What is Transphobic? a Reference Guide
February 11, 2012
I’m starting this post in response to fmnst’s excellent suggestion, which was:
I would like to request some help from everyone – for all of us.
I’m re-submitting my request to GallusMag to create a post (today!) of things that trans have complained are “transphobic!” Even if it is just to ask *us* to list such things, in the comments below, so that it isn’t a big project for GM. (Please stop holding out on me, babe.) Let me know if there is any way I can help.
Then, via our submissions in the comments, we can all begin building what will become the basis for a draft of things labeled “transphobic!” Purpose: to create an email/handout for activists, electeds, policy makers, guilt-tripped liberals, and anyone else to see how anything and everything has apparently been the recipient of that epithet, to the point of it really being meaningless and not to be intimidated by.
I (we) need a pamphlet! Since I started reading this blog a few months ago, the info that GM has so kindly and brilliantly assembled for us, and all of the insights from GM and rest of you here in comments, have really gotten me alarmed about transpolitics on the move, everywhere, with political inroads, coalitions built, and precedents being set that can eventually cause SERIOUS, MAJOR erosion of women’s rights.
Tonight I attended a meeting of a local public women’s commission, and in idle conversation with a commissioner afterward, inarticulately warned that women really need to watch out about trans politics, they could really erode women’s rights. She asked for an example (in 2 seconds or less, as is the case with most activists/appointees/electeds) which I could’t provide that quickly. Opportunity lost.
I told her the name of this blog, but I’m sure she doesn’t have time to read it, she’s so busy in her volunteer position dealing with dozens of issues, and running her business.
If we want to influence activists and policy makers, we need to have a concise, well written pamphlet with our position, the basic issues laid out about the problems and threats of TG politics, with examples of alarming laws and precedents being set.
Is there any article (or blog post) that would fill the bill? Or can we have a second blog post from you, GM, in which, in our comments, we can to list/outline the issues to include in our own pamphlet, and examples we can use? We could basically draft the pamphlet in the comments section, then send it around.
Would you please create a blog post to allow us to do this, too, GM?
What do you all think?
Please leave your suggestions/entries in comments.
Spinsterella has already started the list:
– lesbians who don’t want to fuck transwomen who still have cocks
– female-only space (Michfest, Rape Relief in Vancouver, women’s public restrooms, women’s sports)
– talking about abortion as a women’s issue
– saying that women don’t have penises
– talking about femininity as a tool of the patriarchy
– anything that criticizes gender identity or trans politics in any way
– anything that points out the obvious differences between FAB women and M2Ts (like menstruation, fear of pregnancy)
– tampon commercials
– drag queens
– mentioning male privilege in reference to M2Ts
I’m sure I can think of a lot more, but that’s what I came up with so far off the top of my head.
Let’s see what we can all come up with!