A brilliant takedown of the doublethink around male-to-trans people in women’s spaces. From The Fifth Column:
Certain events exist, to serve the needs of specific people, regarding a specific issue. Sometimes, that specific issue is the issue of being a woman who has a vagina/uterus/ovaries/etc. Sometimes, we want to talk about our experiences of misogyny, and about our own bodies, without being corrected every 5 seconds by the Trans-Lingo Police. And we absolutely have that right. Just like transwomen have the right to make their own safe spaces, for transwomen-only.
But apparently, a group of women can’t simply say no and expect you to respect that. That isn’t good enough! Those women have to give you a good reason why you shouldn’t violate their boundaries!
This is what rape culture looks like. This is male-socialized entitlement.
Read the whole piece here.
I would add that the Human Rights Act in Canada allows feminist groups to exclude transwomen, just as it allows men to exclude women from their groups, and black sororities can exclude white dudes, etc.