I care about this issue because even though I am very sympathetic to the persecution and harassment that trans people experience I am concerned about the loss of speech and legal categories to advocate for the distinctive issues women face. The confusion of sex and gender reinforces the idea that being a woman “means” something culturally specific that can be “acquired”.
I am really afraid of speaking out publicly on social media platforms and at work. I have had conversations with friends and family, but want to learn how to be more open about my views. The problem is that even someone as nuanced and sensitive as JK Rowling gets lambasted on social media, and I don’t want to be misinterpreted as a “trans-hater”. I don’t hate trans people at all, and don’t want them to be discriminated against. I just feel angry that their care and protection comes at the expense of women – and also clear logic and biological facts!
I haven’t been brave enough yet. I want to try harder!