I don’t quite understand gender essentialism as a philosophy.
Janelle Annemarie Heideman

Precisely. I am a Woman Born Transgender and soaking my statement as someone born without the uterus my former friends now claim excludes me from authentic womanhood. When I point out the millions of Cisgender Women who cannot bear children I get ignored/shunned, handwave rationalizations, or with increasing frequency vicious ad hominem attacks.