A trope I would like to wave goodbye to…
May 15, 2012 § 8 Comments
…is the one of academic/philosophical discourses around sex, gender and trans issues being incompatible with an ‘authentic’ experience of living as a trans person and all that that entails – bodily dysphoria, abuse and harassment, the struggle to obtain adequate healthcare etc.
Enjoying and critiquing the works of Butler doesn’t mean you can’t have sobbed over just how wrong your body feels. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to trans activism doesn’t mean you haven’t been assaulted in the street. Approaching gender as an historical artifact doesn’t negate yours or anybody else’s gender. You can understand the myth of the binary gender system and still be a man or a woman – or anybody else. It isn’t a struggle between two opposing viewpoints, and shouldn’t be misinterpreted as such. Because someone enjoys and works with the traditional of critical thought on sex and gender isn’t an invitation to assume that their lives have been free of transphobia and dysphoria.
Sometimes we have to accept that there is more than ‘either/or’ – because sometimes it’s ‘and’ ‘and’ ‘and’ ‘and’ ‘and’.