…clear to me how EC activism supposedly “transcends” identities while IP activism “reinforces” them. You don’t have to look very hard to find feminists and LGBTQ+ activists making the case that we should completely do away with gender and sexual identities/categories altogether. Analogous arguments about transcending identities/categories have also been made in other IP moveme…
You can start with this long-time activist.
Since my involvement with Queer Nation in the 1990s, I have dreamed about and written about the day when sexual orientation and gender identity no longer matter as identies, when they are so unimportant that people don’t have to think about them anymore.
But how to get to that day without working collectively to resist systemic oppression?
People aren’t going to stop labeling us, harrassing us, and harming us if we suddenly stop identifying as LGBTQ.
We have had to identify as LGBTQ in order to stop people from labeling and harming us.
If I didn’t wear my chosen label of queer, I would be wearing somebody’s imposed label of faggot.
I’ve been doing battle in the trenches for a long time, most of my life.
I fail to see how I could have done any of the important work that had to be done without IP.