Good, now maybe we can start working on the problems that are jeopardizing the lives or LGBTQ people who aren’t white, cis, gay and middle- to upper-class! 

Like the genocide being committed against trans women of color, or the fact that 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ teens - most of whom were kicked out of their homes for being LGBTQ, or maybe the fact that 41% of trans adults report attempting suicide while >70% report facing workplace descrimination for being trans, or maybe the fact that the “trans panic” defense is still usable in 49 states, or that it’s still legal to discriminate against trans people in terms of housing, employment, criminal justice and medical care, or maybe the fact that trans people still struggle to get medical care coverage through insurance, even with the gains that we’ve made with ACA.

I’m sure those white, wealthy, cis gays will stick around and fight with us since we worked so hard on getting them married, right? Hey … where are you going?!

I am not surprised by this.

Just exhausted.

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UPDATE: There was an “I’m sorry if you were offended” fauxpology. Cis people are pouring in to tell him he either shouldn’t have or that they think he’s great for the fauxpology. I do not take his apology seriously, he has experienced no consequence for his behavior, and his history shows he will do stuff like this again.

anonymous asked:

What is the "ciscentric and cis-enforced narrative of transness"? If there are such definitions of transness that hold cisnormative values like that, then it makes since to me that such a definition should be abolished and that no one should agree to it at all. What definition of gender is ciscentric and cis-enforced? Are gender roles ciscentric? Cis people made them and invalidate trans people based on it, but trans people can sometimes support them too.

Edit to add: This is in reference to this post.

The ciscentric and cis-enforced narrative of transness I was referring to is this accepted narrative of the trans person who has always known since they could formulate a notion of gender, who is consumed with debilitating dysphoria and thus whose sole goal is transition - which always consists of hormones and surgery - and whose gender presentation is strictly binary and very masculine or feminine depending on their identity as men or women. There’s often this tragically inspirational element to it, too, which requires the subject to be “brave” and “sacrificing” and either pure of motive or punished for wickedness. 

There’s little room for queer identities and non-binary notions of gender. 

It’s also very white. If the subject does happen to be a person of color, then the narrative demands them to be victims, sex workers and/or drug users. If the subject is white, however, then they’re either a middle-age, middle-class white woman who is married to a woman and has 2.5 children and the narrative focuses on the cost to the family of the woman’s transness or else they fall into one of the above categories (compare Transparent to Dallas Buyer’s Club) - and, of course, if it’s a film, the woman is played by a cis man - who is then called brave and bold and an artist for the portrayal. 

And that’s if the main character is actually trans and not drag queens - the two biggest “trans” influences when I was a teen were “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything - Julie Newmar,” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” And “Boys Don’t Cry” came out a little later in there somewhere too, but there wasn’t a lot in that movie for me, personally.

Because these stories permeate our culture, when real trans people try to tell our stories, the media focuses on our genitals, our sex lives, our families’ struggles and our conformity or non-conformity to gender stereotypes and ignores the rest. They cut out everything that doesn’t fit their narrative in favor of a shot of a trans woman putting on makeup. They blue-screen when confronted with a young, dmab, non-binary lesbian with punk butch aesthetic, for example.

The worst part of all of this is that this narrative was so accepted as the norm that conforming to it was the only way to navigate the mess of gatekeepers in the medical and psychological communities who were positioned to block access to the treatments we needed. That conformity justified and perpetuated its existence while also imbuing those who navigated that mess with the sense that all the effort and cost they pais had to be worth it, since they had to do it - and obviously, they wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t necessary and valuable to do so - and thus everyone else should have to as well. Look at hazing rituals and the Justification of Effort theory.

And, as trans people, we are not immune to this cultural narrative, either, unfortunately. We buy into it, too, and look with doubt on those who don’t adhere to it, even if that person is ourselves. I had doubts for a long time about whether I was trans or, worse, trans enough because I didn’t know for certain that I was 100% a girl when I was younger. I knew I was different, but I didn’t have the whole picture. And then when I was older, I didn’t have the same certainty I assumed other trans people felt when I considered my gender, because my location on a gender map seemed to shift around. 

Of course, I’d never heard of non-binary genders, let alone bigender, and there was no Internet with readily visible trans activists telling me that I was trans enough, that I wasn’t just cis and doing it wrong, causing me to be miserable. My little state university in the middle of Podunk, Illinois had a BGLFA (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and Friends Association), but you will note, no doubt, that there was no T in that acronym. I assumed I was in the F since I was a (mostly) straight (lol) ally, and there wasn’t anything else in there. I think in the years since I’ve left, they’ve renamed themselves to be more inclusive, but that’s beside the point.

