The problems with “reverse isms”

Why aren’t reverse -isms real?

  • Based on individualism
  • Makes experiences of individual prejudice collective when they aren’t.
  • Recenters the experiences of privileged people
  • Ignores the validity of sociology and other academic/scientific disciplines.

As a Deaf, Black and Disabled person who identifies as a genderueer trans* lesbian woman, there are some things listed below that I, as a individual, could not possibly have done to hearing, abled white cis straight men, divided up into categories.

“Reverse audism”

  • I have never called hearing folks deaf impaired.
  • I have never denied hearing folks their right to English in daily life, including in such things as:
    • Work
    • School
    • Family
    • With friends/acquiaintances
    • Church
    • Media
  • I have never demeaned English as a language, including saying that it is just something you move your mouths to communicate with
  • I have never forced hearing folks to become Deaf
  • I have never abused a hearing person in any of the following ways, just because they are hearing.
    • Physically
    • Verbally
    • Emotionally
    • Psychologically
    • Spiritually
    • Financially
    • Culturally
    • Neglectfully

“Reverse ableism”

  • I have never dehumanized abled people with words that target their ability status.
  • I have never been socialized to not desire to accommodate their ability to move around in the world hinder free. My hypothetical non-desire would be manifestable in…
    • Saying financial constraints make it impossible to accommodate abled people.
    • Deciding for abled people what they need.
    • Refusng to be flexible for specific situations.
  •  i have never denied service to abled people in my own businessss just because they were abled.
  •  I have never been scarred of abled people just because they were abled.

“Reverse racism”

  • I have never called White folks “cracker” as a way of putting them down for who they are.
  • I have never forced White folks into slavery, and thus taken away their:
    • Livelihood
    • Culture
    • Ability to make a living
  • I have never abused a White person just because they were White, in any of the following ways:
    • Physically
    • Verbally
    • Emotionally
    • Psychologically
    • Spiritually
    • Financially
    • Culturally
    • Neglectfully
  • I have never been taught to feel suspicious of White people in a systematically centered way.
  • I have never kicked White people out of my racially safe spaces only beecause they were White, but always because of their individulist attitudes toward oppression.

“Reverse cissexism”

  • I have never refused to respect cis people’s names, gender identities or pronouns just because they were cis.
  • I have never said or implied that cis people don’t exist. Related to this, I have never said that a particular cis person is not actually whatever gender they identify as.
  • i have never said that cis people shouldn’t get hormone replacement therapy just because they were cis.
  • I have never said that all cis people want gender reconfirmation surgery (aka SRS, sexual reassignment surgery).

“Reverse heterosexism”

  • I have never been socialized to think that being lesbin, gay and bisexual is the only normal way to be.
  • I have never made two straight people kiss each other.
  • I have never demonized heterosexuality.
  • I have never included homoness in “family values” as a  way to continue the cycle of capitalistic homonormativity.
  • I have never deniied straight people the right to be together.
  • i have never tried to force straight people to become lesbian, gay or bisexual.

“Reverse sexism”

  • I have never made men feel that they have to keep themselves safe.
  • I have never taken over the voices of men in a primarily all-man space.
  • i have never been socialized to harm men just because they  are men.

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