I´ve been wanting to write about this for quite some time, but did not get to it yet due to my own transition and mental balance taking prevalence over my opinion. However, a comic that was just published by Assigned Male Comics on their timeline, sparked my interest in topic again and makes me want to throw it into the conversation.
The comic depicts what I assume is the artist, criticizing scientific research in the transgender department. Above it, the title claims; “Looking for a biological cause for transness is neurosexist, transphobic, cisnormative and eugenist”. In text bubbles below it, the artist wonders what society will do if “they” find a biological cause for transness.
She proceeds to wonder if “they” will test people to see if they have the “trans gene” and if not, whether lack of a trans gene implies that certain people will be forced out of their rightful transition. While I usually love these deviations from hetero and cisnormative cartoons, and I liked most of her other art, I did not agree with her position.
The top “liked” comments on her publication were statements saying “scientific research in and by itself is not transphobic, but can actually contribute to the conversation… it is interpretations of science that could possibly be used to the detriment of transgender individuals“. Which is more or less what I posted as well.
The next thing I know, my comment was gone and so were all the other top comments. When trying to ask her why she had deleted the feedback, I noticed that I had been banned from the website at all. I watched the thread, and an explanation appeared; “I´ll delete comments supporting transness as a medical condition“.
Now hold on a minute. I never said that I thought transness was a medical condition. In fact, I never even gave my opinion on said issue. I merely stated that just like anything else, publications (whether religious, scientific or others) are open to interpretation. As a thank you for my feedback, I get cast as “another trans bully”.
Well, thank you so very much, I guess. Maybe my experience as a transgender person is less valid because I do not actually think that the entire cisgender society, and scientific research in itself, is mainly “out to get us”. While it is true that I feel cast aside often, and discrimination against transgender individuals is a fact, I don´t agree with the above.
I think that as a community, we are responsible for our own well-being, and while this includes acknowledging that discrimination exists, it also means acknowledging that we are not inherent victims. If anything, portraying ourselves as victims of the overlapping society, the Big Cis Bully, will do more harm than good.