A Sister on Transactivism

(*NB not my work)

“So I came across the following graphic. Note the definition: “[Trans] encompasses *any* individual who crosses over or challenges their society’s traditional gender roles and/or expressions.”

transgender umbrella for blog

By this definition (which seems to be the prevalent one, at least on social media and left-leaning publications of all stripes), women in STEM fields are “trans.” Lesbians and gay men are also “trans.” Radical feminists are most definitely “trans.” In fact, it leaves no room for the possibility of labeling anyone as “cis,” provided they challenge the limitations of socially constructed gender in any way, personally or politically.


What the definition leaves out (rather disingenuously, in my opinion) is the qualifier “provided you choose some form of ‘gender identity’ and label yourself accordingly, thus bypassing and dismissing any meaningful analysis of gender and how it operates in society.”
The fact that transactivists who promote the definition in the graphic *do not* recognize radical feminists as being “trans” makes it blindingly clear that the entire project has nothing whatsoever to do with “challenging society’s traditional gender roles” and everything to do with a system of individualistic opting-out which requires for its ongoing existence the reification of sex-based hierarchy for anyone who does not claim an internal “gender identity.”…”
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