Throwing people's humanity and rights under the bus because it doesn't poll well is really something. I am aware it's done and it's shameful, it's not "realistic" or being rational or whatever. It's being cold and calculating and willing to let the least powerful people be collateral damage.The first was that the focus on trans issues after marriage equality was won was going to be difficult for progressives politically. Because marriage equality didn’t require the vast majority of people to rethink their concept of what a man or woman is, it was a much bigger leap. The polling then and now bears that out. It wasn’t ordinary people who started the public conversation about individual medical and treatment decisions, it was a concerted activist movement that made it central to public discourse.
"Ordinary people". wow. Who are "ordinary people". Are they the same as "normal people"? The "concentrated activist movement" is made up of trans people and those that care deeply about the issue because they care about human rights and/or have friends and family who might be trans. The othering is also really something else here.
Sorry, this is made up BS. The whole "transwomen mad that straight and people won't have sex with them" was a frigging 4chan OP. Sorry you got taken by it, most people not already primed to believe it didn't. Children being introduced to the concept of gender fluidity "engendered a terrible backlash". What do you mean by that exactly- the full sentence? How and where and when was "gender fluidity" being taught, and at what ages? Was the fact that some families have two moms or two dads also being taught and met with the same level of outrage by the same players? Is this all manufactured outrage? (yes).The second was that the extreme rhetoric of a minority of activists, many of whom are not trans themselves, was going to endanger the community. People reluctant to identify their pronouns shouldn’t be clapped back as transphobes; lesbians who don’t want to have sex with transwomen shouldn’t be terrorised online, and so on. Most of all, introducing children to the concept of gender fluidity at a young age in school settings engendered a terrible backlash.
I got hollered at and doxed and didn’t post about this for a long time, but I think I was right. I’m sure I’ll be told again that I’m blaming the victims. I’m not. I’m just being realistic about how social change happens.
I'm sorry you were doxxed, and I'm sorry you still think you were right. I'm also sure you know far better and have far more extensive experience in social and civil rights movements than most people telling you that you are wrong, and that you are the true expert regarding how social change happens, and not all the movement folks with doctorates in this sh!t.