A quest for an education, and the reality of being transgender

[CN: discussion on sexual assault and dead-naming] All I ever wanted was an education; that is really it. Ever since I was young, I dreamt about going to university, and studying something. What I wanted to study varied from engineering to linguistics, to gender studies and political science; really, all I wanted was to learn. There are a few snags there: firstly, I never had … Continue reading A quest for an education, and the reality of being transgender

“For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege

[CN: examples of TERF arguments, and arguments about “reverse racism”] There is this quote: when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. No example is more proof of this than any discussion around the creation of safe spaces in the context of race, gender, sexuality, class, etc.  Since I can remember I have gotten myself into conversations defending safe spaces that were women’s only, … Continue reading “For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege

Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

Originally posted on Androgyneity:
As you read the title, you may be overcome with indignation that this article is going to be a gender-essentialist rant. You’ll be relieved to know that it’s quite the opposite. My intent in writing this is to point out some serious misconceptions perpetuated in ‘trans 101’ and cisgender allyship resources, which end up doing much more harm than good for… Continue reading Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

Judith Butler’s Trouble: Why do white academics speak for trans people of colour?

[CN: White privilege gone rampant] I am reeling after just reading a recent interview with so-called “the beloved philosopher and author of Gender Trouble” entitled Why Do Men Kill Trans Women? (it’s a donotlink, because I don’t want to give it any more traffic.) At first sight it is simply an academic who shares their views on killings of trans persons of colour in the … Continue reading Judith Butler’s Trouble: Why do white academics speak for trans people of colour?