For someone just learning about the various spectrums of human sexuality, the topic can be overwhelming. Not to fear! Here to lay out introductions to everything from gender to the difference between sexual behavior and sexual orientation is vlogger Hank Green! Check out his video to get a little closer to understanding and appreciating human complexity.
I am not the poster child queer woman. Pastel sundresses, lacy push-up bras, and vanilla lip gloss would not, as it were, come as accessories with Stereotypical Lesbian Barbie. Femmes are the surprises. Femmes are the ones who are asked how we can possibly be queer-identified if we paint our nails. We’re the ones who have to fight to be noticed for who we are.
It’s true that gender is a complex idea that means something different to every person. But this doesn’t give us much of an idea about how queer genders are experienced by people. It’s in every feminist’s best interest to listen and pay attention to trans* people, so let’s explore some common ways gender is experienced by people in the trans* community.
Due to anti-transgender bias, trans* people disproportionately face challenges with physical safety, employment, housing, and more. To address such obstacles, Dr. Kortney Ziegler founded Trans*H4CK, which brings together trans* people to develop their own tech-based solutions. In this podcast, Kortney and Sandra discuss the role of Trans*H4CK in the lives of trans* people and the trans* movement.
Trans* people have experienced exclusion, hate speech, threats, and harassment at the hands of the feminist movement — and that is truly tragic. Trans* issues are feminist issues. And if we are to build an intersectional and effective feminist movement, it is imperative that we work to make feminism not just trans-inclusive, but a movement that places trans* voices and experiences at the center.
Pronouns are an important part of our language. And while using the right pronouns in our own daily language isn’t enough to change the extreme transphobia trans* people experience, it is a simple way to challenge gender-based oppression. Laura Kacere joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of why respecting trans* people’s preferred pronouns is a key part of trans*-inclusive feminism.
Nearly one million adults in the US identify as transgender. And yet, most people know almost nothing about them. Why do we know so little about transgender people? Because they are systematically silenced on a daily basis. We don’t know them because, frankly, we don’t see them. So let’s confront some of the most common myths about transgender people and change our ways of thinking about them.
Language is an extremely finicky thing. Much like a snowball, a language picks up habits from the culture that uses it as time goes on, especially our really bad habits like racism, sexism, and homophobia. If a single word is enough to dismiss and disregard an entire population’s feelings, ideas, and humanity, you can imagine why those people would want it erased from society’s vocabulary.
Transmisogyny is a word that many people don’t know about or understand. In short, it is the confluence of transphobia and misogyny – the negative attitudes, expressed through cultural hate, individual and state violence, and discrimination directed toward trans* women and trans* people on the feminine end of the gender spectrum. And its eradication must be at the forefront of our fight.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like declaring and then explaining my sexual identity when it’s irrelevant to the conversation. In addition to the benefits to the LGBTQIA+ community, I find that there are gender-neutral words that better describe the nature of your relationship than “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” So here are some gender-neutral choices to say instead.