Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney
rozk

Various people, like zvi and copracat are now telling mehere that I have no right to describe what my own feelings and triggers are, that my reaction to the accusation of racism is the reaction of any white person to being told that they have committed a racist act. And that I should just suck it up.

And they may have a point.

However, I have spent my entire adult life as a transwoman having cis-gendered people tell me what I should feel and indeed what I do feel; I have to struggle everyday with internalized transphobia that this has imposed on me. This remains true even at my advanced age and considerable articulacy. Yet I manage, and one of the ways I manage is constant close analysis of my own feelings and own emotions, which you have just entirely disrespected on the basis of a general perspective that ignores all the intersectionalities of actual white people's actual identity.

So, right now, I am calling you out for the deep cis-gendered privilege implicit in your remark. This is not a debating point. I respect that position of the one or two transfolk in this part of the debate and their respect for other opinions.

I also live with mild and high-functioning clinical depression, so accurate self-monitoring is an important survival strategy for me. Again, I do not claim to get everything right, but I object to being told that other people know my triggers better than I do.
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