Michelle Duggar, wife of Tea Party politician Jim Bob Duggar (stars of 19 Kids and Counting on the TLC network), has been doing anti-trans Republican robocalls in Arkansas, to attack trans rights. In her robocall, she compared trans women to pedophiles and unequivocally called them men.
The Duggars have millions of loyal, right wing Christian fans and are now millionaires due to their popular show. They are VERY influential in their home state of Arkansas, and they are now using their political muscle to fight trans rights.
My question: Where are the trans women? WHERE ARE YOU?
Oh, right, you are busy fussing about lesbians not sleeping with you and attacking the infinitesimal number of women who define as “radical feminist”—most of whom seem to be 18-year-olds on tumblr. But when it comes to actually attacking the aggressive right wing that has you in its crosshairs?
I have seen NO posts about this on tumblr. None. Zip. I have not seen any harassment or trash-talking of the powerful Duggars, needless to say; I haven’t even see any funny gifs or tumblr-style mockery.
The hundreds of angry trans women who spent incredible amounts of time trying to stop a teeny-weeny conference of 30 radical feminists (!) are totally ignoring these right wing millionaires who call them pedophiles. They are not demonstrating outside the entrance to the Duggar’s property (which is legal, BTW, just as Cindy Sheehan set up camp outside of Dubya’s ranch), nor are they writing angry emails en masse to the TLC network. There is no online petition started by trans women to get the Duggar’s show canceled.
Zip. Nothing. Nada. NOTHING.
In short, they have not even organized a boycott of this wildly-successful show. They haven’t. done. shit.
Where do you lazy trans non-activists get off claiming no feminists care about trans women, when you ignore Tea Party millionaires who are zealously organizing against your rights? Is there some reason you focus on the small fraction of women who call themselves radical feminists, to the exclusion of politically-connected TV stars who single you out as pedophiles and instruct the people of Arkansas to call the cops every time one of you tries to pee?
See, ladies, this is why we think you are frauds and misogynists. Understand now? You fuss about the deaths of trans women, yet the plight of trans women in Arkansas does not worry you in the slightest.
Why doesn’t it?
Let me know when yall are ready to head out to Arkansas to demonstrate against the transphobe Quiverfulls. I am ready to go, and of course, I have wanted to demonstrate against the Duggars since forever, as I erroneously believed ALL OF US DID.
And why not?
I can’t travel unless my health improves. I don’t know what I can do without travelling. I don’t have any organizing skills, so my activism involved attending mass protests, getting beaten for it, and taking pictures for Indymedia. I can’t do that unless my health improves because it involves travel, noise, and trying to avoid cigarette smoke.
I don’t know much about Quiverfull, and whether they are any more influential than Westboro Baptist. Although I stumbled across this blog series some time back: