- Failing to tag a post as “transmisogyny” and instead only tagging “cissexism/transphobia” when the attack is directed at trans women (ex. use of the t-slur) is an act of erasure and violence.
- Failing to tag a post as “antiblackness” and instead only tagging “racism” instead of "racism" AND "antiblackness" when the attack is directed at black people (ex. use of the n-slur) is an act of erasure and violence
- Tagging a post anti-(insert race other than black) racism is a microaggression, as it appropriates the framework for talking about antiblackness to other racial groups who have different dynamics (ex. saying “anti-asian racism” when you mean orientalism). The only exceptions to this are antisemitism and anti-Romani racism.
- If you tag anything “hispanic” or any variant of that word I will side eye you. I hate that gentrifying word, it’s an attempt to make my people palatable by emphasizing our connection to whiteness.
- Transphobia isn’t really as coherent as a concept as cissexism is: the words are basically interchangeable, but I favor the latter, because the violence faced by people who are not trans woman is more based in assumptions that they cannot be what they say they are (cissexism) rather than repulsion (described by transphobia). That repulsion is almost always directed at trans women only, described in transmisogyny.
- It’s good to tag both cissexism and transphobia, because people blacklist the word transphobia, but when you talk about oppressive structures that ALL trans people face, use the word “cissexism” and when you talk about violence faced by trans women call it “transmisogyny,” because that is what it is.
i’m really going to need whichever mod wrote this to go back and fix this fucking sentence:
Tagging a post anti-(insert race other than black) racism is a microaggression, as it appropriates the framework for talking about antiblackness to other racial groups who have different dynamics (ex. saying “anti-asian racism” when you mean orientalism).
first and foremost, the term orientalism has a very specific meaning and is NOT interchangeable with “any form of racism against asians.” and further i’m going to need you to stop tagging anything racist against asians with “orientalism.” it’s posts like these that create mass confusion on tumblr about what terms actually mean and lead to us getting ridiculous questions. orientalism is primarily a term that refers to a very specific trend in art history and literary criticism to refer to representations of “oriental” cultures (very loosely defined - including not just east asia but also eastern europe, central asia, west asia, south asia, the middle east, north africa, and even in some cases spain) in western european cultural production. it involves specific tropes associated with “exotic” cultures and specific kinds of portrayals, such as the harem or odalisque, as well as design motifs like paisleys and arabesques. further, edward said argued that such representations of “the orient” as backwards and exotic are necessary in order to further the european imperialist project; as such, orientalism is also very specifically tied to colonialism.
I STRESS: ORIENTALISM IS NOT, AND SHOULD NOT, BE EQUATED TO ANY FORM OF RACISM AGAINST ASIANS, AS YOU ARE EXPRESSLY DOING HERE. there are many forms of anti-asian racism THAT ARE NOT ORIENTALIST IN NATURE. the chinese exclusion acts and japanese internment camps, for example, are KEY HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF ANTI-ASIAN RACISM IN NORTH AMERICA, BUT ARE NOT, AND SHOULD NOT BE, CATEGORIZED AS ORIENTALISM.
in addition, i must disagree that using the term “anti-asian racism” is co-opting antiblackness as a framework. using the construction “anti-xyz” is a valid way of describing any act that specifically targets xyz group. i would argue that the key here is the use of the hyphenated anti-, which distinguishes these constructions from “antiblackness” as a non-hyphenated term that refers to a specific framework. terms like “anti-chinese sentiment” are of common usage in works describing acts of violence and oppression that specifically target the chinese. how else do you propose we describe racism against asians?
lastly, i see notes on this post explaining that it is racist to use “oriental” to refer to asians. while this is true, this argument further obscures the actual meaning of the term “orientalism”; both you (by equating orientalism with all anti-asian racism) and these responders (by suggesting that the term orientalism should not be used at all because calling a person “oriental” is racist) are completely misrepresenting what orientalism refers to.
again: it’s post like this that spread misinformation about terminology and lead to people asking us very basic questions, and you REALLY need to study the terms you yourselves are using before authoring an authoritative post like this on a popular blog.