sphere wrote:I think the #metoo'ers are generally savvy enough to avoid this scud missile. Not that they really overlap, anyway.
Quote:No, I Don't Have To Tell You I'm Trans Before Dating You
Demanding trans people come out to potential partners is transphobic.
...So when a cis person argues that a trans person has an obligation to come out to someone before dating them, they are saying trans people have an obligation to accommodate their transphobia. Plus, claiming that trans people are obligated to come out reinforces the idea that not being attracted to trans people is reasonable. But as I've pointed out, not being attracted to trans people supports the idea that transness is disgusting which is the basis for transphobic oppression.
This is madness.
There's a raging debate within the female feminist community about these male-to-female TGs and whether they have any right to claim oppression as a woman (leaving aside any discrimination arising as a result of their trans status). It's gotten ugly on more than a few occasions.
As you've said, pronouns have a purpose and a genuine meaning. Saying a thing isn't a thing just because you don't like that it's a thing is a fantasy construct.
I have a friend whose son is in the pre-med track at the University of Virginia (sophomore year now). I've helped him with writing of papers and such in several of his classes (including a class last year in Hindu/Urdu poetry... I'm not kidding ;-).
This last semester, seeking an easy A (the class had a 94% A-granting rating on some website related to finding "easy-A classes"), he took a gender studies class ("Language and Gender"). The teaching assistant conducting the class, a woman, started out the class with the typical "Xer," "Xe" etc. rundown of "Choose your own pronoun" stuff and it descended from there. I helped him write his papers and even read the reading assignments he was given.
OMFG, but we're in trouble, sir. I consider myself a hired-gun and mercenary when it comes to writing stuff for just about anyone who can pay me, but if not for the fact his father was an old battle buddy of mine, I'd have ended up quitting it.
"Gender is a choice" was one two-pager he had to produce.
"Language is a construct used to force gender selection" was another two-pager.
And this was at UVA, so I imagine this is going on everywhere