I fell outside the narrative, even if only a little, so I followed the social script I thought was my only other choice. I lived as a man, married a woman, had two daughters and joined the corporate world as a wage-earner. I buried everything else that fell outside of that narrative, because not enough of what I buried fit any other narrative enough to “justify throwing it all away.” 

There were not enough trans stories available to hear, and those that were available had little to no diversity to show that there isn’t only one true way to be trans. The cis dominance and control of media stifles and narrows the limits of acceptable trans narratives, and trans people who haven’t learned better continue that work.

So, that’s what I mean by ciscentric and cis-enforced. 

I hope that helps.

one of the main reasons I am Not Here for harassing nb folks over how they choose to talk about gender is that binary people, ESPECIALLY cis binary people, actually have access to a huge vocabulary for talking about the nuances of how they relate to their gender, and to social ideals of masculinity and femininity, and their sexualities in the context of their genders? & no one bats an eye? like you wouldn’t tell a self-described lipstick lesbian to stop making shit up and trying to be some kind of genderspecial. if a guy calls himself or his frind a bro you don’t respond with “don’t you mean MAN???” even if you aren’t familiar with specific terminology you can accept that it probably signifies something within that person’s culture or community

but then when nonbinary people express the same kind of nuance, just specific to experience outside the binary, it’s suddenly special snowflake syndrome and the downfall of language??? no. I don’t buy that. sorry not sorry.

Can we have a conversation about how a lot of the words that trans girls use are used because of survival?

Can we talk about how things like girl in a boy’s body, things like “I used to be a boy” and stuff like that are elements of cis people’s lack of understanding and that it’s safer and more effective to just deal with their ignorance then force them to think?

Can we have a discussion about how many trans girls only get cis language to talk about being trans, that we’ve only heard their words, only heard the messed up or screwy things and that’s all we have to describe ourselves?

Can we talk about how things like “female assigned”, “wrong body”, “I’m not fully a girl till I get the vagina” are only criticized when trans girls say them but no one bats an eyelid when ignorant as shit cis people force the same concepts on us again and again? That a given trans girl using it is applying it to herself/themself while cis people apply it to FUCKING EVERY ONE OF US?

Can we fucking talk about who the real problem is?

The cis people using the words with the power they wield and the backing of society behind them? That we’re forced to stand in their lines to get the basic understanding from them so we can have basic medical care, resources to deal with disturbing amounts of childhood abuse (sexual or otherwise), dv, rape and assault. To avoid being harassed. To have even some humanity?

I’d love if we could have that discussion.

"Ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon"

The fuck is this phrase. And why is it appearing on usually savvy tumblrs I respect.

Intention: to be inclusive of non-binary trans* folk.

Impact: Re-centers the binary. Furthers the mistaken notion that any non-binary identity is some combination of man and woman, that everything is related to and founded on the binary. It’s essentialist and binary-centric.

Fuck that noise. I am not some “variation” on your re-affirmed norm. And I am not appeased or included by this tack-on bullshit.

Besides, notions of ladyhood and gentlemanliness are far too often weapons for conformity, for policing behavior, for feeling superior (and upper-class; classism, yo), all sorts of shenanigans. And that phrase, “ladies and gentlemen,” gets used without a thought. I loathe it every time I ride Amtrak, am watching television. Do you really think all its baggage and problems can be fixed with a tiny appended amendment? The issue is structural.

As for alternatives, I kind of like “gentle people” or “gentle folk” (note the space), but I also don’t want to deny folks who id as ladies the right to that word, and it’s tricky. Why not just “dear [passengers, viewers, readers, people, appropriate noun here]”?


Important Core Information on Trans People


Some Concepts regarding Trans people and transness:

CISCENTRIC: the concept was established only in relation to the cis world. Something can be Ciscentric without being transphobic.

CISSEXIST: the concept is sexist in regards to trans people in relation to Cis people. Something can be transphobic and cissexist, or just cissexist.

CISNORMATIVE: a norm which applies only to the cis population, but is often pushed at trans people. Most cisnormative concepts are applied in a transphobic way, but are not transphobic themselves, merely Ciscentric.

TRANSCENTRIC: a concept which centers trans lives as normative.

TRANSPHOBIC: a concept which involves aversion, anxiety, and/or animus, singly or in any combination, to teams people or Transness. 

