i actually have huge fucking issues with the concept of “cafab privilege.”
because like, trans men have conditional male privilege and are privileged within queer spaces in one aspect.
and cisgender women have cis privilege which manifests in a completely different way.
but there is basically no overlap between the conditional male privilege that trans men have and the cis privilege that cis women have. so lumping both groups together under a vague “afab privilege” seems like an oversimplification of a much more complex dynamic idk.
1 - trans men are not ‘conditionaly’ male privileged tho. they are always male privileged.because they are men. that is why they are privileged in qeer spaces. they are men.
2 - cis women get privileges in queer spaces from being cis
3 - ‘cafab privilege’ doesnt seem to work because honestly the privilege discourse is not universal, does not explain nor cover every aspect of intersectionality or really leave room for complexity. but it is one of the only words that is being used to denote oppressions.
cafab privilege is an at least useful concept in how our language is used and how our communities are structured. because there are no term other than cafab that includes cafab nb people who are not men or are trans masculine but not trans men or are nb or demi girls, etc. and we, cafabs who are trans but not men still have privilege over trans women. and in queer communities especially this is something that needs to be acknowledged and trans women need to have room to talk about.
because, cafab privilege does not mean in any way ‘this means cis men are disprivileged’. when you look at cafab privilege as being that all cafab people have privilege over camab trans peple, it is completely accurate. every privilege consititutes a wide range of experiences. a rich straight women is going to have a very different experience of misogyny than a poor disabled lesbian, for example.
if trans women come up w a different term for it that works better for them, or if this is the phrase that they prefer, either way. its on cafabs to understand that we are ALL privileged over trans women and they have the right to denote that
a lot of trans women reblogged this and i dont know about the OP, again i am cafab so i’m sorry if i’m misplaced in trying to talk about this. however this feels like it is really trying to excuse cafabs (plus saing trans men have ‘conditional’ privilege that is no regardless)
Privilege dynamics is trash discourse anyways, which is part of why issues like this come up.
On a fundamental level, anyone who is not a trans woman (this includes every single cafab person) has the social capital to exploit a (hyper)vulnerability to transmisogyny (which all trans women and most if not all camab nonbinary people have).
Whether trans men, cis women, dfab nonbinary people or whatever, if you are cafab you exert transmisogynist power.
Cafab privilege is a bad way to express that concept, but the fact remains that concept is still real and describes a very serious and dangerous power dynamic that trans women are harmed by every day
And cafab nonbinary people and cis women especially love love love LOVE to pretend that they aren’t the problem and instead it’s just trans men and cis men who are the main sources of transmisogyny.
And we need a way in our language to combat that
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