Rethinking gender and language in the face of privilege – Repost

Anindita Mukherjee, a frequent collaborator in HUL projects and a former intern, who unwittingly came into the limelight for asking for a gender-neutral honorific ‘Mx’, deconstructs her own position to reflect on privilege, identity and solidarity.

That people were making this very linear connection between my request for a gender-neutral certificate and trans* identity alarmed me. To lay claim to trans* identity, in today’s world, is to lay claim to certain narratives and lived experiences that are not mine. If I was being attributed that identity, was I also being attributed the voice that comes associated with it? Was I unwittingly speaking for others, just because the media chose to pick up and amplify this light and fluffy story? This essay is a consequence of that alarm.

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