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Pink Hats & A Racist Transphobic March

This is the second “Women’s March” on Washington, and just as the first one was criticized for not being women of color or transgender friendly, the second is no different. This has affectionately been dubbed “The white woman’s march” or “The TERF march”.

There is no denying there is a patriarchal system in which we all suffer under, but it’s not as easy as women are oppressed when most of the women marching are Cis white women.

“Misogynoir is misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias. It was coined by queer black feminist Moya Bailey, who created the term to address misogyny directed toward black women in American visual and popular culture.”

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This iconic photo was taken last year at the March in D.C. The pink hats taking selfies speak volumes in terms of privilege, not to directly fear the overwhelmingly growing white supremacist epidemic in the United States.

While there are a few women of color at these marches, the overwhelming color of the voices in those marches are the same color that wouldn’t be marching if Hillary Clinton were President. White.

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(seen at the Women’s March 2018)

Transmisogyny

“(sometimes trans-misogyny) is the intersection of transphobia and misogyny. Transphobia is defined as “the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against transgender or transsexual people”. Misogyny is defined as “a hatred of women”. Therefore, transmisogyny includes negative attitudes, hate, and discrimination of transgender or transsexual individuals who fall on the feminine side of the gender spectrum, particularly transgender women. The term was coined by Julia Serano in her 2007 book Whipping Girl and used to describe the unique discrimination faced by trans women because of “the assumption that femaleness and femininity are inferior to, and exist primarily for the benefit of, maleness and masculinity“, and the way that transphobia intensifies the misogyny faced by trans women (and vice versa).”

The transphobia at these marches start from the very exclusive “Pussy hat” symbol. Not all women have vaginas as trans women are women and if you exclude them from feminist circles you are a TERF. Someone who excludes a number of marginalized peoples because of your personal basis and ignorance. Not all trans people are gay or lesbian and no trans women benefits from male privilege. These fallacies are more than a bad debatable argument, they’re normalization and justification of oppression of already oppressed peoples.

It’s to the point where inclusive Intersectional feminists, WOC, and the non cis/white LGBTQIA community have decided to stay home as they feel unwelcomed.

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If they can’t dance, it’s not our revolution. It’s white supremacy disguised as feminism. This march would not be existing if Hillary Clinton were in office. There would be no pink hats because in the mind of the white liberal, all oppression would end magically by a Hillary presidency.

 

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