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The school of Aristotle in Macedonia (Greece)

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mautlin:

but in all seriousness

saying “abolish gender” does not automatically erase trans* identities as long as the person saying this understands that we currently live in a world where the concept of gender is still very present and, for an unfortunate number of people, very connected to sex, so it currently makes perfect sense for people who identify in ways that don’t match up with society’s idea of what the sexes should act like to explain it to the mainstream by saying “I am not a girl, I am -insert gender here-“

it’s easier for the mainstream to swallow an idea like, “sex tells you nothing about someone’s interests and personality and the way they think and feel, because that is called gender”, than it is an idea like “sex tells you nothing about someone’s interests and personality and the way they think and feel…because absolutely nothing inherently does. you literally just have to stop making assumptions about people before you know them.”

if someone is born with a female body and likes all of the things that females are expected to like and identifies in the way that females are traditionally expected to, fine. If someone is born with a male body and has the same interests as this person and identifies in the same ways, also fine. In an ideal world, these things wouldn’t need labels. These people would just be two humans who have a lot in common but happen to have different body parts. Someone who gets a sex change due to body dysphoria is just someone who got a sex change due to body dysphoria.

so yeah, “abolish gender” isn’t inherently offensive

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the problem with all of that is that for many trans people, our genders are very important to us, and people who say “abolish gender” also tend to be people who say shitty things about trans women, or are otherwise not aware of the ways in which this ideology does a lot of harm to trans women. this ideology encourages people to continue believing trans women don’t belong in women’s spaces, to continue arguing that trans women benefit from male privilege, and to continue being ignorant of all the other ways activist subcultures are passively or actively hostile to trans women.

i’m not a trans woman, but I know that one way to make a space more welcoming to trans women is not to align yourself with an ideology that radfems use to degender, invalidate and otherwise cause harm to trans women.

I know that gender is very important to many people, which is why I said: “it currently makes perfect sense for people who identify in ways that don’t match up with society’s idea of what the sexes should act like to explain it to the mainstream by saying ‘I am not a girl, I am -insert gender here-‘.” (I’m not sure how this could imply that “trans women don’t belong in women’s spaces” or that “trans women benefit from male privilege”, and I think that both of those opinions are ridiculous and wrong.)

By saying “abolish gender” with this type of a disclaimer, I don’t think I am aligning myself with a camp that falls outside of my disclaimer. What I’m basically saying is, ‘I think that gender as a concept should be abolished over time because I believe it is ultimately meaningless, but I’m aware that it would be harmful to tell everyone to immediately stop treating it as real because the mainstream would, in that case, probably just get defensive and revert back to their comfortable gender binary idea’. 

Maybe I should be saying “slowly abolish gender”. I don’t know.

P.S.: It’s four in the morning, so if this reply is totally incoherent I’m blaming it on that.

P.P.S.: The gif warnings in your tags made me realize that I should be doing that. Woops.


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Quinta da Aveleda, Portugal. From Alicornio and Karl Gercens.

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but in all seriousness

saying “abolish gender” does not automatically erase trans* identities as long as the person saying this understands that we currently live in a world where the concept of gender is still very present and, for an unfortunate number of people, very connected to sex, so it currently makes perfect sense for people who identify in ways that don’t match up with society’s idea of what the sexes should act like to explain it to the mainstream by saying “I am not a girl, I am -insert gender here-“

it’s easier for the mainstream to swallow an idea like, “sex tells you nothing about someone’s interests and personality and the way they think and feel, because that is called gender”, than it is an idea like “sex tells you nothing about someone’s interests and personality and the way they think and feel…because absolutely nothing inherently does. you literally just have to stop making assumptions about people before you know them.”

if someone is born with a female body and likes all of the things that females are expected to like and identifies in the way that females are traditionally expected to, fine. If someone is born with a male body and has the same interests as this person and identifies in the same ways, also fine. In an ideal world, these things wouldn’t need labels. These people would just be two humans who have a lot in common but happen to have different body parts. Someone who gets a sex change due to body dysphoria is just someone who got a sex change due to body dysphoria.

so yeah, “abolish gender” isn’t inherently offensive

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thephilosophyofwho:

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
-Immanuel Kant
Happy birthday one of the most influential philosophers in western thought, Immanuel Kant!  

this quote becomes much sweeter and less ridiculous when I imagine Ten saying it instead of Kant

thephilosophyofwho:

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.

-Immanuel Kant

Happy birthday one of the most influential philosophers in western thought, Immanuel Kant!  

this quote becomes much sweeter and less ridiculous when I imagine Ten saying it instead of Kant



i slept through Greek for the second class in a row and again I am feeling pretty shitty 

why have I been so mysteriously sickish lately 


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