Hey!! I've heard from the trans community that referring to people as the "opposite" gender is trans erasure, since it implies that there are only two genders and I since have stopped using the term. I am wondering how it is erasure? Using an analogy, hot and cold are opposite temperatures, but that doesn't mean that room temperature/warm/cool are not temperatures. I am confused please help?
Hm so I have two thoughts on this.
First I feel like it’s erasure because of society’s general view on gender - that there are two - when you say opposite people automatically think either man or woman. I also feel like opposite does imply that there are two.
When talking about with hot or cold, I still still feel like that’s implying there’s two extremes an in-betweenness. Which makes it awkward or some people maybe feel lesser? It’s not entirely accurate as other genders are on a spectrum in between man and woman. They are their own.
Sorry that’s confusing. Maybe someone else could help out? I’m not an authority because Ely and I are both cis