also when they say go off
abolish the concept of ‘passing’ & start accepting that theres no specific way any gender has to look to be valid
ugh. passing is an important way to talk about how people receive different levels of violence, transphobia or transmisogyny based on their appearance relative to cisnormative standards. Passing is an important concept. Abolishing the concept of passing means attempting to cover up dynamics of power by pretending they don’t exist. Abolish other things like transmisogyny, from which passing privilege stems. Stop saying the concept of passing is fucked because non-passing transwomen deserve words to describe our experiences.
As a ‘non-passing’ trans woman, I’ve got to say I think the concept of passing is fucked.
Let me explain: The insult “You’re not a woman, you’re a man!” is something deployed against all women in the West. It’s a means of enforcing gender conformity among women. If you don’t measure up to their perceived standards of womanhood, you are labelled a man. And you can bet there are huge racial implications around it as well. But beyond that, just about every cis woman I know has an experience of being called an non-woman.
The violence we face comes from our being perceived as trans. being trans is a status, a status that excuses misogyny. A trans woman who is outed is subjected to the same violence, even though she isn’t less passable. There are even examples of non-trans women being forcibly designated as trans as a means of justifying abuse.**
A more accurate term for this than passing would be ‘visibly trans’. It doesn’t matter whether that visibility comes from not conforming to feminine expectations, or from a media expose. Once someone is visibly trans, they can be subject to the same forces of misogyny without fear of reprisal.
As for me, part of that visibility comes from having a testosterone drenched body that doesn’t meet Western standards of femininity, it comes from having a brown body that doesn’t meet white standards of femininity. But it is not exclusively part of my trans status. The misogyny I face is part of a long line of sexism in society. It’s just that, for now, being trans is an acceptable excuse.
** Side note: this is what scares me about the rising transphobia in the US. It won’t just be used to target trans women, but non-trans women as well. Combining it with the already embedded un-woman meme would be a powerfully regressive force for enforcing feminine gender conformity.
Thanks to US Uncut for this! BREAKING: Detroit’s unelected emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has just relinquished control of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, which is now back in the hands of the people. It’s expected the mayor and city council will approve a water affordability plan that caps a household’s water bill at no more than 3 percent of their income. Read more: http://abcn.ws/XavyWZ Thanks to groups like the Detroit Water Brigade for the weeks of ongoing pressure to stop the shutoffs! Direct action gets the goods. Read their statement on this victory here: http://bit.ly/1o9yqbT
As of yesterday, you can now make payment arrangements by phone.
Yes, that is correct. BEFORE YESTERDAY people had to personally go TO the water and sewage department to make payment arrangements.
What happens if you don’t have transportation? What happens if you’re disabled? What happens if you’re sick? What happens if you work all day and Water and Sewage ain’t open when you get off?
People have been lining up out the door and in the parking lot for HOURS to make late payments and payment arrangements.
Now they can at least handle this mess over the gotdamn phone.
Anton Lavey wrote the satanic bible not satan but its a coincidence the evil one is actually the good one on this topic
point to me exactly WHERE in the quran it says a woman must be sexually ssubmissive to men….ill wait
Haha, did some white atheist create the bullshit graphic? There’s nothing in the Holy Qur’an about women having to be sexually submissive to their husbands. Fucking liars. Back up your claims with Quranic verses if you’re going to attack Muslims.
I love how they had to literally make up stuff about the Qu’ran to prove their point. I’d mention that they’re totally misquoting the Bible, too, but really, they’re not worth it.
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