an actual explanation of what this means if you’re not familiar with SBBs or leslie feinberg 

i’m gonna preemptively cast a terf banishment spell on these posts by saying rad fems can eat my entire asshole

okay cool now that’s over with: stone butch blues is a brutal fictional depiction of the assault, pain, and violence that was done to trans and gnc folks (particularly lesbians and butches) in America during the 60s-80s. it’s a hugely important work, and highly controversial.

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an actual explanation of what this means if you’re not familiar with SBBs or leslie feinberg 

the book’s protagonist is a butch lesbian who has a complex gender presentation and identity that changes throughout the book’s narrative, and highlights the complexity of life for people who are GNC, esp in a time pre-civil rights or protections for queer or trans folks.

it’s a fictional story, but the violence and fear is historically accurate. gnc folks were and are in a great deal of danger.

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the reason why lake uses this book as an explanation for how they identify and their confusion around gatekeeping is because the history of words like “lesbian” or “butch” or “queer” have always been inclusive of trans, nonbinary, and gnc folks. to be a lesbian, or a butch, was not strictly to be a wlw or a masculine wlw....it was a lifestyle and a subculture and an identity deeply connected to gender.

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often times i think the confusion comes from the use of identity terms as prescriptive: we imagine we can fit a label to a person if we know some basic information about their gender and sexuality. but the reality is identity terms are not about prescriptivism, but about description. identity terms can stack, can overlap, and often these “contradictions” have historical precedence.

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again, i have to call back to what Mads was saying earlier (love u Mads) about identifying with the slurs that have been used against you. ultimately, to an outsider, the difference between a nonbinary afab person who dates women or a cis woman who dates women and nonbinary people, or a trans masculine person who dates afab nonbinary ppl and femmes....comes down to gender performance.

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judith butler says it best: “The effort to identify the enemy as singular in form...uncritically mimics the strategy of the oppressor.”

there is no moral way of reducing gender expression, experience, and identity of another person to a set of prescribed terms. there is no equation to determine how someone must identify. language, like gender, is dynamic and everchanging, and cannot be reduced to static.

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hilariously, terfs and other gatekeepers often choose to claim and defend terms that have historical evidence of fluidity.

the term “lesbian” has never been a word for only for cis women who are attracted to cis women. it has always been used by gender-diverse people, and those attracted to gender-diverse people.

this is true of many other terms across a spectrum of lgbtq identities and experiences.

an actual explanation of what this means if you’re not familiar with SBBs or leslie feinberg 

the impulse to defend the sanctity of language is human. we like to feel included and we like to make clear boundaries in our groups so that we understand who is and is not “with” us. it’s universal in human experience.

but the reality of the human experience is there are no neat boxes or lines to be drawn. language cannot adequately summarize our the complexity of our lives, attractions, or bodies.

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abolitionists will recognize this sentiment: reductionism is a form of violence.

there is no simplifying something as complex and unique as a human moving through the world. any effort to reduce a living being into a list of characteristics will inevitably fall short of the whole.

the existence of gatekeepers is damaging and ultimately violent to the production of community and solidarity.

i’ve said it once and i’ll say it again:
kill the cop inside your head.

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@bee I'm so happy that I was taught this approach to language and identity by several trans and queer friends at an early age. It has endlessly enriched my understanding of not just human sexuality and gender, but also race, ethnicity and religion, which are identities of mine I spend a lot more time thinking about.

@bee
i repeat to all the language police in the back
identity words are descriptive, not prescriptive.

i use the words i use because they fit some or most parts of me, not in order to outline a strict role for myself into which i must always play.

@bee this thread is giving me so many feelings Bee wtf thank you for articulating this shit. Important. Must finish SBB

@texasred take ur time with it!!! it’s a fucking brutal book. like, alllllll the trigger warnings apply. it’s super valid to not read it or read it in pieces.

@bee yeah I did a LONG stretch and took a break. That was last summer I think? But it’s been in my head since. And it really fuckin DID something to the GUTS of my politics that I’ve not yet totally figured out lol but yes it’s changed me and the way I understand labels and myself and ffff damn I’m gay.

@texasred big mood!!!!!! you described my experience with it to a T!!! i’m gonna borrow that phrase when i recommend it to folks now. it really did do something to the core of my politics and identity.

@bee you killed it with this thread bee, thank you

@bee Abstraction is violence.

But it also makes computers go.

Oops.

@Forbearance @bee Code is an ongoing decision process. It can be revised.

(It usually isn't difficult to add an "other"/"write in your gender here" option to forms, for example. Kaiser of WA did it last year, and the results have been really gratifying.)

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