casual cissexism is the belief that trans* people have only existed since technologies to assist with medical transitioning have become available.
- a person’s presentation has no bearing on their gender
- whether or not a person transitions, and what steps they take if they do, has no bearing on their gender
- how a person chooses to identify themselves to others for the sake of personal safety has no bearing on gender
- how society sees and categorises a person has no bearing on their gender
- whether or not a person has the terms and knowledge to express their idenity in their culture or society has no bearing on their gender
this has been a psa for those who are confused about the fact that trans* people exist, have always existed, and will continue to exist. this is not a recent trend. this is not a phenomenon dependent on medical technology. this is not an identity that is only valid as long as a person conforms to your cissexist ideas of what makes a person a certain gender.
In case someone thought that the Cotton Ceiling was literally panties which trans women are attempting to rape their way through…
When women complain about the glass ceiling, it isn’t so we can guilt or shame our bosses into a promotion. Nor is it a statement that my company (or my boss) must be sexist because I didn’t get that last promotion. Many women who complain about the glass ceiling don’t want to be a CEO - or perhaps already are one. Rather than being interested in personal gain the main goal is to see an end to the old boys club in corporate boardrooms.
Discussing the glass ceiling is about identifying the systemic problems leading to the lack of women in workplace leadership despite being present in lower positions. It’s about an education system that doesn’t give girls the same support as boys. It’s about double standards in the workplace. It’s about internalized societal messages that women can’t succeed in science or business and shouldn’t try. It’s about customers and clients that don’t respect women in positions of authority. It’s about workplace harassment that makes many women decide it’s not worth it. It’s about how the companies that do promote women to positions of leadership risk having their stock prices go down or otherwise being seen as less than other companies.
All of these issues have parallels with the cotton ceiling. Discussing the cotton ceiling is about identifying the systemic problems leading to the lack of trans women in queer women’s sexual spaces and relationship networks, despite being present in non-romantic/sexual queer women’s spaces. It’s about feminist community and training that doesn’t give trans women the same support as cis women. It’s about double standards that celebrate sexually empowered behavior in cis women yet call that same behavior “male privilege” or “rape-y” when trans women do it. It’s about internalized messages that no one will ever love a freak like you so you shouldn’t even try. It’s about trans women in queer women sexual spaces who are treated disrespectfully and told we’re disgusting. It’s about harassment campaigns against trans women speaking out on this topic (including publishing work and personal email and phone contact). It’s about being hit on by someone who’s really really into you but turns cold when you disclose trans status. It’s about how cis women who are involved with trans women are told they aren’t real lesbians.
The call to discuss the cotton ceiling is a plea for an end to the shame and coercion trans women - and our cis partners - face. The anti-trans feminist activists who frame the cotton ceiling as a shaming tactic to coerce cis women to have sex with trans women are purposefully misinterpreting the metaphor it is based on. They frequently accuse trans women and trans-supportive cis women of not having an awareness or understanding of feminism from the 70s and 80s, however, when they dismiss the ceiling metaphor as coercion and shaming or as insincere attempts at personal gain, they clearly are the ones who lack understanding of second wave feminism - or are choosing to ignore it.
umadson submitted: Your template is about 100 times better than what I just sent:
Dr. Rinne,It has recently been brought to my attention that your department, Humanities and Social Sciences at UAFS, has been allowed to demonstrate extremely prejudiced behavior to one Jennifer Braly due to her gender.Such examples I have read about are:
- Not allowed to have a roommate in the dorms
- Not allowed to use Male or Female only bathrooms; confined to gender neutral bathrooms only
- Not allowed to speak to students in a classroom setting, rather must give presentations in the lounge or commons area
- Not interfering when threatening or violent hate speech was directed toward herWhile this behavior is not limited to your department alone, it would seem to me that a guest speaker for your department be treated with greater respect that what has been shown to her. To treat a human being with such bias is not only morally wrong, it is also constitutionally wrong. I am sure you are receiving plenty of contact from those of us outside of your school who are outraged about this.It would seem to me that to save face and retain a good relationship with your students and staff, you might want to look into correcting these wrongs that have been done to Ms. Braly as best you can.Was this not good?Also, if this is TL;DR, that’s perfectly alright :) Stay awesome!—-No, yours is great too! Great job!-Jess
Submitted by H:
Jennifer Braly, a transgender woman, has given over thirty lectures in psychology classes at University of Arkansas Fort Smith about gender identity disorders. On Wednesday, April 18, my professor announced to her classes that Jennifer would be a guest speaker to our class on Friday. One bigoted man threw what can only be called a fit, disrupting the class.
On Friday, as we were about to begin class, Dr. Rimme, the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences came into our class, telling us Jennifer would not be allowed to speak to us in a classroom setting. He would not give a reason nor tell us who had made the decision. We moved to the student lounge, where the same fit-throwing man appeared, growing increasingly obnoxious & rude, even saying things like, “allowing these homos to speak is encouraging their behavior” and calling Jennifer every name in the book. Several staff members walked by, none of them stopping his behavior.
Jennifer also told us about some things UAFS has done to her. She is not allowed to have a roommate in the dorms. She is not allowed to use the female or male restrooms, being restricted to the gender neutral bathrooms only. Many fellow students & myself are outraged at the way Jennifer has been treated. If you feel the same way, call UAFS at 479-788-7431 and ask for Dr. Rinne or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let him know this will not go unnoticed!