Why does patriarchy still sneak it’s head into lesbian, trans and non binary relationships?: Also, who said cross dressers are transgender?

Why are heteronormative issues working their way into LGBTQGNC relationships?

Feminism teaches us to kick against patriarchal beliefs and conventions with all our might, and yet ever so often, you may find that you are experiencing or enabling what you fight against. How? Let me break it down.

Patriarchy, with its deep-rooted norms and expectations, continues to show its influence even within marginalised communities as the LGBTQGNC spectrum. Particularly in lesbian, transgender, and non-binary relationships,patriarchy can manifest in subtle yet impactful ways, affecting dynamics  within these relationships.

One of the key reasons patriarchy wriggles into these relationships is the societal conditioning that prioritises male voices and perspectives. This bias often leads to the dismissal of experiences and identities that do not conform to traditional gender roles. In lesbian relationships, for example, there can be pressure to mimic heteronormative dynamics, such as assigning gendered roles based on societal expectations rather than personal preferences.

Transgender and non-binary people also face challenges rooted in patriarchy. The assumption that gender identity must align with assigned sex at birth reflects a patriarchal insistence on rigid binaries. This can result in erasure or discrimination against non-binary identities and the policing of transgender people authenticity based on narrow definitions of gender.

Another aspect to consider is the misconception that all cross-dressers are transgender. This stereotype not only disregards the diversity of gender expression but also enables harmful generalisation. Cross-dressing is a form of self-expression that does not essentially indicate a transgender identity. By merging the two, society overlooks the nuances of gender identity and reinforces binary thinking.

To address these issues, it is crucial to break down patriarchal attitudes and practices within LGBTQGNC communities. This includes challenging gender norms, promoting inclusivity and diversity, and fostering open dialogues about power dynamics and expectations in relationships.

In summary, patriarchy’s abidance in LGBTQGNC relationships underscores the ongoing need for intersectional advocacy and allyship. By actively challenging patriarchal norms and supporting diverse expressions of gender and sexuality, we can work towards a more equitable and inclusive society for everyone.

Gertrude Undie for Wher Nigeria.

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