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Getting it right.

How to write about trans people, from the Radical Copyeditor. This is the summary image, but the attached article containes more in-depth guidance, including explanations of what makes certain language appropriate or not.

[Content warning is for transphobic language used for illustrative/corrective purposes.]

2017-10-03T15:10:49+11:005th March, 2018|Tags: culture, cw: transphobia, language|

Disclosure.

Unpopular opinion time:1 I do not believe trans people should be “obligated” to “disclose” that fact to romantic and/or sexual partners, particularly not in the early stages of a relationship, and I believe any expectation otherwise is transphobic.2

  1. TERFs don’t @ me. []
  2. And, as a corollary, that means when trans people do disclose, it’s as a mechanism to try and protect themselves from transphobic violence. Meaning the onus isn’t on them. It’s on cis people to clean up our shitty reactions. []
2017-08-10T12:02:31+10:0011th December, 2017|Tags: culture, cw: transphobia, quiltbag|

Women, men, and everybody else.

An interesting look at understanding transmisogyny by applying a ternary, as opposed to binary, model to the default (Western) cultural understanding of gender.

(Note that the article itself is written by a trans activist but, given that it’s talking about transmisogyny and the othering of trans people, it has a content warning if that’s not the sort of thing you’re into reading about today.)

2017-01-03T08:27:06+11:006th January, 2017|Tags: culture, cw: transphobia|

Worn down to the soul.

I’ve worn these boots down to the heel base – the wooden part to which the soles are nailed. I should take them in to be re-soled, because every step I take on the mangled pavement whittles away another percentage point of the shoe repair guy’s prognosis of its potential to be made anew. But I don’t run as well in the sea green patent leather Mary Jane pumps that I’d have to wear while these were in the shop.

When I was young, newly out – “fresh out of the oven” as we older trans ladies often say, giggling behind glasses of wine in kitchens while hordes of brunching baby queers roam the sunlit streets – I mistook the rush of purchasing a new pair of girly-girl heels for the thrill of freedom fought and won.

But now I know I could be killed in these shoes. A man’s plan to “rid the community of these Aids-ridden faggots” is made more actionable when that “faggot” has to pull off her shoes to run away.

–Jetta Rae on passing.

Rae’s piece is a powerful look on the impacts of poverty on one of the groups it disproportionately impacts: trans women.

2016-11-17T20:58:02+11:0029th July, 2015|Tags: culture, cw: transphobia|