Kat Callahan is a man who identifies as a woman who writes for Jezebel, an anti-feminist blog. Callahan recently wrote an “article” on a Minnesota proposal to allow transgender students to play on the sports teams of the sex with which they identify. The proposal is criticized for failing to safeguard the privacy of girls, who will now have to share sex-segregated facilities for males if the males so desire. Callahan takes issue with a political advertisement criticising the proposal that posited that “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU okay with that?”
Callahan responded to this thusly:
Let’s be honest here, the reason the choice was made to totally negate the existence of trans boys in this opening statement is clear. In the logic of the CPL and their allies, trans boys are confused girls but pretty much harmless, trans girls are actually perverted boys waiting to strike against their cisgender female peers. And the use of male next to daughter also invokes the further image of an adult man rather than an adolescent. The idea is to create a power imbalance where none may actually exist—at least not anymore so than between cisgender girls of different physicalities and abilities.
A “trans boy” is actually a female. A female showering with males puts her at risk, not the males. Additionally, Callahan seems blissfully ignorant that teenage boys can, and do, rape. Here are some recent cases I found in two minutes:
Transwomen activists want to ignore overwhelming male violence against women and girls, and female vulnerability to sexually-based attacks, because such issues remind them that transwomen are in fact men. They want to pretend that there is a separate category of humans called “transwomen,” when, in fact, there are only men – and they will target Women and Girls who refuse to give into this magical thinking that a man is a woman IF HE SAYS SO. This failure to consider the rights of Women & Girls creates unsafety for Women & Girls.