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Trans Women, Male Privilege, Socialisation, and Feminism

There is a common refrain among some trans activists that male privilege either does not exist or is insignificant to trans women's experiences. There is a common refrain among some radical feminists, largely trans exclusionary radical feminists, that trans women never lose male privilege at all and that male…

Surprisingly Progressive 1980s Manga/Anime Flips The Script On Gender Identity

Stop!! Hibari-kun! is a manga (comic book) which ran from 1981 to 1983. It was animated in 1983 as a 35 episode television series. The plot is relatively simple, a boy named Kousaku is left parentless when his mother dies after a long illness (his father had died years before) and goes to live in Tokyo with a friend…

Tokyo: Gay Bars, Gundam Cafes, and Sex Toys

On Saturday and Sunday, I went into central Tokyo. I actually go into the city proper only rarely because it's too expensive. It costs about $2-$3 every time you ride a train or subway (even if you only ride it one stop), a cup of coffee will set you back about $5, and given that today (Monday) is a national holiday,…

Cis Feminists Need To Understand “Provisional” Male Privilege

This isn't the first time I have brought this up, but it bears repeating because of some recent conversations I had with fellow women's college alumna (all different women's colleges, including myself), and even my mother! When discussing how trans women engage in feminism due to their own experiences with…