Saying that trans women deserve to be defended by Marxist-Feminists or paternalistically viewing trans issues as “timely” is different than actually recognizing the centrality around trans womanhood in driving forth and restructuring our theory. There needs to be a real internalization of how cissexist gender assignment is inceptional to the systematic oppression of all women, how gender binarism is a function of Western imperialism and white supremacy, how proximity to the violence of (cis)sexism is the cause all violence experienced in Queer communities, how there is a massive correlation between commodified “biosex” realness and ableism, how the destruction of self-determination, and the experiential compartmentalization, of gender is fundamentally and historically connected to lack of workers’ power over our own labor and the society we create.
It is not enough to tag a sticky note saying “trans inclusive” on the second wave and call it progress. We still have Marxist orgs with leadership comfortably reifying certain genitalia or biology as the center of the capitalist state’s regulation of women’s bodies.
This shit has got to go y’all, this is more than just about basic interpersonal respectability for fuck’s sakes.
Marx was highly concerned with the nature of the individual. What he understood, however, is that an individual exists in context of the society they live in. You should check out his stuff on Alienation. What Marx proposed was not state ownership of persons, but collective ownership of production. Contrary to popular belief, Marx and Marxism have very little to do with equality- that word, in fact, is never used by Marx, Engels, or any of their predecessors (Blanqui, Rosseau, Proudhorn, Freurbach, etc. etc.)- Marx’s work is dedicated not to understanding distribution, but the actual production of things. Essentially, Marx’s idea is that there are two kinds of value- use value, where an item or position is determined by its actual usability, and Abstract value, where value is assigned based on social conditions and beliefs. Marx’s vision of a post-capitalist society was one where those who produced Use-Value, factory workers, scientists, teachers, farmers, etc. Would control that value and that the actualy use-value of a product would take precedent of arbitrary and abstract value like capital prospects and stock value along with all these other ridiculous ways of measuring value in a capitalist economy.
Obviously this kind of stuff is clearest with the “white = good”, “everyone not white = bad” formula, but it’s visible even beyond that…
For example, watch the latest Hobbit films (they’re terrible, so actually, you can just not bother and take my word for it instead). Thorin Oakensheild, the Dwarf King, has a nice, well-spoken upper-class English accent, as do all the gentile, refined elves. ALL the other dwarves, however, are depicted as being pretty uncouth - basically alcoholics, not very smart, bad manners, dirty etc…and ALL of them have Scottish/Irish/”regional” English “lower class” accents.
The point is not that the film-makers are consciously prejudiced, but rather that such stereotypes (which reach ridiculous levels in Game of Thrones) are used as story-telling devices - as short-cuts which the audience already understand, so that characters don’t have to be properly developed. Which basically just goes to show how engrained all this bullshit is in our collective minds.