Transgender People Are Not Your Last Legitimate Punching Bag

We’ll never know if Joan of Arc was a transgender man but she was ultimately executed (via Catholic doctrine) for refusing to adhere to the gender binary. — 1903 engraving by Albert Lynch, Figaro Illustre, Public Domain

One of the most frustrating things about interacting with transphobic people is how frankly sanctimonious they can be about their behavior. However unexamined their beliefs may be, they often express those beliefs in the tone of someone who is taking the high road, who exudes a sort of justified moral superiority, who simply defends legitimate social and moral norms—even as they are…