CISNESS (Cis): Cisness is the state of awareness or condition in society of someone who does conform in a majority of aspects to the way their society or culture sees them as behaving and living in relation to their culture’s social construction of physiological sex, usually due to an absence of variance between their physical sex and one or both of their social sex identity and/or internal sex identity. It exists at the same level as awareness of self, and it is, itself, an awareness, but because it is not at variance, is often unnoticed and unremarked.

TRANSNESS (Trans): Transness is the state of awareness or condition in society of someone who does not conform in a majority of aspects to the way their society or culture sees them as behaving and living in relation to their culture’s social construction of physiological sex, usually due to a variance between their physical sex and one or both of their social sex identity and/or internal sex identity. It exists at the same level as awareness of self, and it is, itself, an awareness.

WPATH: The World Professional Association for Transgender Health. The WPATH is an international, multidisciplinary, professional association whose mission is to promote evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect for transgender health. The vision of WPATH is to bring together diverse professionals dedicated to developing best practices and supportive policies worldwide that promote health, research, education, respect, dignity, and equality for transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people in all cultural settings.

The Standards of Care (SoC): The international Standards of treatment for Trans people. The minimums level of treatment considered ethical, moral, and standard.

Gender Dysphoria:  refers to discomfort or distress (disgust at their own genitalia, social isolation from their peers, anxiety, loneliness, and depression) that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth (and the associated gender role and/or primary and secondary sex characteristics).

GENDER: Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, behavior, and expressions that a particular society considers appropriate for men and women. Gender is always social - that is, it only comes into play in relation to other people. Things, objects, parts, language all are involved in gendering things. When one says “that is male” one is gendering it.

GENDER ROLES: What we call Femininity and Masculinity. They deal in how we expect persons of a particular sex to behave or act within our culture. The three billion ways to be a man, and the three billion ways to be a woman, and all the stuff related to sexism lies here. Social sex roles are a set of social and behavioral norms that are structurally designated as appropriate for either a man or a woman in a social or interpersonal relationship based on their social sex.

GENDER EXPRESSIONS: how people present themselves to the wider world, not always in line with their Social Sex role. It has to do with primarily “superficial” stuff — dress and body decoration — that affect things like attraction and courtship. Expressions are the tools by which we convey to others, who cannot see our physical anatomy, that we fit into this particular box for a given physical sex.

GENDER BEHAVIORS: all the little things that social sex influences that are outside the realm of the usual and the commonplace – the indirect effects, so to speak. Inheritance is part of this, kinship is part of this, lineage is part of this, even names are part of this. These behaviors are basic elements, often focused around interpersonal relationships and the interplay between Social Sex Roles and Social Sex Expressions. Male privilege is an excellent example of a Social Sex Behavior.

Selections from the WPATHStandards of Care:

Official Title:

Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People

On Gender nonconformity not being the same as gender dysphoria:

Gender Nonconformity Is Not the Same as Gender Dysphoria 
Gender nonconformity refers to the extent to which a person’s gender identity, role, or expression differs from the cultural norms prescribed for people of a particular sex (Institute of Medicine, 2011). Gender dysphoria refers to discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth (and the associated gender role and/or primary and secondary sex characteristics) (Fisk, 1974; Knudson, De Cuypere, & Bockting, 2010b). Only some gender nonconforming people experience gender dysphoria at some point in their lives.

On Surgery & Hormones being required to be trans

Indeed, hormone therapy and surgery have been found to be medically necessary to alleviate gender dysphoria in many people (American Medical Association, 2008; Anton, 2009; The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, 2008).

While many individuals need both hormone therapy and surgery to alleviate their gender dysphoria, others need only one of these treatment options and some need neither (Bockting and Goldberg, 2006; Bockting, 2008; Lev, 2004).

Often with the help of psychotherapy, some individuals integrate their trans- or cross-gender feelings into the gender role they were assigned at birth and do not feel the need to feminize or masculinize their body. For others, changes in gender role and expression are sufficient to alleviate gender dysphoria. Some patients may need hormones, a possible change in gender role, but not surgery; others may need a change in gender role along with surgery, but not hormones.

On nonbinary individuals

Some individuals describe themselves not as gender nonconforming but as unambiguously cross-sexed (i.e., as a member of the other sex; Bockting, 2008).

