The following is a not so recent post from Asher Bauer’s blog, Tranarchism. It is going to be the first in a series of several posts that I’m going to be reblogging on the subject. I feel like its important for me to compile some of the better write ups that voice support for the phrase because it helps me in developing and articulating my own particular stance on the issue.
This guest post on Asher’s blog was the first place I ever encountered the phrase, and I have heard some speculation on the internet that his blog is where the discussion originated. As an anarchist, militant rhetoric jives pretty well with my ideology and I wholeheartedly support the use of this phrase by members of the trans* community. I also support people’s right not to use the phrase if it makes them uncomfortable or they disagree with it, but I don’t think that members of our community should be telling one another that they cannot or should not use it. I feel like its kind of like abortion, if you don’t like it, don’t have one, but leave the rest of us alone.
Also, for anyone who doesn’t know TDoR stands for Trans* Day of Remembrance.
GUEST POST: Die Cis Scum
This is for TDoR.
Die cis scum.
It’s not ironic. It’s not cute. It is a threat.
How many people are murdered because they are cis? How many people are denied employment, housing, health services, turned away from shelters, refused aid, and are subjected to constant ridicule and abuse because they are cis?
If you are cis, do my tattoo and jacket make you feel uncomfortable? I can only hope so.
Right now, when I see a cis person in public, I worry. I tense and hold my breath and get ready to sprint away. You frighten me. This fear is entirely justified. I’ve already been sent to the hospital for the crime of walking down the sidewalk towards my home while visibly gender variant. I fully expect to be attacked again, severely. (The less severe attacks, the screams and threats and disapproval and hatred and thrust elbows and shoves, these are the givens. These are part of the cost I know I will be forced to pay if I wish to leave my house.)
Die cis scum. It is hostile. It’s aggression, on my part. It is a whisper of personal agency. When the cissexism and transphobia of this culture crush in, overwhelming and unstoppable, these three words are how I push back.
Would that I could push harder.
-A beloved friend who wishes to remain anonymous
ETA: I, Asher Bauer, did not write this post but I did personally give my friend the tattoo shown above, by hand, using a sewing needle and tattoo ink, and I support this message 100 percent.
I would also strongly advise people to check out the actual post of this on Asher’s blog because a lot of conversations that I feel are fairly important take place in the comments on that post.