Transperson here with a line of thought to challenge: (1) Gender is an invented illusion. (2) Gender dysphoria is not different from cispeople's body image issues in relevant ways for this argument and in light of point 1 [?]. [more in body]

Submitted by ergdj5 in CritiqueThis (edited )

(3) But feminism asks us to accept our bodies how they are, and to understand how our desires are constructed.
(4) If we can, it's preferable to destroy gender constructions in the world and in our minds rather than aspire to assimilate into the image of the binary, and thereby reinforce the binary, which is the core of terrible suffering for most of us.

Hopefully that's clear enough for everybody, especially the fundamental tension I'm drawing out, and hopefully I didn't leave any important thing out thoughtlessly. Feel free to address each point by their number if you like.


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Tequila_Wolf wrote

That is roughly my position.

It just needs to be held aware that certain normative ideas of what specific genders look like does have a vicegrip on us in ways that affect us and can't be discounted just because we're trying to destroy it. Critiquing gender in order to destroy it underlies all of my preferences, and so a radical trans position is going to have to reckon with the ways transitioning upholds the binary and even just individual gender norms - BUT that doesn't mean that we can ever forget that transitioning is important to many people (because passing is often a matter of life and death, and because transpeople who transition are often emotionally better off (also a matter of life and death)), and that even as our goals are to undo the world of gender to the point that the binary does not exist and there is nothing to transition to, we can't ignore people's real needs in this shithole world now.

Of course, the groups of people who do transition generally quite privileged among trans people, and there's a fuckload of considerations that come from that.

In my case, most of the time I'm just doing all the work on myself to destroy Gender in my mind to try to reduce the dysphoria I feel, but obviously different people feel it differently.

I'm going to suggest that the reading group dares to try baedan after Desert.

I'm happy for people to engage with me also on these ideas, it's been a little while since I've pondered them in regards to this.


Tequila_Wolf wrote

It's also why people like Alok Vaid-Menon are who they are, right? Critiquing racism and gender for radical self-acceptance and making what you are and how you see yourself the same without alienating yourself from yourself.