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“Traditionally, boys who play with dolls were scolded, stripped of their dolls and handed some trucks, their parents terrified of their son showing signs of femininity. Now, as transgender identities become more visible, select parents respond to their sons playing with dolls in a different way, assuming that their child's interest in traditionally feminine toys makes them transgender or qualifies them as a girl trapped in a boy's body. So-called progressive individuals are jumping on the "transgender bandwagon," without realizing that their tolerance (and even support) of what they perceive as "transgender" might actually be a destructive reinforcement of an arbitrary gender binary.”—Some Boys Like Dolls: Deconstructing the (Trans)Gender Binary — Lucas Walden
Cis* is not correct Trans*gender isn’t correct either. Same with trans*woman trans*man (because they’re specific identities).
I see cis allies fuck this up at least 3-4 times a day. Stop it, you’re making yourself look bad with the people you claim to care about (not questioning your ability to care or calling you a liar, but I am saying that the effort isn’t matching the words), and it confuses so many people that have never heard the terms before. The asterisk isn’t necessary every time you write the word trans. It’s only purpose is a shorthand to differentiate between trans, which usually is just short for transgender, and trans*, which is the umbrella term which contains specific identities like trans/bi/agender, transvestite, transsexual, gender queer, non-binary, all of that jazz. When you’re referring to a specific person or identity, don’t use it.
Seriously. Please. Stop. Using. The. Asterisk. For. Everything.
Love, a slightly annoyed trans woman ❤
FULL CALL-OUT TO CANCEL RACHEL IVEY'S SPEAKING DATES
Please email and call these spaces and let them know that you are unhappy that they are allowing Rachel Ivey of Deep Green Resistance to speak at their space as part of the Resistance Rewritten speaking tour. Rachel Ivey considers trans women to be men; equates being transgender with being “trans racial”; and is friends with Cathy Brennan, a well-known transmisogynist who has publicly outed trans youth, filed lawsuits against her critics, and campaigned against gender identity protections. More on Rachel Ivey and DGR’s transphobia here.
We have included a sample email below.
June 1: Florida International University - Biscayne Bay (Miami, FL)
June 23: Bluestockings (New York, NY)
June 24: City College of New York (New York, NY)
Office of Student Life
June 28: First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
July 4: University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
July 19: The Democracy Center (Boston, MA)
To whom it may concern,
I am writing because I saw that [space name] is hosting an event on the Resistance Rewritten tour featuring speaker Rachel Ivey of Deep Green Resistance. I am asking that you cancel the event due to Rachel Ivey’s oppressive beliefs about transgender people.
Rachel Ivey considers transgender women to be men; equates being transgender with a white person saying they are a person of color; and is friends with Cathy Brennan, a well-known anti-trans blogger who has publicly outed transgender youth, filed lawsuits against her critics, and campaigned against gender identity protections. Deep Green Resistance, the organization for which Ivey is speaking, has as its official policy that trans women are men. This is unacceptable.
I urge you to cancel this event. Transgender women are some of the most at-risk people in our society for violence, harassment, and murder. People like Rachel Ivey wish to obscure the intense violence done to transgender women, and indeed reinforce trans oppression.
Taking care of your post-op nipples, Garramone style.
Let’s imagine for a second; you’ve just had top surgery with Dr. Garramone, you’re resting in bed, and you’re wondering what kind of care you’ll need to do over the next few weeks once your bandages are off. Your scars will take of themselves, but your nipples need a little extra work until you are about 3 weeks post-op. Here’s what you’ll be doing and what all you’ll need. I’m just shy of 5 months post-op, so don’t worry about seeing any newly post-op nipples.
- Cis Guy: Do you have a dick?
- Trans Guy: Do YOU have a dick?
- Cis Guy: *sputters*
- Trans Guy: Is it circumcised? How long is it? How big are your balls?
- Cis Guy: But-
- Trans Guy: No really! Do you have a dick? Have you named it?
- Cis Guy: I-
- Trans Guy: Are you a Real Man?
- Cis Guy: umm...
- Random Girl: You're being really rude! -to trans guy-
- Trans Guy: Yes I know. -to Cis Guy- How does it feel?