February 16, 2014
i just realized the interesting juxtaposition of two of the articles i posted links to.
except that the first one is written sympathetically and is, in essence, attempting to justify and excuse why men ought to be allowed into women”s spaces.
the second, written by a white trans HBSer/truscum, argues that some women ought not be allowed in spaces because these spaces are vulnerable to invading men
both rely on essentialist notions of gender
“women who have penises and no desire to get rid of them are really just men and not women! so keep them out of women”s spaces!”
“men who have vaginas are really just women and should be allowed in women”s spaces!!!”
super, duper interesting.
also interesting, in this juxtaposition, is the kinds of spaces being discussed.
the injustice of being denied access to a dance
the belief than some women shouldn”t be allowed to access shelters or other such services