One cannot address the position of women without also addressing their class, race, sexuality, ability and all other aspects of their identity and experiences. — J. Rouge
Prior to transition, I was a feminist. In so being, I had a fairly simplistic view of the finer facets of personal identity (race, class, sexuality, gender expression, intelligence/education, etc.)
By this, I mean: I’d only ever experienced oppression per ability (cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, etc.) and biological (perceived, female) sex.
Though I identified as pansexual, polyamorous, and was legally (and monogamously) partnered with a woman, others perceived me (via my gender presentation) as heterosexual and heteronormative. I, of course, didn’t realize this until I no longer had the luxury of benefiting from that assumption.
Once I lost hetero- and gender-normative privileges, I felt like mainstream feminism no longer invited, represented, and included me, so I abandoned it.
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