Trans-Misogyny and Why It Hurts Us All

Topics: Gender, Transgender, Woman Pages: 3 (926 words) Published: December 23, 2012
To understand the issue of trans-misogyny, we must first define the word(s). Trans-misogyny is composed of two separate words, trans and misogyny. Trans is the shortened version of transsexual, a person who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex#. Misogyny is the hatred of women#. So when we speak of trans-misogyny, we mean the hatred of trans-women, so male-to-female individuals. This is another form of discrimination, and hatred, like homophobia, xenophobia and racism, thing that we should root out from within us. But hatred is such a easy thing to do, it is so much more difficult for us to understand and feel compassion towards someone or something we are not, than it is to keep away from them/it and hate them/it. This is part of the human condition, and it is something that we have lived with for centuries. But trans-misogyny holds its roots deeper in the us than other hatreds. Trans people in all are something that is so shaking to our society, and the age long ideals of the gender binary, that they feel the brunt of discrimination and hate. When gays and lesbians are discriminated against, its their desire for the same sex that is under attack, something that is usually hidden and not out there, but trans people are much easier to attack because the “issues” they have are much more visible, and that means they are worse in the eyes of a attacker. Trans-misogyny is steeped in the assumption that femaleness and femininity are inferior to, and exist primarily for the benefit of, maleness and masculinity. This idea is why so many male-to-female transgender individuals are discriminated against more that others.

Research shows that boys that display characteristics that are regarded as feminine, are viewed far more negatively, and brought in for psychotherapy far more often, than girls that act in a more masculine way#. This is because of the inherent belief that women are somehow not as good as men, a ageing and stupid...
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