I am a woman who happens to be transgender. I cannot claim to be able to speak on behalf of the entire trans* community, but I hope that my voice can bring awareness to the social issues trans* people face everyday. There are more problems we have to face than I could ever count. The media focuses solely on over sensationalizing the physical aspects of transition, never actually getting to what desperately needs to be addressed: all the social, political, medical, and legal boundaries we face every single day that hinder us from living out our lives in peace and harmony.
Hopefully this blog will help educate people who otherwise never would have been exposed to trans* issues. This blog is also meant to bring light to cisprivilege that was previously taken for granted, and thus unrecognized (hence the blog name “Ms. Privilege Check” 😉 ). I do not mean this to be a site to bash cisgender people for being privileged; they cannot control being born cisgender any more than I can control being born a trans woman so it would be pointless to bash someone for something they have no control over. It just is to make people aware of the fact that they have privilege that others are denied for no other reason than that they happen to be trans*.
I may not have cisprivilege, but as a human being I have to own up to the privileges I do have that are denied to others. I have white privilege, body size privilege (being thin in the U.S.), able-bodied privilege, and the privilege of having a middle class childhood. I also have the privilege of being born in a developed, albeit extremely flawed, country. Many people are denied these privileges. That does not mean I should wallow in guilt or shame, but rather I should acknowledge the reality that I DO indeed have these privileges and not take them for granted. It also means that when I see someone else being denied one of these privileges I should step in and do something about it. The most important part of being aware of your own privilege is not for yourself, but so you can recognize when others are being denied that privilege and then take action in response to it. Even if it is something small like saying, “Hey that’s not right!” when someone makes a sexist comment, it still makes a difference.
This blog will also explore the relationship with being trans* and feminism, the intersectionality of race and gender identity, the proper language when referring to trans* individuals along with many more trans* related topics.