“Socialised as a woman”

Posted: March 26, 2013 in All Things Trans

a gentleman and a scholar

You write one piece, and you realise how much you have left to write.

 

I thought I’d said everything I felt like saying about inclusion/exclusion in queer spaces based on assigned birth sex last November – but a couple of brilliant pieces at Feministing made me realise I was wrong. Before I continue – would you have a read through the first? Done? Great. And the follow-up? Fantastic. Something that had been niggling away at the back of my mind since last year, that these two pieces skewered so perfectly: the idea that gendered socialisation is a universal binary experience that occurs only in childhood. An idea that the TERFs are rightly taken to task over – and which is so often left unexamined in supposedly progressive queer circles.

 

For me, the debate divides into three main strands: ongoing vs. childhood socialisation, gendered socialisation as an…

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