celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

Well, that's one way, but there's a lot of ways to separate people from their money

edit: to keep this conversation going, one possibility I was toying with recently is finding a way to create a crowd funding account that appears on cursory glance to be conservative or fashy, but then funnels the money to the trans community. Or, for example, selling shitty T shirt or mug designs that say bad politics in an inarticulate way, and then taking the money from those people with bad politics and putting it to our own use. Perhaps /f/illegalism has more creative ideas


celebratedrecluse wrote

A lot of US comrades live in places where there are not legal protections for getting a job, housing, etc. We need some kind of way to channel money from cis people to our community, and share it with the comrades in our community.

I think it is far past time for there to be some sort of action committee formed, with chapters in various areas where there is critical mass to organize it, where we shall gather and distribute financial+material resources to those of us who need that shit. Preferably, cis people will fund this disproportionately.

How can we do this? Serious question.


celebratedrecluse wrote

I don't think the suicides of trans people is specifically about being attacked-- or to put it more accurately, i don't think it's the major factor. In certain cases, there may be unresolved trauma from fear or past incidents, but that's in many cases a consequence of lack of effective health care, safe housing, and safe interpersonal relationships (often with very unsafe cis fuckers) which is a much bigger factor on the suicides IME.

I've known trans women to misuse firearms, waving them around carelessly, and even turning them on themselves and others in our own community. Firearms education and training is a central foundation of responsible gun use and possession, and that needs to be well established before giving out guns to anyone who's unfamiliar with all that. I want to help anyone who feels they need to be armed in self defense to do so, but not if that makes them and our community less safe.

I think it would be great to create a Raddle guide to firearms (on wiki), focused on safety, but also including technical information like how to breakdown different guns and which firearms are most useful for which purpose, with recommendations on how to obtain one given various legal or economic circumstances. Collab?


celebratedrecluse wrote

Fantastic development, this should be rolled into all prison deprivatization efforts-- total noncooperation and ending of existing contracts with federal authorities, along with the for-profit corporations, and banning of all such entities from operating within the state.

Simultaneously, the size and extent of the state-level public prisons must be confronted-- this is the majority of the carceral state, and will present the bulk of the political challenge. However, the most egregious offenses of this rotten system are concentrated in federal immigration camps and private prisons, so this is great news for comrades in California to celebrate.


celebratedrecluse moderator wrote

the best way to destabilize the concept of gender is to support people who already have gender identities and expressions which are constantly suppressed by the dominant society.

cisheteropatriarchy is constantly reproducing itself, and that reproduction is merely the culling and intimidation of those who fall outside of carefully restricted bounds. It's, for reasons which are historically unsurprising, quite similar conceptually to how gardening works.

so resisting it entails not the production of an ideal form (as trans-discriminatory, self-described "radical feminists" propose to do when they call for the bioessentialist exclusion of some women and inclusion of some men in the political category of "women"), but instead working with people who already exist to increase their agency and achieve material and cultural equality with members of the dominant classes. Fortunately, there are a lot of queer and trans people, as well as cis and/or straight women, who are doing this work right now. The best way to support their efforts is not to propound on theoretical subjects which question the legitimacy or reality of their existence, as many conservatives, liberals, fascists, and others who have some invested stake in patriarchy and the power structures parallel to it (state, capitalism, white supremacy, etc) already constantly do, but instead to extend material resources, your labor, and whatever else might be useful to those people in the queer, trans, and femme communities who are doing that work. Specifically, people who are fighting for and creating abortion and contraception access, people who are struggling to limit employers' rights to demand workers to conform to whatever dress code the employer insists on, people who are working to help women and other marginalized groups to have access to privileged spaces, and so many other struggles important to feminism.

Have a material analysis of gender struggle, and you will invariably find yourself in the company of comrades, many of us queer and trans and woman-as-fuck