I knew nothing about the GRA debate at that point; but did see mentions of transphobia. Naturally, I was against that.
Start with Stonewall; they’re a respectable authority.
They say, "trans women are women."
I am a woman. And a feminist, albeit one who's a bit out of practice. And this doesn't immediately compute, because, well, what makes me a woman?
Which of those does a transwoman share? Neither. So I can't at first glance see any mechanism by which they could be a woman.
I'm not against it, you understand. I just don't see it.
But I may be wrong not to. I may be out of date. After all, my grandma sincerely believed that having children out of wedlock was wrong.
I looked online for articles, videos etc. First lesson: there's a lot out there saying TWAW, but surprisingly little saying WHY that's so.
The only problem with this (and admittedly I speak as a non-scientist) it's that it's drivel. My mind may be open. But it isn't completely empty.
What I found next was this:
Trans women are women AND THIS IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE.
And I'll be honest, at this point it becomes too much for the cocktail sticks. They buckle and snap, and my mind begins to close. Because there is only so much I can be impartial about.
And yes, it bothers me. And it frightens me. Yes, I lose my objectivity at this point -- and with it, the ability to keep my mind open.
-- Lesbians pressured to have sex with TW with penises? (How rapey is that?)
-- TW in women's sport? How can this possibly be okay? Who ever thought it was?
And most of all, most tragically and awfully of all,
I am ACTUALLY SCARED to put into words that I'm worried, that I think there are genuine issues to be considered, that there may be competing rights here.
does it say something too about the debate itself?
Massive respect to those of you who have spoken up and taken the consequences.
Thank you for listening.