whoa whoa mens rights people aren’t all bad, it’s just that the most vocal ones are also the shittiest. like why so many people dislike feminists, because a handful of the super vocal ones also think that the only way to get equal rights for themselves is to take away someone else’s. blanket statements are no good! you can be both a maculist and a feminist, the two are not mutually exclusive.
there’s actually a pretty functional ideology that states that men are held to an unreasonable and damaging standard of socially-constructed “masculinity” to the detriment of everyone involved. it’s called “feminism” yo
Like, even from people that are fucking awesome about everything else.
It never seems to cross peoples minds to be inclusive towards trans women.
It never seems to cross peoples minds to acknowledge trans women.
It never seems to cross peoples minds that without inclusive and acknowledging statements, trans women need to assume that we aren’t wanted.
We NEED to do this because we are tired as fuck of assuming that we are being included.
We are tired of coming into women’s groups and being victimized and abused.
We are tired of going to rape crisis centers and being turned away because our existence is triggering.
We are tired of wanting a safe space and then being told WE are the rapists, the deceivers, the monsters, and the child molesters.
We are tired of being the punchline and the joke. The fetish object and “best of both worlds” so long as we’re gone by morning.
Never mind the fact that many of us are victims of rape.
That many of us have dealt with child abuse.
That many of us have been physically assaulted.
That all of us live and deal with the constant deceptive nature of cis people.
We NEED to assume we aren’t wanted. Because the whole wide world is telling us we’re trash and we can’t be arsed to assume that you actually meant to include us when you said fucking nothing.
We don’t have the fucking luxury to assume that we are being included.
Make it damn clear that you want us around.
Make it clear that you won’t put up with transmisogyny.
Make it clear that you view us as women. That you view us as fucking people.
I’d like to see some fucking solidarity, but I wonder if this will even be reblogged?
And if it is reblogged I wonder how many people that aren’t trans women will do so?
I’m honestly not betting much, so I guess we’ll see.
Today in Washington DC the GOP held a Congressional oversight hearing about the new birth control mandate.
Not one woman was on the panel for the hearing.
Let me repeat.
In a hearing about birth control, an issue that affects largely women, not one woman was on the panel.
Not only were there no women on the Congressional panel, but not one woman testified at the hearing.
Let me remind you, the year is 2012. 99% of American women have used birth control sometime in their life.
And the GOP thinks it’s appropriate to hold a hearing about birth control with zero women involved.
This makes me sick.
This challenge is open to everyone of every identification. It is meant to be a challenge both for you to express yourself, and to Disney and its fandom to recognize your voice and your desire for representation and acceptance in the official Disney releases, but also within the Disney community- and from the world in general.
This prompt may remind you of the last challenge, Dear Disney. So please, submit!!! :)
What do you need to submit if you want to participate?
- Picture of you holding sign that says “This is what a Disney Princess Could Look Like!” (or act like, etc., prince etc., depending on your take, it doesn’t have to be exactly the example!)
- Then as text submitted with it, but probably not on the sign because it would be hard to read, give a brief explanation of how you (or someone not you, if you like!) is not represented by Disney. It can be light-hearted, or heart-breaking, whatever feels right to you, for you.
- Here is an example that does not have to be followed word for word or anything, it’s just a general example of what one potential response (although you can follow the general wording if you’re stuck, it doesn’t matter to me!):
- “What does a Disney Princess look like? Because I’m _”asexual”___ and _”Muslim”___, there is no princess I can easily identify with. But I’d like to be represented, because _”Disney’s representation has the power to change what people perceive to be normal and beautiful”_____. This is what a Disney Princess could look like!”
- This is my submission page. Submissions as Asks take more work for me to re-blog it while also linking it back to your name. I would like that to be only used in the case of those who wish to submit anonymously and can’t use the submission page.
Most every feminist on Tumblr is a white cis woman, so they have never experienced erasure within the feminist community, because feminism has always been about white cis women. Right now, I am going to address the erasure I face as a trans woman in the feminist community in the form of a list of points you should follow to not be a shitty person.
- Abortion is not about a woman’s right to choose. It is about a person’s right to choose. Recently, with the “Let Women Die” bill (thank you cis feminists for branding it as that!) there has been even more talk of abortion. And a proportionate rise in the amount of cisnormativity. Trans men and non-binary identified people get pregnant, can’t get abortions, and die just like women do. When you perpetuate cisnormative language, you continue to erase these people.
- Equating a woman with a vagina is not good for a multitude of reasons; I’m speaking of posts where the writer will talk about “vagina power” or shit like that. It’s pointless and all you’re doing is further alienating me from the feminist movement, which coincidentally has alienated us trans women since the [non]-issue of being transgender came up in feminist circles.
- Realize intersectionality in general. 90% of Tumblr feminists are really privileged women (and I would say that they are practically all white and cis). You call yourself a third-wave feminist, but do you know what that even means? The third-wave came about when people started to realize that the “Universal Female Identity” complex of the second wave didn’t work, because that “Universal Female Identity” was really the “White, Cis Female Identity”. You can’t just call yourself a third-wave feminist and be done with it, you have to actually show that you are of the third-wave.
And when ‘progress for women’ comes at the expense of, say, the gay community, that’s not actually progress for women at all. That’s just progress for straight women. When it comes at the expense of women of color, that’s just progress for white women. When it comes at the expense of trans women, that’s just progress for cis women. And so on.
That’s why an inclusive feminism is the only feminism that ultimately makes any sense—and an inclusive feminism is only possible when privileged women (white women, straight women, cis women, thin women, able-bodied women, Western women, wealthy women, employed women, etc.) acknowledge their relative privilege to other women.
Feminism absolutely must be based on a model of intersectionality!
Feminism is for everyone!