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Why It's Major That Hari Nef Called Out Caitlyn Jenner's Problematic Politics

Why It's Major That Hari Nef Called Out Caitlyn Jenner's Problematic Politics

Why It's Major That Hari Nef Called Out Caitlyn Jenner's Problematic Politics

Again and again, trans women argue that Caitlyn Jenner doesn't speak for everyone.

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Today in super important news, ish got TOO real when Hari Nef, Elle UK's first transgender cover girl, took down Caitlyn Jenner's lack of inclusive politics. Though Caitlyn loves to talk about LGBT issues, she tends to do...well, less than a good job, according to many trans folks.

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In the interview with Elle UK, Hari Nef, known for being an iconic transgender model and star in hit show Transparent, called out Caitlyn's risky politics for being exclusive:

"The question I have for Caitlyn is, 'What does being a woman mean to you?'

As a woman, who is your community of women? Are the women from low-income houses who are disenfranchised by Republican politics — are those women your women? Are the women who have ovaries and wombs and who can't get access to essential reproductive health care — are those women your women? Are the immigrant women who would get deported under a Republican administration — are those your women?'"

Major props to Hari for speaking out on this major issue. It can be so difficult to critique members of your identity group since the desire to protect and empower each other is so strong. It's clear from Hari's dialogue regarding Caitlyn, though, that Hari finds Caitlyn's politics too dangerous to remain silent in the name of solidarity.

In short: Hari Nef is a rockstar. 

One thing that's so important to keep in mind when we talk about marginalized folks critiquing other marginalized folks is that we make sure we aren't using our privilege to silence anyone involved in the dialogue. Often when Caitlyn Jenner is critiqued, cis folks resort to using slurs and misgendering Caitlyn in an attempt to silence her.

While her politics are for sure problematic, that's absolutely no reason to be cruel and perpetuate violent hatred.

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Plus, with trans women like Laverne Cox and Hari Nef speaking out on the issue, the world really doesn't need to hear much from cis people. Instead, we should use our platforms to highlight the voices of trans women!

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Rachel Charlene Lewis

Rachel Charlene Lewis is a writer, editor, and queer woman of color based in North Carolina. Her writing has most recently appeared in Ravishly, Hello Giggles, and elsewhere.

Rachel Charlene Lewis is a writer, editor, and queer woman of color based in North Carolina. Her writing has most recently appeared in Ravishly, Hello Giggles, and elsewhere.