“Gendered Oppression”

December 12, 2015 at 1:28 AM (Uncategorized)

Sometimes called “gender oppression.” It does not exist. No one is oppressed based on or because of gender. Oppression of womyn and girls is sex-based oppression. Gender is one of its tools.

Besides the political necessity of identifying why womyn and girls are oppressed as womyn girls (because of their sex), the distinction between sex-based oppression and the non-existent “gendered oppression” highlights the false belief that people are oppressed based on “gender identity.” It’s best to avoid the word “gender” when interacting with people who believe in innate gender because they will twist or genuinely misunderstand the message based on their personal and/or unrealistic and/or apolitical definitions (or vague, self-serving notions) of gender.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jane Lane said,

    I take it this is involving trans people, right? Well, I’m trans and I have to say that I absolutely… agree with this. Whenever I hear about a trans woman being discriminated based on her gender, I pretty much figure it’s because she doesn’t pass. The person doing the discriminating sees her as male not female. They couldn’t care less what the person’s gender is. When discrimination happens to a passing trans woman it’s because they see her as female and thus it’s plain old sexism not gender oppression or transphobia.

    • lesbianplusfeminist said,

      No, this post isn’t specific to transpeople. Also, “her” is not the proper pronoun for males.

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