More on the Cis

Posted by – July 2, 2009

The thing is, I love the anger in the trans community. I’m an old school punk rocker; anger is in my blood. So stay angry. Just don’t, as my mother would say, let it cut off your nose to spite your face.

Starting a conversation on the understanding that accusing someone of privilege of whatever kind – straight, male, white, cis – is usually met with a “fuck you i’ve suffered” rejoinder is a good place to begin. Most people’s lives are hard, so it’s unlikely anyone wants to hear how much less hard his/her life is because s/he is male / white / rich / educated / physically abled / cis.

3 Comments on More on the Cis

  1. whatsername says:

    Most people’s lives are hard, so it’s unlikely anyone wants to hear how much less hard his/her life is because s/he is male / white / rich / educated / physically abled / cis.

    Yes but, as a white cis heterosexual middle class woman… it’s vitally important that we do hear the difference between our life experience and those of others. We might not want to hear it, but we need to…

  2. helenboyd says:

    agreed, JH. i’m just saying that the response is really predictable, & you just have to wait for people to swallow their pride sometimes before you can get the message across.

    i teach this stuff in a 10-week term, & it’s nearly at the end of term that people start to feel comfortable owning their own privilege.

  3. Adrien says:

    That is such a good point. I know I forget that people don’t spend their whole lives thinking about this stuff! They have to go through their own process before they can even talk about it like we do.

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