On Transgendered People and Genetic Female Feminists….. the battle
Transgender people run the gamut just like any other segment of the population. You will have your butch trans, your ultra-femme trans, your military trans (Kristen Beck), your actress trans (Laverne Cox) and there will be the sporty trans (Fallon Fox.) The point is, to understand the trans population one needs to view it not as a monolithic block, but as a collection of individuals in various points of transition, with different dreams and aspirations. Is it fair for trans athletes that have undergone a full hormone regimen to compete with genetically born females? Perhaps. Is it fair for large powerfully built genetic women to compete with smaller, more petite genetic women? Probably not. It’s a question of degree and there is quite a bit of strength and performance variation amongst the genetically born female population. I’m not sure if any existing trans tennis athlete could take on Serena Williams. Admittedly there is some call for concern from genetic females on a very narrow sports and regarding transgendered people but overall the things that trans people are fighting for coincides with the general thrust of women’s rights. After all, genetic women were born female and had no choice as to their gender. Trans people CHOSE to be female even knowing the issues that face women in society. What better advocates for women’s rights could there be? I hope that feminist and trans rights groups are able to not only co-exist but are able to help each other.