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March 08, 2018


A tran

As a transgender regular reader of your blog (yes, honestly), I'm curious about something. Do you draw a distinction between 'self-defining' trans people and 'proper' trans people, or do you consider them to all be the same in that regard?
Whatever you say about it I won't reply further, I've got no interest in some kind of internet argument on the subject. I'm just curious.

Mick H

I wouldn't know where to start. I don't know what it would mean to be a "proper" trans person, as opposed to a self-defining trans person. Is "proper" here meant to signify that they're genuinely sincere, or that they've had gender re-assignment surgery? I don't know what you mean. I certainly don't think there are many - if any - who aren't completely serious about it.

My point, I suppose, is that I have considerable sympathy for those feminists who aren't too happy about trans women muscling in (that seems to be a reasonable description) into areas which were for women only, and were supposed to provide some protection for women in a male-oriented society. Like women-only shortlists.

As to whether these transgender people are "proper", or whatever - well, that's not something I'm in a position to judge.

Martin Adamson

If you wish to call yourself Napoleon Bonaparte you may, but don't expect anyone to follow you on the march to Moscow.


I think you’re getting your dysphorias mixed up. Chas Bono is a trans man. Caitlyn Jenner is a trans woman. The question is, does Caitlyn Jenner get a seat at an all-women’s group.

Mick H

Ah right - I should have said trans woman rather than trans man. Now amended.

But yes, that is the question.

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