Problematic framing

Date: 2015-10-01 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] phidaissi
I realise this is well intentioned to highlight lack of diversity, but it hits on a few cisnormativity issues that would be easy to correct.

1. The notion that you can tell if someone is cis or trans, or that authors would be public about this. This is not true and should be noted as a significant limitation.

2. That trans people are treated as a third gender. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Putting trans women and trans men into a third box separate from cis men and cis women in their own boxes is horrendously cissexist.
There's either two boxes (man + women, or cis + trans) or four boxes (cis man + cis woman + trans man + trans woman). There's no circumstance in which you combine trans men and trans women into a third gender box.

3 - That trans men and trans women are grouped with non-binary people in opposition to cis men and cis women. Yet again implying that they are not men and women, because non-binary people aren't. This is so wrong and actually constitutes degendering on trans men and trans women.

I get that it's useful to break out the cis male figures to show the clear disparity, but degendering trans men and trans women to do it isn't the right way. It all appears to be well intentioned, but that's really problematic framing.

As it stands though, the categories clearly imply that trans + non-binary is a third gender group, when at best it's three separate groups that shouldn't be combined in this way. Given how commonly trans men and trans women *actually are* treated as a third gender instead of their actual gender, this seems like a really important distinction to make clear.

If you were to group those people then the proper term would simply be 'non-cis', though still imperfect, it would at least avoid degendering trans people. Which is what happens when you present "cis male, cis female, trans" as boxes. It looks a hell of a lot like a third gender box instead of a catch-all 'other' box.
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