Other individuals affirm their unique gender identity and no longer consider themselves either male or female (Bornstein, 1994; Kimberly, 1997; Stone, 1991; Warren, 1993). Instead, they may describe their gender identity in specific terms such as transgender, bigender, or genderqueer, affirming their unique experience that may transcend a male/female binary understanding of gender (Bockting, 2008; Ekins and King, 2006; Nestle, Wilchins, and Howell, 2002).

They may not experience their process of identity affirmation as a “transition,” because they never fully embraced the gender role they were assigned at birth or because they actualize their gender identity, role, and expression in a way that does not involve a change from one gender role to another.

For example, some youth identifying as genderqueer have always experienced their gender identity and role as such (genderqueer). 

On Dysphoria being required to be Trans 

Only some gender nonconforming people experience gender dysphoria at some point in their lives.

What helps one person alleviate gender dysphoria might be very different from what helps another person. This process may or may not involve a change in gender expression or body modifications.

Gender identities and expressions are diverse, and hormones and surgery are just two of many options available to assist people with achieving comfort with self and identity.

On Regrets after surgery

Although Harry Benjamin already acknowledged a spectrum of gender nonconformity(Benjamin, 1966), the initial clinical approach largely focused on identifying who was an appropriate candidate for sex reassignment to facilitate a physical change from male to female or female to male as completely as possible (e.g., Green & Fleming, 1990; Hastings,1974).

This approach was extensively evaluated and proved to be highly effective.

Satisfaction rates across studies ranged from 87% of MtF patients to 97% of FtM patients (Green and Fleming, 1990), and regrets were extremely rare (1-1.5% of MtF patients and less than 1% of FtM patients; Pfafflin,1993).

On Transgender Children

When it comes to the persistence of cross gender behaviors from childhood, newer studies, also including girls, showed a 12 - 27% persistence rate of gender dysphoria into adulthood (Drummond, Bradley, Peterson-Badali, & Zucker, 2008; Wallien & Cohen-Kettenis, 2008).

In contrast, the persistence of gender dysphoria into adulthood appears to be much higher for adolescents. In a follow-up study of 70 adolescents who were diagnosed with gender dysphoria and given puberty suppressing hormones, all continued with the actual sex reassignment, beginning with feminizing/masculinizing hormone therapy (deVries, Steensma, Doreleijers, & Cohen-Kettenis, 2010).

Another difference between gender dysphoric children and adolescents is in the sex ratios for each age group. In clinically referred, gender dysphoric children under age 12, the male/female ratio ranges from 6:1 to 3:1 (Zucker, 2004). In clinically referred, gender dysphoric adolescents older than age 12, the male/female ratio is close to 1:1 (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfäfflin, 2003).

Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success (Gelder & Marks, 1969; Greenson, 1964), particularly in the long term (Cohen-Kettenis & Kuiper, 1984; Pauly,1965)Such treatment is no longer considered ethical.

On Diagnoses

Some people experience gender dysphoria at such a level that the distress meets criteria for a formal diagnosis that might be classified as a mental disorder. Such a diagnosis is not a license for stigmatization or for the deprivation of civil and human rights. Existing classification systems such as the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) (World Health Organization, 2007) define hundreds of mental disorders that vary in onset, duration, pathogenesis, functional disability, and treatability. All of these systems attempt to classify clusters of symptoms and conditions, not the individuals themselves. A disorder is a description of something with which a person might struggle, not a description of the person or the person’s identity. 

Thus, transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals are not inherently disordered. Rather, the distress of gender dysphoria, when present, is the concern that might be diagnosable and for which various treatment options are available. The existence of a diagnosis for such dysphoria often facilitates access to health care and can guide further research into effective treatments.

Research is leading to new diagnostic nomenclatures, and terms are changing in both the DSM (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfäfflin, 2010; Knudson, De Cuypere, & Bockting, 2010b; Meyer-Bahlburg, 2010; Zucker, 2010) and the ICD. For this reason, familiar terms are employed in the SOC and definitions are provided for terms that may be emerging. Health professionals should refer to the most current diagnostic criteria and appropriate codes to apply in their practice areas.

On additional studies relating to broader prevalence needed:

  • (i) Previously unrecognized gender dysphoria is occasionally diagnosed when patients are seen with anxiety, depression, conduct disorder, substance abuse, dissociative identity disorders, borderline personality disorder, sexual disorders, and disorders of sex development (Cole, O’Boyle, Emory, & Meyer III, 1997).
  • (ii) Some crossdressers, drag queens/ kings or female/male impersonators, and gay and lesbian individuals may be experiencing gender dysphoria (Bullough & Bullough, 1993).
  • (iii) The intensity of some people’s gender dysphoria fluctuates below and above a clinical threshold (Docter, 1988).
  • (iv) Gender nonconformity among FtM individuals tends to be relatively invisible in many cultures, particularly to Western health professionals and researchers who have conducted most of the studies on which the current estimates of prevalence and incidence are based (Winter, 2009).

