I am a Woman. You are a Trans Woman. And That Distinction Matters.

LivLife&WolvesWell, I’ve read this blog post/op ed several times as it is being shuffled around the interweb, mainly Facebook and I’m still a bit confused about who we, feminists, are supposed to pissed at and who are our oppressors. I have to be honest here and say, I am an older woman, who has had the fortune or misfortune to lack some of the organs that make me a “woman”, I busted uterus and one working ovary, don’t have children, don’t want children and don’t feel less of a woman because of these realities. I am not blaming anyone, as the saying goes, “it is what it is.” Should I feel threatened if a transwoman enters a fertility clinic seeking medical advice. Short answer, no. My reproductive situation isn’t made better or worse by the presence of transwomen, the realities of my body will not change. Cis gender women only spaces won’t stop my early menopause or negate my inevitable need for hormones. Transwomen aren’t trying to take away my health insurance, close Planned Parenthood or take away my voting rights through redistricting. Transwomen aren’t trying to end Medicare, SNAP or social welfare programs with “skinny budgets.” Arguing about the mythical powers that transwomen have to “oppress or silence” cis women feels silly and dangerous, as we debate bullshit on the internet people in power are voting to end shit for all of us.

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