leaving Laverne Cox off of the Time top 100 despite the overwhelming support she received is an act of violence and erasure towards trans women
I remember the first time a drunken mob chased me down the street and cornered me in an alley. They stood there laughing, blocking my exit. I begged them not to say the words, but then one of them stepped forward, celebrity magazine in hand, and raised it mockingly before my tear-streaked face. “You’re not on this list!” he mocked, and dropped the magazine behind him as he led the mob away, high-fiving his companions and laughing.
I sobbed into the concrete. Nothing could feel more brutalized than I did at that moment. To this day I can still hear the sound of those awful rustling pages, the pages I’m not in, the thud of the magazine being dropped. It’s like I will live the rest of my life trying to leave that dark time behind, that awful, awful night when I wasn’t one of the top 100 people of Time Magazine.
…yeah. tumblr, we really do need to have a talk about the word “violence” someday. erasure? sure. but erasure isn’t violence, it’s erasure. neither are a good thing, but understanding the distinction between them is important.
especially since a lot of tumblr discussions seem way more focused on dealing with erasure than dealing with actual violence, because tumblr is extremely US-media-centric.