The feminism and transgender liberation debate could do with a lot less hating on each other and a lot more respectful communication. I’m convinced there’s still a lot of misunderstanding between two groups that could just as well be allies.
Before continuing to write on this issue I’d like to point out one positive example that we could all learn from: the conversation that took place in October 2014 in New York between famous black feminist bell hooks and actress and black trans woman Laverne Cox.
We’ll be covering more of the current heated discussion surrounding Laverne Cox later. For now, enjoy at least this one example of being “lovingly critical” as bell hooks calls it. She does call out Laverne Cox on several issues but also tries to understand her story and the context in which her decisions take place. It’s an eye-opener and an insightful and sometimes damn funny conversation.
Without further ado: