In order to be ‘taken seriously’ according to these conservatives we all just have to act like the ladyboy stereotype
Really, do you think that applies to white trans women too? I mean you could totally be right but I don’t think I feel it. I feel like the way transmisogynists try to push trans women into submission is different than the ladyboy archetype, because that seems more sexualized and based in Orientalism.
i mean isn’t sexualization of white trans women still rampant in pornography? obviously there’s the added exoticization of trans woc but i feel like most trans women are slotted into the madonna/whore dichotomy (though in the case of trans women, the most “madonnalike” thing they can attain is a pathetic and desexed roberta muldoon, while the whore is a sexual object and a sexual deceiver/deviant).
White trans women are still sexualized, but API (Asian/Pacific Islander) trans women are sexualized in ways which are not only transmisogynistic, but also incredibly racist. Typically, API women are coded as submissive, quiet, young, seductive, etc. White women don’t have any of this sort of sexual baggage attached to us for being white, because, being white, we are the normal women. This fetishization of API women then sort of snowballs when it is applied to API trans women.
And I disagree with your assertion that trans women are slotted into the Madonna/Whore dichotomy. I don’t think there is any way people could see trans women as sexually pure or virginal because of our status as “seducers” and because most of the time people assume we identify as women because we are hyper-gay men. I think if there is a congruent dichotomy, it would be the Bailey Jay/Ugly Tranny dichotomy. Hypersexualized v. Desexualized.
The “echo chamber effect” is a process by which trans-misogynist “feminists” perpetuate misinformation about trans women. Like-minded trans-misogynist “feminists” then repeat this misinformation, which is then spread to more self-identified “feminists.” This misinformation is further exaggerated and distorted as it saturates the feminist community until most feminists simply assume the information is true.
The echo chamber is reinforced by the exclusion of trans women from feminist communities. Given the lack of trans women’s presence within feminist communities, cis feminists are free to reproduce falsehoods and stereotypes that would otherwise be challenged by actual interactions with trans women. When no one in the community is a trans woman, it is hard to refute what everyone who is not a trans woman has come to take for granted. Within the echo chamber, false beliefs about trans woman become the community consensus.
Even those who don’t fully agree with the most extreme lies about trans women will tend to accept more moderate versions of misinformation, leading to a position of saying they “sympathize with where others are coming from” because they still believe some version of the lie. Communities members don’t have to agree 100% in order to uphold the overall community consensus. Just believing that there is some truth, however small, to the lies helps them justify their complicity in the supporting the echo chamber.
The community consensus also leads to pseudo-allies. These are people who claim to be “allies” to trans women, but won’t do anything that might offend the prejudices of members of the community. These are the people who end up trying to play “both sides.” They may agree with some version of the lie, but even if they don’t, they still go along with it. This is because they’re more concerned about what the trans-misogynist members within the echo chamber think than with actually being authentic allies to trans women. They will often attempt to play “peacemakers” by acting as an apologist for the echo chamber at the expense of trans women.
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Definitely take a look at this website if you’re eligible to vote this upcoming election! It’s extremely important, considering that Romney will literally try to take away our basic human and legal rights. Spread this around as well so your trans* followers can see it.
This is a boa constrictor, it’s a snake (duh). The way it kills it’s prey is by wrapping itself around it and then squeezing tighter when the victim breathes out. A Boa and an Ace bandage have that in common… An ace bandage is designed to apply pressure to a twisted ankle or wrist. Much like a snake, its function is to hold a body part as tightly as it can and when this method is used in binding, the results can be very dangerous. While it’s elasticity and cheap price may be appealing for those in need of a binder, there is no healthy and safe way to bind using an ace bandage.
Duct tape is another resource many Transguys turn to. This is also very dangerous. In order to get duct tape to produce the desired ‘flat’ appearance, it would have to be extremely tight. When your lungs can’t naturally fill to a normal capacity your body is receiving less oxygen than it should and long term could cause minor brain damage and fatigue. Reoccurring binding sessions can even leave you bruised.
Showing images of ftms using ace bandages to bind has become an iconic form of gender expression. While using it in art to represent binding may occur all over the interwebs, this is NOT a safe way to bind and alternative methods should be used.
Please check out some of our website articles on the topic:
PSA! I bound on a regular basis for at least 6 years using ace bandages as well as various tapes. It seriously messed up my back, and the damage is irreversible! It cost me hundreds of dollars in medical bills too, like youdon’tevenknow.
There are many big brother programs out there so you don’t have to bind unsafely.
anyone interested in binding, please keep this in mind. Be safe… ace bandages can really hurt you.
Because I’m sick of all these people kissing RuPaul’s trans*-hating feet.
I know sooooo many cis female / dfab queer people who idolize RuPaul.
RuPaul repeatedly uses “tranny”, and then says shit like
“[I]f you’re offended by someone calling you a “tranny,” it was only because you believe you are a “tranny!” So then, the solution is: Change your mind about yourself being a “tranny!”
And no one has ever said the word “tr***y” in a derogatory sense. In fact, you have to go to the intent of the person saying it. Of course Lance Bass, his intent would never be to be derogatory. Never. So, you know, that’s really ridiculous. And I hate the fact that he’s apologized. I wish he would have said, “F-you, you tr***y jerk!”
yup, those are quotes from RuPaul.
now, before a bunch of (most likely non trans woman) people start telling me that drag queens and trans* people are basically the same thing and come from the same place…
drag queens who do not constantly identify as a gender other than their assigned sex do NOT experience cissexism and transmisogyny like trans women do.
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So my dad’s watching a documentary about a trans child, and he called me in to watch it briefly. At one point, the interviewer asks a gender therapist something fairly cissexist, and the gender therapist KILLS IT with the response.
Interviewer: [talking about the “physical repercussions” of transitioning] But don’t you think that 11, 12, 13 is a little young to be making the choice about whether or not they’ll have biological kids in the future?
Therapist: Well, at that age these kids are already making the choice to take their own lives, so no, I don’t agree with that.
The interviewer looked all shocked. Boom roasted.
I have never been arrested. yay.
now I can move on with the name-change process n.n
so the house phone rings, and my dad answers it, and hesitantly brings the phone up to my room, saying it’s someone for “william”. I sigh and answer the phone, mumbling yes when the person asks if I am william. So, I find out it is some sort of political organization wanting to know about my opinions of the upcoming election. Since I have LOTS of opinions about the upcoming election, I decide to go ahead and talk with them. By the end of the conversation (without any prompting on my part), the lady had started to address me as “ma’am”. So I guess my voice passes enough for her to disregard the fact that I answered to william? anyway, yay. After I finished answering her questions, I figured I’d go ahead and ask her to change my name in their registry to Willow.
Not only is “sex” more complex and less concrete than most people assume it to be, it’s also not even a useful categorization system for determining who does and does not experience discrimination, ostracization, violence and oppression.
Oppression doesn’t happen based on your sex. Most people you meet will never be able to “confirm” your actual sex. What they make decisions on, how they determine whether to grant you status or ignore you, is based on how you are perceived to be, which is about gender, not this thing we call “sex.”
Whether you are perceived to be a man, a woman, or something confusing and strange. Whether you are perceived to be a particular race, or ethnic group. The central claim of feminism, that “women as a group are oppressed” is about gender, and the notion that trans women have a different “sex” and therefore do not experience “oppression as women” is inane and backwards.
(even though it is important to note that physical sex is the basis of some oppression - I mean, look at the birth control / abortion debate)
but other than that, agreed.
LGBTQ* Terms and Definitions
Transgender V. Transsexual - As defined by different organizations, dictionaries and websites
(Graph from Northwestern University’s Medical Department)