No, non ci “diamo una calmata” – Il tone policing è solo un altro modo per salvaguardare il privilegio

Al di là del Buco

Articolo in lingua originale QUI. Traduzione di Marta del gruppo di lavoro Abbatto i Muri

(Content warning: nell’articolo si accenna a transmisoginia e violenza)

«Calmati, così possiamo parlarne da persone adulte»

Vi è mai capitato di fare un appunto sul tono di voce di una persona con la quale stavate discutendo di oppressione? La pratica del tone policing – ossia la stretta sorveglianza esercitata sul tono di voce dell’interlocutore – è quel dispositivo per cui si tende a concentrarsi più sull’emozione che sta dietro ad un messaggio che sul messaggio stesso, ed è sostenuta dalla convinzione che serva a rendere la conversazione più ‘pacata’.

In questo fumetto, però, Robot Hugs spiega in maniera puntuale come in realtà il tone policing serva piuttosto a salvaguardare il privilegio e a silenziare chi sta soffrendo. Non si tratta di un modo per ottenere giustizia, e questa analisi vi aiuterà a capire il…

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Why More Transgender People?

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[This post was prompted by Andree. To prompt a post, back me on Patreon.]

In the past ten or fifteen years, there has been a massive increase in the number of transgender people. A 1997 estimate– from the clinic that treated over 95% of transgender people in the Netherlands– suggested 1 in 10,000 people assigned male at birth and 1 in 30,000 people assigned female at birth are transgender. Today, the best surveys suggest that 0.6% of people in the United States identify as transgender. How did this increase happen?

If you read LGBT history, it is striking how many people are what we would presently call transgender. Classic lesbian novels such as the Well of Loneliness depict recognizably transgender experiences. Stone butch women wore masculine clothing, behaved in a masculine fashion towards their partners, and did not allow their partners to touch their genitals; some people who…

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Questions For Our Opponents, Answered

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s answering strawmanny questions. Gender critical philosopher Kathleen Stock wrote an article in which she provided several questions that she felt anti-gender-critical feminists should answer. I will do so to the best of my ability.

  1. What, metaphysically speaking, is gender identity? What ensures that when Person 1 identifies as X and Person 2 identifies as X they are identifying as the same thing?

The concept of “gender identity” is unnecessary for transness to be a thing. For example, one might argue for a principle of “consensual gender” or “gender exit rights”: if a person dislikes their current social gender, they should be allowed to have a new one. Under this principle, it would not matter why a person chooses to transition.

Observably, nearly everyone who transitions does so because of a deep-seated desire to be a different gender. There is often a physical aspect:…

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Het-Partnered Bisexual People Can Experience Homophobia

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[content warning for slurs]

I have sometimes seen arguments that imply that bisexual people partnered to heterosexual people do not experience homophobia.

It makes sense that people might think this is the case. There are a lot of concrete ways that being in a heterosexual relationship makes your life easier. Het-partnered bisexual people can walk down the street holding hands with their partner without having someone yell slurs at them. They can get married in every country. Their parents are unlikely to reject their partner purely because of their gender. I certainly don’t mean this post to erase these advantages or to imply that het-partnered bisexual people who consider themselves to not experience homophobia are wrong.

When a lot of bisexuals talk about our experiences of oppression, the word that comes up a lot is invisibility. This can seem like, well, a pretty privileged complaint. “People think I’m straight” is…

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