Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
First they proposed a solution to a nonexistent problem: let’s stop trans women using women’s bathrooms to stop the attacks that have never happened. Ever.
And this week they’re back with another solution to another non existent problem. In an utterly ridiculous post, Roughseasinthemed blathers on about the potential dangers of sharing an all female train compartment with a trans woman. I’d love to know which ones as women only compartments had been abolished in most of Europe by 1977*- which is the year before I was born. Their current existence is limited to highly patriarchal societies, mostly Muslim- but also including places like Japan, Brazil and Mexico where sexual harassment on public transport was endemic.
(*One exception: In April 2016 Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn introduced a voluntary women’s only section on their trains)
And let’s be clear, the sexual harassment isn’t perpetrated by trans-women (who obviously identify as women); it’s perpetrated by men who identify as male and dress accordingly. There’s no way around the fact that what they’re proposing is the same segregation most feminists of the 20th century spent their entire lives fighting.
It doesn’t take a genius to understand that segregation isn’t a one way street. If you’ve visited Matho Monastery you know what I mean: