As a black lesbian feminist comfortable with the many different ingredients of my identity, and a woman committed to racial and sexual freedom from oppression, I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self.
But this is a destructive and fragmenting way to live. My fullest concentration of energy is available to me only when I integrate all parts of who I am, openly, allowing power from particular sources of my living to flow back and forth freely through all my different selves, without the restrictions of externally imposed definition. Only then can I bring myself and my energies as a whole to the service of those struggles which I embrace as part of my living.
typoes aside, the fact that tucking is seen as weird and uncomfortable to talk about where binding is seen as revolutionary and the Epitome of Queer has a lot of interesting interlocking causes, including:
- the violent stigma surrounding trans women’s genitals
- the fetishization of masculinity within queer communities
- masculinity as default, blank slate; feminity as inherently gendered - to willfully gender oneself rather than ungender oneself is generally unqueer
- the shaming of women who attempt to take ownership of their bodies (see also: opposition to fat acceptance, contradictory patriarchal attitudes towards makeup)
And many more keystones of transmisogyny!