June 22, 2015
This controversial article (over 600 comments) by Elinor Burkett, published in the New York Times, is an important read for feminists who care about being sensitive to the needs of the Trans* community.
“But as the [trans] movement becomes mainstream, it’s growing harder to avoid asking pointed questions about the frequent attacks by some trans leaders on women’s right to define ourselves, our discourse and our bodies. After all, the trans movement isn’t simply echoing African-Americans, Chicanos, gays or women by demanding an end to the violence and discrimination, and to be treated with a full measure of respect. It’s demanding that women reconceptualize ourselves.”
No matter if you agree or disagree with Burkett’s point of view, this article will make you consider what the word “woman” might come to mean as the gender binary slowly deconstructs itself.