Don’t you hate it when those selfish trans people have the audacity to recognize that trans people are regularly discriminated against, assaulted and even killed? Self-identified radical feminist Heart writes:
“My gut, experience, knowledge tell me that the group of persons which will receive the absolute least sympathy and concern is female persons. We are trafficked, prostituted, enslaved, raped, all of the time by all sorts of men, ho hum, no big deal. But if it’s a boy or a transgender person, suddenly that’s a whole nother level.”
I actually had to stand up, walk away from my computer, and take a lap around my apartment before coming back calm enough to post this. When upper-class, young, attractive white women are kidnapped or killed, it’s the #1 story on Fox news. If you are seriously under the impression that the general public has unlimited sympathy for transgender people and absolutely none for wealthy white people, then your head is so far up your ass I’m not even sure where to start with you. Now, I hear Heart on her wish that women’s lives were more valued — but the fact is, some women’s lives are valued. A lot. There is a definite hierarchy to whose lives are important, and I guarantee that women like Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, and myself are more than a few rungs higher than a whole lot of people of color, disabled people, sex workers, transgender people, queer people, non-Christian people, non-American people, immigrant people. Of course, our lives are valued in part for their role in the male-savior narrative which requires that we remain delicate and vulnerable, and how “valuable” such a place in that narrative actually is may be up for discussion, but it’s still a sign of social privilege. Yes, women as a group face oppressions, but we don’t all face the same ones, and we don’t all face them to the same degree and in the same way.
And to add insult to injury, Heart posted her comment on Transgender Day of Remembrance.
- Transgender Politician Sued for “Fraud” by Cara November 23, 2007
- Topless Trans Women Told to Cover Up; But Not Arrested Because of “Male Genitalia” by Jill June 4, 2010
- Sorority upholds the sisterhood of the white, the pretty and the thin by Jill February 26, 2007
- The Pill makes you attracted to pansies by Jill October 13, 2009
- I *heart* Frances Kissling, part 2 by Jill February 13, 2007