Radfems wanna talk shit about how trans women are “socialized differently” from cis women. But non-white women are socialized differently from white women; Indigenous women are socialized differently from non-Indigenous women. Poor women are socialized differently from rich women. Women are socialized differently because they are raised in all kinds of environments with all kinds of privileges and disadvantages—it doesn’t negate their identity as a woman.
Like, you don’t get to fucking pick and choose whose gender identity is invalid because of a different upbringing. If I told a white woman that she isn’t a woman because she grew up white, cis, and rich, then these people would attack the fuck out of me. But they’re somehow allowed to decide that AMAB women aren’t women.
This is something I’ve spent a lot of time and energy analyzing, both on my own and as part of the numerous psychology, sociology, and women’s studies classes I’ve been a part of.
This idea of a totally universal “female socialization” which transcends race, class, culture, and every possible demographic factor lies at the heart of both the overt transmisogyny and the tacit racism of radical feminism. It’s basically radical feminists taking the informal zeitgeist of the second wave white feminist movement — the “sisterhood of all women” — and turning it into the defining cornerstone of a formalized ideology. In doing so, they took the fact that second wave feminism already overemphasized and centered on upper-class white cis women, turned it up to eleven, and then declared it to be Unchallengeable Holy Writ.
And then, as bell hooks pointed out right back then — one doesn’t need to look far at all to see them being called out on this — they sold out actual radicalism in order to gain institutional power for themselves in academia. Which insulates them even more from the lived realities of unprivileged women, even as they point to their Holy Writ as an excuse for why they don’t need to include anyone outside of their ivory tower echo chamber, it’s all covered and they can’t possibly be wrong.
(Source: witchy-moomin, via commiekinkshamer)