Gloves Off!

As a transgender female I have often been bullied, intimidated and harassed. These experiences left me with mental scars.

moans one Melissa Griffiths in The Guardian.

And much of this assault happened in public. One day I was walking through a train station towards an escalator when I was approached by a man. As we both went down the escalator he put his hand on my leg and moved it up towards my genitals.

Any man who goes around putting his hand up the dresses of transgendered women in public is likely to be mentally ill and in dire need of help.

“No!” I said. He stopped and moved away from me. I was too stunned, scared, and shocked to do anything more about it.

Perhaps not as shocked and stunned as he’d be if he moved his hand up a little higher, but his reaction is fully consistent with one who isn’t in possession of a full set of marbles.

I went home thinking there must be something wrong with me.

Lord no.

I began to believe that being treated like this is part of being a woman, when it is not and should never be.

So you never consulted with any women about what being a women entails before transitioning? You just went right ahead and learned on the job, as it were? Sounds like something a reasonable person would do.

We must value ourselves and recognise we are worthy, because we deserve dignity and respect.

Dignity and respect are earned, not demanded.

People can say you “brought it on yourself” or the perpetrator is “known” for it, or is “just joking around”. When you mention it to someone or even dare to complain about it, they try to dismiss it, telling you to move on, forget about it. But you can’t. The damage is done.

The damage is done all right, but I’m not sure some nutter’s hand up her dress is the main culprit.

This ends now.

If part of being a woman means seeking out high drama, Ms Griffiths is taking to her new role like a duck to water.

We can no longer allow our schools and workplaces to act as breeding grounds for bullies.

Sorry, is this about bullying at school or sexual assaults on escalators?

If we stand back and do nothing, well, nothing will change. This is why I decided to become involved with Now Australia: I want to change society and the workplace for the better.

Society must change at the whim of a bloke in a sun dress.

Too many people suffer in silence. In my community, the rates of suicide and attempted suicide are among the highest in the country.

That’s because your community is rife with mental illness and rather than getting treatment their fantasies are indulged. When reality inevitably bites, they can’t cope. Now, are you helping or hindering?

Interestingly, the true figures around sexual harassment in the transgender community are yet to be measured.

The true figures around sexual harassment of bluegrass-loving cricket fans are also yet to be determined.

There is evidence to suggest that particular groups, such as young people, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with a disability may experience higher rates of sexual assault and sexual harassment than the general Australian population.

This appears to be saying that sexual assault of minors in Aboriginal, Islander and foreign communities is rife.

I have heard many stories of what transgender people go through, in job interviews or the workplace.

Questions regarding their abilities? Concerns over the mental health? Doubts over whether they can work in a team or handle criticism?

Imagine being a transgender woman in an interview situation, nervous yet excited about the prospect of finally gaining employment.

I’m trying, but I keep getting hung up on what I’ve been doing to date if not working.

You arrive only to have the information sheet on a clipboard chucked on your lap.

Are you sure you’re not confusing this with a public hospital?

Once you fill out the form, it’s picked up by an employee wearing gloves. GLOVES.

Really sure?

If this is not intimidation, then I don’t know what is. This happened to somebody I know who prefers to remain anonymous.

The horror. Only now is the full trauma of living life as a transgender woman becoming apparent.

When one goes through these experiences, there is often nagging self-doubt. Sadly, stories like these are not uncommon.

Another interviewer was wearing socks?

We must create workplaces free from bullying, intimidation and sexual harassment.

And gloves, apparently.

We now have an opportunity to do this, as well as support those who are suffering in silence.

Could their silence also not be a sign they are quite content and don’t need your “support”?

The mission of Now Australia is to clean up toxic workplaces.

Nothing in the article indicates she has any experience of Australian workplaces, unless the interview room counts.

Our message will be heard across the land.

Including those Aboriginal towns, which doubtless you’re intending to visit? Do let us know how that goes.

(H/T William of Ockham, who asks in relation to the picture which accompanies the article: Session musician for The Sweet, Mud or Slade?)

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28 thoughts on “Gloves Off!

  1. Man puts hand up skirt of another man, who sadly doesn’t fancy him. Okay, got it. Thanks.

    PS is this New Australia anywhere near the old Australia? I ask because the England cricket team might be able to knock up (pun possibly intended) a good total against a team of men in heels and frillies. One lives in hope.

  2. Groping on the down escalator seems so impractical that I doubt if the rest is true either.

  3. I began to believe that being treated like this is part of being a woman, when it is not and should never be.

    She’s quite right: it is part of being a woman, and it really shouldn’t be. But that’s about women’s rights, not trans rights. Browbeating schools and employers into teaching pro-trans stuff isn’t going to change that.

