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Feminism, Trans-Misogyny, and the Echo Chamber

transfeminism:

The “echo chamber effect” is a process by which trans-misogynist “feminists” perpetuate misinformation about trans women. Like-minded trans-misogynist “feminists” then repeat this misinformation, which is then spread to more self-identified “feminists.” This misinformation is further exaggerated and distorted as it saturates the feminist community until most feminists simply assume the information is true.

The echo chamber is reinforced by the exclusion of trans women from feminist communities. Given the lack of trans women’s presence within feminist communities, cis feminists are free to reproduce falsehoods and stereotypes that would otherwise be challenged by actual interactions with trans women. When no one in the community is a trans woman, it is hard to refute what everyone who is not a trans woman has come to take for granted. Within the echo chamber, false beliefs about trans woman become the community consensus.

Even those who don’t fully agree with the most extreme lies about trans women will tend to accept more moderate versions of misinformation, leading to a position of saying they “sympathize with where others are coming from” because they still believe some version of the lie. Communities members don’t have to agree 100% in order to uphold the overall community consensus. Just believing that there is some truth, however small, to the lies helps them justify their complicity in the supporting the echo chamber.

The community consensus also leads to pseudo-allies. These are people who claim to be “allies” to trans women, but won’t do anything that might offend the prejudices of members of the community. These are the people who end up trying to play “both sides.” They may agree with some version of the lie, but even if they don’t, they still go along with it. This is because they’re more concerned about what the trans-misogynist members within the echo chamber think than with actually being authentic allies to trans women. They will often attempt to play “peacemakers” by acting as an apologist for the echo chamber at the expense of trans women.

The self-contained processes of the echo chamber itself allows challenges to be neutralized by becoming self-referential. Rather than talk about the real issues and facts that will challenge the circulating misinformation, doubt can be placed on those facts by referring to the existing “controversy” or “debate” that gives preferential treatment to the misinformation of the echo chamber. Each time the “controversy” is referenced to it allows misinformation to be perpetuated. The “debate” becomes a self-sustaining process that supports the echo chamber effect.

For instance, debating the womanhood or even the existence of trans women ensures that the womanhood and existence of trans women is always seen as debatable. As long as trans women are seen as a subject of debate they’ll be viewed with skepticism. And this supports the echo chamber that has setup the cis people within it as the true authorities on trans women.

So how do we break the echo chamber’s negative feedback loop?

Dismantling the trans-misogynist echo chamber is not going to be easy, but it is something that must be done. Pressure, both from within and outside, needs to be put on feminist communities to take affirmative steps to support trans women and their voices. To support trans women, people in feminist communities can:

  • Recognize that trans women are the ultimate authorities on their own lives and experiences of oppression.
  • Actively seek out the input, feedback and criticism of trans women.
  • Question and think critically about all information about trans women that doesn’t come from trans women themselves.
  • Interrogate and challenge the trans-misogynist consensus.
  • Stop being complicit with trans misogyny.
  • Take action whenever and wherever you encounter trans-misogyny.
  • Establish a process of being accountable to trans women and the oppression they experience.
  • Evaluate and address how feminist communities are structured around cissexism and the marginalization of trans women.
  • Check one’s cis privilege.
  • Make sure the voices and leadership of trans women are respected.
  • Recognize that trans women are a diverse group and experience a variety of privileges and oppressions.
  • Follow the lead of trans women on all things concerning trans women.

These are just a few ideas off the top of my head. This is by no means a comprehensive list. Hopefully more people will add their own ideas to this list.

On a final note, while the above list relies heavily on the authority of trans women’s self-knowledge, self-awareness and lived experience, I want to warn against the tendency of trans-misogynists to treat some trans women as tokens who can be exploited by the echo chamber. One of the things the trans-misogynist echo chamber is notorious for is cherry picking the words of individual trans women and then twisting their words to support the lie and stereotypes that are then applied to all trans women as a group.

So it’s important to recognize that some trans women have internalized cissexism and have yet not unlearned the lies that they’re inferior cis women. The echo chamber will persist if feminist communities continue to exploit the internalized oppression of some trans women or twist the words of others in order attack trans women as a whole. Regardless, it is not the place of those who aren’t trans women to tell trans women which trans women represents them or have their interests in mind. That is something for trans women to determine for themselves.

