hey you rebloged that post about sybil lamb and I was wondering if you had any sources for that? cus like I like her work but if she has done all that stuff then I would be inclined to not like her work :/ from feralfawn
I haven’t really read much of her work but the stuff that has turned me off the most (and I’ve seen other people criticize this as well) is actually present in that excerpt you reblogged a few days ago, called “You Best Never Ever Tr*nsition, Tr*nny!”
First of all, it’s okay to make light of the struggles of being a trans woman if you’re a trans woman, but she’s making these jokes at the expense of trans women of color. Making a two-spirit joke is not okay because she is not a Native American trans woman. Throwing in the cheap jab at Thai trans women for having less expensive SRS (which is still pretty expensive) is not okay because she is not a Thai trans woman. (Let alone making fun of them for not knowing English in the joke right after, that’s just racist.) She’s a white woman using her status as a trans woman to pretend she’s empowering all trans women, when really she is just putting shame on trans women of color and appropriating their terms.
I mean, the entire excerpt comes from a bad place, you know? Rather than bothering to say anything good or positive, she’s trying to empower trans women by disempowering them. Just slamming the reader with as many slurs as possible to “toughen you up” or whatever. I guess it was different for you, but when I read it I just felt awful, like all she’s doing is just pointing out a bunch of awful things about being trans and bullying you about it and then just haphazardly tossing in a “Just kidding! Go for it, kiddo!” at the end. If you just cut that bit out then the rest of the essay is basically just the same shit someone would tell you if they really didn’t want you to transition. I can just picture some random gay dude walking up and saying half the stuff in that essay to discourage me from transitioning or feeling good about being a trans woman at all, very easily.
Lacing every single sentence with five or six slurs for shock value is really fucking annoying, but I guess that’s just a matter of opinion. I hate the idea that people can just say horrible shit and get away with it because they labeled it under “ART.” I mean, it’s intended to rile you up or whatever but if I already feel a sting every time I see those words, it’s difficult to just kind of shut off that feeling and read through a million of them because IT’s jUsT A JoKe HA HA ! (we get it, Sybil, you’re edgy…)
Plus, I’ve seen a few people mention that she abuses AAVE which she shouldn’t be doing at all because, again, she’s white, but I haven’t really looked into it that much. Maybe she does, it wouldn’t surprise me, who knows~
Anyway, I’ve been having a difficult time tracking down the sources of those sexual assault allegations against her and I’d like to know more about that, so if anyone can help me out that’d be great!
So yeah, confirmed racist, alleged sexual abuser, and definitely not a role model to me, haha