The erosion of women’s rights should matter to everyone. Firstly, anything which restricts and diminishes the potential of half of humanity is, self-evidently, a massive setback for all. More drastically, hard as it may be to imagine, the erosion of women’s rights should matter to everyone because the ideology driving these attacks is not based on reality.
Any time adherence to an ideology is prized more highly than adherence to the truth, bad things – some times truly terrible things – follow.
Further, the transactivist movement fails a basic test of morality- considering the consequences of one’s actions for others. Theirs is not a demand for fair treatment. This is not zero sum. As many women have highlighted, what could be more misogynistic than the erasure of women as a category?
Sadly, I have done not nearly enough to raise my voice, though I am working towards it. I am full of admiration for those who have. I’ve lost friends already by refusing to go along with what I know is wrong.
I’ve been excluded from groups and have lost friends as a result of speaking out against the erasure of women as a category.
Will W, musician, educator, coder, Spain