    Insofar as MtF trannies experience greater risk of assault / death / etc, it might be because they aren’t aware of all the little things women have spent a lifetime learning: cross the road to avoid shifty-looking blokes, draw in your body to avoid giving off the wrong signals, don’t make eye contact with men unless you want them to talk to you, etc.

    Conversely, we should expect FtM trannies to be at less risk. Given that they don’t go on about it half as much as MtFs, that probably is the case.

  4. I’m considering a full time move back to Melbourne, reading this makes me pause. I don’t think the workplace this lady describes is anything I understand.

  5. Read something recently by a FtM pre-op who had horrible period pains but wouldn’t go seek help from the doctor or chemist because such things are always presented as “feminine problems”. This was just too triggering for our snowflake to handle, so said snowflake just suffered rather than seek help.

    This rather points towards deep psychological issues going way beyond the superficial gender dysphoria.

  6. Having made the big change, s/he then started looking around for “things that women do”, so s/he can copy them. They wiggle their hips when they walk. They carry handbags. They compliment each other on their clothes.

    Oh, yes, and some of them campaign about being groped and various other social injustices.

    That’s all this is.

  7. There are two trannies in the UK town where I live (when I’m not in NL). One dresses in M&S twinsets and looks like a sack of spuds and the other is a female version of Jimmy Savile. I have to ask, why would any anyone want to transition to becoming an ugly woman?

    Saw the pic in the article, the bloke that groped that must have been as mental as his “victim”.

  8. Saw the pic in the article, the bloke that groped that must have been as mental as his “victim”.

    I had to look, didn’t I? Should have taken your word for it.

    Amazingly they’ve opened the article to comments, which will keep the moderators busy.

    One of the commenters refers to “gender affirmation surgery” a term I had not previously encountered. A new entry for the lexicon of lunacy….

  9. I remember being bullied when I was 10 years old.

    Now that she’s a strong, confident woman, nobody will bully her.

  10. Zut alors – Groping on the down escalator would require the groper to be either a dwarf or have gorilla like arms, possibly both. So it looks like one minority abusing another. Nothing here for us normals to feel guilty about….

  11. The gloves – perhaps the person wearing them had a horrific skin condition, or a terrible case of cleanliness-OCD….

  12. “There are two trannies in the UK town where I live (when I’m not in NL). One dresses in M&S twinsets…”

    That reminds me, there’s a town nearby that used to have a “famous” resident, a slightly peculiar take on Joan Hickson’s Miss Marple, with the added bonus of being about 6′ 4″ and built like the proverbial. Now whatever you think the tendency to dress up in women’s clothing and hang around in bars, the bloke did have other issues as well, apparently down to the fact that he was ex-SAS.

    Can’t remember why it actually all kicked off, but it ended up with about 18 plod being needed. He got off pretty lightly on the inevitable resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer charges, but it kicked off again as he was leaving the Crown Court after that case, and broke one of the original officer’s arms.

  13. She’s quite right: it is part of being a woman, and it really shouldn’t be. But that’s about women’s rights, not trans rights. Browbeating schools and employers into teaching pro-trans stuff isn’t going to change that.

    Exactly.

  14. That reminds me, there’s a town nearby that used to have a “famous” resident,

    I think most British towns and villages had residents who were “a little odd” in one way or another, and were generally accepted and came to no harm. These claims of transgenders being subject to years of appalling harassment don’t seem to be based on very much.

  15. (S)he looks like Bob Mortimer in the ‘Slade at Home’ sketches that him and Vic Reeves used to do!

  16. Society must change at the whim of a bloke in a sun dress
    LOL!

    I remember being bullied when I was 10 years old
    Me too darling, but that was because I had a big nose. It could also have happened if I’d had big feet. That’s what 10 year olds do. Get over it already.

  17. In my community, the rates of suicide and attempted suicide are among the highest in the country.

    It is a combination of mental problems in the first place and the cocktail of drugs they take to “transition”. Many of the drugs have severe psychological side effects causing paranoia, mood swings and depression (which, incidentally, is a side effect of a plunge in the testosterone levels in males).

    About 40% of transgender men commit suicide. I wonder if encouraging and/or supporting them in their delusion, if applied to any other scenario would tolerate a 40% chance of suicide?

    As for “there is a character in my town …” series. There is a character in my town that goes by the selected name of Maria. It would make John Wayne look as effeminate as Julian Clary, is built like a brick outhouse and has fingers like a pound of pork sausages (and I don’t mean the chipolatas, either). Unemployed (Never! I hear you say), suffers from depression and has been arrested quite a few times. By appearance alone, the reaction of anyone sensible is AVOID!

