November 2010

Your Baby or the Bathwater

Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women. ... Anything less than this vision of total freedom is not feminism, but merely female self-aggrandizement. —Barbara Smith

I've written a lot on the topic of transphobia, and while I've tried to communicate that transphobia is part of a system of oppression, I still get responses from people saying they don't want to "throw the baby out with the bathwater." They claim to agree with me that transphobia is wrong, but they go on to resist renouncing those feminist beliefs and people that are complicit in perpetuating the transphobia described on this site.

I believe it is a privilege derived from social oppression that allows cis (non-trans) people to say they oppose transphobia but then ignore it when it is inconvenient to call it out or when it is otherwise beneficial to themselves. Trans people certainly don't have the same options to ignore transphobia since we are the ones being harmed by it. (Read more...)