(via gcvsa)

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sonofahurricane:

genderbitch:

widdershinsgirl:

thecurvature:

freececemcdonald:

We need yr names, community! Trial is just around the corner and we need yr help. Please post, post and re-post!
http://www.change.org/petitions/free-cece-we-re-looking-at-you-michael-freeman-drop-the-charges-against-cece-mcdonald

If you still haven’t signed the petition to drop the charges against CeCe McDonald, PLEASE do so now. If you haven’t ever reblogged the petition, please do that too.

More people need to sign this petition.

Sign it and make sure to email, fax or call the Attorney’s Office tomorrow to help

Seriously if you haven’t signed the petition by now, DO IT. If you claim to want to fight racism, sexism, transmisogyny… just fucking sign it. And call tomorrow. I’m going to.

sonofahurricane:

genderbitch:

widdershinsgirl:

thecurvature:

freececemcdonald:

We need yr names, community! Trial is just around the corner and we need yr help. Please post, post and re-post!

http://www.change.org/petitions/free-cece-we-re-looking-at-you-michael-freeman-drop-the-charges-against-cece-mcdonald

If you still haven’t signed the petition to drop the charges against CeCe McDonald, PLEASE do so now. If you haven’t ever reblogged the petition, please do that too.

More people need to sign this petition.

Sign it and make sure to email, fax or call the Attorney’s Office tomorrow to help

Seriously if you haven’t signed the petition by now, DO IT. If you claim to want to fight racism, sexism, transmisogyny… just fucking sign it. And call tomorrow. I’m going to.

(via transqueersxxx-admin)

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The Wage Gap and White Privilege + Trans-Misogyny

femme-vitale:

It’s Equal Pay Day. Cis women aren’t the only ones who experience a wage gap. Trans women also earn less on average for the same work, often receiving a pay cut when compared to what they were paid prior to coming out as women — assuming they aren’t otherwise demoted or outright fired, as is often the case.

transfeminism:

amydentata:

[TW: Economic violence, racism, rape]

iamateenagefeminist:

I’m very tired of hearing that women only make 77 cents on the male’s dollar. It’s not a correct statistic. It should read: White women only make 77 cents on the white man’s dollar. 

That’s the real statistic.

Not all women are white. WOMEN don’t make 77 cents on the dollar, WHITE WOMEN do.

It’s important to remember.

Because every time we repeat that 77 number with no mention of race, we are erasing all women who are not white. 

Black women make 69 cents on the white man’s dollar. 
Hispanic women make 59 cents on the white man’s dollar.

Those women matter. Those women are women.

Women who should be included in feminism, who should be included in our movement.  

So don’t erase them. 

There was a study which showed trans women face a pay decrease after transition, while trans men face a pay increase. This is only for those who are employed, however. Trans discrimination being as commonplace as it is, and especially including racism in the mix, many trans women make 0 cents on the white man’s dollar unless they’re willing to literally suck the white man’s cock.

Yes, according to the study trans women make 68 cents on their dollar before coming out as women. While trans men make $1.50 on their dollar before coming out as men.

These are comparisons of the same person’s wages pre- and post-transition. So it’s hard to see this as anything other than gender-based. Trans-misogyny would explains why trans women’s wages drop well below the 77 cents for White cis women and even one cent less than Black cis women.

The trans community as a whole experience higher levels discrimination in employment. But gender gaps exist among trans people throughout employment. Here are some figures on trans-misogyny in employment from “Injustice at Every Turn”:

  • Loss of Job by Gender: Trans women “respondents reported job loss due to bias at a frequency of 36% while [trans men] respondents reported 19%. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of transgender respondents experienced job loss due to bias while gender non-conforming participants reported 15%.”
  • Discrimination in Hiring by Gender: Trans women “respondents experienced discrimination in hiring at 55%, compared to 40% of [trans men] respondents. Gender non-conforming respondents experienced this form of discrimination at 32%.”
  • Denied Promotion by Gender: “Twenty-nine percent (29%) of [trans women] respondents reported denial of promotion due to bias, while [trans men] respondents reported an 18% rate. Twenty percent (20%) of gender non-conforming respondents reported denial of promotions due to bias.”
  • Underemployment by Gender: Trans women respondents reported underemployment at a frequency of 50% while trans men respondents reported 42%. Forty-seven percent (47%) of transgender respondents experienced underemployment while gender non-conforming participants reported 38%.
  • Participation in the Underground Economy by Gender: Trans women “(19%) respondents had slightly higher rates of underground work than [trans men] (15%) respondents.”
  • Participation in Sex Work by Gender: Trans women “were more likely to report sex work (15%) than [trans men] (7%).
  • Unemployment by Gender: Unfortunately, the report does not breakdown unemployment by gender. What it does tell us is that “Transgender and gender non-conforming people are unemployed at alarming rates. Overall, the unemployment rate for respondents is 14%; double the weighted national average at the time of the survey.” However, given the obvious patter and trans women’s higher rate of job loss and greater participation in the underground economy, it’s likely that trans women are unemployed at a higher rate when compared to trans men and gender non-conforming people.

