It is Not Transphobic to Treat Trans Men as Men
I have recently been hearing about multiple instances of trans men and occasionally others condemning certain women’s spaces — spaces that include and are co-organized by trans women — as transphobic and even campaigning against them because they don’t include trans men. What the fuck, guys?
It seems like most women’s spaces are falling into two categories these days. They are either conservative anti-trans spaces that actively exclude all trans people, or they are progressive trans-positive spaces that decide that the most progressive thing they could do would be to dismantle themselves as women-only and become gender neutral. With either option, trans women are denied access to women only space. Now it appears the few women-only spaces that are actively *inclusive* of trans women are facing pressure to become gender neutral.
As a trans woman raised in feminist community, I know the value that women-only spaces can hold. Growing up in such close proximity to women-only spaces without having the same kind of access gave me a special appreciation for the power they have to create community, heal misogyny’s wounds, and further female empowerment — all things trans women are often in desperate need of.
I mean, we can all hang out in our all-genders spaces. I’ll volunteer to keep them going, my partner can bring a batch of hir awesome cupcakes. But whether we are talking about a dyke march, a women’s conference, or localized feminist organizing, exerting external force to dismantle or destroy women’s spaces is never anything but misogynistic. And taking away an important resource from trans women is the truly transphobic act in this situation.
…this can’t be repeated enough.
“With either option, trans women are denied access to women only space.”
I mean like, lets be real about this.
Imagine some white therapist/psychologist getting a black patient.
This might very well possibly be the first black person they’ve ever had an extended interaction with.
It’s social factors like this which affect our receiving proper mental health when we do seek it out.
OH, OH, STORY TIME.
So in my African-American Psychology class this semester we were discussing how white psychologists’ lack of knowledge of POC cultural practices could hurt their clients of color. One of my classmates raised her hand and told us about how she was in an internship last year with a psychologist who was a white woman, the psychologist BEGGED her to come into a session with one of her clients who was Black because “she felt she had absolutely no connection with the client.”
My professor went on to talk about how frighteningly common this was, and how a lot of times white psychologists will use POC clients as kind of a learning experience. So instead of actually treating them, they’re pulling for as much cultural information as they can for their next client.
And later in the semester my professor brought up that most graduate Psych programs only require one cultural class for students, and in a lot of schools it’s not so much a full class as it is a brief seminar.
that’s fucking horrible
During my degree my lecturer suggested that the race, gender and sexual orientations, social and economical status and life experience were irrelevant to the counselling process. He used a case study of a Black South African woman who was HIV+ who had moved to the UK. When I challenged him, he suggested that it was the inadequacy of the counsellor as opposed to the lack of ethno-cultural empathy that causes a poor outcome.
We had that one lecture on working with difference and a lot of my peers have gone on to work in the NHS. I really can’t fuck with white counsellors in a white supremacist world who fail to realise the impact of their positions in power and how it affects the counselling process.
Joan Watson, Elementary“I am doing this because I’m actually good at it. I don’t know why that’s so hard to understand.”
the thing about going to bed really really really late is that it feels better if you think of it like taking a long nap instead of going “oh shit i’m only getting 3 hrs of sleep”
SCREAMING AT MY COMPUTER ABOUT ELEMENTARY
OH MY GOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
SHERLOCK IS CRYINGGGGGGGG I CANNOT I CANNOT I CANNOT
Sometimes you slowly start to ship characters. You notice the way they look at each other, they look good together, they have intense conversations or go through tough things together, make each other laugh. Slowly over a movie or a few episodes of a show, you begin to see it.
And then sometimes, someone says a line in just a certain way to another character and you are like SLAMMED WITH SHIP FEELS.
in other news, does anyone have any Joan/Gregson fic?
THIS SCENE WAS LITERALLY THE TEXTBOOK DEFINITION
AND THEN ALFREDO TOLD SHERLOCK TO GET OVER HIMSELF, AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.
I JUST REALIZED TORCHWOOD IS AN ANAGRAM OF DOCTOR WHO