I AM ARUNE!
title above is not really egotistical. As Lynn Conway now has a page
on her web site titled "Who is Arune??" I thought to answer
her in this essay.
really is no need to discuss the basic question at any length. I am
Willow Arune, a transsexual woman, retired lawyer and post-op, 57, happy
as a clam and content with my life which I share with Sonia, our six
cats and two dogs. Last November, we relocated to the wilderness of
Prince George, in northern British Columbia, from Vancouver. How far
north? Well, last night we watched the northern lights instead of television
that is not the story, really. The story is about Blanchard, Bailey,
and the concerted efforts by some transsexual women to attack them and
anyone who dares support them in any manner, fair or foul (and mostly
foul). The real war started with the publication of a small book - "The
Man Who Would Be Queen", written by Michael Bailey. It contains
three parts, the last of which deals in a popular science manner with
the concepts of Ray Blanchard, of the Clarke Insitute in Toronto, regarding
transsexuality. Those leading the battle against the book, Blanchard,
and anyone who crosses their sights, are Lynn Conway and Andrea James,
both of whom have large web sites setting out their position and "investigations".
Bailey did very little "research" for the book, in the classical
sense. It is an anecdotal explanation of Blanchard's concept applied
to real situations of six women, and that only in Part 3. Bailey's own
work is more truly reflected in Parts 1 and 2 - and Part 1 is what gives
the book its title and cover. That was the publisher's decision,
not Bailey's. I dislike both, but in the context of Part 1, it makes
leaves Anne Lawrence, for long an icon in the TS groups. That she has
done much to help is obvious; that she has been vilified - and no doubt
deeply hurt - from attacks from the very ones she has helped must be
mortifying. Most, I find, have rushed to judgement.
them, Blanchard, Bailey, Lawrence and Petersen have done more to help
transsexuals over years of service than perhaps any other four people
in the world. That contrasts with Conway's 18 years of total stealth,
when she took no role in "mentoring" (now used for her current
"title", self-constructed) or assisting anyone in the community.
Conway's expertise is in computer science and Star Wars technology,
not gender or psychology; James is a pro in public relations. Does that
have anything to do with this? I suggest it does. If my car is not working,
I do not go to a hair dresser. I seek out a mechanic. Empathy you get
from peers; treatment you get from professionals.
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