In all the categories above, trans women of color experience even higher rates of employment discrimination. Unfortunately the report doesn’t separate gender and race together so that we can compare White trans women and trans women of color (that is, American Indian, Asian, Black, Latina, and multiracial trans women) to each other, and compare each group of women to trans men and gender non-conforming people in their respective racialized group.

(Source: iamayoungfeminist, via tuuli)

Filed under trans women discrimination wage gap employment cissexism transmisogyny equal pay

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This Is What Happened to CeCe

This is a guest post by Redlark. Redlark is a white, lower-middle-class queer activist working a pink collar union gig in the Twin Cities. They are working with an amazing group of friends and allies of CeCe McDonald to get CeCe’s charges dropped and help her move back into her normal life.

Cece McDonald stood up to bigots and survived a hate crime. Now she’s in the county jail waiting to be tried for second degree murder.

This is a story about intersectionality – what happens when a young trans woman of color goes up against white supremacy, misogyny and transphobia. It’s a story about what happens when you have to fight for your life.

**
It began last June, the night of the 5th, when Cece and her friends – all young, black and queer – decided that they wanted to walk to the grocery store.

The grocery store in question is in south Minneapolis just off Lake Street, the busy, polluted, vital artery running from the wealthy white neighborhoods by the lakes through blocks of working class, multiracial, immigrant businesses before it ends in upmarket gentrification at the river. The grocery store is between the police station and the the light rail in a historically contested neighborhood where communities meet, mix and sometimes contend: the older white working class who bought in during the seventies and eighties meets immigrants from Mexico, Somalia and Central America who came looking for work or for political refuge; Native people still under the gun of colonization; African-Americans who’ve lived in Minneapolis for generations or arrived from Chicago or New Orleans in the last few years; students, punks and radicals, mostly but not exclusively white, gentrifiers or born in the neighborhood.

To get to the store, the group had to walk past a dive bar called the Schooner.

Dean Schmitz and his friends were standing outside the Schooner’s side door. All were older – Dean was 47 – and all were white. When they saw CeCe and her friends walk by, they started yelling – “faggots” “chicks with dicks” “n*****s” – a litany of vile abuse targeted at a group of much younger strangers.

CeCe McDonald has a strong sense of justice – she decided to confront Dean and his friends. So she and her group walked toward the bar.

**
Before we go any further, let’s talk about CeCe.

She’s 23, a college student in fashion design, a trans woman, Black, femme, very funny and widely known to be a generous person – a woman who housed and took care of her chosen family of younger queer and trans folks. Her friends call her Honee Bea.

CeCe is someone who fights for social change who even from jail has been urging her supporters to help other victims of white supremacy – including the family of Jaime Gonzalez, who was killed by the Texas police while he was at school.

She is someone who has faith in herself, in her community, in her values. “Love is inevitable and overcomes any and all things,” she writes.

CeCe and her friends are brave and tough, strong enough to walk around being visible in a world that attacks and criminalizes you if you’re young and African-American, and doubles the assault if you’re young and African-American and trans and femme.

You probably know – if you’re trans you definitely know – that trans women of color face incredible, staggering rates of violence and homicide. In most places it is essentially legal to discriminate against trans people in housing, employment and social services. As a result, trans people, especially trans women, are socially vulnerable in all kinds of ways – and vulnerable turns into “criminalized”, whether it’s because you can’t change your legal documents to match your gender or because you’re homeless and panhandling or because you’re doing sex work to make the rent…or because you have to fight to keep yourself safe

Trans people are ten to fifteen times more likely to have been incarcerated than cis people. Nearly half of all African-American trans people have spent time in the prison system.

