Perhaps if we start thinking about the distinction between trans-antagonistic and trans-unaware transphobia, and between TERFs and TUMFs, we can win some of the latter people over. It is also quite difficult to be transgender.
Sure, if we created a Venn diagram of things radical feminists say, and things that mainstream feminists like Adichie, McGowan, etc. From a trans perspective, such a category makes some sense, as we are hurt by all of these things, whether big or small, purposeful or unintentional.
And this overlap would most certainly include sound-bites like: From an activist standpoint, this distinction is quite pertinent: This essay was made possible by my Patreon supporters — if you liked this piece and want to see more like it, please consider supporting me there.
A Guide for Understanding Transgender Children DebatesI used three different terms to differentiate between underlying sentiments or motives that often drive expressions of transphobia.
But I very much wanted to put this general idea out into the universe.
Furthermore, in Excluded pp. In contrast, trans-antagonistic individuals often actively promote anti-trans agendas e. But from an activist perspective, it matters whether these individuals might possibly change their ways e.
Unlike mainstream expressions of transphobia which tend to cite religious convictions or biological determinism to support their caseTERFs typically justify their views via the following reasoning: It is hard to be a woman in this world.
In the title of this essay, I forwarded a new acronym: Hence, they push for many of the same policies e. In some cases, it may even turn people who had previously been trans-unaware into trans allies or advocates. Upon considering this, as I was writing the essay Detransition, Desistance, and Disinformation: The word certainly serves an important purpose, as it allows us to identify the many things out there that undermine or injure us.
Trans activists including myself have critiqued TERF positions by pointing out that they are essentialist, ignore intersectionality, and forward arguments that are inherently anti-feminist in other ways see Whipping Girlpp.
While I did not address it in that essay, I believe that considering the distinction between trans-antagonistic and trans-unaware transphobia can also be fruitful.
But there are contexts in which such differences may be quite relevant — e. After all, they could have previously educated themselves about trans feminism and the diversity of trans experiences.
Or they could have admitted that they do not understand trans people and perspectives enough to weigh in on this complex subject. But at the same time, in my experience, fleshing out all these nuances, and painstakingly explaining them, does sometimes win people over to our cause.
More to the point, while trans-antagonistic groups such as TERFs actively work to undermine transgender acceptance and rights in society, many of these mainstream feminists seem to be predominantly trans-unaware, and are not actively working to promote trans-exclusion. This does not excuse their responses.
While these writers tolerate trans people to some extent e. That new entry reads as follows: But much like other analogous terms e.Summary/Annotation -> Biologist and trans woman Julie Serano reveals a unique perspective on femininity, masculinity, and gender identityA provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist.
Sep 02, · This feature is not available right now. Please try again later. For many decades now, transgender communities have used the term “transphobic” as a catch-all adjective to describe language, actions, attitudes, and/or people that delegitimize or disparage us.
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