Valerie Bryson
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A dry word that can make a lot of sense
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This chapter addresses fierce disputes between some feminists and some trans women and their supporters. It draws on feminist critiques of binary oppositional thinking to explore some of the complexities of trans politics, and to explore commonalities as well as differences between apparently opposing groups. Its final sections address a number of practical issues, including whether trans women have a right to access women-only spaces, to compete against cis women in sports, or to be included in measures (such as all-women shortlists) designed to counter discrimination against women. The chapter seeks to move beyond heated disagreements, and it argues that cis and trans feminists should focus their energies on the interests they have in common, rather than on fighting each other. It concludes by suggesting that sex should no longer be the basis of our legal identity.

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