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Most of the people I talk to about trans activism just can’t fathom that some people genuinely believe that transwomen are women

I care because the end result of gender ideology will hurt women by depriving them of any word to describe themselves, of the right to self-organise and gather without the presence of men, and of the right to decide who’s allowed to touch them and see them naked.

I also care because I’m deeply concerned about the fact that a tiny minority of activists who hold incredibly fringe views could so easily manage to garner enormous support within academia and political parties in a very short time.

To me the ideas that sex is a colonial construct, that people like Danielle Muscato can be legally female or that some men bare children sound absolutely ridiculous and surreal, and I’m very worried that so many people in high places have decided to comply with them with no hesitation whatsoever.

I’ve talked about this to virtually every person I know in my life (and some of them have talked about it to their own acquaintances afterwards), I’ve shared my thoughts on Twitter, I’ve also written some sort of paper that sums up the issue with a lot of references that I usually send to people who express an interest in the subject, and I’ve tried to get in touch with people who have a little bit more influence to try and open their eyes on this particular topic.

On Twitter I got the usual vitriol from TRAs on some occasions. In real life however, I’ve never been subjected to any form of abuse because of my take on this issue. I don’t run in progressive circles, I don’t know anyone remotely woke, none of my friends and relatives would dispute the fact that only women have periods. I woke up to this insanity very recently, precisely because I hadn’t been exposed to it at all prior to my year abroad in Vancouver. However, even if my views are largely shared within my circle, I don’t always manage to make people realise that something bad is going on.

Most of the people I talk to about trans activism just can’t fathom that some people genuinely believe that transwomen are women and that sex is a spectrum, and they simply think I’m paranoid and exaggerating and it’s only a few weirdos on the Internet that have no influence in real life.

L. R. Richard, 21-year-old female student from France