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Richard O’Brien: Trans “Women” Are Still Men, Mutilated

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Best known as the creator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Richard O’Brien, 73, is stirring up controversy by joining Dame Edna Star Barry Humphries and feminist icon Germaine Greer by making what some transgender rights activists are calling anti-trans commentary.

Could they all be right? While we should all be tolerant of those who wish to identify as a different gender, being born and raised as a man and then getting a sex change to call oneself a woman and expecting society to see one as such is unfair to genetically born women as it undermines not only the challenges real women face, but also the progress feminists have fought to achieve for decades.

Germaine Greer:

“I’ve asked my doctor to give me long ears and liver spots and I’m going to wear a brown coat but that doesn’t turn me into a fucking cocker spaniel.”

“A man who gets his dick chopped off is actually inflicting an extraordinary act of violence on himself.”

Barry Humphries:

“I agree with Germaine! You’re a mutilated man, that’s all. Self-mutilation, what’s all this carry on? Caitlyn Jenner – what a publicity-seeking ragbag.

“It’s all given the stamp – not of respectability, but authenticity or something. If you criticise anything you’re racist or sexist or homophobic.”

And now Richard O’Brien:

“I think I agree with that. I agree with Germaine Greer and Barry Humphries. You can’t be a woman. You can be an idea of a woman.”

“You’re in the middle and there’s nothing wrong with that. I certainly wouldn’t have the wedding tackle taken off.”

“That is a huge jump and I have all the sympathy in the world for anyone who does it but you aren’t a woman.”

“I think of myself as Richard. I think of myself as a third sex and it makes things easier. I’m somewhere in the middle. My wife and children love me and celebrate me for who I am.”

“I wish we would see ourselves as members of a sentient race of beings and be nice to each other as human beings as opposed to male or female.”

  • Dan Jones

    And their DNA is still male…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.

    • Ally

      Reducing male and female to chromosomes (that have many variations, btw) is one thing, but men and woman aren’t ‘chromosomes’…they are genders. We are not identified or judged by our genitalia. If you are, that’s your choice…but being a man isn’t framed by having a dick. So instead of being one, just be a man.

  • peterappleby21

    It takes balls to have a sex change,though!

  • Amanda Gz

    Richard O’Brien is right, because that is what he feels as himself, as the third gender, and he feels perfectly good about it. that’s what matters. But people don’t understand that everyone is different, that there are no boundaries where you jump in or out… it’s all fluid. it depends on your spirit where you want to take your body. like me, i feel i am non-binary as of now, but deeply i feel i need help to push my female side out and become who i feel. People also don’t understand how trans people feel and how they are opressed by family, friends, strangers… the world is still a scarry place, alot of angry(scared) men and women that will stump you down if they see you shine your light on them, alot of trans/gay/lesbian/etc live in a shell because of this… there’ss alot of hate when this issue is discussed and this post smells like it.