Reading the, “Transfemeinist Perspective,” pieces and discussing them in class, really got me thinking and trying to relate my experiences to what they were saying. Especially, “Do These Earrings Make Me look Dumb?” by Kate Forbes made me think and question: Who can/is allowed to speak and be seen as knowledgeable when it comes to feminism and trans women. I immediately began to think of the mainstream trans leaders and role models of the ever-growing Youtube community, Gigi Gorgeous , Princess Joules,and Angela Vanity, Chloe Arden. All of these trans women have thousands of followers (some even millions) and even though they are just “YouTube Famous” they are still making headlines, being role models, and making money by documenting their transformations and updating their audiences.
So my question is: Is this a way to get to large audiences modern-day and “around the academy?” I see that the Transfeminist perspectives was published in 2012, so I’m not sure if youtube was as big of a platform back then for the trans community. I know Forbes point was diversifying the academy and being allowed to speak on behalf of her experiences not degree but I think forget the academy! I think we were talking in class about how we can’t positively change things and do better without changing the ways the system works already and finding new ways. So I think we should stop trying to find validation in life from others, go your own way! Change the rules, and use other platforms to voice your opinions.
Also back to the topic of trans women on YouTube… Do people think it is okay to be profiting off of transitioning publicly? I love Gigi, but alot of my gay or trans friends seem to think shes all for show and in it for the money and not really doing or showing support to the entire community. I see that the most popular Trans women on YouTube are white and seem to be more privileged… is there a need for more diversity in the trans YouTube community as well? Please let me know your thoughts.