Laura Jane Grace/ Tom Gabel, is the lead singer of a pretty shitty band called “Against me!” Not too long ago, despite being a father and in a traditional heterosexual relationship, Gabel decided he was a woman and started “identifying” as such, by growing out his hair, putting on more eyeliner and calling himself Laura Jane Grace. I didn’t have an opinion of him one way or another until he released his post transition album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”. The album cover alone will tell you what is both inside the packaging and well…inside the packaging. It’s a black and white picture of a severed breast, the graphic screams the implication of ‘women as meat.’
Inside we get to hear great poetry in the form of lines like “You’ve got no cunt in your strut.” He also seems fond of using the word “faggot” and rejects it as a label thrown at him, but doesn’t seem to reject the word itself. As a heterosexual man(he is NOT a lesbian.) he still feels the need for the distance. It’s an insult to him.
Now, when a sensible person fucks up and it’s pointed out to them, they take a moment to consider the problem, and will hopefully address it in a constructive and positive way. So what happens when a lesbian woman points out the misogyny is his lyrics and art work? She gets told to “get fucked”. When a woman mentions that she can (metaphorically) see his dick, his response is “suck it.”. Laura reeks of male socialization that he is painfully oblivious toward.
Trans women celebrate Laura though as an Icon for their struggle, in a similar way they celebrate Janet Mock who, in his jealous envy, calls females “fish”. I don’t understand this blind support of blatant misogyny. How can you attest to be something you so obviously despise? Where are the trans women calling out these rabid trans activist? Why are you not calling out your own on their behavior? Because you agree with it? Because in the world you live in being called ‘him’ is worse that calling a female a fish? Worse than telling her to “get Fucked”? Worse then being told to “suck it”? Wake up to reality. Trans Activism is Men’s rights activism, and that’s all it is.
My attempt at conversation with Laura: