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racist and anti-Black misogyny 

should sound familiar: even beyond the use of the T-slur to describe a cis Black woman, the selection of some of a woman's physical traits to mark as 'masculine,' the use of those traits to degender her— and deny her access to services and institutions contingent on gender— is a point of common experience between trans women regardless of race and Black women/dark-skinned women of color regardless of trans status.

In 2009, a cis Black woman named Caster Semenya...

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racist and anti-Black misogyny 

whose skin tone is darker over their coethnics who have lighter skin; one component of shadeist ideology is the association of dark skin with maleness and masculinity, and the association of light skin with femaleness and femininity. This is part of what's meant by "hegemonic womanhood is presumed white;" womanhood and femininity are defined and conceptualized in specifically-white ways. Likewise, white supremacy's depiction of Black men as hypermasculine.)

This...

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racist and anti-Black misogyny 

less conspiracy-minded, simply assert that her body is equivalent to a man's. so racists pass around images of Michelle Obama with her arms raised to call her the T-slur, nominally having something to do with her muscle tone; or there are discussions about how it would be gay for a man to be attracted to Serena Williams, again fixating on her musculature. (But the other lurking variable here is shadeism/colorism, the stigmatization of those within a racial category/

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racist and anti-Black misogyny 

Think, for instance, of a particular class of statements within racist/anti-Black misogyny (a dynamic called 'misogynoir' by many Black feminists; the term was coined by Moya Bailey) that became publicly-prominent in recent years as directed against Michelle Obama and Serena Williams, and has always been notably directed against Black women athletes.

These attacks sometimes outright assert that a Black cis women is trans, other times that she is 'really a man,' or,

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Similarly, it is possible to consider TERFs as 'mistaken, but well-intentioned' when they sneeringly misgender trans women and assert that trans women's embodiment and presentation are exchangeable with cis men— maybe this is an overgeneralization from an oppressor group!

But only if you miss other groups of women who are subject to misogyny which includes misgendering and equivocation between their bodies and men's bodies: crucially women of color, though this also affects cis white lesbians.

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only in terms of 'de-raced' talk about gender, it can be seductive to see that rhetoric as *misled* rather than malicious; maybe what is happening is a mistaken generalization about embodiment that equates an oppressor group and an oppressed group!

But there is a much more obvious connection to be made with white supremacist/anti-Black rhetoric: this investment of visceral, charged hatred into an imagined phallus is structurally akin between violent rhetoric about Black men and trans women.

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at the end of that CWed section, I brought up the white supremacist fascination with the Black phallus. That serves as an enlightening segue: analyses of gender which "exclude race" (exclusively concern white people) cannot make sense of gender violence *even as it happens to white people.*

if you think about TERF rhetoric around the, like, magic privilege powers that live in trans women's genitals, and the insistent connection between our genitalia and the assertion we're inherently predatory,

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anti-Black violence, genital mutilation; the last of the lynching discussion 

I don't want to dwell graphically on Black suffering here, but I do want to complete the thought (gendered violence against cis straight men); I half-remember a specific lynching of a Black trans man, and I have no doubt it happened more than once.

so: it's documented that lynchings have often involved castration, because of the gendered, white supremacist investment in the Black phallus as both symbol and embodiment.

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anti-Black violence 

I put 'in defense of' in scare quotes to emphasize the unreality of the 'threat,' not to excuse the white women on whose behalf this violence is enacted; white women have real forms of gendered power over Black men, and white feminist narratives which suggest that white women are secondary victims or passive in sexualized anti-Black ignore white women's deliberate participation, past and present, in their presumed victimhood and in situations extending beyond lynching.

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it's kinda concerning that my response to 90% of the stuff i see is "fuck off"

and not because I've become cynical. that's actually the correct response.

pinkwashing, capitalism, cursed liberal image 

image description: marks and spencer "lgbt" sandwich (lettuce, guacamole, bacon, tomato)

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pinkwashing, capitalism, cursed liberal image 

fuck off

anti-Black violence 

As an example, if your prototypes for gender demographics are white, it might kinda look like gender violence either does not happen to cis straight men, or it is modulated in the peculiar way of violence between oppressors. But there are forms of racist violence which are gendered & particularly target, e.g., Black cis men (& which presume straightness); take lynchings, typically organized against Black men in America 'in defense' of white women from imaginary sexual threats.

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I say *de-raced* conversations about gender/transness/gayness because that is what has happened to those conversations: race has been surgically removed from white analyses about those things. what is left is an idea of gender/transness/gayness that is implicitly about how those things affect, and play out among, white people.

but manifestations of gendered violence within whiteness are distorted, made unrepresentative, by whiteness and the power given to white people under white supremacy.

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even if I didn't have pre-existing moral and political commitments to anti-racism, I would feel a pressure to speak up about this from a mounting sense of ingratitude.

Do the work, listen, pay attention. And speak up: be there for your Black friends and friends of color in an active way, intervene among white social groups when horseshit goes down. Bring up racism in white environments. Don't derail conversations about racism with de-raced conversations about gender/transness/gayness.

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even from white trans women who I haven't witnessed doing anything overtly bigoted, the issue for me is silence and inaction. and I know that even my awareness of the problem and my attempts to correct it in my own behavior don't except me from this quietism.

When it comes to transness, Black cis women do the solidarity work on our behalf. And, collectively and individually, white trans women are not doing the anti-racist solidarity work on behalf of Black women- cis or trans.

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on the topic of white trans people being racist (like white people are in general), I wanna bring up something that's been bugging me forever:

Black women are by far the standout race/gender demographic in my experience of cis people's allyship to trans people. (not the part that bugs me.) if I think of cis complete strangers who have been unquestioningly, unflinchingly good to me about my transness, most of them are Black women.

white trans women, on the whole, do not return the favor.

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