Peak fall colors in downtown Minneapolis!
comforting ur friends when they’re feeling bad about themselves like
you can do it
love this trans girl
Where do transmisogynists—neo-cons and twerfs alike—think that “sex as a biological fact” comes from? What is the immutable objective authority to which we can attribute that “fact?” God? Did God step down from Heaven and say “The ones born with vulvae and uteruses and ovaries, and only those ones, are women?”
None of us was born a woman, sorry. Everyone has to become a woman—and anyone can.
I guess the instability of cis identity is what transmisogynists are actually afraid of, but one can’t feel much sympathy when their discomfort comes at the grave expense of vulnerable women.
really the push to center “non-men” within a feminist analysis (or whatever) comes from the patriarchal impulse to deny women’s subjectivity.
as a non-binary woman, i am very confused by this
i will assume i am missing context
ok i’ll try to provide some context. I’ve been seeing a lot of trans people saying that non-men are functionally equivalent to women, ie there’s no meaningful distinction between the two in how we’re treated by the patriarchy. Mostly I see this argument being used to justify giving nonbinary people access to women’s language/resources/community (ie ive seen people saying that “lesbian” should be redefined from “women exclusively attracted to women” to “nonmen attracted to nonmen”). I don’t have much of an issue with this if the nonbinary ppl doing it are partially woman-identified (especially nb people who experience transmisogyny), but I am very uncomfortable when people who hold no affiliation with womanhood claiming women’s resources and identities for themselves. I am extremely uncomfortable when they do it and claim we all have equivalent experiences under patriarchy b/c we’re not men. I feel like it’s analogous to how trans men claim they understand what being a woman is like b/c they were targeted with misogyny when they were mistaken for women. But there is a difference in how a trans person who’s mistaken for a woman and a woman (trans, cis, nonbinary, etc) experience patriarchy and misogyny. And our ability to explain that difference, to describe the effects of misogyny on ourselves, is just getting hand-waved away as non-materialist identity politicking.
it’s a way of denying women’s subjectivity. If you’re unfamiliar with what i mean by “women’s subjectivity,” the quickest summation I can think of comes from MacKinnon: “Man fucks woman; subject verb object.” reducing us all to “non-men” who are unilaterally acted upon by the patriarchy replicates this objectification: we’re just bodies experiencing violence. When I say our subjectivity is denied by this, I mean that we (we as women) are denied the ability to describe how misogyny affects our sense of self (eg we internalize the idea that we’re to blame for the misogyny we experience, that it it normal and just), how vital coming together as women to describe our experiences, our position as a subject experiencing this objectification, is to being able to survive patriarchy. All of this is lost when we’re told women and non-men are functionally equivalent, that there’s no meaningful distinction between us (which can be really painful for a lot of women to hear b/c so many of us have fought so hard to be recognized as women, especially those alienated from that category e.g. trans women, women of color, butch women, etc). I assume nonbinary people who are not woman-identified in any aspect don’t understand this because they lack the experience of being a woman under the patriarchy, not just being treated like one.
It’s just the same old objectification with a glittery queer theory bent.
cookin’ up trouble
Twenty years before NWA screamed “Fuck tha Police” Marsha P. Johnson was in the streets of New York throwing shoes at them (so the story goes). Marsha P. Johnson (June 27, 1944 – July 6, 1992) aka “the Saint of Christopher Street” was an iconic trans* rights activist. She was a leader in the resistance against police harassment in what we know as the Stonewall Riots. She also was the cofounder of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.)
Love Marsha “Pay it no mind” Johnson xxx
Since people were asking about ways they could help me last night, there is one thing that I really need. I need to get my A+ Certification as quickly as possible so that I’ll be able to start doing more jobs and bring in more income. The only problem is the cost of the test voucher. If I have to pay for it out of pocket, I am definitely gonna be broke before my next payday.
If I can raise $188 in donations, I’ll be able to get a single test voucher from CompTIA. For $279, I’ll be able to get the voucher, one free retake, and the full curriculum to help me study. Even being able to raise half of the money I need would help me immensely. And, if anyone knows of a cheaper option, please share it with me.
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*txts back 20 days later & picks up the conversation where we left off as if no time has passed and without an excuse*