Aria, Joanne and others, some of whom call themselves Classical Transsexuals, resent the LGBT identity politics which claims to speak for all Transsexuals under the umbrella term Transgender. They strongly believe in the categories Male and Female, and many resent being included in a category with transvestites and crossdressers.
They claim to represent a silent majority of transsexual women. In my estimate they may be right. They represent the transwomen who want to just pass and keep their transsexual history a secret. I have read a lot of classical transsexual writing which states that crossdressers like me dominate transgender and LGBT activism.
While I feel that the Classical Transsexuals are scapegoating the somatically-male crossdressers, I share some of their critique about transgender identity politics.
Transgender identity politics are not democratic (see “imagining transgender”). Classical Transsexual and Classical Transgender used to be cohesive alternative identities. Classical Transgender was created by transgressives, people who found the Classical Transsexual discourse too rigid. When the transgender coalition activists decided to speak for transsexuals they did not hold a poll among transsexuals to ask if they wanted to be included.
I think the result is a struggle over the meaning of transgender. Classical Transsexuals want to succeed from LGBT, Transgender and Queer. Classical Transsexual priorities are increasingly represented within the Transgender Coalition. Evidence of this are the increasing definition of Transgender as a synonym for Transsexual (try googling “Transgender Surgery”), and the movement away from the umbrella term Transgender to the umbrella term Trans. Trans represents Classical Transsexual priorities but claims to speak for non-transsexuals in the same way that Transgender represented Classical Transgender priorities while claiming to speak for Transsexuals.
Julia Serano’s The Whipping Girl was intentionally a manifesto for Trans-Feminism. In many ways it has also served as a manifesto for a Trans(sexual) Feminism which is belligerent and combative towards the Subversivism of Classical Transgenders.
The Whipping Girl has been immensely influential, and has served as a rallying point for Radical Trans(sexual)-Feminism
The Transgender Coalition activists have attempted to promote a coalition identity by marginalizing the Classical Transsexuals. Now the pendulum has swung and the Trans Coalition is marginalizing the Transgressives and Gender Outlaws.
So, perhaps The Classical Transsexuals and Classical Transgenders can agree that our two viewpoints are NOT compatible. It is better to have two bodies of thinking and practice than some artificial average of the two.