His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while…
just as we’ve all been subjected to gender related processes that altered our bodies (being fed differently because of our gender, being given or denied proper medical care because of our gender, using dangerous products that are on the market only because of their relationship to gender norms, etc). The isolating of only some of these processes for critique, while ignoring others, is a classic exercise in domination. To see trans body alteration as participating and furthering binary gender, to put trans people’s gender practices under a microscope while maintaining blindness to more familiar and traditional, but no less active and important gender practices of non-trans people, is exactly what the transphobic medical establishment has always done."
This is exactly what I’m talking about when I talk about “body work” with students, and emphasize to them that most of our perceptions of physical sex differences are in fact socially constructed gender differences that require a great deal of work to maintain.
As men or women we slip our feet into differently shaped shoes, button our shirts on opposite sides, get our heads clipped by different hairdressers, buy our pants in separate shops, and take them off in separate toilets. These arrangements are so common, so familiar, that they can seem part of the order of nature."
— R. W. Connell (via queermisandry)
Cis feminists love to pretend that transmisogynist feminist icons “did so much for women”
But that’s bullshit and they know it’s bullshit. Because trans women are also women. So in reality, the place we all live, transmisogynist feminists did fuckall for women. They did things for cis women.
Even saying that phrase reveals a lot about you. Namely the fact that you’re a transmisogynist who degenders trans women yourself.