I don’t trust anyone who supports vaginas as a symbol of feminism or feminist solidarity
Yep, side-eye and speaking back to that bullshit! How many damn times do I have to say to essentialist, transphobic, conservative “feminists”: my “vagina” is NOT what makes me a woman. (Half the time, these folks so essentialist, they don’t know the difference between a vulva and a vagina, by the way.) For goodness sakes, we learn this in women/gender studies 101. And I’ll teach it to you, too, if you take my class. 'Woman' is socially-constructed. Educate yourselves.
And by the way—no, you are NOT radical. You are conservative, actually. All of you biological essentialists who claim a “radical” feminism that is transphobic—you are FAR from radical. That is conservative rhetoric if I’ve ever heard it. And I need NO conservatism in my feminism. Do not dilute it with that conservative hateful nonsense; do not co-opt true radical progressive movement.
Better be anti-racist, intersectional, anti-transphobic feminism or not at all!
This quote seems particularly urgent at this present moment—within and without the repro rights fight. This plagues so many of our movements: the powerful use our most intimate issues to divide us and to make us think that our liberation is not bound to one another.
whatfreshhellisthis wrotean amazing post about trans* people being excluded from the reproductive rights movement (scarlip then added amazing commentary on to it and h/t to one of my most favorite Tumblrs, prolongedeyecontact for posting both).
I am so incredibly guilty of saying, “While this may be directed at cis women (or that cis women may be the main targets of this anti-choice legislation), it affects more people than just them.” I will never say that again. (via keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus)