Hi y’all. I’m Queen Emily, one of this week’s guest bloggers. Some of you will know me from as one of the bloggers at Questioning Transphobia, or possibly my personal blog where these days I mostly talk about what pop music is amazing (girls with synths) and what is rubbish (boys with guitars). Thanks to Jill for inviting me, and a big wave to Holly, Cara and the rest of the usual bloggers here :)
Things you need to know about me: I’m a white able-bodied trans woman from Australia, currently in Louisiana with my lovely girlfriend and our four cats. Also, I have a PhD and I’m not afraid to use it.
I’m mostly going to be blogging about trans rights – in particular the on-going revisions of the DSM, why immigrating to the US is a bloody nightmare if you’re trans, health care, and why I don’t like filling out forms.
Now, I hate to do this, but since trans threads on big blogs have a habit of turning ugly, beyond the obvious rules Feministe has right up front I’m just going to lay out some fairly basic cissexist comments I may reject:
Un-gendering. Trans people are the genders they say they are. A story about a trans woman means female pronouns, and male pronouns for one about a trans man. Don’t use third gender pronouns (eg “ze” and “hir”) on a binary identified person. For genderqueer people, they may use third gender pronouns, or they may not. If you’re not sure ask (but don’t be surprised if you get an exasperated response, this may be the eleventy billionth time).
De-railing. Ok, any thread is going to have a bit of drift, but it can be remarkably hard to get cis people to focus on actual instances of discrimination against trans people. Not every thread is appopriate for a trans 101 question. If I’m talking about immigration, I don’t want to have to stop that necessary conversation by answering what “cis” means or why I felt the need to transition. If someone repeatedly insists on making a thread about the oppressor, and not the oppressed, then the mod hammer’s coming down. Believe.
Transphobic bingo. Feminist transphobia has a long and not so distinguished history. Some common memes include: “but why do they have to modify their bodies,” “reifying gender binaries!11“, “trans women has patriarchal privilege,” “my theories are more important than your lived experience (aka What Would Judith Butler Do)” and “I’m not cis, I’m normal.”
Now that’s probably a bit, but I just wanted to get that clear from the get-go, so hopefully we can minimise the drama. Ok, so now we’ve got all that out of the way, onto the posting… Any questions?