Trap feminism aims to address the unique challenges faced by these individuals, who are often at risk of being misgendered or otherwise discriminated against due to their identities.
The term “trap” refers to an identity that is socially constructed as male, but which is often associated with femininity. It can be used to refer to cisgender women who present themselves as masculine, or trans women who present themselves as feminine. However, the term is often used by the transgender community in a more general sense.
Trap feminism challenges the idea that there is a single, monolithic experience of womanhood. Instead it emphasises the importance of intersectionality, recognising that trans women and other gender non-conforming people experience multiple forms of oppression. Trap feminism also challenges cissexism (the belief that transsexuals are not real) by centring on how cisgender people perceive them based on their presentation rather than their internal gender identity.
Trans activists have long argued for a more inclusive approach to feminism known as transfeminism which includes all genders rather than just cis women. The term trap feminism emerged from this movement in order to highlight issues specific to trans women such as visibility, inclusion and representation.
Trap feminism fights against cissexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, etc.