Posts tagged ‘essentialism,’

July 17th, 2012

"The reason why trans* rights within the feminist fight are considered a ‘conundrum’ or a ‘debate’ is…"

“The reason why trans* rights within the feminist fight are considered a ‘conundrum’ or a ‘debate’ is because there are some very loud people with some very strong misunderstandings about how gender based oppression works in real life. These people see a penis and think ‘rape,’ instead of ‘complicated.’ They see a uterus and think “universal experience.’”

- Allison Moon, Trans Women Included: Feminism and Trans Intersections (via transfeminism)
September 25th, 2010

Against Essentialism

factory culture has created generational community illness that we believe is *inherently* working class humanity. we snarl and call them idiots and we say they *deserve* what they get and if they don’t like they can find another place to work. —bfp

Think of the other ways we diagnose communities, assuming their characteristics come from within, rather than as a response to the larger organism.