my absolute main issue with the concept of my oppression having “nothing to do with a vagina” or being told that they “don’t care what’s between our legs” by a trans woman is that it really suggests my lived experiences, and the lived experiences of most of the women in the world, are just some random coincidence.
if we suggest that sex-based oppression isn’t real, and our oppression is based on “identifying with a gender”, we can take the vagina out of the equation of womanhood and voila, we have our gender-based oppression.
however, i would then ask, what is it about gender-based oppression that ensures, globally, that cis women are reduced to what they are right now? what is it about women that just makes us so easy to oppress? what are the features of gender that make anyone who is woman-identified oppressed?
i’ve heard that it is the “stigma” of being a woman that contributes to the oppression of cis and trans women alike. Where does this stigma come from? What are the origins of the hatred of the gender that we know as “woman”?
it’s concerning to see the alarming rates of rape, forced impregnation, FGM, forced child marriage, destitution, global poverty, lack of education, sex slavery/trafficking, sex-selective abortion, lack of access to birth control, femicide, and all the other stuff cis women uniquely face being written of as a mere coincidence by virtue of us identifying as women rather than our bodies.