Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Woman Enough

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Woman Enough

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In our package of essays on the transgender experience from a variety of perspectives, "Woman Enough" by Roz Kaveney was the most commented upon. Kaveney's essay examined the phenomenon and tactics of TERFs, trans-exclusionary radical feminists, an outlying and outspoken branch of radical feminism. Erica Michelle commented on Advocate.com, "As a woman born a physiological woman, I am ashamed that these people act this way ... Women are women, girls are girls, regardless of what is between your legs. Anyone who disagrees is ignorant or stupid, perhaps both." The sentiment was echoed by Juli-Ann Richmond who wrote, "Bigotry under the guise of radical feminism is still bigotry," and by Robyn Sheppard who commented, "By reducing a woman to her genitals, TERFs are doing exactly what they blame the patriarchy for." Sarah Davis questioned TERF philosophy: "Isn't the whole point of feminism to liberate women from the restrictions that society, a.k.a. the patriarchy, has placed on them? Yet they want to enforce their own restrictions on other parts of society?" A commenter identified as "Lesbians and Feminists Against Transphobia" wrote: "As someone who was assigned female at birth, has spent years in women-only space as a lesbian, who has been part of running services for women abuse survivors ... I am happy to attest to the accuracy of what Kaveny is saying. [The] worn-out rhetoric that all people born with vaginas have had the same experience is tragic ... We do not all have the same experiences, even when we share one bit of fairly irrelevant biology . …

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