“Consequently, when colonists first came to the Americas, they saw the necessity of instilling patriarchy in Native communities because they realized that indigenous peoples would not accept colonial domination if their own indigenous societies were not structured on the basis of social hierarchy. Patriarchy, in turn, rests on a gender-binary system; hence it is not a coincidence that colonizers also targeted indigenous peoples who did not fit within this binary model.”—
(page 61, heteronormativity of settler colonialism, Andrea Smith)
Just putting this up here as a partial response to that tool who suggested that the colonial instillation of the gender binary was a consequence, not a tool of colonialism.
Their claim was that there are better ways to subjugate a people other than instating gendered oppression in the form of a binary patriarchy. That, “on a list of tools used to destroy cultures, this has got to be at the very very bottom”. Despite, idk, it being ‘a necessity’?
(hint: this is also, in turn, why even non-binary white people benefit from the binary. your whiteness privileges you in this respect)