This made me tear up at an inconvenient time (I’m on a train travelling to a work meeting and working on an article on how the Women’s March is actually about a lot more than women, so it was also kind of spot-on). Trans women are our sisters, and whatever you’re packing down there does not change that. You’re a woman if you want to be one, and it takes zero effort on my part to recognize you as one of my own. As I told Zoe Dolan a while ago, becoming a cisgender woman is a process, too: one that is made a lot less hard by the fact that we have all the socially acceptable bits, but there’s something inherently relatable (and deeply enriching) in hearing trans women’s stories.
I’m knitting my own pussy hat for International Women’s Day. It’ll probably be all wonky and not at all becoming, exactly like my womanhood. I’ll think of you, a little. I’ll think of all the trans women who will join us that day.