Transphobia has no place in a modern society

Rachel Saunders
4 min readFeb 18, 2024
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You post any trans related content online and invariably you receive a deluge of anti-trans hate pouring in. Indeed, its almost as if the transphobic Twitteratti can sense it through the algorithms, they flock together like carrion birds, except actual vultures play a vital part in nature. Transphobia, like any form of xenophobia, is based on fear, hate, and abuse of power. Must of the rhetoric used has its roots in racism, antisemitism, and homophobia, all of which have taught transphobes how to effectively demonise trans women simply because they can. It bears repeating each and every time that transphobia has no place in a modern society for precisely the same reasons any form of xenophobia has no place: you have no right to police the identity of others based on your own fears and prejudices.

A favourite tactic of transphobes is straight of the antisemitic playbook, showing images of trans folk, usually trans women, who they accuse of hyper sexualising femininity while also failing to pass their own perceived standards of womanhood. It infuriates me on so many levels. Firstly, there are plenty of cis women who post sexualised images of themselves online. Secondly, by denigrating trans women as something lesser than women they vicariously abuse any woman who falls short of their own personal standards. National Socialists and antisemites throughout history used caricatures of Jewish men to show they were predators and child murderers, propaganda so sick and vile that it is banned in the public sphere in most countries. Yet, trans women suffer the same injustice simply because transphobes want to have a power play.

And it is this power play that is at the root of all xenophobia. Power over the outsider, power to punch down and act as a righteous bully. No trans woman is pure as the driven snow, a vestal virgin pining away in her solitude. Every one of us who walks through the world has a past and an online history, and that transphobes weaponise that history is both vile and shows how insipid their movement actually is. Abusing someone based on their looks is the worst form of harassment precisely because it assumes that looks are all that matter. Transphobia impacts any cis person who is transvestigated and assumed to be trans. Indeed, since 2021 to be labelled trans in the media is seen as the same was as being a Jew…