New blog to add to the collection: Tranarchism

I found this blog via Jessie Lee (Gendercast) on Facebook, who posted a link to this article on ally-ship:  You keep using that word ‘Ally’.  I do not think it means what you think it means.  It’s short and sweet and to the point and summed up a lot of the things I’ve been thinking around the topic lately.  The gist is, being an ally is more than just sometimes talking the talk, it’s really putting yourself on the side of the oppressed and examining your own privilege and oppressive behaviors with a mind to changing yourself — not trying to change the other person.

Are you an ally?  What is important to you in being an ally or in finding them?  How do we educate the people around us about being allies?  Remember that we all are in a position to both need allies and be allies to others.

I will be print this out and include it in my Pizza Klatch facilitator binder for a discussion on anti-oppression and ally-ship with the high schoolers in my group.  Thanks to Asher for the post.

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4 Responses to New blog to add to the collection: Tranarchism

  1. Rachel says:

    I’m a proud ally! I’m still learning, and unlearning; its a process.

  2. Asher says:

    Please take me off your blog roll. I am not trans masculine and I am definitely not butch. I am in fact fem. And have written about that fact a lot.

    Absolutely, will do right now. I’m so sorry for my haste and lack of adequate research – K

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  4. Kyle says:

    Asher let me know that I’d fucked up by adding their blog to my transmasculine blogs list. Asher ids as Fem. Sad that in a post where I’m excited to find something so well written about ally-ship, I fucked up and misgendered them. My deep apologies, thank you for calling me on it.

    From their pingback:
    […] I wrote this little post a long time ago and am now reposting it here because somebody recently flagrantly and publicly misgendered me as “transmasculine.” […]

    Yep, I did.. and I apologize. and it’s not lost on me that I was excited to discover your post on being good allies, and then fucked up about y our gender… lesson noted. Take care – K

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