Anonymous said: Can I ask why you're using " 'cis men' and 'afab women' "? Most people seem to use the same descriptive system (like cis men and cis women or amab men and afab women).
the post you are referring to here is a monetizeyourcat post which i reblogged because it was relatable and i know that feel and so perhaps this ask would be better sent to cat
personally, while i dont think using “cis” to describe people who are not trans in a really neutral way is problematic, i am critical of the tendency to treat “cis” as an identity-based class that benefits from the oppression and exploitation of the identity-based class “trans” (e.g., “cis privilege”). the reason i am critical of this is because womanhood is assigned coercively by men and men benefit materially from this coercive assignment at the expense of women.
it is absolutely true that women can and do replicate patriarchal ideology and that this can be harmful to people who are specifically targeted by ideological oppression from patriarchy (this is especially the case with homophobia, transphobia, et cetera). it is, however, typically only men who experience cisness as a means of exploiting value from gendered labor.
the liberal tendency in an extremely reductive analysis of identity based privilege tends to conflate base oppression (that is economic exploitation, especially of labor value) with superstructural oppression (the various ideological and cultural systems which support and maintain the exploitative social arrangement).
capital directly uses gender to replicate itself, divide the labor force, and transfer value from certain classes of laborers to others. gender is in this sense very much part of the material ‘base’ of our social relations. cisness, however, is part of an ideological system which is used to order and legitimize these exploitative arrangements. it is conceivable that even if cissexism as an ideological arrangement were destroyed, that capitalist patriarchy would be able to continue to function more or less as it already does. the focus on, as is common in liberal trans activism, legitimizing gender identity and combating cis privilege is a struggle which will primarily benefit those elements of the trans community which aren’t experiencing exploitation in a substantial way.
many afab women, because of how they experience their gender as coercive and exploitative, reject gender politically and do not identify with it (this is true of some trans women as well). additionally, there are some people who are afab and nonbinary (and therefore not cis by any definitions) but who identify themselves as women politically. saying “afab women” includes both of these groups who disidentify with cisness while avoiding the implication that cisness, which is imposed violently by men for the sake of exploiting women, is a privilege for women
This really misses a big, important aspect of cisness. It is absolutely not an identity. It is a privileged class. You do not have to identify with it to receive the benefits. In fact, the system is set up in such a way that dis-identification is actually the goal here. That is why cis is deemed natural/normal/correct/etc and trans is the other/marked category. Using cis is a way of neutralizing that.
Another big point is that no one is saying that cis women are on the same level of privilege as cis men. Cis privilege is still a thing though and still received by cis women even while experiencing misogyny. The category “woman” is diverse and has many intersecting identities that affect privileges and oppressions rather than cancel each other out.
I find it interesting that the OP assigns “cis” to liberal feminism when it is used in almost every circle I have ever been in, from the most radical leftist and anarchist to the most conservative. Liberal in this case seems to be a way to say “viewpoint that does not fit into my narrow view of Proper Politics”.
Frankly, the term “afab woman” is more often used by people who want to exclude trans women from feminist spaces and it makes my skin crawl. If that makes me a ~liberal~ then so be it I guess?
I am not writing this to start a debate. None of this is up for discussion. If anyone is confused about what I am saying, I am very willing to engage in dialogue on the subject.
first off i want to say that i am not trying to “exclude trans women”. i am a trans woman and i am trying to talk about gendered oppression in a way that is nuanced and ideologically coherent and relates to my own experiences.
i dont post that much about gender on this website anymore because it really isn’t a good forum for nuanced, ideologically coherent conversations with respect to ‘identity’ politics. in the milieu of voices from a variety of political perspectives and identity categories there is a tendency on this website for people to boost and hold as sacrosanct a lot of the more antagonistic voices on identity issues without subjecting those to ideological critique. i have been posting about gender lately only because i am running a fundraiser for a transition related surgery which has led to an influx of people coming to my page to talk about gender.
to further elucidate, i absolutely reject the idea that “cis” is a privileged class. i don’t tend to rely on the concept of “privilege” often, because it is ambiguous in its meaning enough that it is frequently used to conflate ideological oppression with material exploitation. i don’t have a problem with “privilege” being used to explicitly refer to the latter, but given that definition of privilege it is very easy to demonstrate that men have privilege over women and materially exploit them where as cis people, as a class, are only able to engage in ideological oppression. the easiest example of this is that trans men, in the course of their transitions, often report earning more than their cis woman counterparts in the workplace, performing less unpaid domestic labor, and being allowed greater access to male-dominated professions.
the gendered division of labor (along with sexual coercion being mediated by social structures such the family, the legal system and the sex industry), is the primary way in which men extract value from the labor of women and capital reproduces itself (e.g., by exploiting women’s labor to reproduce the working classes). there is no parallel arrangement by which cis people as a class exploit trans people as a class materially. in the case of a trans man and a cis woman in the workplace, the man will be more likely to earn more, perform less unpaid reproductive labor outside the work place, and attain promotions to positions of authority (and therefore be granted access to capital). the woman will be potentially able to engage in ideological oppression against a trans person in that case (e.g., harassing them, outing them, and so on) but will be unable to exploit them materially on the basis of her cisness alone.
where trans people are exploited it is on the basis of their class, gender, nationality/ethnicity, and the ideological oppression that trans people experience can intensify that exploitation but it is their class, gender, and national oppressors who benefit from that, respectively, and not “cis people” as a class
finally, i never said that ‘cis’ is a ‘liberal word’ only. i said that liberal feminism and liberal trans activism are oriented toward reifying gender identity and that ideological struggle against cissexism/cisness is the primary line toward that end and it is something which benefits people who aren’t exploited materially (e.g., on the basis of class or gender) more than it does people who are
ugh I miss work.
Imagine how hard just one bee works in a single day. Bees tend to at least 2,000 flowers daily, with tiny wings beating 10,000 times per minute, carrying pollen, and dramatically assisting our food supply.
Sound exhausting? Bees get thirsty, and they need safe water sources. The problem is water is not always available.
Bees need very shallow water to drink from. However, shallow water evaporates quickly. Birdbaths are not the best option as bees tend to drown if the water is not be shallow enough. As for river and lakes, bees risk their lives trying to get water in the presence of fishes, frogs, and other wildlife, not to mention the risk of being swept away in water currents.
To help hydrate our little pollinators, set up a water feeder by filling a pie pan with marbles and then water. The marbles give the bees a spot to land so that they don’t drown when they come to drink. No more drowned bees!
Source: Natural Cures