On Options for Psychological and Medical Treatment of Gender Dysphoria

For individuals seeking care for gender dysphoria, a variety of therapeutic options can be considered. The number and type of interventions applied and the order in which these take place may differ from person to person (e.g., Bockting, Knudson, & Goldberg, 2006; Bolin, 1994; Rachlin, 1999; Rachlin, Green, & Lombardi, 2008; Rachlin, Hansbury, & Pardo, 2010). Treatments options include the following:

  • Changes in gender expression and role (which may involve living part time or full time in another gender role, consistent with one’s gender identity);
  • Hormone therapy to feminize or masculinize the body;
  • Surgery to change primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (e.g., breasts/chest, external and/or internal genitalia, facial features, body contouring);
  • Psychotherapy (individual, couple, family, or group) for purposes such as exploring gender identity, role, and expression; addressing the negative impact of gender dysphoria and stigma on mental health; alleviating internalized transphobia; enhancing social and peer support; improving body image; or promoting resilience.

On withholding treatment for adolescents

Refusing timely medical interventions for adolescents might prolong gender dysphoria and contribute to an appearance that could provoke abuse and stigmatization. As the level of gender-related abuse is strongly associated with the degree of psychiatric distress during adolescence (Nuttbrock et al., 2010), withholding puberty suppression and subsequent feminizing or masculinizing hormone therapy is not a neutral option for adolescents. 

On informed consent

Feminizing/masculinizing hormone therapy may lead to irreversible physical changes. Thus, hormone therapy should be provided only to those who are legally able to provide informed consent. This includes people who have been declared by a court to be emancipated minors, incarcerated people, and cognitively impaired people who are considered competent to participate in their medical decisions (see also Bockting et al., 2006). Providers should document in the medical record that comprehensive information has been provided and understood about all relevant aspects of the hormone therapy, including both possible benefits and risks and the impact on reproductive capacity.

On the broad needs for health

WPATH recognizes that health is dependent upon not only good clinical care but also social and political climates that provide and ensure social tolerance, equality, and the full rights of citizenship. Health is promoted through public policies and legal reforms that promote tolerance and equity for gender and sexual diversity and that eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and stigma. WPATH is committed to advocacy for these changes in public policies and legal reforms.

On Trans People In Other Cultures

In applying these standards to other cultural contexts, health professionals must be sensitive to these differences and adapt the SOC according to local realities. For example, in a number of cultures, gender nonconforming people are found in such numbers and living in such ways as to make them highly socially visible (Peletz, 2006).

In settings such as these, it is common for people to initiate a change in their gender expression and physical characteristics while in their teens, or even earlier. Many grow up and live in a social, cultural, and even linguistic context quite unlike that of Western cultures. Yet almost all experience prejudice (Peletz, 2006; Winter, 2009).

In many cultures, social stigma towards gender nonconformity is widespread and gender roles are highly prescriptive (Winter et al., 2009). Gender nonconforming people in these settings are forced to be hidden, and therefore may lack opportunities for adequate health care (Winter, 2009).

The Standards of Care, Version 7 represents a significant departure from previous versions. Changes in this version are based upon significant cultural shifts, advances in clinical knowledge, and appreciation of the many health care issues that can arise for transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people beyond hormone therapy and surgery(Coleman, 2009a, b, c, d).

Public Policies of the WPATH

On Identity Documents and Surgery Requirements

No person should have to undergo surgery or accept sterilization as a condition of identity recognition. If a sex marker is required on an identity document, that marker could recognize the person’s lived gender, regardless of reproductive capacity. The WPATH Board of Directors urges governments and other authoritative bodies to move to eliminate requirements for identity recognition that require surgical procedures.

On being trans being a Medical Condition (Mental Illness, Etc.)

The expression of gender characteristics, including identities, that are not stereotypically associated with one’s assigned sex at birth is a common and culturally-diverse human phenomenon which should not be judged as inherently pathological or negative. The psychopathologlisation of gender characteristics and identities reinforces or can prompt stigma, making prejudice and discrimination more likely, rendering transgender and transsexual people more vulnerable to social and legal marginalisation and exclusion, and increasing risks to mental and physical well-being. WPATH urges governmental and medical professional organizations to review their policies and practices to eliminate stigma toward gender-variant people


  • involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease.
  • caused by or involving disease; morbid.
  • caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
  • dealing with diseases

1680s, “pertaining to disease,” formed in English from pathology. 