  18. This rather points towards deep psychological issues going way beyond the superficial gender dysphoria.

    {cracks knuckles} Did someone say “deep psychological issues”?

    It’s a cliche, but a correct one, that every person with gender dysphoria suffered from sexual abuse as a child or minor. The dysphoria is part of a dysfunctional coping/avoidance mechanism.

    About 40% of transgender men commit suicide. I wonder if encouraging and/or supporting them in their delusion, if applied to any other scenario would tolerate a 40% chance of suicide?

    Dr. Paul McHugh, the inventor of “sexual reassignment surgery”, eventually refused to perform the operation and recommended against it generally because the long-term suicide rate and quality of life self-evaluations were no better. The recidivism rate at the 10-15 year mark ranges around 30% or so (although that’s within the 60% that haven’t killed themselves by then, so who knows what the regret rate is among the ones who ended their lives. I suspect probably at least that high.) This is something that goes largely unremarked in this debate, but then it’s part of the agenda that severe dysphoria be treated as a civil rights issue rather than a medical one.

    I’ve known about half a dozen people with severe dysphoria in various stages of transition and they’re all very pathetic people; they’re dealing with deep-rooted pain in a self-destructive way because it’s impossible for them to get the help they need (here in Canada it is now illegal for a psychologist/psychiatrist to recommend any therapy other than transitioning for patients with severe dysphoria). Twenty years from now, gender dysphoria is going to be seen as the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic of our age and I sincerely hope a lot of shrinks get sued for their role in it.

  19. “Twenty years from now, gender dysphoria is going to be seen as the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic of our age and I sincerely hope a lot of shrinks get sued for their role in it.”

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that, chances are that it could in fact have risen further into the mainstream. If you look at the members of the American Psychological Association (APA) that back in the seventies declassified same sex activity down from a “disorder” to a mere “condition” then they may beg to differ. Whilst the individuals involved still stand by their original downgrade they say the organisation has since been overrun by homosexual activists and pseudoscience and that was never their intention. Plus in parallel with this downgrade and rampant activism reverse homosexual therapy despite its 33% success rate has just about been abolished due activism and overnight curing by declaration.

    It’s a bit like climate change if you ask me.

    Former president of APA says organization controlled by ‘gay rights’ movement

    The APA “started changing pretty drastically by the late 1980s,” said Cummings. “By the mid 1990s, the Leona Tyler principle was absolutely forgotten, that political stances seemed to override any scientific results. Cherry-picking results became the mode. The gay rights movement sort of captured the APA.”

    Cummings says that the movement for “diversity” in the APA, which he endorsed, had resulted in a lack of diversity regarding heterosexuals.

    “If I had to choose now, I would see a need to form an organization that would recruit straight white males, which are underrepresented today in the APA,” he said.

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-president-of-apa-says-organization-controlled-by-gay-rights-movement

  20. >(H/T William of Ockham, who asks in relation to the picture which accompanies the article: Session musician for The Sweet, Mud or Slade?

    Sessions musicians, not having to perform on stage, never dressed like this, not even the ones who played on glam rock albums in the early 70s.

  21. @Daniel Ream

    Ben Shapiro has made the point that the only groups of people in history with recorded suicide rates even close to the transgender rate were victims of Hitler and Stalin’s death camps.

    Does anyone seriously suggest that society is treating these people in a way that is anywhere analogous to the Jews or purge victims?

    If not, perhaps the issue is intrinsic. The post-op rate being close to the pre-op rate supporting this hypothesis.

  22. >Pedant.

    The record needs to be set straight. These musicians are still frightened to tell anyone they played on those albums. Especially the ones who wear ladies underwear, but who’ve always been discreet about it.

  23. Ben Shapiro has made the point that the only groups of people in history with recorded suicide rates even close to the transgender rate were victims of Hitler and Stalin’s death camps.

    Suicide rates for gays show a similar consistency. We were sold on the idea that it was due to “bullying” and social rejection, but again rates for other more traumatized groups are much lower. Despite being one of the most catered to and protected groups in modern society, gay suicide rates haven’t changed much. The only place you see “normal”, psychologically healthy, well-adjusted LGBT people is on television.

  24. The only place you see “normal”, psychologically healthy, well-adjusted LGBT people is on television.

    If they are the normal, psychologically healthy and well adjusted ones, then the rest of the country must be an open lunatic asylum.
    In other words …

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