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and the comments (For once the comments enhance the discussion, by bringing up the question of invisibility for DFAB-transpeople and of violence against "non-gender binaries" as part of the trans spectrum) are very interesting and relevant and though I don't have the same experiences as transwomen, as a gender-noncomforming genderqueer exhibiting transfemininities I can relate to several of the transmisogynistic-oppressions that are mentioned in this article - nowadays I'd say I meet much more transphobia than homophobia. I'm not interested in establishing a hierarchy of oppressions or "Who's the most oppressed-olympics", HOWEVER analyzing how systems of oppressions work differently within the Queer-banner is important. Not all queers meet the same oppression, just as not all people of color meet the same oppression. When it comes to oppression of queers what is obvious to me is that white gender-comforming masculine gay/bi cis-men are the most privileged in the queer community - after that, things start getting complex in many ways ... For example this DFAB-trans privilege checklist may be true, but as one of the comments states, a lot of these "privileges" have to do with invisibility in the mainstream - and usually visibility is seen as a privilege in comparison to invisibility, but if visibility comes in the form of stigmatization it's not really a privilege now is it? My point is that things are more complex than fags and bi-men most privileged, than lesbians and bi-women, and than trans - these categories are neither fixed nor simple and we have to think about issues like gender-comforming vs. gender-noncomforming, masculine presentation and/or behaviour vs. feminine presentation and/or behaviour, sexual practice, male privilege in different forms, cis-genderism vs. transgenderism, passing vs. not-passing, questions of visibility and stigmatization, risk of violence, AND the knowledge that the way these things affect us is closely linked to race, class, able-bodiedness etc.
On Halloween I expanded my regular femme-gender presentation into a femme(-inist) monster, lipstick, glitter, heels and eyeshadow everywhere + WHEN I WALKED I LEFT A THICK TRAIL OF GLITTER BEHIND ME (that's how you can track the femme monster)!!!!!!
PS I just wanted to remind you in case you've forgotten that Lauryn Hill is this amazing genius and performer ♥ "Respect is just a minimum, why you still defending him?"..."Money taking, heart breaking now you wonder why women hate men, the sleepy silent men, the punk domestic violence men, The quick to shoot the semen"
Quote from Wikipedia: "People need to understand that the Lauryn Hill they were exposed to in the beginning was all that was allowed in that arena at that time… I had to step away when I realized that for the sake of the machine, I was being way too compromised. I felt uncomfortable about having to smile in someone's face when I really didn't like them or even know them well enough to like them."She also spoke about her emotional crisis, saying, "For two or three years I was away from all social interaction. It was a very introspective time because I had to confront my fears and master every demonic thought about inferiority, about insecurity or the fear of being black, young and gifted in this western culture."
And now she's releasing a new political antiracist song called "Black Rage" and speaking of anti-racism, do sign this petition against the usage of black face-roles in German theatre productions.
PS 2 För svensktaliga, läs Nanna Johanssons fantastiska krönika i ETC om straighta män som tycker synd om sig själva för att de inte får ligga hela tiden eftersom de är "snälla". Också Maria-Pia Boëthius artikel om Ship to Gaza och Israel måste ni läsa på etc.se!!!
PS 3 Tomorrow I'm going to a lecture in Uppsala with phenomenallyfantastical DONNA HARRAWAY!!!