Quick, Silly, Kantian Rebuttal of Feminist Transphobia
April 9, 2009
The next time someone tries to start a discussion about whether transness is morally acceptable, I will ask:
Is it logically possible for you to choose to live in a world where choosing your own gender is universal law? (whether or not you’d actually choose to live in that world)
Yes, it is. Therefore, choosing your own gender is morally acceptable. 😛
I’ll even give you a more suitable-to-transphobic-logic maxim to formulate the categorical imperative: is it logically possible for you to choose to live in a world where transitioning is universal law? (whether or not you’d actually choose to live there)
Yes, it is. Hell, I kind of wish we lived in that world. Think about how many wars would be averted! Plus, so much less transphobia, homophobia, sexism… and we wouldn’t have jerkfaces like George Bush! Therefore, transitioning: morally acceptable.
Let’s try the other formulation of the categorical imperative:
Does transitioning treat anyone solely as a means to an end rather than simultaneously an end in hirself? No. Does choosing your own gender? Nope. Morally acceptable. We’re good.
Yeah, I know, Kant’s not so popular with feminists, anti-racists, and radicals, whatever.