The following are a few examples of transphobic attitudes (note that sometimes these examples below can be examples of Queerphobia too):
- The belief/insistence that trans women are not “real women”
- The belief/insistence that trans men are not “real men”.
- The belief/insistence that non-binary genders are invalid and do not exist.
- The belief/insistence that transsexual people are gay people in denial and wish to have sex reassignment surgery to attempt to restore ‘heteronormativity’.
- The refusal to acknowledge a trans person’s true gender.
- The refusal to use the correct name for a trans person.
- Repeated and deliberate misgendering of trans people.
- The Exclusion of trans people from activities, services, or conversations.
- The belief that being transgender means you are mentally ill.
- The belief that conversion therapy and psychiatric manipulations, can somehow “cure” a transgender person.
- The belief that transgender means you are a sexual deviant or a pervert.
- Thinking that forcing a transgender person to use the bathroom of their birth-assigned gender will “protect” women and children, even if in reality it is actually increasing the chance of violence inflicted on the transgender person.
- The belief that a transgender person is an abomination or a sinner.
- Insisting that a transgender person must be confused about their own gender.
- The belief that we have to be segregated and not allowed in sports or gym class as our transitioned gender.
- The belief that we are somehow a danger in locker rooms.
- Not being able to participate in sports as our authentic transitioned gender, due to a perceived advantage, only due to our birth assignment not matching our true gender identity. This happening even after complete hormonal transition.
The following are a few examples of intersex phobic attitudes:
- Having problems with the word “intersex” because it has the word “sex” in it.
- The belief/insistence that intersex bodies are a disorder, syndrome, birth defect, or a condition, even when told that intersex is about having natural bodily variations.
- The belief/insistence of the medical community to continue their medicalized effort to eradicate intersex people from society by “normalizing” intersex bodies into more typically male or female bodies in order to maintain sex and gender norms.
- The belief/insistence that we are not lovable unless our bodies are hormonally or surgically fixed to conform to male and female sex and gender “norms”. Which leads to violent discrimination, acted out through non-consensual genital surgeries on children.
- The belief/insistence that a person of the female gender cannot have a larger clitoris, phalloclitoris, penis or testicles.
- The belief/insistence that a person of the male gender cannot have a vagina, vulva, or ovaries.
- The belief/insistence that XY creates a male and XX creates a female. When intersex XY women exist, and intersex XX men exist.
- The belief/insistence that intersex bodies do not exist and we are mythological.
- The belief/insistence that all intersex people are freaks, sexual deviants, perverts or pedophiles.
- The belief/insistence that intersex people are trying to trick or deceive you when referring to their true gender identity.
- The belief/insistence that gender is created by our genitals, reproductive system, hormones, and chromosomes when gender is more like our personality and can not be accurately medically determined through medical tests or lab work.
- The belief/insistence that if we are assigned the wrong gender, then we would have to be considered transgender if we emancipate our true gender later in life. (This I feel is up to the person, and not to doctors, family or society).
- Intersex Erasure in the mainstream and alternative media.
- Intersex Erasure among the LGBT groups, in not wanting inclusion.
- Regulations against intersex female athletes (with high levels of natural testosterone) which require them to undergo medically unnecessary, “feminizing”, medical treatments such as hormone therapy, in order to compete as women.
- Feeling that intersex female athletes, who have higher natural testosterone, are somehow breaking the rules, and are in need of punishment or treated as criminals.
- The belief that we are born a sexual abomination, while at the same time sexualizing intersex infants due to homophobia and transphobia.
- The assumption that if you are intersex that you must be gay.
- The assumption that all intersex people are unhealthy and/or mentally affected.
- The assumption that we must truly be transgender when we are not. Only some intersex people identify as being both transgender and intersex. It has to be up to that intersex person to determine this not society.
- The belief that we are not “real” women or “real” men, due to our intersex bodies, chromosomes, or hormones.
- The belief that we are somehow a danger to people in public bathrooms or locker rooms, and being segregated out of gym class, or forced to use the nurse’s station’s bathroom in public schools as students.
- Being forced to use gender marked facilities that do not match our true gender identity, like locker rooms or bathrooms.
- As children having our bodies photographed without our consent, by doctors or predators, and later finding them published in medical journals, or on various websites, without our permission.
Please feel free to E-mail me if you would like me to add one.
My related blogs:
The Phalloclitoris: Anatomy and Ideology By Cary G. Costello
What is Intersexphobia or Interphobia? By Hida Viloria