hi, different anon! is it ok if i ask s/t related? even though trans girls are definitely oppressed before they come out, doesn't society still award them advantages because they are seen as cis boys? like as a queer cis girl, i try (to the best of my ability) empathize w how an intolerant society can harm u even before u know who u are, but what about the external, concrete opportunities and freedoms society gives boys? i really don't want to belittle transphobia i just want to understand!
this is an interesting question!
in essence, no, society does not award trans girls advantages when we are seen as cis boys, as this is ignoring a direct part of our identities. hell, i’m sure if i just rejumbled the words involved here you could easily see how this kind of idea is harmful - imagine i said “society rewards trans girls for staying in the closet and being misgendered”. if anything, it is fake-rewarding us for rejecting an integral part of our identities.
for example, as a queer cis girl, i am sure you are aware that straight people have advantages over non-straight people - even when non-straight people are still in the closet. gay people in the closet are treated like straight people, sure, but one wrong move and BLAM you get hit up with that good ol’ homophobia. essentially, since these “awards” come as part of ignoring somebody’s identity and heteronormativity (or, in this case, cisnormativity), it’s actually pretty harmful.
in fact, i’d argue it’s even worse for trans girls to experience this, because these “awards” exist solely on the premise that we are men - which is, at its core, absolutely misgendering us. individual people may treat us differently because we are perceived as men, but this is actually really really detrimental to our mental health, and is a facet of transmisogyny. it encourages us to perform masculinity and “act as men” which, obviously, is incredibly harmful to us.
good question, though!