world of women is misogyny. Men do not hate women. Male rapists hate women. Men would like to control women because they want access to what we possess which shock of shocks is a "pussy" if they are heterosexual. 99% of men will do anything we want to gain access to that glorious area of our bodies so who has the power exactly?? As I told a boyfriend one time, "As long as batteries are legal I don't need you but you need me so be nice."
People like Aria throw the word misogyny around like pollen in the Spring winds. Aria might actually be a misandrist but I am not sure if it is theoretically possible to hate what you once were. I doubt one can find any post of hers without the use of the term misogyny in some way, shape, or form although I am probably exaggerating it seems that way. She seems to believe by throwing it around it makes her a better woman or more representative of an actual feminist or maybe more truthfully it makes her feel more of a woman to sound like some feminist radical which she is not.
Because Choi is a gay man by definition he is not attracted to women but that does not make him a misogynist based on his comments and then to make the giant leap that he or people like him represent trans anything is beyond stupid. I could recommend that Aria read up on the Philosophy of Logic but why let truth or reason get in the way of dogma.