Synonyms: morbid, diseased, sick, ill, unhealthy, aberrant, medicalmedical condition

The very document that lays out the treatment for Trans people, and the very organization that is responsible for setting the standards and operating on the research and scientific evidence, state, in very clear terms, that being Trans is not a medical condition, and in addition to that, they state that calling it a medical condition has been proven to be harmful to the health and well being of Trans people.

This is why professionals involved in the care and well being of Trans people who are culturally competent and knowledgeable, do not engage with it on those terms.

Trans people are gender noncomforming.  The standards of care applies to them, so long as they are trans people, and that includes all treatments.

Transness — being trans — does not come from dysphoria. It comes from the conflict between social sex, internal sex, and physical sex.That conflict is not dysphoriaDysphoria is separate from that. That is the standard that the science shows.

Dysphoria does not make someone a trans person. Being a trans person is what makes someone have dysphoria. 

Not because they are trans. But because the world they live in is not designed for, considerate of, or permissible for, trans people.

Transphobia is aversion, anxiety, or animus, singly or in any combination, regarding trans people, transness, or trans related issues.

  • Aversion is things like being disgusted, in opposition to, identifying something as repugnant, and exhibiting strong feelings about this. Aversion is the desire to avoid, the act of arguing to avoid or reduce encounters. It includes being unwilling to listen or accept factual,statements made by trans people. It also includes not wanting trans people in the restroom. It also includes saying things like you need dysphoria to be trans.
  • Anxiety is distress, worry, concern, and overt anxiousness about something or someone that is strongly expressed in physical, literal, or metaphorical terms. Anxiety is worry, concern, or anticipatory ideation relating to trans people or Transness. It includes prejudice against trans people, such as worrying about what they do in the restroom. It also includes things like saying that transness is a medical condition.
  • Animus is a strong and intense dislike. It involves devaluing the lives of people, erasing their dignity, opposing their civil and human rights, denying them the ability to mark themselves,and outright harm to them. Animus is intense dislike, easily distinguished by overly concerned and reactionary language and violence, in any form. It includes agitating in the interest of preventing trans people from being In the restroom by law or policy.It also includes things like telling other trans people they aren’t trans enough.

So any of those thing, either individually or in combination, is what makes up transphobia.

Examples of Transphobic Statements

  • People who mutilate themselves like transgendered (Animus)
  • Transness is a mental illness. (Animus)
  • Transness is a medical condition (Anxiety)
  • I do not feel safe having male socialized trans women in my space. (Aversion, Anxiety)
  • Cis assigns a gender to someone. (Anxiety)
  • Trans women are biologically male. (Animus)
  • Trans women are men (Animus)
  • Trans men are traitors (Animus)
  • Dysphoria is needed to be trans (Aversion)
  • trans politics enforces gender and gender roles by reducing womanhood to a stereotype made up by males. (Animus, Anxiety)
  • If we include gender identity protections in this bill, it will be harder to pass (Aversion, Anxiety)
  • The second you become pregnant you are a woman.(Animus, Aversion)

There are many other examples, readily found in pretty much any attack on trans people and their lives or in any post that deals in trans issues coming from someone who proclaims themselves “truscum”. 

Why I say Libertarians are Racist, Sexist, Classist and also Elitist.

First off: This isn’t really a rage post.  It’s more informative and why, from a female, middle class, person of color point of view, I find the ideology of the Libertarian party to be dangerous to the ideals they are trying to promote.  This isn’t an attack on politicians, or activists, or individuals, but rather a breakdown in why Libertarian politics and policy are short sighted and only benefit those who are already benefiting from their race, gender, or class.

Libertarians, for those who don’t know, strongly believe in maintaining and returning to a Republican government MEANING, “small central government” and a lot of power to the states.  They believe that a lot of how the United States of America is currently run takes too much power from the states and should, primarily, only focus on National Defense and International Diplomacy. 

Also, they strongly support privatizing next to everything.  Libertarians believe heavily in the character, independence and personal direction of the American people.  They also think that a free economy will self-regulate and support the independent needs of the American people.

This means that roads, education on all levels, healthcare and even the police and fire department would be privatized under a 100% Libertarian government.

So far, that doesn’t sound racist, or sexist, or classist, does it?

