"People of colour call out racism; racists respond with racist sentiment and a great effort to shut down the argument; admins and other authority figures attempt to calm the situation by speaking of “two sides” (and not racialising either despite it clearly being POC vs. whites); POC in question recognise the silencing mechanisms and respond with further anger; whites use every quietly racist bone in their bodies to tarnish the reputation of POC as a collective group; authority figures delete any remaining source of anger and release a statement on safe spaces…"
There’s a growing problem in the queer community right now of women identifying folk fetishizing trans men not only sexually but also as the better kind of man compared to cis men.
I don’t claim to talk for all trans men everywhere, and I’m open to the idea that I’m completely wrong about this, but it’s a problem I’ve seen and personally experienced within the community and I think it bares discussion.
Let’s talk about the sexual aspect first; queer women love fetishizing trans men. It’s no secret in the community. Pretty much every trans man I’ve ever met who’s involved in the queer community can identify that. From what I can understand this is because we’re seen as the ultimate butches. I once had an annoying encounter with a drag queen who asserted that all trans men are lesbians, like once you hit the max level of being a lesbian you just decide to become a man.
this comes up every now and again (e.g. for the AFem2014 conference in London, remember?)
I think it’s to the credit of trans men/trans masculine ppl that they so frequently remind people how problematic they can be ;)
Sometimes I’m reading through the various support blogs for non binary and binary trans people that I follow, and I end up thinking to myself ‘Wow, are all these people transgender?’ It seems almost hard to believe
And then I remember that this is the point: society likes to erase us and pretend we don’t exist, so a great many of us grow up never even considering that we might be transgender and we think (like everyone else) that there are very few trans people in the world. But Tumblr’s been great in reminding me that for thousands of people being trans is a reality and their everyday experience.
This is why I get very defensive when people bash Tumblr, because it is good and great and awesome.
Never forget: When the concentration camps were liberated in WW2, the Queer people who had survived the camps were put in prison, and forced to carry out their sentences for being queer.
how did I not know this this is horrendous