stop-gap measures are not a bad thing, but i think there are more effective stop-gap measures than creating new legal genders
i say this as someone for whom, even if it were safe for me to put “non-binary” on all my documentation (which it… would not be, realistically), it’s extremely unlikely such a gender option would even be accessible bc of my position within the medical/psychiatric system. i can imagine similar barriers for other people: (un)documented status, class, race, transmisogyny, gatekeeping around acceptable notions of non-binariness, etc. i want people to interrogate who such a measure would actually help
legal gender markers are and always have been a means of control. they allow heteropatriarchy to operate smoothly through the strict categorization of a population. they allow the state to surveil populations, control populations, collect information on populations, (mis)allocate resources throughout populations. this is quite literally legal gender’s only purpose. it serves no function except as a tool of state control over women, over trans people, over queer people.
i understand and sympathize with the scramble for legitimacy under the law. but the law itself is rotten, and the law hates me, and i have no interest in vying for its recognition.
i propose that instead of playing by the rules of legal gender - and, in doing so, admitting its legitimacy and according it more power within our lives, allowing the categorization of sex and gender to pass for something not wholly evil and destructive to our well-being, for something that should be assimilated into rather than rejected altogether - a better allocation of time, resources and rage would be towards the end of reducing the scope of legal gender. petition to shrink the arenas in which legal gender is allowed to be relevant. petition to reduce access by other people to information about legal gender. petition to eliminate the observation and recording and policing of legal gender as a requirement for fucking everything. petition to expose legal gender for the invasion that it is.
i don’t fault people for wanting to be recognized as real but i do not relate at all to the activism of Being Better Observed By The State
note on the last paragraph, re: my post earlier today
do not confuse legal recognition with being recognized as real
do not confuse some pernicious notion of being ‘visible’ to the state with being recognized as real
do not confuse some notion of erasure as equivalent to not being recognized as real
reframe what the fuck you are talking about when you are conceiving of these things.
contrary to what you actually think, the state knows you exist and are real.
this is why the act of pretending like you don’t (erasure) is one kind of violence.
take it from someone whose ppl have always been real to the power you are seeking recognition from:
be careful for what you wish for
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.
im really nervous about destroying the fragile balance rn . i am very nervous i need the fragile balance
that was a good text post but i feel like i invalidated my entire existence im deleting it before it changes reality
it’s so rare that you meet someone who makes you feel so warm and happy like they are like sunshine and you just want them around all the time
Can we have another “Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.” post with the words
This is what the cast of a Stonewall movie should look like, not what’s being cast.
These are just a few of the beautiful, incredible, unbelievably brave people who made our movement possible. Pay respect to the people who were involved in the Stonewall Riots by boycotting this planned whitewashed film about cis gay men and drag queens because it’s false and disrespectful to the trans women of color and the other extremely important marginalized groups that sparked the movement we have and benefit from today. Don’t allow this movie to further perpetuate the whitewashing of history and lies about who really was fighting in the Stonewall Riots.