Cis Ignorance Of Trans

Loved the video of Zinnia Jones speaking truth about trans lives called Trans Ignorance

Hi, SkidRowRadio. As you know, I’m not transgender, so I may
not be qualified to talk about this. But I do have a platform, and
there’s a lot that needs to be clarified here.

You seem to think that people transition due to being uncomfortable
with the social gender role they’ve been expected to perform, which may
be unnecessarily restrictive. You’re almost right, but there’s more to
it than that. Just because someone may feel that they don’t entirely fit
within their assigned gender role, that doesn’t mean they’re going to
conclude that they must really be the opposite sex. They may not totally
fit within the purportedly restrictive gender role of the opposite sex
either, so transitioning might achieve nothing.

It’s not as if people immediately flip to the other sex because of
some minor difficulties with gendered expectations. That would be
absurd. For trans people, it’s far more pervasive and internal than
that. They don’t only feel out of place in their expected gender role.
They feel out of place in their own bodies. They can tell that this
isn’t who they’re supposed to be, and that wouldn’t go away even with
the dissolution of social gender roles. Society in general could be
completely accepting of all kinds of cross-gender behavior, but that’s
quite separate from how they would still feel about their anatomy.

And even from the angle of performing gender roles, looking the part
can really help with acting the part. We might say that in a better
world, this wouldn’t be necessary and that kind of gender policing
wouldn’t happen. And that would be nice, but in the meantime, it does
help them. It’s good for them to be recognized and accepted for who they
are, rather than expecting them to endure being misgendered for the
sake of a point of principle.


And really, if you think society somehow encourages this, take a look
at how trans people are actually treated. See how society shows their
support: by accusing them of raping people in public restrooms, denying
them employment and housing, calling them mentally ill, and obsessing
over their genitals. Like you. I mean, what are you hoping to accomplish
by calling them “Frankenstein-like flaps of barely living tissue”? Do
you make a habit of critiquing people’s private parts for not living up
to your standards? What are you, a connoisseur of dicks?

For all you know, these people could be very happy with their
genitals. They might consider it a vast improvement over what they had
before, and that’s all that matters. It’s their body, not yours. So who
asked you for your opinion? This is between them and their doctors. It’s
none of your business. And if you think they’re just victims of some
kind of medical establishment conspiracy, then you really don’t
understand that many of them actually do want this. The reason this
option exists is because there’s a demand for it. Do you think they
can’t make this decision for themselves? Extensive counseling is a part
of transitioning. It doesn’t even happen without psychiatric evaluation –
not that this means much when you’ve already concluded that the whole
of medicine is tainted for allowing this. And for you to say that they
shouldn’t have this option is to say that helping them live their lives
shouldn’t be an option.

If you’re concerned about the results being unsatisfactory, you don’t
have to be. A strong majority of trans people who have sex reassignment
surgery find it to be a positive outcome. So accusing doctors of
“arrogance” or “hubris” means precisely nothing in the face of actual
results. You are right about one thing, albeit unintentionally. This
kind of surgery does not “make” someone a man or a woman. That’s because
a trans woman is already a woman. Some trans people don’t even choose
to have surgery. That’s not what makes them men or women. They were men
or women to begin with. That’s who they are. And if you really care
about these people, do you think you’re helping them by denying their
autonomy, rejecting their gender, insulting their genitals and calling
them “mutilated”?

One thing I have to wonder about is your idea that trans women are so
inevitably masculine that they can completely pass as men if they just
take off their dress. (Talk about restrictive gender roles!) Do you even
know any trans people? I mean, other than the ones you think you can
identify at a distance? Because I can assure you, not all trans women
are like that – far from it. You’re not going to notice the ones who
pass so well you would never even guess. Certainly, anyone can act “like
a man”, but that doesn’t mean they’re all going to pass as one. And
many trans women definitely wouldn’t. In the real world, you don’t stop
being Superman just because you put on your Clark Kent glasses. How does
this concern you, anyway? If narrow gender roles are the problem, then
it shouldn’t matter how masculine women might be. And you’re not helping
by making such a fuss over what trans people look like. Why should it

And after all of this, it’s really unimpressive to see you insist
that you support these people and you haven’t been hateful at all. You
know, it’s hard to be charitable about this when you hit on almost every
transphobic cliche and then tell us you just didn’t understand. That’s
sticking your neck out and then pulling it back before someone can grab a
hold of it and choke the stupid out of you. When something is
considered hateful, it’s usually for a reason. And trying to find
another label for it isn’t going to change that reason. You can call it
hate, you can call it not-hate, you can call it green beans if you want.
But that’s like trying to cure someone’s cancer by changing the test
results. It’s a confusion of cause and effect. Of course you want the
luxury of not being seen as hateful – you just don’t want to walk the

Nothing you say reflects a concern for their well-being, only a
concern for your own unfounded conjecture about them. Here we have
people who just want to live their lives, and you can’t step back and
leave them alone. That is all you need to do. You don’t need to treat
them like victims of the people who are helping them, you don’t need to
criticize and scandalize their bodies, and you don’t need to be such an
idiot! Maybe you didn’t know any better, but ignorance isn’t an excuse
for running your mouth about something and relentlessly degrading people
without having bothered to do even the most basic research first –
aside from finding pictures of their genitals to gawk at. That is not a
respectful way to treat someone. If you cared about trans people at all,
you could start by actually listening to them instead of assuming you
know better. Because you don’t.

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