http://community.livejournal.com/transgender/2040478.html (post is unlocked which is the only reason I’m ok with posting it here)
The community as a whole is childish, bitchy, and rude.Â I don’t like to generalise and usually manage to avoid it, but so far almost every trans person I’ve interacted with has been this way.Â The ones who aren’t tend to avoid the trans movement just as much as I do because it’s been taken over by radicals who believe it’s fine to abuse non-trans allies simply because they are not trans.
I hate being treated differently due to my medical status.Â I am a man and I deserve to be treated as such.Â By the same token, I don’t believe in treating people differently because they may or may not have been born with all the correct parts.Â This idea that cisgendered people need to feel guilty for being born the way they were is patently offensive and I simply cannot agree with those who perpetuate it.
I have the same problem with all the other “privilege” idiots.Â I am a gay, female-born, ethnic, transexual from a lower class background who has all sorts of health problems and has lived everywhere from Beverly Hills to a back alley street.Â Don’t try telling me about privilege.Â Life may have been more difficult for me than it would have been otherwise, but the ONLY two that have ever proven to be actual issues are the health problems and the lack of money.Â Even the health issues are relative, I could be far worse off than I am.
Plus, this idea that everyone in the world has some level of privilege puts off actually helping anyone.Â Instead of going out and volunteering at a soup kitchen or working for economic reform people just sit in their cosy little thinktanks and talk.Â If you really care about something then get up off your lazy ass and FIX IT.
But, no.Â The trans community isn’t that intelligent.Â Instead we have a bunch of sociology majors talking about how we all need to own up to our privilege before we can do anything.Â Of course, even once you’ve owned up to having privilege it doesn’t go away so you’d better be prepared to be harrassed by those less privileged than you.
Bullshit.Â Be polite to people.Â Treat everyone with common respect and decency.Â Think before you speak.Â Try not to make ignorant assumptions.Â If you do make an ignorant assumption, be gracious when you’re corrected.Â If you encounter someone who makes an ignorant assumption, don’t berrate them.Â People don’t respond well to hostility, if everyone would just take some responsibility for their actions and follow that whole “treat people as you wish to be treated” thing that we learned at age 5 then the world would be a much better place.