Anonymous asked: do u think transmen should be trusted less than cismen? because cismen are arguably just stupid and might never think about what it means to be men but transmen know what manhood in the West is (read: inherently fucking horrible) and actively seek it
i think men in general should not be trusted, and that masculinity by definition is exploitative, and harmful for all parties involved. i also think there are way too many trans men who try to use their trans status to deny or refute their privilege over and power to oppress/hurt both cis and trans women. i’d say you can trust trans men about as much as you can trust cis men, which is not a whole lot or not at all. i think trans men have the right to seek out and express their gender but at the same time i think patriarchal masculinity should be destroyed so it’s conflicting. less trans men who are misogynists more trans men who are willing to shut up and listen. there’s a way to make the world a better place and an end to masculinity as a system of abuse should be part of the plan.
okay, but we need to be careful when we’re talking about masculinities—
bell hooks reminds us to distinguish between patriarchal masculinities and other, subjugated masculinities.
like the distinct masculinities enacted by, in a US context alone, myriad men of color— indigenous men, black men, latino men, middle eastern men, asian men, muslim men, etc.
then we need to seriously think about the ways in which the masculinities of men of color in the United States have been fucking TAINTED and re/constituted by the settler colonialist White Supremacist Cisheteropatriarcal Slavocracy since day 1.
THEN there’s infinitely many more conversations to be had about the people of color who are not cis men who enact or are charged with enacting masculinities (sometimes at the same time that they are enacting or are charged with enacting femmeness and femininities).
IN SHORT: YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT MASCULINITIES WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY, ORIENTALISM, COLORISM AND PIGMENTATION POLITICS, AND HOW THOSE THINGS CONSTITUTE GENDERS