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A Quote to Explain beyond the green to Those Who Say We Are Making a Mistake; Refusing to Engage in Dialogue; Preaching to the Choir
“when we are marked, other people feel entitled to pay undue attention to, remark about, and call into question that aspect of our being. such incidents can range from being slightly annoying to downright invalidating… if people ask us questions, we politely answer them. this approach can be highly disempowering, as it places us on the defensive and perpetuates the idea that others are entitled to constantly call our marked trait into question, and that it’s our job to accommodate them… if… we call them out on their comments… if they ask us questions, we remind them of how invasive it is to be interrogated like that. on the positive side, these are proactive approaches that challenge the double standard. but the problem is, the fact that we’ve been deemed marked means that they feel entitled to call us into question… often they will interpret us as acting “angry,” even if we challenge them in a polite manner without ever raising our voice.”
– Julia Serano, white trans female author. Excerpt comes from her new book Excluded. Clearly this “being marked” applies to some bodies more than others, but it is useful to “defend” the creation of this blog space.