It is incredible stupid not to mention anachronistic to claim that any sort of analysis of privilege can be made along a single axis with the exception perhaps of class privilege.
Class privilege may well trump all other form of privilege.
I get really furious when some twit, who was privileged from birth with every educational opportunity possible, tutors, trips to Europe, and every lesson imaginable tries to tell me I had male privilege.
I was an obvious transkid. The bullying started before I entered kindergarten.
I grew up in mill and mining towns and went to schools that reflected the economic realities of those impoverished communities.
Therefore when someone who went to private schools capped with a degree from one of the Ivies tries to pull the privilege put down out on me I take it with a strong dose of skepticism
Now let us suppose that being TS/TG wasn’t an exceptional burden for any child to grow up with.
That would presuppose the transkid wasn’t obvious, that it wasn’t written on their body and they didn’t have their education destroyed by bullying.
While this wasn’t my experience enough sisters have gone through the military for me to think this is possible.
We all have one thing in common. At some point in our lives we come out and transition.
Considering how T to F transsexual and transgender people have to fight to be considered part of the human race, much less women is it really reasonable to smack us around with the male privilege slur?
Further this gets used in a gender policing manner that requires us to adhere to some of the strictest gender guidelines this side of some of the fundie religious cults.
If our status as female goes unquestioned then we are free to be loose in our embrace of gender without taking a bunch of shit. Unless we out ourselves to people we think are our friends with in the lesbian/feminist world.
Then our doing anything is seen as residual male privilege. Even if we learned the skill long after transitioning and had to put up with all sorts of sexist bull shit to learn it.
I feel sorry for those sisters who aren’t able to blend in. What sort of male privilege is there to being obviously TS/TG? To being unable to get a job or walk down the street without being taunted?
But there is a real test, one that is pretty much a fail by anyone’s standards.
How many cis-gender women would be willing to wear the label of transwoman?
One would think that all sorts of cis-gender women would embrace the label in exchange for all the privilege transwomen are supposed to have.
But I be willing to bet damned few would risk coming out to their friends as being a transwoman, even as part of a psych experiment to record their friend’s reactions.
Most of those who hurl this slur are simply being hateful and displaying their own norm-born cis-privilege. They know full well that TS/TG people go through life taking shit cis-gender folks would be appalled at were it to happen to them.
The real kicker is we are just supposed to suck it up and absorb the bullshit, just like we did when we were transkids.