The Future is Now!

Yesterday was the International Woman's Day. Basically it is a chance to pause and consider how far women have come into today's society. Or, how far we have to go.

Perhaps you noticed I said "we." Of course I feel transgender women are women too. After all. we trans women have to go through all the same challenges as cis-women, only worse. We face extreme employment discrimination as well as lagging insurance coverage. Not to mention all the violence we face as we transition and lose our male privilege.

As you consider all of our challenges, you begin to realize how ludicrous it is to think being transgender is really a choice.   

The problem is our lives in the future could get so much worse. Several state legislatures around the country are trying to advance anti transgender and LGBT bills, hoping our rapidly deteriorating Supreme Court will uphold them.

The future is especially now for all of you still in the closet, or are young and confused about the future. Unless we all join the fight against the current backward regime in Washington, all could be lost. Even for all the particularly smug cis gays and lesbians enjoying their same sex marriage rulings.

There is going to be one heck of a battle ahead. Be a strong woman and get on board for all of your sisters.

The future is now.

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  1. I would be careful in saying trans women face all of the same challenges. Certainly, we share many of them, and some of them to a higher degree. Basically, never say never, and always avoid saying always (or all and none).

    We have both been reminded by women in our lives that we either just wanted the "fun parts of being a woman" or that we're "not man enough to be a woman." Hearing those things may give pause for thought, if not cause for a good dose of gender dysphoria. Still, we know that those are just not true for us, whether or not another woman thinks so. Our willingness to remove ourselves from our male privilege is definitely a good-faith step toward womanhood, but we can't erase the male privilege of our past. There's room for skepticism, then, no matter how hard we may try.

    Personally, I cannot allow myself to think of myself as a transgender woman; I am a woman. I do know, however, that most of the world will see me as a transgender woman. If my transition has the end-goal of being a woman, though, my mindset will, I hope, be recognized and more accepted by others of my womanhood. That's just me, though, having jumped off the fence I straddled for so many years.

    Women should be celebrated; not just accepted as having the same rights as men. Transgender women should be celebrated too, but we're still fighting for our rights as women. It's the same fight, because it's a fight for human rights that allow for no gender-based discrimination.

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  2. A conversation I had with another woman presenting at an event for International Women's Day made me think about the privilege I have given up, and the training and preparation that living as man gave me. I have rarely felt the "I'm not good enough" or "I'm not qualified enough" that women have regularly ingrained into them. I have been brought up with self confidence and the expectation of dominating a conversation or meeting. Indeed in many ways the hardest bits of transition are discovering first hand many men treat many women.

    Having said that , yes I am a woman, I am a trans woman, we are not a separate class from women, we are a subset of women.

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