Finally, we have agreement. Carrie Marshall (I wanted to say Carrie Fisher there but she’s got an entirely different set of problems, like being dead) now agrees that trans women aren’t women.
Or rather, that blanket statement, “trans women are women” is not true. The correct answer is “It depends“.
The same thing happens with trans women: I get invitations for cervical cancer screening but I won’t for prostate cancer screening; I don’t have a cervix but I do have a prostate.
Anti-trans activists are blaming us for this, claiming that if we didn’t change our gender markers that wouldn’t be a problem. As ever, this is coming from a place of profound ignorance about trans people’s bodies and healthcare. If we don’t change our NHS gender markers then that throws the system into disarray too: our blood tests are returned as abnormal (this happened to me several times) and we are not invited to screenings for things that do affect us, such as breast cancer screening for trans women.
Excellent. We do now have at least logical agreement. We are as with that PJ O’Rourke point about gender differences. Sometimes they don’t matter and possibly shouldn’t even be acknowledged – when trading bonds – and sometimes they’re vital differentiations – like when making babies.
So too with trans. The wearing of frocks? Seriously, get with it. Pronouns? Sigh. Prostate screening? Ah, yes, the difference does matter.
Cool, now we get to go on and discuss which differences matter and when? Because we’re all now agreed that sometimes the differences do matter and are indeed a vital matter of differentiation.
The listing of mother or father on the birth certificate? The tracking of mitochondrial DNA might be important, might not be. Add other issues as you wish. Sticking an anatomically male rapist into a women’s prison? Perhaps that might be the same side, other side, depends on who is doing the differentiating.
But we do now have agreement. Trans women are not women in every and all senses of the word. Sometimes the differences are indeed important. Now all we’ve got to do is work out which times? For the answer “never” is wrong, isn’t it?