I just read a poem that was written by a Jewish trans woman in 1322 I’m literally crying right now
if you’re interested in reading it, this translation is closer to the original hebrew
I just read a poem that was written by a Jewish trans woman in 1322 I’m literally crying right now
if you’re interested in reading it, this translation is closer to the original hebrew
Ooh! Fun fact: Trans* is transmisogynistic; trans should be used instead. (the * implies that there’s a group that isn’t already captured under trans, which is untrue.)
Many nonbinary people don’t identify as trans, I’ve always seen trans* used to include nonbinary people who don’t want to use the trans tag. As a nonbinary trans person, I want to emphasize that the discrimination I go through is different than binary trans people (especially as a DFAB nonbinary person I have quite a bit of privilege over DMAB trans women and nonbinary identities.) and I feel like the asterix does that for me. How do other trans or nonbinary people feel about this?
These are all links that deal with the asterisk
I’m a trans women and I’m really against the asterisk because of how it’s often used, whether intentionally or not, to take the focus away from trans women on issues that only trans women deal with. I also don’t like it because the narrative of a “community” inherently makes the privilege of dfab trans people, especially trans men, invisible. It also seems to make people think that trans men are capable of talking about the issues of all trans people. I’m also against it because of the apparent history behind its creation to separate the transsexual identity from non binary trans people.
I didn’t even think of the way the asterisk could be racist by including race specific identities in an umbrella they don’t identify with but that makes so much sense. Thank you so much everyone for sending these links and I really encourage people (especially us DFAB trans people) to take a look.
This is the best collection of links around the nature of the asterisk that I’ve run into, and represent the reason I’ve stopped using “trans*” as a tag in my posts and started using simply “trans” instead.
I learned something today! I used to identify strongly with the second comment on this post, specifically: “As a nonbinary trans person, I want to emphasize that the discrimination I go through is different than binary trans people (especially as a DFAB nonbinary person I have quite a bit of privilege over DMAB trans women and nonbinary identities.)”
Thank you for educating me, Tumblr.
The more you know! Up till this point my only annoyance has been people not understanding that an asterisk is a common wildcard indicator.
Now I can totally avoid that argument because we shouldn’t be USING a wildcard there/the history is sketch.
"I think it’s important to remember that there are transgender women who are totally fine with their genitalia and are totally fine with being a woman with a penis and do not want to have any kind of sexual reassignment surgery. And that doesn’t make them any less a woman. It just means they’re a woman with a penis. And the same for the reverse of that with people that are male transgender people that don’t have penises and have vaginas, but that doesn’t make them any less male. So, a lot of it is just recognizing that it’s not necessarily about the genitalia, it’s a psychological thing in many ways. This is probably like a cliche, an example of it that’s been overused, but a soldier goes off to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, steps on a landmine, and it blows his fucking dick off. Right? Does that mean he’s no longer male? Does the lack of genitalia suddenly negate his manhood? No, because it’s in his brain. You know? That’s just something that he was born with that’s there. Same with a woman who’s had a hysterectomy or something like that. It’s not based on external genitalia. That has nothing to do with your gender identity. It’s a psychological thing. You’re born one way or another." [x]
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She is only ~6% there, do you seriously think that if she was a white trans man that after almost 6 months that she would only be 6% there? Really my CAFAB and cis followers who can afford it and who tokenise twoc and who pay mere lip service to anti-transmisogyny really should consider giving to her and other twoc.
“All trans women’s experiences are women’s experiences because a woman is experiencing them.”
I do sincerely wonder how many of the cis and CAFAB trans rebloggers actually get what I meant when I wrote that.
All experiences had by every trans woman are women’s experiences.
All of them.
Even her pre-transition experiences still are women’s experiences. The experience of passing for male and denying that you can be anything else? Falls fully into the range of women’s experiences, because it is a thing experienced by women.
A trans woman’s experiences don’t start counting as women’s experiences when she begins to be routinely read as cis. Or when she presents herself as a woman, read as cis or not. Or when they match up to some arbitrary degree in some arbitrary way to cis experiences (and then not when they are unique). Or when she decides to transition.
Trans womanhood is not an imitation of cis womanhood, to be validated only to the extent it is successful as an imitation.
Many things are experienced by both trans and cis women, but trans women’s experiences are women’s experiences, no matter how many observers would say a cis woman wouldn’t experience it.
reasons why this is the most important show on television
it’s equally important to remember that you can be a drag queen and a trans man at the same time.
