We need a national conversation about transphobia, which dehumanizes, demeans and disadvantages a specific group of people. This is a feminist issue on two levels. First, like racism and homophobia, transphobia grows out of and helps perpetuate the same patriarchal ideology that dictates women’s subordination as second-class citizens. Second, transphobia disproportionately harms women.
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, says that transphobia “is a feminist issue on two levels.”
Queer feminist bookstore needs help to transform into a nonprofit
Will you give a dollar (or more!) to help Wild Iris Books? They’ve already been behaving like a nonprofit for years, putting on feminist and LGBTQ+/trans-specific events and providing activist education. They are extremely bi and trans friendly. Some of their recent adventures include the Sinister Wisdom release party (Southern lesbian history), organizing the sign-making party for the protest in front of Gainesville’s new Hobby Lobby, and hosting trans activist Peter Cava’s talk about the new book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, an event that concluded with a discussion between trans audience members about how they and their straight allies can work towards safer streets for trans pedestrians.
As the 39th Festival closes and we turn our hearts and minds to our landmark 40th anniversary, we reiterate that Michfest recognizes trans womyn as womyn - and they are our sisters. We do not fear their presence among us, a false claim repeatedly made. What we resist – and what we will never stop fighting – is the continued erasure and disrespect for the specific experience of being born and living as female in a patriarchal, misogynist world.
Second-wave feminism included many lesbians who didn’t know many trans women, because few were out and active in those circles in the ’70s, and found it very easy to weave into their philosophy the absurd idea that trans women are…
Modern radical feminists see their rights as aligned with transgender women’s rights.
With another festival come and gone, Michfest founder and organizer Lisa Vogel laid out a list of ‘demands’ she’d like her critics to meet.
In other words: Lisa Vogel is still a transmisogynistic bigot who is tired of people telling her that she is a transmisogynistic bigot.
Same shit. Different day.
This is an older article, but still very relevant and important.
One of the cornerstones of Janice Raymond’s career is a book that, among other things, insinuates repeatedly that trans women were invented by the Nazis, basing the assumption on the fact that SRS was first performed, “in Germany during the 1930’s.” Whether she knows or cares that it was done by a gay Jew in a facility the Nazis burned to the ground has never been clear.
As all advocates of feminist politics know most people do not understand sexism or if they do they think it is not a problem. Masses of people think that feminism is always and only about women seeking to be equal to men. And a huge majority of these folks think feminism is anti-male. Their misunderstanding of feminist politics reflects the reality that most folks learn about feminism from patriarchal mass media.
Ten Books For Queers And Feminists To Read This Spring
I haven’t read these but I’m absolutely dying to. Some are already out. Some are coming out. All look both amazing and also amazingly relevant to your interests.Essential Spring Reading for Queers and Feminists
This Bridge Called My Back - Writings by Radical Women of Color
I don’t care what gender studies or queer theory class you’ve taken, you need to read this book, but be warned, it is a rare find and might expensive. It contains several essays by womanists discussing their experience, racism, poverty, how racism pervaded the feminist movement in the early 1980s and most importantly the individual experiences of asian pacific, black, american indian and latina/chicana women. This words you find in this book and the truths that will make your soul sick are imperrative for understanding the history of racism, feminism, systematic oppression and white privilege. These are stories that have, even today, been swept under the rug and out of sight.
You need to read this fucking book.
PDF version downloadable here.
I’ve read it, but adding this to the reading list anyway.