Trans rights and the fight between feminists

Last week Cambridge University said they would be accepting transgender women into their women-only college. Germaine Greer was livid, which is unsurprising. Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) have been vocal on keeping transwomen segregated from “real” women for a while now.

Germaine Greer has said, “Just because you lop off your d**k and then wear a dress doesn’t make you a f***ing woman.” So what does make a woman?

As it turns out the brain structure of males and females do vary. According to a Harvard University article: Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity two separate studies found that transgender brains were more similar to their identifying gender than their assigned gender. Also, the majority of scientists agree that our gender identity is formed before we are even born. So why do we as a society chose to define women by their vaginas rather than their brains and genetics?

Since making the plunge to fully accept my kid’s identity, I have another challenge — to reassess my own identity as feminist. My next role as mother and trans ally is to find the means for my trans-daughter to “invade” female-only spaces. In two days time, we will meet with the school principal and a social worker from the Gender Centre to discuss my child wearing a girl’s school uniform and using the girls’ toilet. When I tell my child that I’m working towards her being able to use the girl’s toilet her eyes sparkle like they used to when she was a 3-year-old twirling around in a shabby hand-me-down tutu.

During this process I’ve read all the Gender Centre’s recommended books and the literature and statistics were terrifying. Nearly 50% of trans teens will attempt suicide. Substance abuse is rife as is depression and anxiety.

I’m a queer woman and my 5-year-old has been subjected to more bullying and intolerance in her short life than I have in my 35 years. Not a week goes by that something confronting doesn’t happen in regards to her identified gender.

Women-only spaces are important. I swim in women-only pools and join women-only fitness clubs. All my health practitioners are women too. But I don’t want to be a part of any women-only space that doesn’t advocate for equal human rights. If I was a student at Cambridge University I would suggest starting another college that was for transwomen and their female allies. What I’ve come to learn is that I’m a woman not because I was born with a vagina but because I feel and identify as one in my brain, heart and soul. It’s just a shame so many others don’t feel the same.

Resources :

Harvard – Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity

There is something unique about the transgender brain 

New Scientist – Transexual differences caught on brain scan 


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