Tuesday, 17 May 2011
at 3:06 am by Julie
I don't use it now, because being XX is not the defining characteristic of being a woman imho. It's taken me a while to realise this, and I apologise wholeheartedly for it.
I've done other exclusionary and unhelpful anti-trans stuff too, I'm sure, not least in writing about abortion focusing on "a woman's right to choose." While I think there is a strong gender dynamic to the abortion debate, I respect that not everyone who becomes pregnant will identify as a woman. And thus access to abortion is not just about a woman's right to choose.
I want to thank V for helping me have a few aha moments about this along the way. I'm definitely open to some more.
To focus more on the overall point of IDAHO, I've been thinking about Yoda. He was right about "...Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate..." It seems to me that people tend to fear things they don't understand, and can't control. One option is to just chillax and shrug and learn when you can. But it seems there are lots of people who don't take that up and instead opt for the Dark Side.