I relate this back to highlight problems with various LGBTQ+ movements which actively dis-include and erase the experiences of trans people of color. It seems almost like through these movements, people had and have forgotten those history forgets in its plea to whitewash and create a “good” cishet society. This is especially true of LGBT POC’s such as Bayard Rustin, Langston Hughes and Marsha P. Johnson in that either they or the facts that they are people of color or a part of the LGBT community are written out of
Transgendered people in America have made many great strides since the 1990s. They have encountered violence, lack of health care, and the loss of homes, jobs, family and friends. There have been many phases of the struggle of being transgendered in America over the years. The current phase we must be in now is equal rights. There are many variations of discrimination against the transgendered community. In our society we simply do not like what we do not understand. It is easier to discriminate than to try and understand. We are all created different and we should appreciate our differences. The change must come by addressing the views of the public. There is much justification in the unequal rights of transgendered peoples. The Human
They should have the right to dress as they choose, love who they choose, and be who they choose. It angers me that people believe differently considering they’ve never been in their shoes. In the “Paradoxes of Gender” Judith Lorber states, “We need to change biological sex in order to uphold the principle that biological sex determine one character”(41). Lorber's’ preconceived notion that one’s sex dictates their personality is flawed. It proves that society is unaccepting of people outside of the “norm”. Middle Sexes speaks to a wide variety of people but is mainly directed to transphobic people. However, the film isn’t very compelling because it doesn’t take the audience’s outlook into consideration. Through biological evidence and personal stories, the film strives to persuade transphobic people to be more accepting. Thomas attempts to persuade his target audience by referencing the science behind people who blur the lines between female and male. His unique approach is more convincing than an argument that stems from one’s opinions. However, his lack of counterarguments makes it difficult for the audience to relate.
Society has structured us to believe that people of color do not prosper in life. I know it happens to many people when you are walking down the street you cannot help to feel intimidated by the colored man that walked passed you. It is because we are so adjusted to knowing they are the first to be convicted for assaults. Tim Wise (2012) states, “Yet despite all this we continue to believe, at least most of us, that people of color are taking advantage of “welfare” and that this is what explains everything from their own economic condition to the nation’s current budgetary woes” (p.47). Our tendency to believe that people of color or Hispanics live off welfare has not changed. I think this has a great deal to do with our sensing of people of color. We blame them for living off welfare and assume that the majority of them do since they are the ones that struggle in succeeding. This is due to the limitations that are placed on them when trying to better themselves. We have seen numerous people of color become professionals. Our President is a very intelligent black male that has made it this far despite the difficulties that people of color faced in our country.
Discrimination is the root of the limitations that transgender individuals have. There have been recent issues in public bathrooms within that past couple of years. There was a lot of controversy over the idea of a transgender man or woman using their preferred restroom. People were concerned about the potential of rape, and other crimes which in my opinion is ironic because someone who is transgender has to worry about this daily just because they are who they are and people do not agree with it. In fact, the Williams Institute completed a study focusing on transgender people in Washington DC. They
After reading chapter 3: "Prejudice and Discriminations" and as well the article "Transgender African-Americans' Open Wound: ‘We're considered a Joke’”, I have a better understanding of the challenges that certain group undergo due to prejudices and discrimination that exist within their own racial group and other groups of our society. Although the LBGT community has made its social conditions a little more better, there is still those within their group that are even more marginalize, this is the case of a African-American transgender. African Americans transgender face twice as much prejudice and discrimination. They battle prejudice and discrimination from their own racial group and from society because of their skin color and their gender
In Bromley’s “Feminism Matters”, Chapter Four effectively argues that the way in which race, gender, class, ability, sexual orientation, and a variety of other social categories interact within each other to create a hierarchy of power within our society that has lead to an imbalance of privileges. Additionally, she manages to convince the reader that all these concepts are incorporated in the theoretical tool of intersectionality and that once we can understand this we will be better equipped with the approach to handle the struggles of modern day. Thinking of our positionality as being a blend of pre-existing conditions, we can realize that the advantages and disadvantages we receive in life are not only due to our gender, but the reality that “[we] might be living in Canada, in [our] first year of university, born in South Africa, a Buddhist, and struggling to pay for [our] living expenses, yet able-bodied and employed” (Bromley 2012).
When discussing injustices, it is pivotal--for the sake of true progressive social change--to include all oppressed groups into the dialogue. Transgender People tend to be heavily misrepresented and demonized. Because of transphobia, there
Throughout history, people have been criticized and judged based upon their gender, race, and ethnicity. Till this day people still get looked down upon for these reasons. Many people around the world have shared experiences in which they have been stereotyped. For example, in essay, “ Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space,” Brent Staples discusses how he is able to alter space because of his gender and race. On the other hand, in her essay,” The Myth of the Latin Woman,” Judith Ortiz discusses an event where she was discriminated against based upon her gender and ethnicity. Both authors discuss personal experiences dealing with gender, race, and ethnicity, however, they do so in different ways. Both authors use very similar techniques
Gender norms surround every person in every culture, even though they have variety in each culture, they are still real and still impact individuals who stand out from the norms. Leslie Feinberg's book “Stone Butch Blues” shows how hard it is to challenge gender in the 1960’s when homosexuality and the transgender movement was something that was just starting up. Leslie shows the reader that just by existing in a transphobic environment ze is challenging what it means to be a man or a woman, and more importantly, what’s in between. Leslie shows that gender isn’t just black and white, it’s a spectrum of colours.
Transgendered individuals are 25 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. They tend to be live in abject poverty often surviving n less than $10,00 per year household income compared to the rest of the population. They are more likely to face harassment and physical assault, with transgenders that are people of colour faring worse than all other races across the board. Many
The central idea of this article is about the unfair treatment people are facing because of intersectionality. Such as Nicole, her grades are suffering, shes always late to class,etc. As The teachers dont dig deep into why she is late and her grades are suffering. They believe because she is a female African she is not doing well in her classes. What they dont know is that her socioeconomic status is low, and she has to take care of her two younger siblings.
As for transgender it it been commonly accepted since the after the second wave of feminism. The case is why is race important throughout the years race has been part our lives everything through media in cases in the mass media transracial is interpreted through beauty standards in women. The media has portrayed the acceptance of white ideal beauty standards, there has been a push to young girls since the 60’s to be more white. According to the lecture “ Women Health- Bodies and the Beauty Ideal” (lec 3/22/17) the beauty standards favored lightness, hair straightening, eye surgery enhance more white look. For this case during the second wave of feminism the Black Power resisted the ideal beauty stating that, “black is beautiful” as result of this society have tried to oppress women who do not meet the standards thus forcing these same women to change their appearance and challenge their own identity. In the media it has been argued that race is a social construct ment but to Botts it is through decent due to
Many people do not understand what it is like to be transgender but choose to speak over transgender people even when they say it is wrong and not how it is. If people would just listen to trans people then there would be less issues. To help people understand what is going on in this world for trans people I will explain what is happening in today’s world. I will show you some of the issues trans people face in the public eye. Even with talking about all of theses different experiences they are still not everyone's point of view and can not be taken as something every trans person experiences. There are trans people who will never experience any of this hate and others will only experience the hate and none of the good parts.