Friday, March 23, 2012

a series of apparently radical propositions about trans people

Good fucking god, there is a lot of hate in the universe. I'm just going to try to tip the scales a little bit here and put some love back out there, with some apparently RADICAL propositions*:

TRANS PEOPLE, INCLUDING TRANS MEN AND TRANS WOMEN AND NON-BINARY TRANS PEOPLE, ARE PEOPLE.

TRANS PEOPLE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE - THEY DON'T HAVE EVERYTHING IN COMMON WITH EACH OTHER AND EVEN THEIR EXPERIENCES OF BEING TRANS CAN BE VERY DIFFERENT FROM PERSON TO PERSON.

IT IS NOT UP TO CIS PEOPLE TO DEFINE TRANS EXPERIENCES FOR TRANS PEOPLE.

TRANS PEOPLE ARE NOT, AS A HETEROGENEOUS CLASS OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS COMPARED TO CIS PEOPLE. THEY DO NOT, AS A HETEROGENEOUS CLASS OF PEOPLE, POSE AN ESPECIAL RISK TO CIS WOMEN OR CIS LESBIANS (OR TO ANYONE, ACTUALLY).

NO ONE IS OBLIGED TO LOVE AND/OR FUCK A TRANS PERSON ANY MORE THAN THEY ARE OBLIGED TO LOVE AND/OR FUCK A CIS PERSON.

TRANS PEOPLE ARE, AS A HETEROGENOUS CLASS OF PEOPLE, AS WORTHY AS CIS PEOPLE, ANOTHER HETEROGENOUS CLASS OF PEOPLE, OF LOVE, RESPECT, AND PERSONAL SAFETY. HOWEVER, TRANS PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY THAN CIS PEOPLE TO BE DENIED THIS FACT OF THEIR EQUAL WORTHINESS TO LOVE, RESPECT, AND PERSONAL SAFETY AS A FUNCTION OF CIS PRIVILEGE AND TRANSPHOBIA.

THAT TRANS PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE DENIED THE FACT THAT THEY ARE EQUALLY WORTHY AS CIS PEOPLE OF LOVE, RESPECT, AND PERSONAL SAFETY AS A FUNCTION OF TRANSPHOBIA AND CIS PRIVILEGE IS A VALID ISSUE FOR TRANS PEOPLE TO TRY TO DISCUSS AND ADDRESS. THIS DOES NOT EQUATE TO RAPE OR MALE PRIVILEGE.

IF, AS A CIS PERSON, THE PHRASE "MALE PRIVILEGE" COMES TO YOUR LIPS MUCH FASTER THAN THE PHRASE "CIS PRIVILEGE", YOU CAN FUCK RIGHT THE FUCK OFF.


Source: Trans people, who have cleverly been figuring this stuff out for a while now.

Okay, that one is less of a proposition and more of a personal declaration that I'm thinking of having embroidered on a throw pillow. Context is irrelevant, because frankly the context is the same and different every day.

Meanwhile, places worth spending some time, especially if A) any of the above is still confusing to you and B) you are not a douchebag troll:

Questioning Transphobia

Taking Up Too Much Space

Genderbitch

Transgriot

Bird of Paradox

The Thang Blog

Dented Blue Mercedes

gudbuy t'jane

Taking Steps

Gender Kid

Feel free to point out other awesome spaces created trans people in the comments (content doesn't have to be exclusively trans issues-related, of course), including self-promotion. (I used to follow more trans guys' blogs, but a lot of them seem to be defunct now!!)


*Pun extra-fucking intended, you better believe.

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, Jadey.

    DonnaL, from Feministe

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  2. Thanks for this - some places I wasn't aware of which is great :-) And I love the list too!

    I enjoy genderfork.com, which is not trans-specific but has all sorts of trans/queer/gender-blurry goodness. I also like radtransfem.wordpress.com and tranarchism.com, but the latter only updates rarely these days.

    My own blog is not exclusively about my trans identity or trans issues in general, but it's definitely a trans person-created space :-)

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  3. You said you were inspired by the yo, is this racist, person.

    You should totally start up, "Yo, Is This Transphobic?"

    On second thought, nvm. You'll end up depressed as hell...

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  4. @ DonnaL

    No problem. Sad that it always need to be said.

    @ Ollie

    Thanks for the links!

    @ Anonymous

    Yeah, I don't know how Andrew Ti does it. I can only assuming the shouting really helps.

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