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27 Jan

To put it all too simply, in her article, Tuvel claimed that the very public cases of Rachel Dolezal’s transracial transition and Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender transition operate according to a similar logic when it comes to thinking about identity and identity politics.Tuvel argued in favor of both transgender and transracial identities, as well as for a more fluid conception of identity more generally., has given a new meaning to the public/private split central to the history of feminism.For decades, feminists have argued the personal is political, and explored the politics of our private lives.As one academic wrote to me in a private message, “sorry I’m not saying this publicly (I have no interest in battling the mean girls on Facebook) but fwiw it’s totally obvious to me that you haven’t been committing acts of violence against marginalized scholars.” Later, this same scholar wrote, again in private, saying Tuvel’s article is “a tight piece of philosophy” that makes clear that the position that “transgender is totally legit, [and] transracial is not—can only be justified using convoluted essentialist metaphysics.I will write to her privately and tell her so.” Others went further and supported Tuvel in private while actually attacking her in public.Some said that Tuvel’s article harmed them, and I was doing violence to them, even triggering PTSD, just by calling for an open discussion of, and debate over, the arguments in the article.

Certainly, at the very least, we need to distinguish between levels of violence.I then asked critics to respond with philosophical arguments rather than lobbing insults, which was met with claims that I was doing “violence” to marginalized scholars.The most vocal figures on social media claimed they were harmed, even traumatized, by Tuvel’s article, and by my defense of its right to exist.And its author was called “transphobic,” “racist,” “crazy,” “stupid,” and worse.Many were (and still are) calling for a retraction of the article and an apology from Tuvel.