edited for coherence (june 9th, 2012)
so that whole “die cis scum” thing that has everyone raging? i’m totally gonna touch it. with like, my actual hands and not with a pole of any length.
i want to preface this by saying that i’m hoping to start a dialogue on my blog about the “die cis scum” meme, but i’m not going to start calling people out for telling cis people to die (metaphorically/literally). i’m not judging people who think of “die cis scum” as a battle cry, a cathartic release, or a cry of defiance and pride. if you feel that “die cis scum” is valuable to you, fucking go for it. oppressed minorities are entitled to their anger.
i recognize that my dfab trans* privilege could be influencing my opinions on this matter and that i can only speak for myself. also, i’m white as white as white and race intersects with transness in serious ways; i totally declare my white privilege.
i’m going to talk about what “die cis scum” means to me and why it’s not for me. hopefully, other peoples will talk about what “die cis scum” means to them and we’ll rock each other’s brain fish neoncore. also, i love rebuttals.
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“die cis scum” makes me feel itchy cuz it can mean that all cis people are scum and they should fucking die, but it can also mean that people who are scum and cis should fucking die. those are 2 pretty different meanings; one of them threatens my mom with metaphorical death and the other one doesn’t.
partly for the sake of accuracy, i prefer “die grue scum” to “die cis scum.” when i write “die grue scum,” i’m specifying that scummy cis people should die before they beat up, rape, murder, deny employment and housing to, or otherwise harass my fellow trans* people. and that non-grue cis people can just keep being awesome, preferably by standing up to the grues.
i also prefer “die grue scum” to “die cis scum” cuz it doesn’t encourage cis people to whine about being called cis. you know how some cis people whinge on about how they’re just “bio women/men”, or “natal women/men”? or worse, “real women/men” and that they don’t see why they need to be labelled cuz they’re the default people anyway? and then they whine about how they didn’t get to name themselves and how “cis” is actually a slur? i think “die cis scum” sorta encourages that. that shit is really fucking annoying and i totally don’t want to encourage it. (edit: i want to stress that i’m not trying to put the burden of education on the trans* community. we aren’t obligated to educate anybody; we are entitled to decide if/when we will educate other people. andy the nerd says it here.)
i’d love to know what all you neon cats think about this.