New York/Kampala, November 24 (IPS)-Anti-transgender sentiment is now on the rise. This is not just Dave Chapelle’s vicious rant in his recent Netflix special: We have seen this in the social, political and cultural fields, including JK Rowling’s comments on transgender radical feminists ( TERF); the introduction of a bill aimed at harming transgender children in the United States; Uganda’s sexual crimes bill violates international human rights; and “gender critical” scholars like Kathleen Stock from their provocative Profit from speech.
These recent examples are shocking, and their impact on transgender people around the world is devastating. But transphobia is not new. Until we address it head-on, we will not make real progress on gender liberation, including redefining the feminist movement as an unabashed support for transgender people. The liberation of the cis-style and straddle-style people are linked together. The logic that promotes the supervision of transgender people also reinforces the anti-feminist view that women who dress “provocatively” deserve more violence; the natural hair of black women makes her less professional or not worthy of respect; or cis men You should not show emotions or take the risk of being seen as weak.
Many transgender arguments promote a kind of reproductive essentialism, which can be directly removed from “The Handmaid’s Tale”, for example, insisting that only menstrual and/or uterus are women.
In addition to reducing women to their bodies in a way that is very consistent with patriarchy, this approach also treats cis-style women who are infertile or unable to menstruate wrongly.
On the other hand, fighting for the self-determination and physical autonomy of transgender people can help us build a stronger feminist movement, such as removing funding for police/abolitionism, promoting broad, family-friendly policies and practices, and ending work. Fight and win discrimination on issues such as places, and strive for reproductive justice for all.
Queer and transgender activism can help us challenge and get rid of deep-rooted patriarchal ideals about what is “normal” or “natural” for women, men, and society as a whole. Eliminating gender dualism can also help us question other systems that do not serve us and imagine a different, better world.
The feminist abolitionist Angela Davis concluded: “The transgender community taught us how to challenge what is fully accepted as normal… If it is possible to challenge gender dualism, then of course we can effectively resist Prisons, as well as prisons and police.”
Despite these connections, feminism is widely cited, not as a platform to mobilize support for transgender rights, but as a cover for prejudice. Feminist movements are increasingly being absorbed by organized and well-resourced opponents of transgender rights, including (mostly white women) TERF, who are exploring whether transgender women force themselves to be lesbian ( They) no) or the transition is too late to deserve our support (again, no).
Even outside of TERF, many feminists have participated in micro-aggressions; deleting transgender experiences; invasive investigations of transgender people’s bodies; and more. Such thoughts and actions are welcomed in other progressive spaces because they ostensibly come from self-identified feminists or voices that traditionally support marginalized rights like Chapelle. This must stop.
If the lives and identities of transgender people have long been and will continue to be politically powerful rallying slogans for those who don’t seem to care about transgender people, then we urgently need rebuttals from people who feel different.
After The Closer was released, Netflix refused to delete it and fired B Pagels Minor, a black transgender employee, because they organized around this issue and had a flood of articles discussing transgender people.
Transgender people rarely hear their own voices. They not only fight for survival, tolerance and popularity, but also fight for the flourishing of space. But it is rarely heard that non-transgender feminists relaunch the movement and concentrate our transgender sisters at work.
Feminists must resolutely oppose transgender people, especially the harmful narratives that confront each other in our search for liberation. Affirming that trans women are women and trans men are men is a good start, but feminists and all progressives must go beyond tolerance and provide radical support and solidarity to our trans siblings, including funding and cross-border .
Nobel Prize winner Eli Wiesel once said that “the opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference.” When it comes to transgender people and their rights, trolls, TERFS, and bigots monopolize so much attention, partly because there are no similar organizations and funded inferences in feminism to advocate for another point of view.
This silence is deafening and directly enables and empowers TERF and its agenda.
The root of feminism lies in gender liberation, not the police. If we cut off the chains, we are free, but if we cut off our roots, we will die. Just as they are fighting misogyny, feminists also need to fight transphobia in culture and media (which affects the real world), law, academia, and politics.
In the words of the great Angela Davis, feminism should be broad. Feminists who use hate logic to deny the rights and resources of transgender people are not feminists at all. But before we speak up, we will be spoken for.
Cleo Cambugu He is a transgender activist, UHAI EASHRI project director and protagonist of the Pearl of Africa. She is based in Uganda.
Lori Adelman He is the vice president of the Global Women’s Foundation and co-hosted the feminist podcast Cringewatchers. She is based in New York.
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