We hear these comparisons all the time. Being trans is like being gay. Being a gay couple is like being an interracial couple. Being fat is like being a person with a disability. And everything, apparently, is just like being a person of color.
To their credit, this is often the way that allies—and many community members—struggle to find the language of oppression that hasn’t been taught to them. They’re reaching to link our struggles, and that’s a good impulse. The problem is, they’re doing it in a way that is substantially flawed and makes it deeply difficult to build relationships, coalitions and movements across lines of identity.
An Excerpt from an awesome wordpress, “On Fat, Trans, and the Pitfalls of Comparing Identities”.
GO READ IT.
It expresses my underlying frustration with activism. Our struggles are NOT the same but they do all deal with fundamental issues around our identities and freedom. Direct lazy comparisons between movements are (at best) incomplete and/or inaccurate. No oppression should have to be dismissed so that another one can be seen.
Thanks for the reblogs & praise, everybody! <3