Lesbian feminist: Trans women are offensive to real women
I don’t do this very often. I am about to admit that I agree with a lesbian.
And not just any old lesbian but one that is also a professor in feminist studies. Please don’t hold it against me – I’ve only found one point of common ground.
On Sunday night, Professor Sheila Jeffreys (what a name for a feminist lesbian!) spoke to John Safran on his weekly Triple J program. I’m not a regular listener, but was pointed to the podcast by a reader KC (thank you).
Professor Jeffreys spoke rather well about the insult that transgender men give to real women. And I couldn’t agree with her more.
There is nothing more sexist than a man who has the absolute arrogance to tell women that he understands what it is to be female. Of course, every transgender ‘woman’ does exactly this. Any person who truly respects women would refuse to accept that a man can be a woman.
Not many feminists actually have the courage of Professor Jeffreys. She briefly mentioned the hatred and insult flung her way simply for expressing her common-sense point of view. But while the majority of feminists are completely illogical, Sheila points out eloquently that ordinary women are very uncomfortable with the idea of sharing space, bathrooms and identities with troubled men who have a troubling fetish for cross-dressing.
Click here to listen to the interview.