New zine: Gender After Civilization
"This journal is intended to dispel a prominent myth within the wider anarchist community: that of the-so called "forest TERF." That is, the idea that anti-civilization anarchists are exclusionary of those who are trans* or gender non-conforming. This, of course, we know to be a falsehood: because we are queer and we stand against civilization. We believe that this myth is, ironically, detrimental to queer lives for a number of reasons.
- Indigenous and so-called “primitive” peoples have had complex systems of nonbinary gender long before techno-industrial society. Hence, the implication that trans* lives are somehow endemic to industrial civilization denigrates the real, lived experiences of these queer folx.
- The charge that trans* people cannot exist in the aftermath of civilization (and thus that the destruction of civilization is necessarily an erasure of trans* people) implies that trans* people have a necessary need to transition medically. Of course, this is not true: trans* lives are valid regardless of whether or not one decides to undergo medically invasive procedures.
- Further regarding transition, one who subscribes to the “forest TERF” myth fails to recognize that a desire for medical transition
is produced by cisheteronormativity: that is, the ideology that individuals of a certain gender act or look a certain way necessarily. In this failure, they reproduce the cisheteronormativity they claim to oppose.
The list can go on (and does, throughout the mainmatter of this volume.)"
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