“A valued person lives in a society in which her story has a place. Violence against women is often against our voices… and of what a voice means: the right to self-determination, to participation, to consent or dissent; to live and participate, to interpret and narrate.
This article is a really great breakdown of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie situation.
There’s a great satisfaction in the irony that those who are silencing or “correcting” her and her supporters are proving her very point — that males are in control, that males are heard and prioritized, that females with opinions will be always be reprimanded when they step outside the allowable male-determined party line.
The transgender activist movement is led by transwomen — males — not by transmen. Ever notice which group publishes more articles, gets retweeted more, gets interviewed more? This is no coincidence. Transwomen combine two things that patriarchy loves: maleness, and all the authority that comes with that, and “sexiness”: lipstick, heels, and flashed cleavage. Overcoming its tendency for homophobia — which was mostly discarded long ago, really — is a small price to pay to keep the primacy of male authority and sexiness in the public consciousness. Patriarchal business as usual.
Women: Are you still waiting for males to give you permission to have an opinion of your own? Don’t hold your breath.