Brace wrote:It is a concern. The difference is, a transsexual can make choices in the context of this problem which don't effect their quality of life in any serious way and which also minimize their exposure to harm. They can choose only to act as if they belong to a different gender in the contexts where they receive the most enjoyment from it; in the bedroom, in gay safespaces, at BDSM events, and at other queer friendly events such as sci fi, anime, and furry conventions. Someone who can't control their visibility as a minority in public spaces can't minimize their exposure to harm in that way. My own response, for about 3 years, was just not to go outside except when necessary. Now I carry firearms and I'm actually able to go outside. Transsexuality is also a much more malleable behavior, as all fashion is malleable, so there is decidedly less urgency behind a transsexual not being able to act as someone from the opposite gender than there is behind the inability of most groups conventionally considered minorities to travel freely without fear of violence or to achieve other substantive ends that are important to them. I'm not contesting that murder is bad, or that the motives for violence towards the two groups are even different. Just, if you're in a leaky boat in the middle of the ocean with some other people, and someone helicopters down to you, and gets into your boat, and they have a radio they can use to call the helicopter back at any time, and you get indignant about it and they say to you "Don't get angry, we're all in the same boat" while gushing about how romantic and exciting all of this is and asking you why you don't just radio your own helicopter whenever you express that it isn't, that person may be exposed to a fair amount of the same type of risk as you are and for the same essential reasons, but they're still a fucking asshole.
Very well put. I can't believe I didn't think of this before. You are entirely right. People should just act normally. If they chose to not act normally, well, that's their own choice, and they shouldn't complain about the consequences. I mean, yeah, women and blacks, they can't help that they are what they are, they were born like that, so we should cut them some slack. But fake minorities like crossdressers or transsexuals, but also gays and muslims and atheists, they chose to be what they are, so I have no sympathy for them at all.