Freitag, Oktober 17, 2014

Transsexueller darf Minderheiten nicht repräsentieren, weil er jetzt ein weißer Mann ist

Die Nachrichten von amerikanischen Unis werden täglich abstruser. Wenn man ein Blog wie dieses schreibt, fühlt man sich, als würde man in einer bizarren Kreuzung zwischen "Picket Fences" und "South Park" leben:

A student who was born female felt perfectly comfortable identifying as a man at Wellesley College — until people said he shouldn’t be class diversity officer because he is now a white male.

Timothy Boatwright was born a girl, and checked off the "female" box when applying to the Massachusetts all-women’s school, according to an article in the New York Times. But when he got there, he introduced himself as a "masculine-of-center genderqueer" person named "Timothy" (the name he picked for himself) and asked them to use male pronouns when referring to him.

And, by all accounts, Boatwright felt welcome on campus — until the day he announced that he wanted to run for the school’s office of multicultural affairs coordinator, whose job is to promote a "culture of diversity" on campus.

But some students thought that allowing Boatwright to have the position would just perpetuate patriarchy. They were so opposed, in fact, that when the other three candidates (all women of color) dropped out, they started an anonymous Facebook campaign encouraging people not to vote at all to keep him from winning the position.

Im zitierten Artikel der New York Times heißt es:

I asked Timothy what he thought about that argument, as we sat on a bench overlooking the tranquil lake on campus during orientation. He pointed out that he has important contributions to make to the MAC position. After all, at Wellesley, masculine-of-center students are cultural minorities; by numbers alone, they’re about as minor as a minority can be. And yet Timothy said he felt conflicted about taking a leadership spot. "The patriarchy is alive and well," he said. "I don’t want to perpetuate it."

Sieh's ein, Timothy: Du hast dich für die Identität eines weißen Mannes entschieden – was anderes war wohl gerade nicht frei? –, bist damit auf der dunklen Seite der Macht gelandet und gehörst von anständigen Menschen bekämpft. So wie wir alle. Das gehört zum Engagement gegen Sexismus einfach dazu.

Andere transsexuelle Studenten haben der New York Times zufolge an Wellesley übrigens auch Probleme:

Even with the increased visibility of trans students on campus, Jesse stood out. When he swiped his Wellesley ID card to get into friends’ dorms, the groundskeepers would stop him and say, "You can’t go in there without a woman to escort you." Residential directors who spotted him in the dorm stairwells told him the same thing. In his own dorm, parents who were visiting their daughters would stop him to ask why he was there. Because bathrooms in the dorms are not labeled "women" or "men" but rather "Wellesley only" and "non-Wellesley," students who didn’t know Jesse would call him out for using the "Wellesley only" bathroom instead of the one for visitors. When he tried to explain he was a Wellesley student, people sometimes thought he was lying.

(...) Some female students, meanwhile, said Wellesley wasn’t female enough. They complained among themselves and to the administration that sisterhood had been hijacked. "Siblinghood," they argued, lacked the warm, pro-women connotation of "sisterhood," as well as its historic resonance. Others were upset that even at a women’s college, women were still expected to accommodate men, ceding attention and leadership opportunities intended for women. Still others feared the changes were a step toward coeducation. Despite all that, many were uneasy: As a marginalized group fighting for respect and clout, how could women justify marginalizing others?

(...) Kaden Mohamed said he felt downright objectified when he returned from summer break last year, after five months of testosterone had lowered his voice, defined his arm muscles and reshaped his torso. It was attention that he had never experienced before he transitioned. But as his body changed, students he didn’t even know would run their hands over his biceps. Once at the school pub, an intoxicated Wellesley woman even grabbed his crotch and that of another trans man.

Ich habe den Eindruck, hier treten unangenehme Wahrheiten zutage, deren Bedeutung weit über ein einzelnes College in den USA hinausgeht.

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