“If a group of African-Americans wants to hold a civil rights discussion, does it need a panel of white people to evaluate it first?
If a group of Christians wants to hold a religious service, shall the area’s atheists be invited to approve their plans?
If some gay men want to start a sex club, shall straight women take ownership of the membership roster?
Or can people be trusted to evaluate their own interests and assemble with those who share them?”
Suppose a group of women decided to start an endometriosis support group.
Endometriosis, if you don’t know, is a disorder affecting the lining of the uterus.
Suppose the members of this group wanted the group to exclude men. “Cis men,” if you prefer. Wouldn’t that make sense? First of all, men don’t have uteruses, so they can’t have endometriosis, so they don’t need support for it. Second, it could be potentially embarrassing to discuss the symptoms of endometriosis in front of men.
And since the definition of “woman” has become contentious, suppose the group, if explicitly asked, would like to deny entrance to trans women as well. After all, trans women don’t have uteruses. So the above concerns apply.
And if a trans woman is trying to get into an endometriosis support group, without having any need whatsoever for such support, that’s suspicious and boundary-crossing behavior. I mean, what does that…
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