Mental gymnastics

Compiled of March 16-17 tweets from: Professor Fleming @alwaystheself

I don’t think it ever makes sense
to tell women
to “just shut up” about our
experiences of gender.
But women must find a way to talk about our *own* subjective experiences…
which is why I often ask
*white* women to
explicitly
position themselves as *white* women
so you can tell us about *white* womanhood.
Nope.
The point is that
excluding *trans*
women from womanhood
(as Adichie did)
contributes to *trans*
women’s oppression
I’m making the assumption
that *cis* women can’t speak to
or
fully understand
*trans* experiences (plural)-
and
vice versa.
People who can’t admit that
distinguishing
*trans* women from “women”-
for *trans* women who seek to describe
what it means to be
*cis*
I ask that you
acknowledge
*cis* women’s views and knowledge on the matter.
Understanding *trans* women as “women”
had required me
to rethink/relinquish
the basis upon which
I’ve understood and
lived
womanhood.

That said,
marginalized folk
can and do
intimate
dominate folk
into silence.

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