I have an honest question concerning this and honestly would welcome an answer. I have heard answers to this from other gender critical folks, but I don’t want to assume your answer will be the same.

If someone looking outwardly male as a child grows up with male privilege, can we agree that a trans girl who transitions at a young age — say 4 — and isn’t raised looking outwardly male, doesn’t have male privilege? If not, what do you feel causes people to treat them as males and therefore confer male privilege?

On the other hand, there are trans boys raised as outwardly male from an early age. I don’t know if you are the kind of gender critical person who would claim that they are actually female, but if so, and they are raised male, how don’t they have male privilege?

Many trans kids are seen exclusively as the gender they present as all through childhood.

And you make a point about appearance: if someone were perceived as male, they had privilege. Does that mean when someone is older and perceived as female they no longer have male privilege? If it is a matter of being treated as a certain gender, then trans women like me should not be seen as having male privilege.

Did we at some point? I personally feel that I benefited at various points in my life, inadvertently, from being perceived as male. Now that I am no longer perceived as male, the privilege is no longer there, either.

I can probably best illustrate this with the gaining of male privilege by trans men. A trans man who died last year — I can’t remember his name — was a well known scientist. After transition, someone commented that he was a much better scientist than his “sister” — actually him before transitioning. An I could give anecdotal evidence of trans women being treated differently — much the same way as the scientist, only the opposite case (an exemplary work record all of a sudden not being as good; getting catcalls when a trans woman walks down the street; being treated as if transition made her drop dozens of points from her IQ).

I also find what you say there to be a contradiction of what you say at the end. If it’s true that “biological sex determines our oppression. Female-bodied people are oppressed.” How is it only the “appearance of being male” while growing up that confers male privilege, but that biological sex — regardless of gender — determines oppression?

I appreciate your response to this, welcome the chance to better understand your point of view. Thanks!

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