The Emotions of the Movement

The Trans Rights Movement is an inherently very emotional movement as it has to do with peoples’ own selves. Therefore, the perceived threat is very personal and close to home for many members of the trans community and Trans Rights Movement. Many members of the trans community had emotional responses of hatred and anger towards their oppressors and blamed their oppressors for their predicament. However, these emotions are primarily reactive. What actually spurred the movement and caused it to move forward was the love and solidarity that many members of the trans community felt towards each other. These actions led them to fight for equal rights and treatment.

Furthermore, as Jasper states, a moral shock can often spur a movement or ones own changing opinion of themself can lead people to action. In the case of the Trans Rights Movement, one moral shock came at the beginning of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. The Compton’s Cafeteria began as a result of a trans woman being heckled and subsequently arrested by police. This poor treatment of the woman caused many other trans individuals to want to stand up in order to create a safer and more open community for trans people. However, many trans individuals also had to have a self realization or acceptance stage before they could actively participate in the Trans Rights Movement.

Ultimately, the Trans Rights Movement uses a very diagnostic and motivational frame while highlighting the injustice in the world surrounding gender identity. The Trans Rights Movement uses peoples’ emotions in order to recruit them to the movement then motivates members of the movement to action by pointing out the oppression they face.



Information from the Jasper reading

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