a future male-to-female cyborg, why not?aLfrEdo tRifF
I wish to follow this piece of news, which turned into this and this and worse, this (that's lots of ricochets blurring the issue at hand).
Caitlyn Jenner you do not understand what being a woman is about at all. You want to be a woman and stand with us— well learn us.The point is misplaced. McGowan is a biological woman, not a transgender female. She can't be one. Caitlyn Jenner will never be the woman McGowan has in mind. A transgender female, Caitlyn is what McGowan could never come to be, even if she wanted to.
Each of us belongs in both a biological club and a gender club. Bio is DNA-bounded. Gender is a role-bounded. The TRANS club is gender-bounded. Its members feel and desire other than their respective DNA-bounds. They don't ever leave —can't— their biological clubs. True, transgender people fiddle with their bodies to make it look different (a M-F seeks a female body, the F-M transgender seeks a male body), but that's not a biological change. Some transgender individuals may not want neither male nor female bodies to fit their gender choice.
The reason is that the TRANS club may be a form of otherness plain and simple —and this is still a debatable point— beyond sex.*
Caitlyn Jenner's boobs, makeup, garments etc, are non-essential —if that's what drives McGowan's point. Does Caitlyn Jenner, minus her boobs, makes her any less a female? Or does McGowan's menstrual cycles more of a woman? Methinks not. Yet, a female coming from a M-F TRANS club should feel different than a female being in her own WOMEN's club (I'm sure the argument can be made that sex + desires make up for a normative difference).
This fight over being a woman is not literal! Which is what both McGowan and Andi Dier miss.
(Moreover, the Gender-bounded club is not, like its DNA counterpart, permanent. One can enter and leave it. It has happened).
*Imagine the possibility of "cyborg" as another gender form in the foreseeable future. Though I sympathize with Donna Haraway's desire to expand Feminist take on gender, I disagree that cyborgs are necessarily genderless (all we need are female-isomorphic algorithms).