Thanks for the message. I totally understand how you feel. It always appears unusual to me that a lot of those who deny this reality do so while professing to be atheists or those interested in ‘social justice’. I’m not altogether sure how that works, as there’s no adequate science to back these assertions up and, to be blunt, allowing anyone immediate, unquestioned access to what woman are born into, hardly seems like justice to me..
I’m left thinking it is purely political, and that the definition of ‘woman’ is now in some circles to be taken largely as a matter of identity, rather than a biological reality with all the pain, anguish and torment that being socialised female under gender entails.
Here’s something interesting. There is a site called SJWiki which “is a wiki and community centred around intersectional social justice” which seeks to “document, explain, and support any activism that is part of the greater social justice movement, e.g., feminism, the LGBT movement, anti-fascism, the civil rights movement, the queer movement, no borders and migrant solidarity movements, the trans movement, the fat acceptance movement, the body positive movement, and so on.”
Further more they “want to debunk, document, and provide commentary on reactionary movements, that work to corrode, or otherwise damage, advancements in social justice.”
“a person with a set of specific biological and non-biological features, which under patriarchy is defined in terms of gender essentialism, the gender binary, and cisnormativity;” or
“a self-identity, which any person can possess”
It then goes on to say “In the advancement of social awareness being deemed a threat to patriarchy, a desire among many people has risen to try and use definition 1 to create a clear divide between cis women (who are generally considered “woman” by both definitions) and transwomen (who may or may not be considered “woman” under definition 1).”
This peculiar word-salad seeks to affirm ‘woman’ as being a matter of identity. I’d like to finish this piece by countering that with a brilliant piece of writing by the extraordinary Elizabeth Hungerford, which itself has only just recently been published:
“Being a woman is not a spiritual or metaphysical experience. It is not a feeling and it is not a performative utterance. Being a woman is a lived experience with material consequences.”