I’m fighting with friends over trans issues at the moment, taking the position that some radfem critique trivializes and even erases anti-trans oppression. However, I think one thing these friends and I can all agree on is that maligning all misgivings about trans identity politics as “transphobic” is thought-terminating bullshit. I think we can also agree that there is at least a smattering of penis-having assholes in the trans movement throwing their weight around in relation to biological women, and these shitheads should go fuck themselves. I think where my friends and I differ is on just how much a part of trans movement politics an undeniably reactionary, patriarchal element is and where they belong in relation to other political priorities and concerns. My pals seem to be cherry-picking bad actors.
However, since I hate thought-terminating maneuvers in left discourse more than just about anything, and since I think a lot of people dismiss the radical feminist critique of trans identity politics without even knowing what it is, I am, without apology or qualification reblogging this very comprehensive and well-written summary of theoretical objections. As ever, my main interest is in a smarter conversation, so please comment accordingly.