|—||ciscritical-not-cisphobic, post starting “I’m starting to doubt whether the “trans women have experienced/haven’t experienced male privilege” question… can be engaged with on any useful grounds…” (via radtransfem)|
Imagine if the straight edge scene put some of its energies towards addressing the social and economic factors that contribute to alcoholism, and the ways alcohol companies target certain groups and communities, rather than simply criticizing everyone who drinks? Or if they decided to look critically at the racist, classist criminal justice system and War on Drugs that leads to much more violence and crime than drugs themselves, rather than bashing people who use drugs?
When trans women are told that they need to stop being assertive and strong because it is a sign of male privilege - invariably by “feminists” who, of course, encourage cis women to be assertive and strong - that’s transmisogyny.
When trans women are pressured into being silent, rarely offering their opinion, and refusing leadership roles for fear of being seen as male or accused of having male privilege, that’s transmisogyny.
When trans women are afraid to analyze or discuss the role of male privilege in their life because of the way accusations of male privilege have been used as weapons to silence, shame, and misgender trans women, that’s transmisogyny.
When trans women do analyze and discuss the role of male privilege in their lives and come to different conclusions than the dominant cis feminist perspective and are told it is because they simply don’t understand privilege or are ignorant of feminism, that’s transmisogyny.
|—||Tobi Hill-Meyer, “What Transmisogyny Looks Like" (2009)|
Don’t forget that for the rest of the world, “labor day” is actually International Workers’ Day and takes place on May 1st. It’s on May 1st to commemorate anarchists who were executed for helping give us the 8-hour workday in a demonstration that took place in 1886 Chicago. September was chosen for Labor Day in the United States as a deliberate attempt to suppress the history of the radical labor movement in the United States. Workers’ movements the world over know about what happened in Chicago - its significance to modern working people, and the role played by communists, syndicalists, and anarchists in the fight for things like minimum wage laws, collective bargaining laws, child labor laws, etc - and the fact that people in Chicago and the rest of the United States have no idea about what happened in their own country isn’t an accident.
No, seriously, stop comparing them. I’m pretty sure Malcolm X would’ve been outraged to be compared to JFK. And MLK spoke against wars, Obama continues them. Oh, & seriously? If you call MLK “Dr. King” but Angela Davis, “Mrs. Davis” you should get that checked on. She’s got a Ph. D too.
“I have no idea who I am.” Ink and marker on colored paper. 2012