November 30th, 2004

flowersmile
  • eliding

White masculinity and racism

Background: I am a white, upper-middle class, female-assigned queer and genderqueer person. Yes, I am essentially the prototypical face of what many people think of as the "trans movement," and to be honest that really bothers me. My increased visibility as a trans person lately because of representations of people like me in the media and such has meant that many folks think trans people are all female-bodied, white, and college-educated, which is obviously quite far from the truth. I myself fall into the trap of assuming my experience is the trans or genderqueer experience at times, and I know how easy that can be to do because of white supremacy and the mainstream view of "queer" broadly and "trans" more narrowly as a largely white identities. I just wanted to make sure I made that clear before I went on.

Lately I've noticed that I'm becoming something like an older brother to my roommate here in my first year at Oberlin College. There's a boy who's been really emotionally manipulative of her lately and when he came into our room for the second time tonight I really wanted to stand in between him and her and make it clear that his presence was negative and unwanted. I feel like my roommate's not standing up for herself to a certain extent, but more than that I'm just really protective. I want her to stop getting hurt.

This is kind of related to another thing I've been considering lately, which is my relationship to masculinity. I don't really identify as masculine, but I do see some traits in myself that would be defined that way, traditionally. White masculinity comes with a lot of oppressive baggageCollapse ) I'm curious what you all-- particularly you masculine, man-identified, and/or gender variant female-assigned people-- have to say about your relationships to all this. If you've got insight or critique or criticism for me, go to it. I want to be challenged, and I want to know what you're thinking.

Crossposted in transfeminism.
Bemont!
  • the_mel

Call for self-identified trans individuals

Call for self-identified trans individuals currently living in the Chicago area

to complete surveys and possible individual interviews.

(Please forward and post as appropriate.)

 

 

My name is Amanda Stewart.  I am an MA student in the Gender, Sexuality and Culture programme (Department of Sociology) at the University of Manchester (UK).  I am currently researching the topics of survival, activism and feminism in regards to the experiences of self-identified trans individuals in the Chicago area.  My research is an attempt to assess the current situations of trans individuals in Chicago and to observe if and how these situations allow for individuals to become involved in activist work, possibly even feminist efforts.

If you are interested, I ask that you first fill out a short questionnaire.  This questionnaire will be used to help me identify an appropriate sample for individual interviews.  (Not everyone who replies will be interviewed.)  After determining an appropriate sample size, I will then set up brief, informal interviews at your convenience.  Your responses will be kept completely confidential.  At no time will I identify you by name, in writing or in speech, without first having your written consent.

 

My immediate purpose in this research is to aide in the completion of my MA degree.  As a member of the queer community, I am concerned about the health, safety and well-being of its members.  I hope that my research will be of benefit to members of the community.  I look forward to the opportunity to work with many individuals and learn from their experiences.

 

If you are interested in participating in this research or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at Amanda.Stewart@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

I also encourage you to pass this page on to individuals you may know who do not have e-mail access and help them get involved.

 

Please realize that you are welcome to change your mind and not participate at any point.  

I suggest that you keep a copy of this page as a reminder of my promise to keep all use of your responses strictly confidential.

 

Thank you for your time and interest,

 

           Amanda Stewart