Posts Tagged transphobia

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No, trans activism isn’t threatening the mission of women’s colleges

Last week, Monica Potts wrote a piece in The New Republic initially entitled “Trans Activism is Threatening Women’s Colleges’ Mission: Campus fights to erase references to women are indistinguishable from old-school misogyny” and then, after lots of pushback, changed to: “Why Women’s Colleges Still Matter in the Age of Transactivism.” 

Last week, Monica Potts wrote a piece in The New Republic initially entitled “Trans Activism is Threatening Women’s Colleges’ Mission: Campus fights to erase references to women are indistinguishable from old-school misogyny” and then, after lots ...

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When the marginalized are safe, we’re all safer

Ed. note: This post is cross-published from Ravishly, where it is part of a conversation series on police violence against women of color.

The last year has seen an uprising in the resistance to police violence the likes of which we haven’t seen since the murder of Amadou Diallo in 1999.

Ed. note: This post is cross-published from Ravishly, where it is part of a conversation series on police violence against women of color.

The last year has seen an uprising in the resistance to police violence the ...

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The untouchable: Reporting rape as a trans survivor

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. *Trigger warning*

I am a survivor of campus rape, stalking, and an anti-trans hate attack. At this time last year, I was celebrating the end of my first semester at Temple University — not because of school itself, but because I’d lived in terror since my first full weekend there.

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site. *Trigger warning*

I am a survivor of campus rape, stalking, and an anti-trans hate attack. At this time last year, I was celebrating the end of my ...

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May we have this dance? On learning and writing as a trans woman of color

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I don’t find them, but if I do, I flip to the listed pages with newly crossed fingers praying I don’t find something dehumanizing.

I have a little ritual that I perform whenever I open a new nonfiction book. I go to the index and look up “transgender” “transsexual” and “sex change.” Often I heave a sigh of relief if I ...

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Guest Post: Fear of a trans college

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Emma Caterine. Emma is a prison abolitionist, decriminalization advocate, socialist, and cat lover. She has written in the past for Autostraddle, RH Reality Check, The Feminist Wire, and Tits and Sass. You can find more of her writing at sassysyndicalist.tumblr.com.

Fear, perhaps more extremely than any other emotion, motivates people to make some strange and terrible decisions. Prejudice is very often such a decision. I disagree with those who want to abandon words like homophobia or transphobia: fear can make no rational sense and though it never excuses horrific decisions, it can explain them.

Transphobia is particularly apt when discussing the prejudicial attitudes of some cisgender feminists towards trans women. The idea ...

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Emma Caterine. Emma is a prison abolitionist, decriminalization advocate, socialist, and cat lover. She has written in the past for Autostraddle, RH Reality Check, The Feminist Wire, and Tits ...

Who on the Hill is making transphobic Wikipedia edits?

The internet can do some cool things. For example: @CongressEdits automatically posts every time someone using a Capitol Hill IP addresses changes an entry. On the 18th, the bot posted about two changes to trans-related pages by someone on a House computer:

Gender identity disorder Wikipedia article edited anonymously from US House of Representatives http://t.co/z0JXcd04tR

— congress-edits (@congressedits) August 18, 2014

Transphobia Wikipedia article edited anonymously from US House of Representatives http://t.co/74DMTxrhuq

— congress-edits (@congressedits) August 18, 2014

Unsurprisingly (unless you have a hell of a lot of misplaced faith in Congress), the edits were hateful.

The internet can do some cool things. For example: @CongressEdits automatically posts every time someone using a Capitol Hill IP addresses changes an entry. On the 18th, the bot posted about two changes to trans-related pages by ...

Why The New Yorker’s piece on trans-exclusionary radical feminists was one-sided

Writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, our own Jos Truitt has an excellent rundown of the myriad problems with Michelle Goldberg’s recent New Yorker piece on the conflict between trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) and trans women. As Jos explains, while purporting to offer a balanced take on the history, the piece was irresponsibly one-sided.

Last week’s New Yorker article, “What Is a Woman: The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism” by Michelle Goldberg has been widely criticized since its publication. The article purports to offer a history of conflict between trans-exclusionary feminists and trans women. Yet it ignores the vast majority of that history, offering New Yorker readers a one-sided view of the conflict framed as ...

Writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, our own Jos Truitt has an excellent rundown of the myriad problems with Michelle Goldberg’s recent New Yorker piece on the conflict between trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) and ...

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