Science writer Ed Yong wrote an article for the Atlantic about new research on trans identity in childhood. I personally think it is well written and uses inclusive and respectful language.
However, in the response to it, I also read this tweet of a trans woman who expresses her annoyance with people who love this article but have been much less respectful before.
I mean, a man had to say it before anyone believes, right? 🙄
(This is obviously not targeted at Ed Yong, but at society.)
— Björn Jörges (@b_jorges) January 16, 2019
I remember a similar sentiment after the "Everything you know about obesity is wrong" article that appeared late last year: why do people only start listening when men who do not belong to the group they write about (whether it is trans people or fat people) say something that the group themselves has said before? It makes me wonder: because on the one hand we want people who hold the majority of power (i.e. men) to be allies for minority groups, but at the same time we don't want the scenario that only when men speak out, we believe the minority group. So how do we act as allies in such a society? I don't have a clear answer but I think it starts with listening and amplifying voices of minority groups. Is there a way to do it right, or is it 2 steps forward, 1 step back into a more inclusive society?