I don’t understand why people think it’s more okay to exclude trans women while recognizing them as women than simply excluding them as men. Excluding trans women because one genuinely believes they are men makes sense. I don’t agree with the premise, but it makes sense. Saying that one accepts…
1. Only a minority of us see transgender women as women; I personally do see transsexual women who have undergone SRS/plan to undergo SRS as women, but I do not see them as female, and I certainly do not see transgender women as women or female. I believe that transsexual women who HAVE undergone SRS should be free to use our bathrooms and changerooms, but I do not feel simply “identifying” as women (as “woman” or “female” is not an identity) is enough for us to let down our barriers and allow male borns to be around young girls and women at their most vulnerable. Trans women have been raised and socialised as males, this socialisation doesn’t disappear in a matter of seconds or at the precise moment a male decides to identify as a woman. This is obvious, too, in the domineering and threatening ways M2T transgenders act around females. It is not a god given right to use our facilities, which we have worked tirelessly for over centuries; we ARE the oppressed group, we have every right to decide who inhabits our spaces with us. I fully support separate facilities for transgender people, but I don’t agree with them viciously and aggressively breaking down our barriers, demanding in the most entitled way that they be able to freely inhabit the spaces we worked for and sacrificed for. It is truly male socialisation and behaviour to DEMAND entry and forcefully break down our barriers. No radical feminist believes trans women are female (biological sex), and I’m sure most of the world doesn’t either. Feminism is about female liberation, and we certainly deserve our own spaces where we are not in constant fear of what harm males are going to do to us.
2. I try to respect pronouns where I can although I occasionally slip up and i feel there are other issues that have far greater importance.