Title

Critiquing Feminism: A Trans Man Perspective

Date

5-31-2018 3:45 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 4:00 PM

Location

WUC Calapooia Room

Session Chair

Dana Schowalter

Session Chair

Eimly Plec

Session Title

Communication Studies

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dana Scholwalter

Abstract

Lack of inclusivity of men and transgender individuals has been prevalent in mainstream feminism, which has left the needs of transgender men unaddressed. The mainstream movement has debated whether men can be feminists or only profeminist, but more detailed discussions of men’s needs are largely ignored. More specifically, trans men who pass as men are ignored by feminists, in spite of overlapping reproductive and social needs. Trans men that pass may have some male privilege, but their identity opens them up to violence and their privilege can be negated by outings or produce anxiety. Men’s rights groups are often hypocritical in their desired social change, but there’s little space for paternal rights and other needs. Mainstream feminism largely limits gender equality to women, leaving the needs of anyone but cis woman unaddressed or out of the spotlight. I propose more mutual conservations and space to talk about issues that can destabilize hateful men’s rights groups, lessen social injustice, and promote gender equality for all genders.

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May 31st, 3:45 PM May 31st, 4:00 PM

Critiquing Feminism: A Trans Man Perspective

WUC Calapooia Room

Lack of inclusivity of men and transgender individuals has been prevalent in mainstream feminism, which has left the needs of transgender men unaddressed. The mainstream movement has debated whether men can be feminists or only profeminist, but more detailed discussions of men’s needs are largely ignored. More specifically, trans men who pass as men are ignored by feminists, in spite of overlapping reproductive and social needs. Trans men that pass may have some male privilege, but their identity opens them up to violence and their privilege can be negated by outings or produce anxiety. Men’s rights groups are often hypocritical in their desired social change, but there’s little space for paternal rights and other needs. Mainstream feminism largely limits gender equality to women, leaving the needs of anyone but cis woman unaddressed or out of the spotlight. I propose more mutual conservations and space to talk about issues that can destabilize hateful men’s rights groups, lessen social injustice, and promote gender equality for all genders.