“The Far Right and Far Left Agree on One Thing: Women Don’t Count”

Over the holiday I saw an opinion column in the New York Times that I linked to my Facebook page. I decided to post it here are as well. I prefaced the link with this introduction:

This is a good read. I appreciate Pamela Paul’s respectful and balanced approach to an often contentious issue, important especially now in light of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. Women are clearly in the crosshairs of the rightwing. Along with women, LGBTQ+ people are also under threat. Our respective movements should align and reinforce each other, but there’s a problem — specifically with regard to transgender rights. There’s a trend developing where cisgender women are being diminished or “erased” as a consequence of expanded inclusion of trans women in society. Personally I believe this is mostly unintended, and it’s definitely not inevitable, but it’s happening nonetheless and needs our attention. I’ve written previously about this in my blog.

I believe that transgender women’s rights and cisgender women’s rights can coexist, and indeed each can support and strengthen the other. But this is a difficult issue to discuss as too often transgender people end up being a punching bag. Pamela Paul’s refreshing essay in today’s New York Times is a direct and reasoned examination without the anti-trans vitriol that’s all too common.

The Times article:

The Far Right and Far Left Agree on One Thing: Women Don’t Count
By Pamela Paul
New York Times
July 3, 2022

Title image by Ted Eytan is published under Creative Commons license. It shows protests at the U.S. Supreme Court against the ruling that overthrew Roe v. Wade. All comments are welcome. I only ask that we remain civil and respectful of one another. If you clicked over from Facebook, please comment here rather than back there.

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