Or a drag king and a trans guy, or nonbinary and in drag…
lets glorify the HELL outta being transgender. hard femme genderfashion porrim maryam whos a woman and a non binary queen, alchemizes buttons with pronouns for everyone on xer team. xe is fierce and great and gorgeous and LOOOOOVES her body. soft femme trans woman kanaya who wears dresses and pastel lipstick while sword fighting expertly or crushing a punching bag in her fists. hell yeah.
agender meenah who forks the fucker that dares misgender their body as male or female. agender meenah who forks truscum, agender fucking fabulous meenah.
non binary but feminine leaning aranea forming a queer club with the humans and trolls in the library of their hive. theres bathrooms for everyone and books for the humans on queer history without white dudes, queer history on QPoC and TWoC and rose reads about all these people like her and gets fired up for weeks and absolutely obliterates kankri (like the only person i would ever headcanon as cisgender lol) in an argument. he eventually recovers.
bigender captors, genderfluid feferi, pangender jade harley, aradia who calls their gender a whip affectionately because their gender whips from nothing to everything, two spirit jake english who is the best goddamn QPoC ever making pumpkin pie for everyone, i can keep going i swear and all of the dancestors and ancestors are trans too fucking fight me
if someone you’re very close to needs you to use new pronouns to refer to them, your bond should be important enough to you that you make that effort
if someone you’re not very close to needs you to use new pronouns to refer to them, you barely even know them and it’s not difficult for you to make that effort
if you’ve noticed that this is a catch-22 where the only option is for you to make an effort to use trans people’s pronouns that’s because it is
Note by winged: The original post at amodernmanifesto had a photo; I turned this into a text post because not everyone has tumblr savior and this is pretty horrifying. You can find the original posts at the links.
Todd Kincannon later conceded that, if concentration camps aren’t going to work, “mental institutions will do just fine”
Trust me, there’s more than just trans people he wants to see in camps, but this is what will give him the least backlash.
WHAT. THE ACTUAL. FUCK.
"He later went on to claim that this was just an example of him trying to widen the “Overton window,” which refers to the range of political ideas that the public will accept. In other words, by saying, “Lock transgender individuals in concentration camps,” one might make the idea of simply denying transgender people equal recognition under the law seem more politically palatable.” [x]
Oh, well that’s PERFECTLY FINE THEN, YOU ARE EXCUSED.
And by excused I mean AN ACTUAL FUCKING MONSTER
He can suck my commie tranny cock.
I am not saying he would be the first with his back against the wall when the revolution comes…
I am just trying to widen the debate about killing reactionary scumbags in general.
I am not a peaceful person. I’d like to be the kind of person who is better than their enemies. I’m not. Widening the debate is fine with me.
I hope it’s obvious by now that I’m 100% for gender non conformity, but I’m getting irritated at how frequently cis men are being praised on here for momentarily brushing with femininity.
Like oh hey, some guy put on a dress one time, or did his hair pretty or put on some makeup, and people are like “WOW OMG FUCK GENDER, HELL YES”
But a trans woman / camab trans person posts an amazing as fuck selfie and pretty much only their friends notice.
And you know, we have to fucking live with the repercussions of our expression. I’m not just wearing a dress for a photoshoot. I’m walking down the street in that shit, putting myself in danger for it. As arbitrary as it my seem to most, my gender expression is a pretty important part of who I am.
And it just bothers me to see the beautiful women that I adore constantly rejected and viewed as garbage while everyone is praising some cis dude who put on a dress one time and doesn’t have to live with any of the shit we do.
And it sucks because honey, I WANT men to put on dresses. I want men to transgress gender roles, to help break shit down.
But I’m just sick of seeing men get all the cookies for barely touching on something other people are literally fucking risking their lives for.
I remember that before I came out as a trans woman, my ‘cross-dressing’ generally brought on a lot of comments like “I admire how secure you are in your manhood”.
That changed. We’re only allowed to be considered brave when we’re hiding.
I think about this a lot.
There were friends who supported me when they thought I was a man who crossdressed that don’t support me now. People who thought I was funny and brave and confident, but are now praying “for God to show me who I truly am”. People who used to really like “the cool crossdressing stuff” I was doing but think I’m just strange and delusional now. And it hurts.
It’s gotten to the point where I just get upset or hurt when I see the countless photosets of cis men in dresses and makeup, and all the comments in which they’re fawned over for their bravery or their disregard of gender roles.
Meanwhile trans women have to embrace gender roles in order to survive. In order to avoid getting attacked or harassed or murdered. And even that doesn’t always work.
I’m not trying to demand people like and reblog my photos until they all have over 200k notes, or come off like I’m just jealous about tumblr popularity. I just feel like this is indicative of a larger issue: cis men are, as always, the heroes for displaying their “security” (because who would CHOOSE to look like or act like a woman?! How brave, to flirt with such a terrible and lowly existence!) and bravery and trans women are traitors to their gender for conforming to femininity (I’m an immensely femme girl, only limited by my budget).
