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I can’t let this stand

If you’re using “transwomen” to talk about trans women, then I will absolutely assume you’re being transphobic.

To be clear, I don’t care if you’re in the trans umbrella, lots of trans people are transphobic, that term is othering and transphobic, period. I’m not giving it a pass.

The quote I saw today was “For me the shirt and tie was the absolute opposite of what it was to be a transwoman, or a woman, even though I wasn’t open about the whole gender thing.” 

Okay, first the use of “transwoman” that was coupled with a very distinct othering from “women.” I want to be clear, I am a woman. I happen to be trans, which only means anything to my doctor and, maybe my partner, but outside of that need I am the same as a cis woman. 

I am going to continue to rant about this because, dammit, I have transitioned. I am a woman and I’ll be damned if I am going to let someone other me this way. Stop it.


  1. Spot on!

    Use of the word transwoman or transman is deliberately designed to separate trans men and women from other men and women, whereas trans woman or trans man refers to a man or woman who happens to be trans. I am a tall woman; I am (alas) an old woman; I am a trans woman ~ none of these mean that I am not a woman, I am just part of several subsets of woman.


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