A BuzzFeed article exploring the gender revolution — and whether or not lesbians will survive it — appears to be all the rage right now, literally.
The article, aptly titled “Will lesbians survive the gender revolution?” has provoked many angry responses and jargon-laden explanations for why it’s the worst thing ever.
Writer Shannon Keating begins the piece reflecting on “The Future Is Female” — the slogan popularized by Hillary Clinton not along ago, or so most people think.
In reality, shares one of Keating’s interview subjects who apparently created the phrase, it stems from a “lesbianism separatist movement.”
And so begins the lamenting of the “diffusing” of lesbian culture.
Then Keating explores the rise in “non-binary” genders and how that might affect lesbianism.
Against the increasingly colorful backdrop of gender diversity, a binary label like “gay” or “lesbian” starts to feel somewhat stale and stodgy.
She goes even deeper, questioning whether lesbians are actually harming progress for trans individuals, simply by being lesbians.
When there are so many genders out there, is it close-minded — or worse, harmful and exclusionary — if you identify with a label that implies you’re only attracted to one?
Of course, none of this sits very well with commenters on BuzzFeed LGBT’s Facebook page, who quickly blasted it.
“This makes me angry,” wrote Alice Nunk Swanton. “I am a woman and I’m a lesbian. I’m only sexually attracted to cis women. Too many people have tried to tell me that I’m not a true lesbian therefore… That is horseshit.”
“This is a mess,” wrote James Gamble. “Trans women can be lesbians the identity survives fine you just can’t police everyone’s personal definition of their own orientation.”
“I’m a lesbian,” declared Amberlynn Lewis. “Trans women are women and I love them. Cis women are women and I love them. Once in a blue moon I love some fem non binary people as well. I’m still a lesbian. It’s not that difficult.”
“I’m a trans lesbian,” insisted Lisa Kreut.
“Some lesbians won’t want to be with me because of that. That’s fine. Nobody owes me their attraction. They do owe me the basic respect of not voicing their dislike of me because of factors beyond my control though. It wouldn’t be cool with any other minority group, it’s not okay with trans women.”
“Historical erasure of lesbians is already a problem,” said Maggie Grace. “I’m so delighted BuzzFeed is so eager to continue to perpetuate this and undermine an entire community’s identity. It’s those gay women who have a problematic community!! Certainly not those perfect gay men! Thanks BuzzFeed.”