Misguided Trans Hate
This blog seeks to deconstruct several common tropes present in the trans* community dialogue. Such things as ‘Some Men have vaginas, some Women have penises’. They dismantle the trope and infuse it with their perspective on gender identity theory and the various ways that transgender people are actually gender essentialists who seek to erase the existance of true women. I just want to point out the blog, because I ran across it, and found it quite interesting. As an open minded person, I like to hear everyone’s perspective on things, I really believe you can’t learn unless you listen. Well…lets just say that I would offer these people that same advice! They really have no understanding of what it means to be transgender, and they clearly have never sat down and truly LISTENED to a trans person explain their reality. The trans community is not lying. We are not making all of this up. Our realities are genuine, and they deserve to be acknowledged. This blog claims that trans* people alter their bodies in order to validate their gender expression, because they believe that gender is rooted in the body. Here is an incredibly offensive excerpt from one post:
“Trans Males who perform femininity alter their body and dress to appear female. Trans Females who perform masculinity disguise themselves as biological males.”
This is obviously insane. But let me explain the main reason this statement is useless. The language here imposes that our gender expression is a performance. While gender is largely a social performance, this statement implies an inauthenticity - that femininity in a trans woman is played, and not natural. These writers hold to the idea that we are masquerading. This is not a new or special criticism, rather it is incredibly old and stupid. If you are unwilling to accept that souls may transcend the binary, that we may WANT to change our bodies in order to materialize personal truth, then we will never communicate. Of course I understand the idea that trans people are adhering to the binary in their transitions, that by altering ones body to match ones gender expression supports the idea that certain genders should look certain ways. But this idea is insufficient. It does not account for the Reality of trans* people who want to transition in a relinquishment of corporeal “reality” - who accept the bodies and the realities they’ve been given and choose to manifest their own presence on this planet - not because we’re supposed to look a certain way, but because we choose to look a certain way. This is not mimicry. To suggest that we are playing the other sex is to completely reject and ignore our reality. We are authentic. Our medical transitions are not about assimilation with the binary, but an acknowledgment of our existence that supports the idea that our bodies do Not mean all that much. Its about having the desire and the strength to utilize tools of human ingenuity in a process of realizing spiritual truth. It does not mean that any trans person has to transition, it means that if we want to - we should, and never will we be imitating the authentic man or woman. Until the people who write this blog are willing to accept that we are real, and have that we understand our realities better than they do - this conversation is unfortunately pointless. I post this because I know that this kind of message upsets a lot of trans* people, and that it can seem frightening to see such opposition, especially from ‘feminists’. But I urge you to remember that your truth is your own and our world does not understand us, don’t let someone else invalidate your reality.
(Source: thirdsexblog, via projectqueer)