On false allies

So many cis women, even among those who declare themselves trans allies, are way too comfortable with pretending that trans men and transmascs can in any way enact gender oppression upon them, like there’s a switch that gets immediately flipped and we get all the institutional power of a cis man. All the while they’re complicit in abusing us and striping away our bodily autonomy just like their male counterparts.

It’s easy for us to be a scapegoat for their frustrations, the receptacle of their power fantasies, rhetoric devices and punchlines on a joke. A statistic or an invisible spectre. And when push comes to shove, just a name on a grave.