1. petalsandbridges:

    Always always do your best to listen to your instincts. As a trans woman existing at the bottom the gender hierarchy, instinct is pretty much all I have. It’s usually on, if not all the time then damn near all the time. Try not to blame yourself it’s wrong once or twice. But listen to your gut! It is, hands down, the best way to know who to trust in my experience.

    14 hours ago  /  16 notes  /   /  Source: petalsandbridges

  2. radtransfem:

    petalsandbridges:

    How does my belief that transhumanism is fucked up and will lead us somewhere worse mesh with my reality as a trans woman interested in GCS and taking lab-made anti-androgens? I don’t know, but that’s me.

    Because the hormones in us already don’t belong to us. Others will have power over the technologies put into our bodies. If we take “trans” as “beyond”, that doesn’t have to mean “better than”. Transhumanism will take us even further away from humanism because it will be conducted according to the values of the day - it will belong to the military, the corporations and the outsourced state (so that’s the corporations x 3, then).

    Edit: Here’s a thing (by a dude, mostly citing dudes) that kinda covers it. For something more resistant, try Chela Sandoval’s US Third World Feminism, or her full-length book/manual/manifesto, Methodology of the Oppressed.

    Hmm this one’s even closer! Chela Sandoval again: http://www.scribd.com/doc/237278424/New-Sciences-Cyborg-Feminism-and-Oppressed

    1 day ago  /  28 notes  /   /  Source: petalsandbridges

  3. petalsandbridges:

    How does my belief that transhumanism is fucked up and will lead us somewhere worse mesh with my reality as a trans woman interested in GCS and taking lab-made anti-androgens? I don’t know, but that’s me.

    Because the hormones in us already don’t belong to us. Others will have power over the technologies put into our bodies. If we take “trans” as “beyond”, that doesn’t have to mean “better than”. Transhumanism will take us even further away from humanism because it will be conducted according to the values of the day - it will belong to the military, the corporations and the outsourced state (so that’s the corporations x 3, then).

    Edit: Here’s a thing (by a dude, mostly citing dudes) that kinda covers it. For something more resistant, try Chela Sandoval’s US Third World Feminism, or her full-length book/manual/manifesto, Methodology of the Oppressed.

    1 day ago  /  28 notes  /   /  Source: petalsandbridges

  4. petalsandbridges:

    euceae:

    Did u know that the person who popularized the concept ‘Hegemonic masculinity’ is an Australian sociologist named Raewyn Connell and she’s a trans woman?

    woh

    Yes! I got some of her books. She’s cool. :) I like her a lot on “socialisation” (will try to type up some quotes).

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  5. It is not possible to be truly balanced in one’s views of an abuser and an abused woman. As Dr. Judith Herman explains eloquently in her masterwork Trauma and Recovery, “neutrality” actually serves the interests of the perpetrator much more than those of the victim and so is not neutral. Although an abuser prefers to have you wholeheartedly on his side, he will settle contentedly for your decision to take a middle stance. To him, that means you see the couple’s problems as partly her fault and partly his fault, which means it isn’t abuse.
    – Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That: Inside The Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

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  6. Tell me more about how trans women intimidate you because we are “too academic”, because we have read too many feminist books. Do you know what happens when we try to go into feminist spaces, to do feminism, when we haven’t read those books?

    Some of us are staying up late every night, doing our feminist homework, when you are blundering into feminist rooms and expressing the most naive kinds of feminism imaginable; doing and saying things which would have us hounded out as men.

    Some of us are well-read because the only way we are allowed to participate at all is if we have read circles around you, if we can both demonstrate our right to be there far beyond all reasonable doubt, as well as being thoroughly prepared for any theoretic moves you may pull on us to try and trick us out.

    Some others of us are well read because we feel the weight of women’s liberation on our backs. The way our queer spaces are set up now (I say “our” with a half-smile), you can ID out of “woman” any time you like. ID in, ID out, dodge what you can. We don’t have that luxury. We are here to stay.

    4 days ago  /  90 notes  / 

  7. What provision does your politics make for women who cannot shake off the taint of men? For women who you insist “learned to be men” in their girlhood? For women who have ever been attracted to or who are still attracted to men? Who may have brushed against men’s bodies? (Is patriarchy a skin condition? An STD?) For women who cannot or will not abandon the men in their life because - unlike middle/owning-class white women like me - they share a common oppression with those men?

    4 days ago  /  30 notes  /