You have nothing to learn, you seem to understand the situation entirely. When Dolezal was a thing lots of people made exactly the argument you're making now. Some were black some were white, some were some other race or ethnicity but all were tarred as transphobic bigots. It's different apparently because reasons. No they will not elaborate you fucking TERF.I realize this probably over-simplifies the issue but I'm genuinely curious what you guys think, because my brain still just can't get around it. Maybe I'm getting old, I don't know.
But, like, y'all remember Rachel Dolezal? That crazy white chick that went 'viral' a while back because she "identifies as a black woman." She had nothing but European white-girl genes, but through some serious tanning and strategically-styled hair, she created the illusion of blackness, and was even the president of her local chapter of the NAACP...until it came out that she was white, and her bullshit "B-but I feel black!" logic was summarily smacked down by both bigots and SJWs alike, regardless of race. She was promptly relieved of her post, heavily criticized, generally agreed upon as totally nuts, and promptly forgotten by society. As it should be.
So how is this any different? How is this man's lying in return for social capital and access to female society + bodies any different than Dolezal's lying for career capital and access to black society? Why was her false entitlement to black culture so reprehensible, but the trans community is generally lauded and supported for doing, as far as I can tell, exactly the same thing - just to a different protected class?
I'm not trying to be a shithead here, either, or REEEEE that trans people don't exist/should die/don't deserve rights/whatever. I'm genuinely curious to hear what you guys think because while I agree that legally, nobody can stop somebody like Dolezal from basically cosplaying blackness on a daily basis, it seems to be clear to most that Ms. Dolezal and others like her have no right to divert laws, career positions, or social programs intended for black people for their own personal gain. However this collective social consensus seemingly evaporates when you replace "black people" with "women." Exhibit A: the namesake of this subforum. You couldn't find a more blatant example of a woman-hating creep using the current culture of transphilia (there's a term you never hear, eh?) to his advantage to gain access to women for nefarious purposes if you tried. I mean, right? Am I nuts? Like, clearly whatever safeguards are in place to protect the black community from people like Dolezal should be implemented here to protect women from people like Yaniv, right?
I'm just mindfucked by this. And I can only discuss it with a few select people IRL who won't knee-jerk react and freak out because transphobia is murder now, or something. It's kinda sad. Intelligent, educated folks - often "cis" women themselves - who I've know for years will look at me like I'm Literally Hitler if I say what I said here, even if I take care to word it very delicately, so as not to offend any sensitive feels. I'm a pretty open-minded, easy-going person, politics-wise, but it's crazy to me that any time I've brought anything like this up IRL, it feels like I've committed a thought crime.
I don't know, man. Educate me, wise Kiwis. What gives?
@AbraCadaver is right though too (no idea why my user tags aren't working rn, sorry). Trannies are actually higher on the progressive stack than black women believe it or not. The whole "cis women are mean to trans women" thing. So trannies won that argument. You're totally not wrong to notice this inconsistency though.