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So apparently there are autistic bloggers who are also anti-trans feminists. I feel like we should apologize on behalf of the whole autistic community for this person or something, except I know that kind of thinking is a trap-- the idea that any member of a marginalized community should have to apologize to everyone else for the existence of asshats within it. But ugh. We're unfortunately well versed in the fact that being in a marginalized community doesn't mean you can't be a privileged douche to other kinds of marginalized people, but it's like... I'm also kind of terrified that non-disabled bloggers would declare that this person hates trans people because of some kind of bullshit about autism and "lack of empathy." As opposed to, no, she's just a bigot.

(Oh yeah, this is probably kind of self-evident, but if you're likely to be triggered by trans* bashing, especially of trans women, then yeah, don't click the link, because it's full of it.)

Also she apparently makes a distinction between "radfems" and "funfems." There's probably someone who could explain to us what that meant, but we'd kind of prefer not to try because I'm pretty sure the ideologies behind the words are the kind that make our brain hurt.

*headdeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddesk*

~riel

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Date: 2012-06-13 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I agree that coming from an oppressed community doesn't make you sensitive to others' issues by default. I've come across people on the spectrum who are absolutely hostile to queer people of some variety—I've seen countless threads on WrongPlanet where people are insistently transphobic to anyone who dares come out ('There are only two genders and YOU CANNOT CROSS THOSE BOUNDARIES!'), and there have been autistic Christian fundamentalists who are deeply opposed to any LGBT rights or recognition. That's not just with autistic people, either; there are LGBT racists and anti-LGBT PoC and misogynistic people with other disabilities. I don't think anyone gets magical awareness of other forms of oppression just by belonging to a particular class of people, and I think that's the case with most people.

For what it's worth, I have no idea what a 'funfem' is. Maybe 'fundamentalist feminist' or 'feminist who's just being feminist for fun'? Not sure if I want to trawl through that blog to investigate, either.
Edited (clarification would be a nice thing) Date: 2012-06-13 02:40 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-07-30 05:56 am (UTC)
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Ugh... not sure if I want to get into talking about this stuff because it *Does* make my brain hurt.

But "Funfems" are... feminists who want to be feminist but have fun at the same time. Or aren't willing to sacrifice their fun and get down to SRS BIZNESS. Because feminism is "supposed" to be this serious *struggle*.

In everyday conversation on blogs - it often describes feminists who are OK with some high heels, shaving of body hair, sex with men, kinky sex, penetrative sex, etc.

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