And yet, it did continued. It was as if I had never even spoke. Is she really trans if she hasn't had bottom surgery? She had a girlfriend when she was 12 before she came out, so does that mean she's bi? I think she's had a boob job, but I'm not sure. Here I am, preparing to discuss issues about cissexual privilege, transgender oppression, and the ignorance of trans identities, and it is staring me right in the face. This is the "enemy". A well-meaning girl who has no idea just how hurtful her words are. And the fact that I took a big risk in coming out and that was completely ignored is just bizarre. It's as though she refused to see me as trans, like she just blocked those sentences of mine out of her memory so that she could hold on to her ignorance and marvel at this freak of nature from a distance. I was looking her right in the face and it made no difference.
I can handle haters and outright discrimination. Those are straight-forward fights. But dealing with the "I'm just trying to understand" people who mean well but refuse to think before they speak, refuse to empathize with trans people, refuse to think even for a minute what it must be like to walk in our shoes before they start gawking at us. This is the problem behind movies like Transamerica, which only cis people seem to enjoy and get irritated when trans people point out the (many) flaws. Ignorance is forgivable. We're all ignorant of many things before we learn about them. But this kind of willful ignorance, where someone refuses to even entertain the idea of being respectful, is the worst kind of oppression. If someone shouts "tranny" at me, I can deal with it. I just give them the finger, tell them to suck my dick, and move on with my day. But when somebody is offended at you being offended, there's nowhere you can go with them. But someone ignoring or pretending I'm not trans is just bizarre. I feel like in something she did so casually, my identity was erased for half an hour. I don't even know how to begin that fight.
|Don't mind me. I'll just sit here while you spout crap about my people.|