when transfeminine people critique cis feminism we are not doing so because we necessarily "want to be included," but also because we want to expand the horizons of what justice could and should look like. 

for example: the presumption that all of the social, cultural, economic, racial, political, and ideological differences among millions of different people can be subsumed under the universal category of "woman" is deeply troublesome not just for trans people, but for everyone. the idea that ones personhood should be contingent on their body (let alone their genitalia) is harmful not just for trans people, but for everyone. the notion that one word/one identity (let alone in english) could describe our constantly changing being for our entire lives is reductive not just for trans people, but for everyone.

every time i witness the intense backlash to trans people calling for more expansive and profound ways of understanding gender and the world i am reminded that people have been so conditioned to their own suffering that they often reject the very things that have the potential to set them free.

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