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    • caitlind8

      While I agree that it is not the responsibility of the trans* community to educate everyone, responding to sincere inquiries by telling the person to “read a book” is incredibly obtuse and potentially detrimental in the long term. It seems like kims is genuinely in search of information in an attempt to be more sensitive to the trans* community. Shaming her rather than helping her in her attempt to understand just seems so pointless. The most frequently cited statistic about the trans* population estimates that 0.3% of the population identifies as transgender. Transgender people have almost no cultural visibility in the US. There is an enormous section of the US population that a.) hadn’t even heard that word until the last few years and b.) have a fundamental misunderstanding of what *trans means. It seems naive to expect people to be sensitive, understanding and linguistically inclusive towards a community that they have no knowledge of. I’m not trying to be an asshole. I get where you’re coming from. But this person commented on an article with a (seemingly) sincere request for help in understanding something that they just don’t really get. Do you honestly think that it was beneficial for them to be met with ridicule?

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