I wanted to draw your attention to a cataloging change that was made on the blog two days ago. It may seem quite minor to many, but is actually really important.
First, I have added a category called “trans,” rather than just placing all trans-related posts under LGBTQ. I have also separated out the category which was previously “homophobia and transphobia,” changing it to merely “homophobia,” and created a new category to make up that space, called “transphobia and trans misogyny.” I have made a comprehensive effort to also back-categorize all previous posts accordingly.
The reasons are, in short, to reflect the importance and unique nature of trans issues as quite often separate from what are generally considered to be LGBTQ issues, and also to reflect a dedication to covering those issues which are specifically trans-centric.
A conversation with Voz, which occurred after she commented about my failure to use the “violence against women and girls” tag on my most recent post about Angie Zapata, spurned the action. She noted to me that failing to have a trans category was overtly exclusive to trans readers, and made the site difficult to navigate for those looking for posts specifically about trans issues. She also noted that lumping all trans issues under only the umbrella term of LGBTQ could easily be seen as hurtful by some, as the LGBTQ community has often quite explicitly dismissed/excluded the “T” part of their acronym and made trans people feel unwelcome. (Currently, I am filing trans-related posts under both categories, but am open to hearing alternate views on that, too.)
In other words, my categorizing system was in many ways making trans issues invisible on this blog.
For that, I apologize. I also apologize profusely for failing to put the “violence against women and girls” category on the Angie Zapata post. I had a clear memory of clicking it, actually, and am not sure what happened, but it is no excuse. I am extremely regretful for any pain it caused, or for any impression I gave anyone that I believe violence against trans women is not violence against women. It is absolutely not the case.
Voz also told me that she had noticed the omission on several other posts in the past; when I went through re-categorizing posts, I specifically looked for these instances in order to correct them. I found one rather old post where the category quite clearly should have been included, and one more recent one where violence was only one of many issues discussed, but where it probably should have been included as well. For those two instances, I also apologize.
I have no illusions that making these corrections will somehow “fix” things and magically make the blog “inclusive.” Not even close. But this is just one step I’m taking to make the blog seem less overtly exclusive and to actively work to challenge my cis privilege. And I wanted to share this because it’s important to openly note the gaps in feminist blogging, and the structural flaws that our spaces often have — flaws that we may not even realize exist, and that we need to call out in each other. And if people have other suggestions in this regard, I am always open to listening to them.
The next step, of course, is to slowly but quite surely fill up the categories that have been added.