so, first and foremost i am a gender abolitionist. i believe that the system of gender, as it is constructed and perpetuated by the racist, misogynist, transphobic hegemony of western capitalism is fundamentally corrupt and toxic and must be overthrown for the good of us all. i am working for a world where gender is more like a personal aesthetic preference than a huge system that wounds us all from the moment we’re born.
the old political climate certainly shaped some of the things i said, but i’ve honestly seen afab trans folks trying to give masculinity a shot and feeling wrong about it happen often enough that i’m unwilling to write it off as Bad Politic. friend supercargautier made a post that brings up some salient points, but i feel calling “afab trans person who has abandoned masculinity and still values womanhood” an incoherent category is unfair to the friends i have who are currently inhabiting that category. at the very least, coherency is not a prerequisite for validity.
being a man or wanting to be a man does not make you fundamentally a bad person, it just makes you a member (or a potential member) of the class that benefits from the patriarchy at the expense of women and non-men, and it makes it more important than ever to analyze your actions and reject misogynist pressures and actions when they arise.
i’m most confident in my politics where they handle folks who feel pressured into masculinity or uncomfortable with it for whatever reason, and where cat’s response was “AH THAT MEANS YOU’RE A LADY” my response is “great, you don’t have to be a dude if it hurts you, you can be whatever you want”