But actually it really is.  I have a lot of general criticisms for the US government in general, but under it’s own ancient, republican mandate (when the opposing party was called Federalist, meaning Big Central gov’t, less power for the states) what it does while working inside those constraints is actually pretty awesome.  What I find troublesome is usually on the state level, where there’s a breakdown in service of education, healthcare and citizen protection.  Not all states find equal education to be a priority, and therefore aren’t a whole lot of safe guards in place for districts that are primarily low income, and therefore don’t have as much money from property taxes to fund schools.  Not all states mandate insurance sales or acceptance to help the poor and/or elderly to get the most out of MedicAid or MediCare.  Not all states are willing to crack down on police abuses or corruption, ESPECIALLY in cases of obvious xenophobia/racism/misogyny/ciscentrism.  Just by looking at what is or isn’t on state law books, someone who is foreign-born, who is non-white, who is a woman or not conforming to the gender binary can see where in this nation is a safe place to be, to raise their children.

And since Libertarians in general love the idea of privatizing all these services, those flaws will just get worse and wider. Seeing that Libertarians are big on the whole “personal liberty” thing, hate crime definitions and laws that are put in place to insure that the minority citizen is protected from discrimination (also known as “affirmative action”) would be wiped clean, erased.  So these privatized services won’t even be held accountable when individual bigotry will start making company policy because, let’s face it, most of the US population is non-Latino white, and most of the CEOs that are already running our private industries are also male, as well as white.  And while I’m NOT saying that every white male is a raging ethnocentric chauvinist, I am pointing out that most white people in the US don’t come into contact with large groups of people of color.  Having ONE black friend, ONE gay friend, “lots of girl friends” isn’t going to make you aware of the troubles that come with being born “not normal” - because the way US society is set up, White Male is standard, and everything else is a deviation. 

And that’s the trouble I’m seeing with Libertarians as a whole.  A lot of Libertarians I meet are males, overwhelmingly white, and ALWAYS upper middle to upper class on the tax brackets.  A privatized America would not affect them or their ways of living.  They might even think it would make THEIR lives better, because they’ll have more ‘choice.'  What they don’t seem to be realizing is that by giving this portion of the population more options, they are taking away opportunities for every one else.  The reason these opportunities are “manufactured” by the federal government is because it was brought to the attention of Senators, Representatives and Presidents past that if a safety net wasn’t in place for anyone who isn’t a white male, it would actually harm the country. Affirmative action is in place to counteract the systemic bigotry that puts these people at a disadvantage. 

Poor people aren’t JUST poor because of bad decisions or lack of motivation.  Poor people can be poor because they were born poor, lacked teachers and tools that could get them beyond poverty, and continue to muddle along in their poverty because they don’t know, or CAN’T escape it. 

Women don’t just make less money because they “pick jobs that make less,” but are actively penalized for DARING to start a family in high stakes industries.  A lot of people in economic power still think that women should be primary caregivers, and men should be the primary breadwinners, and dole out raises, promotions, and benefits accordingly.  

People of color don’t just make less money OR dominate the prison population because of “their culture of poor decisions” but because of the binary of white = good and not white = not good.  When you assume a person is a criminal enough times, they’re going to become one.  It’s as simple as that.  And also, those assumptions also lead people to think (wrongly) that people of color are less intelligent, less motivated, and have “wrong priorities” leading to prejudiced hiring practices.  White Ex-Cons are more likely to get hired at any job than a Black man with no record of equal skill and education. This is a measurable fact.

In short, Politics and Policy that dismantle the flimsy but-still-better-than-nothing safety net that protects people who aren’t White Men is dangerous.  And thinking that removing that safety net and privatizing everything will make life better for everyone makes you naive.  And it’s a level of naivete that transcends naivete and just makes you racist, sexist, and classist. Even if you don’t mean to be.

my dick is not a birth defect

i was not born wrong

i am not trapped in my body or my genitals

i was born into a ciscentric transmisogynistic society

transmisogyny is the defect

transmisogyny is wrong

i am trapped by you, dear dear cis people

fix your shit smart fucking quick

I think it’s funny when cisgender queers get all worked up about specific body parts being !!!necessary!!! in order for them to be attracted to partners of a given gender. Like, the junk that I would find the most appealing on a partner would be, probably, a sensate nine-inch electric-purple glitter-cock that glows in the dark, but you don’t hear me fucking complaining.

As addendum to that absolutely fascinating message I just got: did I ask for special products? No, all I said I wanted was more gender neutral labeling.

