'Cancel Culture' Cannot Erase a Strong Argument
Date Written: 15/07/2020
Year Published: 2020
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX24177
When I challenge the ideology of the transgender movement from a radical feminist perspective -- which is sometimes referred to as "gender-critical," critical of the way our culture socially constructs gender norms -- I am not attacking people who identify as transgender. Instead, I am offering an alternative approach, one rooted in a collective struggle against patriarchal ideologies, institutions, and practices rather than a medicalized approach rooted in liberal individualism.
Radical feminists don't exclude people who identify as transgender but rather offer what we believe is a more productive way to deal with the distress that people feel about gender norms that are rigid, repressive, and reactionary. That is not bigotry but politics. Our arguments are relevant to the ongoing debate about public policies, such as who is granted access to female-only spaces or who can compete in girls' and womens sports. They are relevant to concerns about the safety of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgical interventions. And radical feminism is grounded in compassion for those who experience gender dysphoria -- instead of turning away from reality, we are suggesting ways to cope that we believe to be more productive for everyone.