1. Here’s the thing: People fucking despise trans women. Often the nicest thing they can think of to say to a trans woman is “gosh, you are so little like a trans woman!” Being trans is something to avoid, to exclude, to escape, at worst to nobly bare up under.

    Vivian Taylor, I’m A Trans Woman And I’m Not Interested In Being One of the “Good Ones”

    I’d add that while we also internalise this, as Taylor describes in some encounters with other trans* women, our internalising of it is not the same as cis people’s use of it. Trans* women have to do all sorts to survive (and survival comes in many forms). One way we survive is by “being one of the good ones”. It’s not good to survive by stamping on other people, but it’s also not good that a cissexist world creates a situation where, “we’ll let you survive if you stamp on your sisters” even looks like a good proposition.

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