Others who don’t particularly care about trans lives include many right-wing pundits, smugly making easy, hacky jokes about trans women looking like big, scary men in dresses.
That’s from Emily van der Werff.
The logic does come out as a bit of a stretch too:
The Arkansas bill specifically ties “gender” to reproductive organs. That move effectively defines “womanhood” as an ability to bear children, which is so self-evidently a hop, skip, and jump away from an attack on abortion rights that it should give anyone in support of those rights serious pause.
But even more egregious is the bill’s privileging of reproductive capacity
Not cutting your knockers/knockers off is a privileging of reproductive capacity?
Much of the opposition to trans people — or even the unstated icky feelings that many cis people have about us — originates in the feelings of cis parents who are trying to halt their trans kids’ transitions or the idea that a trans person might someday regret their transition and wish they could take it back.
It is worth exploring the sadness of cis parents and especially the depth of feeling some detransitioners have. But the humans whose lives will be most affected should be the priority here….
These humans whose feelings must be prioritised here being Emily. Rather than parents, or those who end up desiring to detransition and so on.
But I am a relatively affluent white woman who transitioned as an adult, and I have a media platform, and I’m not going to stop talking about it.
It’s possible to wonder how long that platform is going to last of course – also, to ponder why Matt Yglesias decided to leave that very same platform.