Response to Robert — No, the Revolution is not “eating its own children.”

1) What should I do about a person who sees spinach everywhere?

An important guideline in social justice is that the person on the privileged side is not the arbiter of oppression.

A white person in the U.S. doesn't get to decide what is racist. A cisgender person doesn't get to decide what is transphobic. A fit, able-bodied person doesn't get to decide what is ableist. Because the person on that side is very likely to be blind to it. So you have to have the humility to consult the people on the marginalized side.

2) "My predisposition is always to lift up the voices of the most marginalized," And You really wonder why cis-women and esp. lesbians opose this notion? This really IS an example of revolution eating its own children...

I don't know if you realize, but that's not something I am saying. That is a direct quote by a professor of social justice, a cisgender woman.

The revolution is not eating anything.

A rising tide lifts all boats. Lifting up the voices of the marginalized creates a better society. The end of slavery was disruptive to the oppressors who were benefiting from it, but it led to a better society. Women's suffrage signaled a shift in power, and men lost some of their hegemony - but again, it led to a better society. Trans rights might be annoying to some people, but allowing trans people to live full lives will lead to a better society as well.

Activist. Public speaker. Writer. Community Organizer. Mom. Creator & Host, Empowered Trans Woman Summit. Managing Editor, EmpoweredTransWoman.com

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