Transgender language nerd time!

So I saw an infographic on Tumblr. Basically it went like this: “don’t call trans women transwomen ’cause that others then, makes them sound like some sort of alien freak of nature, not just a type of woman, much like a cis woman.

The thing is, noun phrases like this are always written as a single word auf Deutsch. I wouldn’t say this is offensive. That said, I don’t know much about the German trans community. But it’s important to remember these phrases have a different cultural-linguistic association.

Language defines us and we define language. And it changes and we change and we change it.

Trans folks, let’s talk about bravery/gente trans, hablemos del valor

English

So why is it that a lot of trans folks, when cis people say something like, “Oh, you are so brave doing what you did,” either get fussy or reply with, “No, you’re wrong. I was so terrified the whole time.”

Didn’t you guys ever read or hear whatever that quote, that bravery is being scared shitless and doing it anyway? Enough of this self-deprecation. We’re all very brave!

-Joanne

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Lo que no entiendo es por qué, cuando la gente cis nos dicen algo como “Eres tan valiente. Yo nunca podría hacer algo así”, nos ponemos quiquillos@s o nos enfadamos y contestamos, “No, no lo entiendes. Es que tenía tanto miedo todo el tiempo!”

Mira, ¿nunca habíais leído esa cita donde se dice “El valor no es la ausencia del miedo, sino hacer lo que tienes que hacer con todo el miedo del mundo”?

Entonces, basta. Tod@s somos increíblemente valoros@s.

-Joanne

TERFs, feminism, privilege

I was gonna write about language, but I’ve got feminism on the mind.

So the thing is, most things that TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) feminists … wait, that was redundant. Most things that TERFs say would easily be considered hate speech coming from anyone male or a part of an organized religion. If you’re new to the concept, the gist of it is that they refuse to see trans women as women, lobby to try and kick them out of women’s shelters, accuse queer trans women as metaphorically “raping women” and a lot of other things which make about as much sense as the tenets of scientology. It’s easy to google if you’re still curious.

They’re a tiny, albeit vocal, minority. The problem is that their dogma seems to trickle down into mainstream queer culture in a diluted, yet mildly to blatantly transphobic form. Many trans women have tried to criticize this phenomenon, but are often dismissed—albeit in academic, latinate language—basically because their trans. This is a whole ‘nother bag of worms. Again, easy to google if you’re curious.

Okay, so there’s a small branch of toxic feminism out there. Sad, but so what? Well, I think it illustrates a bigger problem with current feminism: bogus theory that goes unchallenged. Read the rest of this entry »

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