A side discussion on Tumblr about ”WBW” rage.

So where might the root of “WBW” rage be originating? Especially towards trans people? Patience Newbury has an idea, unlikely as it might sound.

A quick note:

Cisnormativity uses its Tumblr page for impromptu thoughts and scraps of things we find wherever, or stuff readers have sent to us which return to how cisnormative social conditions, geographies, or just everyday situations shape, direct, and confine the way we are able to move as trans people.

You can also ask us questions about cisnormativity.

A letter to Automattic Inc. (parent of WordPress.com) on the “MWMF trans woman hit-list”

[Ed. note: delivered to Automattic Inc., 8 September 2011]

Personal attack blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of attacking an individual or group of individuals are not welcome on WordPress.com. We have a particularly low tolerance for anonymous bloggers who make personal attacks without standing by their words with their real name.

If you find a blog that violates our rules please report it.

Hello Automattic, et al. —

It was brought to our attention that a blog account on your WordPress.com service by the name of “GenderTrender” [http://gende—-nder.wordpress.com] has issued what appears to be an exposure list, or “hit list” of select individuals for whom that blog’s administrator is impelling readers to act on a vow of physical contact. The list in question — [linked here] — would, as a plain reading, indicate a call-to-action which could result in the specific harm of the individuals itemized and profiled on that list. Continue reading

An open reply to Zeph Fish on her open letter to the estranged branches of her radical queer family

Dear Zeph —

Your open letter on Fest yesterday to Alice Kalafarski and readers of PrettyQueer.com, is one of the most insightful, intelligent, and incisive I have read in years. It is not only so on the divisive politics of Fest, but also on describing today’s snapshot of women’s communities by affirming its several intersections of experiences, ages, working classes, bodies, survivor knowledges and, to several degrees, one’s ethnicity and cultural foundation.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for speaking on this.

If it is OK, may I raise a few points atop several others why trans women are not yet being seen in critical mass numbers at Fest? Three perennially come to my mind:

  1. economic class and poverty being one (despite the few highly visible, highly liquid trans women whose links to the tech industry are renown);
  2. affirming that Fest does not speak to a lot of trans women whose interest in dyke-positive spacing as heterosexual women is minimal or even absent; and
  3. a nagging reminder that for someone who does not attend Fest, it is still viewed from outside as a largely white, culturally elitist bacchanal (whether fairly perceived or not) with very little grasp of the much more basic barriers facing all women — cis and trans — in places like the U.S. (where many of us are not) and far, far beyond.

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