Okay ladies and feminist identified males, it is time for a reality check. Privilege is a loaded word, and it is often thrown around in feminist circles. Time after time I have seen feminists complaining that men don't own their gender privileges. Women want acknowledgment that we are a historically marginalized and oppressed class, but there is a proviso to that statement. To qualify as 'woman', you must exist with class privilege, race privilege, be able bodied, straight, and CIS. If you can somehow fit into all of these categories at the same time, you have won the lottery and you get to proclaim yourself woman. Not only woman, but long suffering woman whose day has finally come.
Yes celebrate on the land...Declare yourself free. Don't give a moments thought that your so-called freedom actually means the freedom to oppress another group of women. This is not equality, it is taking on the Masters Tools. I know that you feel threatened, but this is simply because you and only you have decided that feminism is about your concerns and should privilege your bodies and your experiences. Unfortunately, humanity is extremely diverse and cannot be divided into neat little binary categories. Sure if we all had the privilege to be born into your definition of women, it would certainly make things easier for you, but that didn't happen, and so I am afraid that it is time that you step up to the plate and start owning some of the privileges that you are quick to assert that others don't own.
Feminism is about supporting and advancing the lives of all women, not just the ones that happened to be born CIS. Your vitriolic rants scream of privilege and hate. What about me...Don't I count? Newsflash, yes you are important but not anymore more so than women like Angie Zapata. How does ignoring the the experiences of a group of women advance feminism in any way? You know feminism, the movement that is supposed to be about improving the lives of all women. That's right the same feminism that has the objective of validating the lives and humanity of all.
Let me tell you a little something, when you are bruised, or battered, humiliated and treated like some kind of freakish 'other' it hurts. In a planet that is awash with womens blood, I shouldn't have to tell you that it is the same shade of red, or that it is diluted only by the tears of pain. That screaming that you hear are the collective death rattles of trans women who have met a violent end because of the same kind of ignorance and hatred that you regularly preach. This is not a simple matter of an ideological disagreement, this is life and death. Do you need to be splattered in their blood to take this seriously?
I wish I had the luxury of just dismissing your writings as nonsense. I wish that I could just turn my head and say live and let live to the shit that you regularly spew on the internet. As a WOC with a legacy of slavery, jim crow, beatings, lynchings, and rape I know that words like these are exactly how hatred is perpetuated. When you turn someone's life into a comedic routine for your own amusement you are othering, and creating them as less than human. When you can look someone in the eye and decide that they are not your equal, it serves as justification to be violent towards them. Why should you care what happens to them if you cannot even recognize their shared humanity with you? Before you make the accusation that I am projecting, let me remind you Hitler dehuamanized Jewish people as a justification for the holocaust. In every war the first thing that happens is that we create the enemy as other to make their whole sale slaughter tenable. Kill the gooks, kill the gerrys, death to the kaffirs...you may disguise your hate better but it is still the same thing to those of us that understand the value of language as tool of oppression. You have learned the lessons of Mein Kempf well, except this time there are people that are willing to sound the alarm bell.
As long as I have breathe in this body, I shall not stand idly by while one group is created as less than human so that others may exist in privilege. You do not represent feminism, you represent hate. It is no wonder that many disavow feminist goals when women like you claim to be its representatives. Who would want to be associated with a group that regularly preaches hate and intolerance in a world that has seen more than enough blood shed. This earth is so full of the blood of the innocent I could wring it free with my bare hands and yet you seek to multiple the destruction by deciding somehow you are more worthy than another. This may be your ideal feminist vision but to me it is the stuff of nightmares. In my dreams I see the headless horsemen, I see an apocalyptic vision in which our once fertile earth is reduced to a barren wasteland simply because we have lost the capacity to understand and truly believe that we are all of value.
H/T Renegade Your power was my inspiration.