Seventy percent of the GLBTQ people murdered in 2010 were people of color. Forty-four percent were trans women.

If you’re vulnerable, you have to wonder – will someone assault you? Will you survive? Will anyone help you? That’s a pretty heavy thing to carry around in the back of your mind every day.

***
CeCe and her friends knew the statistics, but they still dared to rebuke hatred when it spoke. They walked up the Dean Schmitz and his group, and CeCe told him that her crew would not tolerate hate speech.

But hatred hits back. One of Dean Schmitz’s friends told them, “I’ll take you bitches on,” and smashed her glass into Cece’s face, puncturing her cheek and badly lacerating her salivary gland.

There was a fight. Multiple people were involved. At the end, CeCe was on the ground in a pool of her own blood. Dean Schmitz was dead.

***
When the cops came, Cece was the only one they arrested. They took her to jail, withheld medical treatment, and sometime in the small hours got her to sign a confession. She recanted it as soon as she was able to do so.

Later, the medical examiner discovered a swastika tattoo on Dean Schmitz’s body.

***
Let’s talk about white supremacy, because this it haunts this case.

White supremacy is a system, and it runs on routine plus terror. The routine is the dull grind of discrimination – the stop-and-frisks of youth of color in the hope of finding something to get their fingerprints are in the system, the heavy policing in black neighborhoods and the heavy discipline in schools when kids of color are involved, the biased, expensive court system, the unspoken but obvious job discrimination and always, always the white supremacist narrative in mainstream culture saying that people of color deserve what they get.

And then there’s terror. Whether it’s the Jim Crow South or the modern North, it’s the knowledge that at any time you can be attacked, hurt, killed and no one will do anything. That your body, your life, your friends’ lives could always be on the line.

Terror keeps the machine humming. If you act up – if you talk back – anything might happen to you.
***
An interesting thing about prosecutor Michael Freeman: in the last year, he’s dropped charges against three people who killed accidentally while fighting for their lives. But he’s leaning on CeCe to plead guilty, and he initially persuaded the court to set her bail at an outrageous $500,000 – as if CeCe, the injured survivor of a hate crime, was some kind of risk to her community.

The court system isn’t neutral.

If you haven’t been on the wrong end of the legal system, it’s very easy to assume that the courts will sort everything out. Privileged people – white people, middle class people, cis people – can grow up identifying with the court system and with the idea of “neutrality” – especially when articulate white men in nice suits are talking. Something happened, privileged folks think, and the courts will figure it out, they’ll assign blame correctly, someone will pay a debt to society, and all’s well that ends well.

Here is what really happens: CeCe is in jail. Visiting is severely restricted, so getting a trans activist in to see her so that her friends can find her a trans-friendly lawyer is difficult. That lawyer has to work for free, because CeCe doesn’t have enough money and neither do her friends, and all her support committee’s money is going for bail. It takes a month to get meaningful treatment for injuries from the night of the attack, so her cheek swells up with a lump the size of a golf ball. She gets put in solitary “for her own protection” – which means ‘because she’s trans’ – and the support committee has to organize call-ins to get her out.

In order for a prisoner to be able to call you, you have to pay a monthly charge to a phone security service, and her friends are struggling to get work. So money has to be found for that. And the trial date has been moved once. Every time a trial date is set, her support committee mobilizes people — thirty or forty people have taken vacation days or changed their schedules so they could show up. Will it be moved again?

It’s easier and cheaper for the court system when people plead guilty, and it results in a politically-useful higher conviction rate. In the United States, the number of plea-bargains has skyrocketed in the last two decades and the number of actual trials has gone way down.

This is how the courts get people to take a plea – prisoners get tired and worn and confused and low in spirits, so they plead guilty just for a little certainty and an end to the ordeal. And many, many of those are people of color.
***

This isn’t just about CeCe. It’s about the way young women are harassed and assaulted every day in every city. It’s about the way trans women are treated as disposable and the way black youth are criminalized. It’s about the constant social violence by which white supremacy, transphobia and misogyny are maintained.

And it’s about whose experience counts. When we believe CeCe, we’re saying that we hear trans women, we hear youth of color and we believe what they say about their own lives. We name racism, we name violence, we name prejudice – and we refuse them with all the strength we have.

