Trans Safe Feminism

Next Saturday, I am pleased to announce that there will be a meeting on “Trans Safe Feminism” in Nottingham in which we will be exploring how, if not making feminist spaces entirely safe, we can at least make them safer.

In lieu of this week’s post, I’d like to invite readers to peruse the materials I’ve put together, with a lot of help and consultation, on the accompanying website, linked to above.. This is a free resource and you are welcome to use it and share it. Any and all feedback is entirely welcome, via comments below or the contact form, and please do contact me if you would like to be involved in the meeting.

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4 thoughts on “Trans Safe Feminism

  1. misslynda101

    To Whom It May Concern, I’m a 50+ M to F Disabled Transgender and after 30+ years Equal Rights and not being included, having been denied housing, employment, and even medical which has contributed to my disability, All anyone has ever done for the transgender community is insult us,Deny us the same rights they want us to vote for, Or trade our rights for theirs like in the repeal of D.A.D.T.for the gay community, what reason would I have to support anyone’s else’s rights or equality? Being disabled over 50 years old I’m not going to get to transition, so all that is left for me is do I continue with medical treatment that keeps me alive, or do I exercise my federal right to discontinue treatment and let myself die of natural cause’s Lynda

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    1. Sam Hope Post author

      Hi Misslynda I don’t blame you for being angry, and I want you to know that the entire point of trans safe feminism is to include you in a safe, protective community so that you have better allies and more people striving for your rights. You are a woman, and deserve the support of feminism. Trans women should not be left out in the cold and I am very sorry for your situation.

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  2. Some Random Person

    As a transsexual person, I don’t see this as necessarily the best approach.

    This idea specifies “feminist spaces”, which suggests a kind of spaces that I don’t actually need to access for any practical reason. The kind of spaces where people just socialise and maybe talk about feminist theory or issues.

    It doesn’t sound like it is really about workplaces, housing, university, etc, that have important functions for me. Those are spaces which should be covered in law.

    But, with “feminist spaces”, rather than arguing or whining or pushing for “inclusion”, I would suggest simple, clear, honest disclosure. If the organisers of a “feminist space” want to restrict who is welcome, then an explicit stated policy can be used. A social group, or protest organisers, (or, even a music concert), could have a disclaimer in their promotional materials, like perhaps, “Participants must have been born with a vagina”.

    The value would to avoid mistakenly / naively showing up somewhere that one is not welcome, and being subjected to overt or subtle negativity. Even if one is passing/stealth, it is a rather negative experience to sit and listen to people spouting transphobic comments and/or jokes. I’m speaking from personal experience, and, generally, just make an automatic assumption that “feminist spaces” are best avoided.

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    1. Sam Hope Post author

      Thank you for proving why this approach is needed – some of us more optimistic feminists believe that trans people shouldn’t have to feel all feminist spaces are “best avoided” – many trans people are also feminists and should be able to participate in feminism without oppression. We’re not pushing for inclusion, we’re working on making nominally inclusive spaces actually safe for trans people. Now, that might not matter to you if you are not a feminist, but it matters to those of us who are feminists. And given many services that are important to trans people are feminist-led, this is an issue very relevant to the high numbers of trans people who experience domestic violence and sexual assault. Changing feminism is increasing trans people’s access to important services.

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