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They can be, and often are, hyper-sexualized — and in seeing Cox as overly sexual, and only sexual, Murphy participates in that stereotype. Is this a collection of body parts or erased humanity?
But while they can be sexual things, trans women and black women are not allowed to be glamorous or lovable. ” Murphy sees no humanity in Cox’s picture; only a trans, black woman who, by the very fact of being trans, can have no agency.
In the name of gender radicalism Murphy vilifies a woman because her gender expression is not the same as Murphy’s.
Part of what defines Cox’s experience of gender is, as she says, that black women and trans women are not seen as beautiful.
In practice, though, the radical feminist tradition of Andrea Dworkin and Janice Raymond, who Murphy champions, has often built itself on exclusion rather than inclusion.
Radical feminism’s radicalism is often defined by smearing other women — trans women, sex workers, women of color — as deluded dupes of men and patriarchy.
” And Murphy with cold glee, replies, “No.” That coldness isn’t new.
Ideally, you’d hope, feminism would be about fighting for the rights of all women and trying to free all people from oppressive gender stereotypes.
When I revisited most recently, I was surprised to discover Carrie Bradshaw didn't date nearly as many men as I'd thought.Just as black women have been defined as outside femininity, so have trans women.The Michigan Womyn’s Festival has spent four decades refusing to admit trans women; the organizers appear to have decided to close it down after this year rather than move towards trans inclusion.“One of the most powerful things you can do for a trans woman is to make her feel wanted, touchable and worthy of affection,” queer trans writer Mari Brighe posted on Twitter. Marie, a former sex worker told me that, “It helps me as an individual when I see any black woman feeling beautiful and sharing that with the world - reminding people we ARE beautiful, desirable, feminine and strong, which is exactly, thankfully, what Laverne Cox has done for us.” Murphy sees Cox’s nude picture as degrading, as images of black women have often been perceived as degrading, sexual and disgusting. Marie, though says that for her, “When it comes to sexualized images of us, for me it’s all about agency! But if you look at the picture, what’s most striking about the image is its distinctness and individuality.Murphy claims that the image is too perfect; in fact, though, the picture is remarkable, as a fashion photo, for it’s willingness to let its subject own and celebrate, her “imperfections.” Cox is not fashion-model-thin. She has very large hands, which are not hidden, boldly displayed.