I care because the ideology sustaining a movement be logical for it to produce real change. The identitary narrative doesn’t present a realistic analysis of the world we live in, erases women’s experiences with gender and impacts the building of a serious women rights movement. I believe that it is harmful for both women and trans people as a group.
I respect and care about trans people on an individual and political level, will fight for their right to exist, be respected, protected and have rights side by side, but reserve myself the right to disagree politically on an analysis that is as central to their existence as it is to mine, and consequently disengage from actions backed up from such analysis.
Particularly on the gender conceptualisation, besides running a small blog that translates feminist readings into my native language, I have been occasionally vocal about it on the internet, mostly in discussions on forums or with a few posts in my personal social media. In real life, I discuss this matter only with people who approach me asking questions on my views, usually close friends.
I have felt the backlash online, such as being labeled as transphobic simply for asking questions such as “what is a woman?” or “what is gender?”, before even stating my position.
Mostly, I’ve felt that liberal feminists on my personal circles, who despite being extremely privileged and more than able to do so have never picked up a feminist book to read, not even on identitary politics, have been reactive to statements as simple as “I do not agree with identitary politics “, even though apparently they have no depth into this discussion, which is frankly quite sad.
minni , woman, feminist, critical thinker, Brasil