Check it out: The Thang Blog
I’ve been regularly reading The Thang Blog for a while now and I can’t recommend it more highly. I’m particularly thankful at Rebecca’s willingness to describe her transition process as a trans woman. Recently she posted a video of a piece she wrote “Trans Form” about some of her experiences transitioning.
Personally, I loved it because I can so completely relate. I myself am horribly anal about being places on time, and routinely show up embarassingly early and have to wait. But the video also labels so clearly my cisgender privilege. The daily battles that I don’t have to fight, my ease in navigating public spaces, and this experience of having your existence questioned seems so heart-wrenching to me.
It’s such a failing of modern feminism that we routinely leave trans women out. There are really concrete examples like the “womyn born womyn” policy of the Michigan Women’s Festival or Lu’s Pharmacy. But I think there are also those daily times we refer to women, and don’t think about trans women, when we talk about “women’s issues” in politics and don’t consider the policies that negatively affect trans women. The feminist movement and women’s spaces should not be one more place where trans women feel like their existence is questioned.