One really smart thing she said (re: appropriate ways to refer to trans folk):
"not born a woman"? Really? I wasn't born a woman either -- I was born a person, assigned a female gender and became a girl, and only now am I becoming an (adult) woman.One thing she commented on was a quote I have in my LJ profile:
Why is the possibility of "passing" so insistently viewed as a great privilege ... and not understood as a terrible degradation and denial?She noted that,
-Evelyn Torton Beck, Nice Jewish Girls
"passing" is a problematic term for, e.g., a transwoman successfully presenting herself as a woman, because she's not "passing" as a something she isn't [the way a biracial person might "pass" as white]; she is a woman succeeding in presenting herself correctlykyuuketsukirui responded:
As for the term passing, I know some people have a problem with it for the reasons you gave, but everyone I know uses it. To my mind it does not refer to passing as simply male or female, but specifically passing as cisgendered (and thus "normal" and "acceptable" and deserving of basic human rights).Talk about "passing" made me wanna reread Passing (by Nella Larson), which reminded me that I never got around to reading Quicksand (in the same volume); and the whole discussion reminded me how little knowledge I have. By the time we got to international issues in Issues in Queer Studies (a Thursday evening class I took my second semester at college) I was dozing off in class 'cause I wasn't getting enough sleep, and I remember woefully little from my Harlem Renaissance class. I've read Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, but could I tell you anything about it? Have I read any James Baldwin?
I've been wanting to binge on queer (including trans) ya lit (plus reread various queer lit classics), and I still want to do that, but there's other stuff I should do in addition -- like reading Judith Halberstam and Judith Butler and maybe attempting Michel Foucault again and rereading Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and reading Ralph Waldo Ellison's Invisible Man and so on.
oyceter posted about her experience with 50books_poc. She commented:
Now that over half the books I'm reading are by POC, there's a real difference. White isn't the default any more. While I theoretically knew that "I don't want to think about racism" is a privileged excuse, since something that's all white is already racialized, it was much harder internalizing this until I had changed over to read more POC. Now, when I do fall back and read white authors writing all-white worlds, it doesn't feel like the norm anymore. It feels like it's missing quite a few someones. And while I love emo white girl YA, it now feels like a genre, not the face of YA.