Now Wadhwa has been interviewed at Guilty Feminist by a fawning Deborah Frances-White, and addresses the question of women who’ve been raped coming along to the crisis centre and expecting to be seen by a biological woman. Frankly, they’re bigots, and need to be educated.
“But if you bring unacceptable beliefs that are discriminatory in nature, we will begin to work with you on your journey of recovery from trauma. But please also expect to be challenged on your prejudices, because how can you heal from trauma and build a new relationship with your trauma, because you can’t forget, and you can’t go back to life before traumatic incident or traumatic incidents. And some of us never, ever had a life before traumatic incidents. But if you have to reframe your trauma, I think it is important as part of that reframing, having a more positive relationship with it, where it becomes a story that empowers you and allows you to go and do other more beautiful things with your life, you also have to rethink your relationship with prejudice. Otherwise, you can’t really, in my view, recover from trauma and I think that’s a very important message that I am often discussing with my colleagues that in various places. Because you know, to me, therapy is political, and it isn’t always seen as that.”
So if you’re looking for a bit of help in overcoming the trauma of rape – from that shoulder to cry on to full blown therapy – you must in fact agree that transwomen are women otherwise you’re a bigot who will never recover.