That said, why the fuck shouldn’t I get special products? Why does everything have to be about white dresses and pastel coloring and those weird flowers that everybody knows is a metaphor for blood but nobody has the guts to say so?

Let’s see some advertising for menstrual aids (hey, that’s a good label. Somebody draw up a marketing proposal) that involves, I don’t know, motorcycles, and flamethrowers, and really butch tattooed lesbians that don’t have time for this menstruation bullshit. Which brings up another point: there are a lot of cisgendered women out there who aren’t exactly being represented by the advertisements you currently see out there. What’s wrong with asking for a little more motherfucking inclusion?
What Lesbians Don’t Understand About Heterosexual Men

This is an apologetic by a so-called philosopher in defense of white American cis men pretending to be lesbian women.  At one point, he says: “This back and forth virtual-switching of identification is especially delicious because of course it tacitly involves the illicit thrill of being a woman, at the level of imagination, as well as desiring one.”  Besides the fact that he suddenly thinks he can speak for all straight men, he’s completely erasing trans people too.

What about trans men who would find it nightmarish to return to a female body, even for a fantasy?  What about trans women who when fantasizing about being a lesbian, didn’t do it for kicks, but because that’s her actual identity?  What about gender fluid people who genuinely experience some situations as lesbians but others situations differently, even when with the same partner?

He also claims this lesbian-empathy is why men are so accepting of lesbians but so rejecting of homosexuals.  Cuz it doesn’t have worth as its own thing unless it titillates a straight cis man.  Got it.

I really wish there was a more gender-neutral name for “feminine hygiene product,” since apparently “pads and tampons” are too crass for grocery stores and commercials to handle.

Maybe I’m being a little too sensitive about this; the vast majority of people who use those products self-identify as female, so is that unreasonable to match the labeling with the target audience? But the thing is, having my period is already a really vulnerable time for me. I have to deal with a host of really shitty physical side effects that I won’t go into here, save to note that I missed five days of work last year solely because of my period, and I have to deal with all the bullshit social stigmas that surround menstruation just like ciswomen do. But at the same time I can’t help but feel like I’m being excluded somehow, because of all the emphasis being placed on the fact that women are the only ones affected by menstruation.

I walk into the store and look around for the little pink sign reading “feminine care,” and it’s like I’m being told, “here you go, you disgusting parody of manhood. Have fun suffering through another month of not being a real boy.”

I wonder if transwomen feel anything similar when they see commercials for this stuff on tv?

anonymous asked:

What is ciscentrism, and what's the difference between that and cisnormativity?

Ciscentrism is the institutionalized system that others trans* people and places their needs and identities in a place of less importance than those of cis people.

Cisnormativity is the assumption made by most of society that any given person is cis, or that if someone doesn’t make a point to say that they are trans*, then they are cis.

They’re closely related and overlap a lot, but they’re not quite the same thing.

Boy Meets Girl…

What a gosh darn icky movie lemme tell ya. Once more, we’ve got the trans girl who really loves clothes and is very crafty + resourceful, the hyper-bigot military dude (who she slept with earlier in her life, which is why he literally can’t help but throw slurs at/about her apparently), an assault scene, gay sex (which was explicitly called straight pretty much, b/c trans girls sleeping with cis girls is Very Straight), lots of cisnormative ideas of sexuality, a male savior best friend, the unsurprising a full frontal penis shot, and the “we’re all human” message.

This movie is fetishistic as fuck.

CISCENTRIC: the concept was established only in relation to the cis world. Something can be Ciscentric without being transphobic.

CISSEXIST: the concept is sexist in regards to trans people in relation to Cis people. Something can be transphobic and cissexist, or just cissexist.

CISNORMATIVE: a norm which applies only to the cis population, but is often pushed at trans people. Most cisnormative concepts are applied in a transphobic way, but are not transphobic themselves, merely Ciscentric.

TRANSCENTRIC: a concept which centers trans lives as normative.

TRANSPHOBIC: a concept which involves aversion, anxiety, and/or animus, singly or in any combination, to teams people or Transness.

—  AED
So I guess Bailey Jay is a part of a car now? [TRIGGER WARNING for the t-word]

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This (cis) woman was tagging photos of Bailey Jay with the t-word, and was mocking trans people who asked her not to. After a somewhat frustrating conversation in which she responded with increasingly nonsensical cissplaining, she gave me this gem.

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Nice to see cis people respecting us and taking us seriously! (/sarcasm)