This matters to me because it feels like women are being erased. We are being told that we have to accept that a man with a penis and testicles who identifies as a woman has to be recognised as a woman and it’s nonsense. I am genuinely afraid for my safety and my place in the world and I don’t know what to do.
Shamefully I have done very little because I am afraid for my job, my safety and my child. I work in politics and my manager is a gay man who fully and vocally supports the trans movement. We have discussed how I feel up to a point but I know I can’t be completely honest as I would lose my job and, as a single mum I can’t afford to lose my salary so I toe the line despite the strength of my feeling that this is very, very wrong.
Because I know the consequences of speaking up I have stayed quiet but this is becoming harder every day. Until recently I felt lucky to enjoy the privileges afforded to me by generations of women who fought for our rights as women. I recognised that there was still a long way to go but now it feels like we have no rights at all. It feels like we are being erased by men who are taking our place because they know so much better than us what it means to be a woman.
Georgie Mac, ashamed to be so afraid