Monday, May 29

Otele, another version

Synopsis: In post-8M Madrid, the cradle of hegemonic feminism, the Community government, led by its president, the writer Luisa Peixa Etxebarrría, has managed to reverse all the laws proclaimed by the previous ministry, starting with the Trans Law. , leaving transgender people helpless and starting the announced Terf Wars.

The second measure, about to be implemented, is the law that harshly penalizes anyone who engages in sex work, which has intensified the daily harassment suffered by whores. Everything has been institutionalized in the city: the spaces are exclusively hegemonic, white and cis feminist, and they work with public money.

Only one stubborn and obstinate transfeminist anti-racist self-managed squat social center is still active in a southern neighborhood. In Venice, which is the name of the CCSS, Otele (sudaka no binarie), Casia (racialized trans woman and Otele’s best friend), Desdemona (Otele’s white Spanish partner, polyamorous, cis woman), Yaga (butch white cis woman and secretly racist) and Rodriga (Yaga’s butch white cis friend) coexist and offer refuge for women, trans men and sex workers, especially racialized women.

In the midst of their militant community life in the dissident queer home, Otele and Desdemona have begun to talk about polyamory, the deconstruction of romantic love and how to work through jealousy. But other less noble passions underlie this coexistence: Yaga wants to take Otele’s place in the assembly, where she has great influence. Lately both politically disagree on almost anything that is raised, but something even worse lurks in the shadows. Yaga hides an uncomfortable secret: she has been going to the parallel assemblies of the abolitionist transphobes for some time and secretly works for them. Not feeling politically essential in Venice, nor loved by the person she is in love with, she has plunged into loneliness and isolation. Intoxicated with rage and frustration, she has begun to work out her revenge. Her mission will consist of intriguing within the squat until Otele is weakened. She has discovered the weakness of the sudaka: her jealousy and insecurities resulting from years of suffering racist violence. And she will do anything to make him feel threatened.

In reality, both Yaga and Rodriga are in love with Desdemona and together they work on a plan to separate the girlfriends: make Otele believe that Desdemona and Casia are having an intense romance apart from Otele, who will end up believing himself to be a victim of lack of care and of the emotional responsibility of their partner. Yaga’s ultimate goal is to sow chaos and take Venice, the last anti-Terf stronghold in Madrid, convert it to terfism and kick Otele, who is also darkly attracted to her, out of there.

Yaga wants Otele to hate and kill Desdemona, but this is a white, feminist tragedy, so no one kills anyone. Their intentions discovered, Yaga and Rodriga are urged to participate in a care assembly and to check themselves out of the squat for a while. Otele, Casia and Desdemona try to live in polyamory with their whore friends, while the great revolt is organized in Venice to remove the terf from power.