Sitting in my living room the other morning, I got to wondering about women. I am one, and so is my wife. Now here is where we come to a squealing stop because there are people out there who would disagree with me. Why – because my spouse was born with male genitalia.
Today she is a woman who is beautiful and smart, and looked down upon by much of the population. This is something I truly do not understand. She isn’t better than cis women, nor is she below them. If a human being truly knows inside themselves that they are a certain gender but were born not of that gender, then they should be allowed and encouraged to be who they are.
Unfortunately cis women often condemn transwomen for “trying to pretend to be a woman.” They openly smirk or stare instead of being welcoming. Again, I don’t understand. Do they think it is just a man dressed up in a dress? Are they scared of something they don’t understand? If that is the case then we as allies of the trans community need to educate and help these women, born with ovaries, to understand.
You can’t tell me that a woman who has had a mastectomy, or a hysterectomy is no longer a woman; the same way you can’t tell me a person who is born presenting as a male but knows themselves to be female is no less a female.
These are challenging times that require open minds and open hearts. If we as women, all women, don’t band together as a cohesive group we will fall to the pathos and harshness of this patriarchal society we are living in.
Women need to put their fears aside and reach out to each other, because if we can’t support one another who will?