This all started from this post.
Say it a few times until you believe it. Intersex is not Trans. Now, this doesn’t mean they’re mutually exclusive. Intersex people can be trans. Trans people can be intersex. But intersex people are not inherently trans. While there’s some debate, I’m gonna go with trans people are not inherently intersex (and if we were, we’d be a small part of their community, not the other way around).
I don’t know if all intersex people get full cis privilege because if they don’t “look cis” then people won’t treat them as such. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t cis. There are plenty of cis people who don’t “look cis” either all the time or sometimes who can face transphobia for it. That doesn’t make them trans. Facing transphobia doesn’t make you trans. A whole lot of straight people face homophobia, being called a fag or queer, particularly as a form of gender policing. It doesn’t make them gay, it doesn’t make it sting as much as using a homophobic slur hurts people who actually are gay.
The problems intersex people and trans people face may have some parallels, but they aren’t identical. Both face abuse from the medical system, but different abuses. And because I’m not intersex, I have no right to talk about the problems they face. But there are intersex bloggers out there who do talk about it. Interphobia is separate and distinct from transphobia. The two are related. Sexism, homo/bi/acephobia, femmephobia, transphobia, and interphobia are all related. But they’re also all distinct and separate, and no one would say that sexism is identical to homophobia, saying that gay men who face homophobia are women because homophobia and sexism are related is pretty damn incorrect.
I’ve seen too many instances of non-IS trans people, trans people who have privilege over intersex people (and, yes, cis intersex people have privilege over us, but that doesn’t erase ours) saying that intersex people are trans. No matter their gender dientity, their assigned sex, their self identity, or anything else- they must be trans. That’s bullshit. It’s appropriative, it’s screwed up. It’s wrong. It’s wrong to tell anyone especially someone you have privilege over, who they are. Isn’t that the entire fucking reason trans people have problems? Because cis privileged people think that they can tell us who we are? So then why the hell do we think it’s okay for us to tell other people that they must be trans?