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blackfox026  ·  737 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What is a Woman, Anyway?

There’s really something quicksand-like about The Trans Issue, where it seems people engage and then become completely mired in it. J.K. Rowling’s dedicated her Twitter feed to it; Jordan Peterson has apparently decided it’s his central issue now. And the animus is just palpable. Like I think people just weren’t aware that within transness as a whole is an unimaginably deep well of shame, self-loathing and mental illness, and by engaging with it in this combative way they kind of inadvertently siphon off some of that energy to go process on their own.

I feel like there would be something kind of empowering about being centered in a Culture War if it weren’t just so fucking exhausting

am_Unition  ·  737 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The culture war would be empowering if the pendulum wasn't currently swinging the wrong way, and it's no coincidence that, like too many other things, the white Christian nationalist minority viewpoint is driving most relevant policies.

There was a TERF or TERF-adjacent op-ed in NYtimes the other day (no thanks, won't link) about the radical left's erasure of women being comparable to the radical right's various oppressions, because the term "pregnant 'people' " used by the left is allegedly an affront to women and etc.. Shit was weird. Somewhat analogous to "well pardon me but All Lives Matter". Yes, women writ large are indeed currently under attack in the U.S., but to both-sides progressives and right-wing Christian nationalists in the context of feminism and inclusive language right now is very counterproductive to feminism, I think.

The Roe repeal was effective almost a year ago in TX, but now the TX AG aims to criminalize oral and anal. Hmm, wonder who that's intended to target?? The Roe repeal arguably screws over everyone with a uterus. Anti-sodomy laws are even more targeted.

I feel no sympathy for the demographic psychologically self-tortured by the existence of LGBTQ+ people, and I feel the opposite of sympathy for the people making money by pretending to hate everything LGBTQ+.

But I have a lot of sympathy for the LGBTQ+ community right now, and women, too. It isn't some zero-sum game, though. The smallest non-white-nationalist minorities (and maybe one of the more vulnerable) are LGBTQ+ folks, as we slide towards fascism. Again, I find myself at a loss for determining the proper thing to do next, and it's disgusting what e.g. sitting ivy league senators are getting away with, right now.