By Susanne Moore
It’s brilliant and worth a read
“Dignity and privacy matter to all of us at certain moments in life. That women may demand it in refuges or when they have been raped is not any kind of pronouncement on the existence of trans people: it is acknowledging the reality of a safe space may mean that it is single sex. For the majority of women then this means the absence of male genitalia rather than having that genitalia redefined as female on someone else’s say.’
‘The crux of the matter is that much public space is not safe for women so we sometimes seek out an oasis away from any male gaze. It is the male gaze that is so oppressive to women and trans people alike. Girls report huge levels of sexual harassment at school, women are hassled on the streets all the time. Every woman I know has been groped or insulted in public. When we demand a place where that might not happen, we are now told that this is a denial of some other people’s rights. Those that tell us this, therefore, demand that we include people who perceive themselves to be women, whatever we perceive. This is just not going to fly with huge numbers of women, and everyone is beginning to realise it.
If neither public space nor private space can be a sanctuary for women then we are being told that there is no place that is just for us. No place where we may either relax, or even more outlandishly, organise ourselves. We are being told that our place, our needs, come below that of a tiny number of other people’s. Again: what do women want?’