***
We need to get the charges against CeCe dropped. There’s precedent, the prosecutor has the authority and a victory here would be a victory for so many people – for CeCe, for her community and friends, for youth of color and trans youth who face violence and hatred. To do this, we need to get Michael Freeman to listen. We need voices. We need media.

We need to make it clear to Michael Freeman that this case is visible – we aren’t going to forget about CeCe no matter how often the trial gets moved, and we aren’t going to forget about any miscarriage of justice, either.

You can call Michael Freeman at 612-348-5540, fax at 612-348-2042, and email at citizeninfo@co.hennepin.mn.us

Remember to remain polite but don’t be afraid to be assertive. Some key points to mention in your calls, emails, and faxes are:

*Identify yourself as a supporter, friend, family member, or community member calling about Ms. Chrishaun McDonald’s case.

*Tell the County Attorney’s Office why you’re concerned: Ms. McDonald was the target of a hate crime, but she was singled out for aggressive prosecution after the attack.

*County Attorney Freeman has declined to press charges in cases like this at least three times already this year. Remind him that he has the power to drop the charges against Ms. McDonald.

Tell Freeman not to side with Ms. McDonald’s white supremacist attackers: drop the charges against Ms. McDonald.

For more information and new developments: www.supportcece.wordpress.com. You can sign the petition calling for Michael Freeman to drop CeCe’s charges here.

(Source: transfeminism, via strawberryfaerie)

Filed under cece mcdonald racism White supremacy self-defense trans women TWOC cissexism

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You know what, I’m going to take hormones, have surgery, lose ‘friends’ and ‘family’, increase my risk of homelessness, joblessness, physical and sexual violence, and spend thousands of hours and dollars navigating a hostile medical bureacracy; because that way I’ll be able to finally infiltrate the super-secret radical feminist clubhouse and rape them all.
Oh, and as a nice side bonus maybe I’ll absorb some of their ‘feminine energy’ to use for my nefarious patriarchal plot for female subjugation.
No trans woman ever

Filed under cissexism radscum transmisogyny kyriarchy patriarchy

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As a gay man I do not understand transgender.

strawberryfaerie:

ketamine-in-moscow:

rafiki-town:

austinisagirl:

teamwesnatchwigs:

And I’d rather not learn. 

It’s not something someone needs to explain. 

It happens…

But I still don’t get it.

And I can almost guarantee that I for one will not be a supporter for “Trans Rights” 

What the fuck is special about you? 

That’s really unfortunate.

It’s sad that someone is discriminating against a group within their own community.

LGBT 

People don’t need to be “special” to deserve equal rights.

Mr. Gay man…you are a disgrace.

Being gay and being trans are two very different things, saying he’s discriminating against his own community is such a stupid thing to say, just because a man likes men doesn’t mean he has know everything about every aspect of lgbt it’s fucking ridiculous, being gay doesn’t mean you’re automatically part of some club or make you more understanding of other people it’s a personal thing sooooooo yea this has been a comment. I’m respectful of everyone no matter how they choose to live their life but for fucks sake everyone has their own opinions so discriminating against someone for discriminating is still discriminating, come on people! 

This is exactly why I have a problem with Gay Inc. You want me to show up at your marriage rallies and support your pet projects that will put you on a par with cis het dudes but you look askance at me when my fellow trans* folks, especially those who are also POC want employment or housing protections. You want to get married, we want to be able to work and live. You get called f*ggot and verbally harassed. We get called tr*nny and physically assaulted.

The HRC keeps throwing trans* people under the bus in order to forward specifically GAY rights. It sacrifices our lives so that you can get TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR BEING LEGALLY MARRIED and you wonder why you have to care about our ‘special rights’.

You are not in my community. Your community has made their disdain for my community readily apparent. Regardless of who I sleep with, men or women or trans men or trans women or non binaries I am not part of your fucking community.

Not all gay cis men are a bad as you OP, but there are enough as bad as you or worse that I minimize my contact with gay cis males. What’s with the gay cis male misogyny anyway?

Don’t worry about pretending to care.

And as for the ‘discriminating against people for discriminating is still discriminating’ response: GTFO. Using your privileges to discriminate against others on different axes of oppression is some serious bullshit. Calling someone on their bullshit is right and just. If you have a problem with that then you fucked with the wrong bitch. Fuck you.

(Source: from-the-ashes-he-came)

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