So there's this post where someone said Caitlyn Jenner "fetishized being a woman" and I noticed 3 types of people reblog it. Terfs who found it appealing, People who criticized the wording, and people who reblogged it uncritically cause they don't like Caitlyn. Thoughts?
Caitlyn Jenner is a Republican and a Trump bootlicker and no friend of most trans women (that is, trans women who aren’t white/passing/Republican/rich), but that doesn’t change the fact that she is a woman. Saying she ‘fetishized being a woman’ is some straight-up TERF shit, and I don’t really think that anyone should be using TERF language to talk about trans women they don’t like. Just because someone’s opinions are shit or because they do things that harm us doesn’t mean it’s okay to use transantagonistic language toward them.
(It falls under the same umbrella as ‘don’t say Ann Coulter is “really a man,” or make jokes about her man hands or her Adams’ apple,’ which is distressingly fucking common among supposed progressives.)
I generally think Caitlin Jenner is only interested in promoting herself, not the wellbeing of any other trans person. She certainly doesn’t think I’m real, and definitely isn’t there for the trans folks that are in my circle – poor trans folks, TPOC, nonbinary people.
But she’s still a woman. She didn’t fetishize it any more than any other trans woman did. She deserves rage and disgust, but not transantagonism.