In which I let loose my inner curmudgeon
We can certainly quibble about the term "colonialism" and how it gets used. But whatever. Sure, words matter, but it's still just a word. It is certainly possible to connect its historic meaning with its modern application. If someone doesn't like that, fine.
I'll say this: I am utterly and completely disgusted with how cis people utilize transgender people in their shitty, self-indulgent, garbage movies. Honestly, it's just trash, and the feel-good liberal tripe-people who think they can thoughtfully watch The Danish Girl or Dallas Buyers Club and I won't fucking hate them --
-- it's hard to explain. But imagine trying to convince some weird alien overlord species that it was wrong to eat your children, when their culture regards eating children as entirely normal. What argument would you make?
At some point you just have to listen to people with less power than you, when we say, "This hurts us. It just does."
There is something deep about being transgender, which seems mysterious but fascinating to (many) cis people. That's fine. We can try to communicate these things. However, when cis writers just make shit up from their own imaginations, about us, those things are always wrong. What actually happens is these writers map their own sexual and gender preoccupations onto our lives, and thus large audiences come away with an understanding that is really about the weird dysfunctions of a bunch of insipid cis Hollywood dipshits.
And thus over time the broad culture doesn't understand us, but they still feel a need to have opinions of us, to pass laws about us, etc.
Blah. Mind your own fucking business people. You don't know shit.
On the other hand, if you really want to understand us -- well there are limits of empathy. But you can try. Read the things we write for each other. Listen to us talk to each other. It's possible to draw near to an understanding.
Honestly, for most day-to-day things we are exactly like cis people -- we are people! -- except that part where our gender was totally wrong, which led to a soul crushing hell, and so we had to somehow change our gender and now we live among you as hated freak people.
Well, it's sorta like that. There are good parts. The sex is nice.
Can black people make similar points about movies made by white people?
I'm sure it's somewhat different. Race is not like gender. But still, is it so hard to have black writers writing with a focus on black characters using language and motifs that are familiar to other black people? Will whites not watch such movies?
Perhaps they will not. It's almost as if racism is real.