And you think down with cis is making anything better? It's a hate group who use, "it's a joke," as an excuse to hate and insult people who disagree with them or is plainly cis. People are fighting, death threats are thrown at each other (yes, people have been threatening others on your side too) and I really do not see what's so positive about dwc when that creates hate between others as well. It was a joke at first but people are taking it too far now.
People are fighting, people will always be fighting, quite honestly. The fight for equality between trans and cis people will be one that will go on for ages. The fight for equality for all people has and will always be a fight that will have to go on. Sometimes, you do have to fight hate with hate. The first pride was spurred on by riots. You have to recognise, there is a clear hatred between the oppressors hating the oppressed, and the oppressed hating their oppressors. Since the oppressed can’t oppress the oppressors, it’s a different kind of hatred. Trans people are completely valid in hating cis people, considering all the stuffthey have done to us. Cis people also aren’t allowed to comment on whether or not trans people should be allowed to hate them, because they will never understand our oppression from our point of view. And also, in the trans community, people have differing opinions.
Just because some trans people support the down with hate, it does not mean that gives cis people the right to pretty much dominate the argument. It has become one where cis people now feel ‘confident’ enough to show their dislike towards the down with cis joke. Of course, cis people have a right to their opinion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is right, or that trans people are going to listen to that viewpoint. Not all trans people like their oppressors, and quite simply cis people should deal with it.
‘It was a joke at first, but people are taking it too far’ I’ve heard this before, so I thought I’d discuss this.
It was a joke, and it is a joke. Because in all honesty, when a lot of us say ‘down with cis’ we don’t actually mean any harm onto cis people! We’re making a joke out of our oppressors to vent our feelings of being shunned from society, not being able to live our lives because cisgender people oppress us. Whether they like it or not, they institutionally oppress trans people.
You cannot compare the twisted version of going ‘But if you change down with cis to down with trans, its pretty transphobic isn’t it :////’ because lots of transphobic people actually believe that! That’s why there is lots of harassment towards trans people, and no ‘cisphobic’ crimes against cis people!
Down with cis only creates hate between others when taken too seriously. When its taken into the contexts of supporting ‘cisphobia’. It is a joke, and was never a movement. However, down with hate is a movement, which is why it’s more serious that we educate people on how hateful it actually is. Rissa already discussed this, and they did a fantastic job.
If down with hate was about cis people listening to the issues of trans people, regardless of whether they were DWC or DWH or neither, and they actually tackled the people who spew transphobic things, and listened to everyone when we called them out, then maybe it’d be more of a loving movement. But it isn’t. Cis people use it as an excuse to now support the idea that ‘cisphobia’ is real, (which it isn’t). They use down with hate as a way to validate their feelings of the trans community. But, cis people can have an opinion on trans topics, but overall the voice of the trans person is what is valid. Cis people cannot dictate what is and isn’t transphobic.
This was a long winded post, but, down with cis cannot be compared to down with hate, because one is a joke, and the other is a pretty transhobic movement. Down with cis is not better than down with hate, but down with hate is simply ironic, and started up quite a lot of hate between everyone.
So, I Was Right, Then? (The Next Generation Part II)
Not to long ago, I wrote an entry saying that I felt sorry for the next generation of the Fat Acceptance movement because nowadays the culture of body-shaming is so pervuasive that it reaches people who, normally, it would have passed straight on by due to them being, y'know, not old enough to be worrying about that shit. It should come as no surprise- except, perhaps, to people who are still shocked by the sunrises and the existence of oxygen- that my freakishly-good intuition turned out to be spot on the money. This morning, I heard about a study on Radio 4 that shows that levels of body-insecurity in youngsters is at an all-time high. The problem is becoming so acute, and is so continually reinforced by bullying that there are actual honest-to-goodness proposals to teach self-esteem classes in schools. Now, when you’re culture’s so openly hostile to difference that in order to counteract that poisonous influence you actually have to TEACH SELF-ESTEEM ON THE NATIONA CURRICULUM, then I think it’s time to take a good long look at society and think “you know what- some serious changes need to be made here.” A bill that outlawed any form of body-discrimination in the media and workplaces in the same way that race-discrimination is outlawed sounds like a good start.
Of course, the main reason I’m posting this is as evidence that, yes, I do normally turn out to be right on shit like this. Incidentally, while I’m pointing out how uncannilly prescient my political statements usually are (yet at the same time filled with pity for the upcoming generation), I’d like to point out that I also accurately predicted that austerity policies would fail to revitalise the British economy (The USA opted for more growth-oriented policies, and that economy is doing way better) and would fuck over a lot of people at the bottom of society (job losses, pay cuts, retirement package restrictions: all examples of how this shit hasn’t helped anybody); that privitasation of national industries would result in profit-driven companies cutting corners in areas to important to cut corners (not long after shouting this incoherently at the TV when I first heard the news about Tory privatisation plans, I found a news story that demonstrated just how right I was: it was about a PRIVATE care company that was shutting down many of its care homes and basically dumping their residents and staff onto the street); that climate change would start to fuck shit up in our life time if we didn’t do anything (a couple of islands are now on the verge of being submerged by rising sea-levels and… well, have you SEEN the weather lately). Incidentally, I also tried to tell people that voting Tory would bring them nothing but pain. Two years later I was listening to Tory voters complain about how the people THEY HAD VOTED FOR LIKE DUMBASSES were screwing up their lives.
I guess if this blog entry amounts to anything much, it’s my version of standing in the middle of the rubble after some kind of civilisation-destroying escherton, holding up a Loony-Toons style sign with the words “I told you so” printed on it, in large, bold letters. And you know what gets my right on my nerves? The fact despite my magnificent track-record of accurately predicting the blindingly obvious (‘cause let’s face, being able to see this stuff coming requires nothing more than barely-above-average pattern regontition skills), the next time I point out where a particular political decision will lead… I will be totally ignored. You’d think, by now, folks would have just learned to take my word for it. Now, in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter, since even if the people around me did listen when I pointed out what should be painstakingly obvious to anyone with eyeballs, I couldn’t effect the highest levels of government where these decisions are actually made anyway. But it would still be nice not to feel like every time I point out something out that, frankly, wouldn’t take anybody long to figure out on their own if they’d only be willing to look a little closer the data, I was having to smash my way through a brick wall of willfull ignorance.
Sorry for the downer, folks. Just wanted to get that off my chest.