Terry O’Neill is a liberal feminist who heads the National Organization for Women. She recently penned an op-ed titled “Why Transphobia Is a Feminist Issue” in which she posits that feminists should right for the rights of Men to identify as Women.
O’Neill believes that transwomen “bust” stereotypes about Women. She misses the point that gender identity affirms gender as an innate trait. Even liberal feminists used to understand that gender was a social hierarchy that ensures the subordination of Women by ascribing traits (i.e., stereotypes) to Women based on our biology. Now, according to O’Neill and other liberal feminists, gender is an individual choice that is fun to play with – especially for Men.
O’Neill features Laverne Cox as her poster child for transgender rights. O’Neill seems unaware that Cox has advocated for the rights of incarcerated child rapists/killers and wife murderers to obtain sex reassignment surgery. O’Neill also mentions rates of violence against transgender people without noting that it is Men who perpetrate such violence. This is a spectacular failure to name the problem.
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