Ok heres my take on the should cis allies argue for trans people thing. Well. Its complicated.
On one hand a lot of trans people simply do not trust allies to represent their interests faithfully in the way they would want and need it represented. Its hard enough communicating within our own community about issues and deciding things like language and philosophy
Like what if the cis ally well meaning though they are is surrounded by transmedicalist circles and all they know is what they told them? Do we want that cis ally speaking for us? Probably not.
So theres a concern of education, do they know trans issues, do they understand them and can they communicate them in a way thats not harmful to us in the process. Because frankly. That last one? Kind of an issue in some debate circles!
On the other hand we do need people who bystander cisgender people will be more likely to take seriously and listen to. That means having some cis people on our side.
So we really need to lay out some ground rules/rules of engagement so our allies know what role they are serving in. I used the word serving deliberately here. You serve our cause, you are not our masters.
Now ive been in the discords of some of the left debate guys for a bit to observe, and they are being truthful when they say many people there are trans and are the ones telling them their version of the discourse. Saw it with my own face eyes.
You notice i dont accuse them of misrepresenting trans people. Also deliberate. They arent! I might not agree with their audience, and a lot of times i really think they are young trans people who havent been fully educated themselves.
Some of us better educated, more experienced trans people are wary of that kind of discourse and methods because we have experienced the ways it can go wrong and wind up harming our community.
Because a poorly educated trans audience poorly educating a cis ally who poorly educates his audience makes for a very poor feedback loop. And were here trying to clean up the mess sometimes.
Its a very complex issue! Some of us are so damn tired and sick of it they feel that person is just a bad faith actor. Which I understand. I dont agree, but I get it.
Here is some of that very understandable mistrust i mentioned before. if your response to that is to get indignant i suggest you dont and you just listen.
Trust must be earned after all. Nobody owes it to you. Trust is also a constant process. Its not points you rack up and cash in. Its a moving living process.
If i earn person A's trust that doesnt buy me person B's trust. I have to earn that all over again. So do you. Not everyone *is* going to trust you. Thats just life.
One thing I can give as general guidance however. If you as a cis ally see two segments of the trans community duking it out over something. Stay out of it. Its not your fight. Your fight is convincing cis people. Internal struggles are for us.
The last thing we need is some streamer who trends on twitter for days at at time sticking his big paws into an internal struggle within the trans community, inflaming it, directing his audience and drawing in even more outside attention. Its not healthy. And it doesnt help.
And the other part of that is of course, these people make money off of it. Our internal struggles should not be monetized for your consumption like a WWE match.
You wanna rake in money making some dipshit cis transphobe look like a jackass be my guest. If its an internal struggle please, stay out of it.

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