the shattered glass
After having tangled not once but twice this past week with transphobia online (and occasionally looking stupid for not fully doing research…so much fail, Bene), and over the past several months with issues regarding second wave feminists I just thought I’d take a minute to say a few words.
But first, please be aware that Lisa has something to say about transphobia, oppression, and the nature of privilege. I realize that’s been linked all over tarnation, but tough shit. My blog, my posts, you stop reading if you don’t like it.
I’m not exactly a third wave feminist. I take the ‘sex-positive’ thing with about a mineful of salt, and I’m too young to have been a Riot Grrl. But I work off the tenet that there is little to be gained by separatism and that a house divided against itself cannot stand; that humanity should be focused on getting past its problems without demonizing whole groups within it; and that theory is effective only acting on other theory.
Trans issues are gender issues, and trans issues can be racial issues and trans issues can be class issues. They are issues that stem from the greater problems of society. The issues that face everyone who is dispossessed in some way may appear incompatible, but in the end doesn’t it all come down to ‘you don’t fit my paradigm so you’re worthless’? To exclude trans people from the conversation when it comes to feminism is to insist that we all come down to the sum of our physical parts, and I can’t buy that. My feminism is about equity and acceptance of all positive expressions of sex and gender, and it is demeaned by those who demonize and generalize about good people.
To those people, I also say fuck off.
I am not dumb. I am not idealistic, either. Not everyone in the world is good at heart, and not everyone is worthy of trust. But each person gets judged on their behavior and their actions first, not by some twisted idea of what ze might be like because of misguided theories regarding their physical sex and socialization. That’s just a big pile of bullshit.
That, and you reap what you sow.
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