Dedicated to @Terfy_Memes
Plus, a thread on how transwomen retain (at least some) male privilege 👇🏾
What is #maleprivilege? It is freedom, resources, rights, and respect granted instantly to any male person upon (or even before) birth, simply for being male. Having an advantage over another group of humans doesn’t just stop at laws.
When men don’t feel constantly threatened with violence and harassment for just existing. When medical conditions affecting males are given more funding and are more rigorously researched. When men get more pay and are promoted faster due to being seen as more competent in jobs.
Etc, etc, I could make a whole nother post on this alone. Some of this #privilege is surrendered upon transitioning, but some things will always remain. I know about the existence of dysphoria- but an internal state does not negate or cancel out these effects. Patriarchy doesn’t-
-ask any of us how we feel or how we identify. We are each born (or even conceived!) into a gendered hierarchy that molds our experiences during, after, and even before life. FEMALE fetuses are aborted for simply being FEMALE in certain countries. Pregnant women may eat more...
... nutritious foods when they know they are having a boy. Does a future transgirl not have male privilege when she is allowed to be born because the ultrasound showed a penis instead of a vulva? Does not having to go thru #FGM not constitute a privilege?
A male person, regardless of how they identify, will never experience being raped THEN forced to grow a child. Will never have pregnancy scares or suffer through excruciating pain caused by shit like #endometriosis. Won’t suffer as a result of androcentrism in healthcare...
Will never be disadvantaged by period stigmas or tampon taxes. Will never be put in menstrual huts only to die of starvation, assault, or cold. Will never die from labor or childbirth. Will never be frowned at for breastfeeding 🤱🏾 a new baby.
Transladies have absolutely zero political interest in the reproductive rights or bodily autonomy of women. Nothing to lose or gain if Ireland didn’t #RepealThe8th yesterday - and yet still, I see trans activists demanding they be included in shit that will never concern them.
I don’t doubt that being trans comes with unique issues. The ones that come with being a female in a world built for males are NOT some of them. And it’s harmful for everyone for trans activists to keep pretending that being born female is the same as transitioning to one later.
Almost all the transwomen killed in the US over the past couple years were Black or Hispanic, and/or were involved in the sex industry. It seems like the racial and class privileges of white TIMs insulates them from this phobia that’s allegedly killing folx left and right.
Conclusion: you can’t identify your way into or out of sex-based oppression. That’s not how this system works. Gender is external, rather than internal, for all #PATRIARCHY cares. Thank you for coming to my TED talk💁🏾‍♀️ *mic drop* 🎤
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