Now I'm not just talking about the transphobic radscum types who take pride in their hatred for trans women. Haters are everywhere, only their supposed justifications differ. Radscum really say the same things as the religious fundamentalist haters. So I dismiss them pretty easily. Except.
Except it's amazing how most cis feminists don't actually denounce radscum. Oh, they're happy to give lip service about how awful it is that they say these things but they're otherwise happy to accept that they really are feminists who are concerned about all women. Or, you even get cis feminists who claim to not be transphobic and then make approving comments at radscum hate sites. But the most annoying thing is when cis feminists don't necessarily do these things but make statements that exclude trans women as women and as feminists. Like this lovely quote I found in a recent post by a cis feminist elsewhere:
I am always fascinated when transgendered people describe (witness!) the sexism they have encountered, and chronicle the differences in the ways they are treated after transitioning to man/woman. I don't think any better witnesses concerning the realities of sexism can be found, since they really have experienced it from both sides of the gender spectrum.That's pretty othering. Trans people as witnesses to sexism. Like we're subjects of an experiment that cis feminists are running. Like we're not feminists but only exist to "fascinate" cis feminists. This is the sort of reason why some trans women are saying they are no longer feminists. Because feminism doesn't include us. At best we're examples for feminism in its relentless theorising, our lived experience considered in the most limited way. Silly trans women! We show how the system is broken! Thanks for that. Maybe feminism will liberate you when they liberate all women (ie, never). But don't con yourself that you're a feminist who can theorise and analyse like cis feminists!
So why do I stay a feminist? Because I do believe in the ideals. Because I know feminists won't listen to non-feminist criticism. Heck, they barely listen to feminist criticism. I'm sure at some point it will be too much for me to bear any more and feminists will drive me out of feminism. No great loss. Same old, same old.