Barney Frank, get out of my pants
Via The Sexist:
Barney Frank has this to say about a trans-inclusive ENDA:
He said concessions were made in the drafting of the language to address moderates’ concerns. For instance, Frank said, transgender people with “one set of genitals” would not be able to go to a bathroom for people with another set of genitals.
And, Frank said, they also would have to have a “consistent gender presentation” in order to be able to sue for discrimination. “They can’t sit there with a full beard and a dress,” Frank said.
Really, Barney Frank? How about writing in some language that lesbians and gays better act straight or they’ll not be able to sue for discrimination? Cuz, really, folks get put off by all that nelly swishy shit, don’t you know?
Honestly, I can’t even bring myself to critique this, and if folks can read it and still not see why it is transphobic I’m at a loss. Policing us is no less oppressive when it’s done by gay people, and Barney Frank is using the language of oppressors here.
Classist (only those who can afford or choose to have genital surgery get to use the bathroom?), misogynist (women aren’t women if they have facial hair), anti-Intersex (there are only two kinds of genitals in Frank’s world)… I could go on, but I’ve said it before: Social justice is not going to come from cis, white men.
ETA: As there is a significant amount of not getting my point happening already, I’ll add this to the final sentence:
Cis, white men who know this become part of social justice activism (or they engage their privilege). Barney Frank is not a social justice activist, he is a politician. He’s showing that willingness to throw out solidarity for the self-interest of “deal making.” He has shown before his willingness to sell out others, and as such we shouldn’t trust him in the least, and we should call out his privilege and his acts of oppression.