I guess I just wish we lived in a world where the people whose very existences are acts of courage and bravery were valued at least as much as the men who throw on a dress, put on some lipstick, snap a few selfies, and then can take off the costume and live a life free of dysphoria, oppression, life-threatening danger, and lonely sorrow.
I do think there’s a spectrum? - eg it’s a totally different and more dangerous experience to be a femme cis guy who crossdresses all the time as he goes about his every day life and would feel seriously uncomfortable and closeted in menswear, than it is to be a mostly masculine or androgynous cis guy who put on a dress and lipstick a few times for photos or RHPS — but I agree with this post completely. Neither experience is the same as being a femme trans woman who has to fear for their safety, essentially defend their existence AND being told they’re ascribing to gender norms by other people.
And then of course there are sub-issues, like trans people who conform to the norms for a gender they’re NOT (eg butch trans women and femmy trans dudes and non-androgynous gq people) being told they’re not legit or totally misgendered, but that’s OTT so I’ll quit here.
Feminism should, by default, include trans women. I’d go so far as to say that, as trans women are many, many times more likely to be raped, killed or discriminated against on the basis of their gender than cis women are, we cis feminists should not just be including them but making them central in our activism. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. We’ve long known that feminism as a movement is overwhelmingly white, able-bodied and middle class. It is also overwhelmingly cissexual.
Trans women are women. Logically feminism cannot exclude trans women and still call itself feminism. I mean obviously it has a history of doing that. But it’s complete and utter bullshit.
Feminism by definition is for women. Trans women are women. Fat women are women. Women of colour are women. Disabled women are women. Poor women are women. Queer women are women. Mentally ill women are women.
The thing that gets me is the very premise of feminism is about dismantling power structures and oppressive institutions., Yet somehow early feminists decided to bring a bucket-load of those oppressive structures with them, and established them in the roots of the feminism movement.
Anyone who wants to promote some exclusive version of feminism can fuck right off.
Sylvia Rae Rivera: Why she kicks ass
- She was an American transgender activist. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance and helped found STAR (Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries), a group dedicated to helping homeless young street drag queens and trans women, with her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
- She was raised by her Venezuelan grandmother, who disapproved of her effeminate behavior, particularly after she began to wear makeup in fourth grade. As a result, she began living on the streets at the age of eleven, where she joined a community of drag queens.
- Her activism began during the Vietnam War, civil rights, and feminist movements and fully bloomed around the time of the Stonewall Riots. She often spoke of her presence within the Stonewall Inn the night of the riots. She also became involved in Puerto Rican and African American youth activism, particularly with the Young Lords and Black Panthers.
- At different times in her life, Sylvia Rivera battled substance abuse issues and lived on the streets. Her experiences made her more focused on advocacy for those who, in her view, the mainline community (and often the queer community) were leaving behind.
- In the last five years of her life Sylvia renewed her political activity, giving many speeches concerning the Stonewall Riots and the necessity for unity among transgender people to fight for their historic legacy as people in the forefront of the LGBT movement. She traveled to Italy for the Millennium March in 2000 where she was acclaimed as the Mother of all gay people.
- In early 2001, after a church service at the MCC referring to the Star announcing the birth of Jesus she decided to reinstate Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries as an active political organization. STAR fought for the New York City Transgender Rights Bill and for a trans-inclusive New York State Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act. Also STAR sponsored street pressures for justice for Amanda Milan, a transgender woman who was murdered in 2000.
- Sylvia also attacked the Human Rights Commission and the Empire State Pride Agenda as organizations which were standing in the way of transgender rights. On her death bed she met with Matt Foreman and Joe Grabarz of the Empire State Pride Agenda in order to negotiate trans inclusion in ESPA’s political structure and agenda.
- She refused to have the drag culture erased from the gay rights agenda by assimilationist gay leaders who were seeking to make the community look more attractive to the heterosexual majority. Rivera’s conflicts with mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups were emblematic of the mainstream gay rights movement’s strained relationship to transgender issues.
- She was an active member of the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and ministered through the Church’s food pantry, which provided food to the hungry. She remained a passionate advocate for queer youth, and MCC New York’s queer youth shelter is called Sylvia’s Place in her honour.
- Named in her honor (and established in 2002), the Sylvia Rivera Law Project is dedicated “to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence”.
- Rivera was banned from New York’s Gay & Lesbian Community Center for several years in the mid-nineties, because, on a cold winter’s night, she aggressively demanded that the Center take care of poor and homeless queer youth. "One of our main goals now is to destroy the Human Rights Campaign, because I’m tired of sitting on the back of the bumper. It’s not even the back of the bus anymore—it’s the back of the bumper. The bitch on wheels is back."
you should know sylvia rivera. because there’s not a day that goes by that i don’t think about her and the ways she inspires me to do better, be better, care more than i already do.