Sexual assault – some men are ‘like that’. The reasons women need space away from men, why women are wary of men seem obvious to me. As a woman, it is obvious. As someone who has worked with vulnerable women and children, it is obvious. As a rape survivor, it
Male violence goes under-reported. Crimes of violence by trans-identified males – a rising subset – passes almost totally unremarked. In many cases, discussions are shut down with startling force. We wonder why this is, and offer a Rogues’ Gallery to help counter the false claim that transgender violence “never happens”.
David Wong describes how he, like all men, was subtly trained to view sexually assaulting women as normal and desirable.
FPFW‘s Rogues Gallery will be an occasional series; lest we forget. The issue is male violence, not “violence in general”. Women aren’t violent like men are. We have less violence here in the UK than some other countries, but this doesn’t mean we should accept male abuse that British women suffer.
There is a huge, fast-growing community of gender transition desisters, resisters and detransitioners. Their voices are quiet because of vicious attacks by their former trans support groups, and because they’re traumatised. The process often brings incredible self-insight and perspective. In four powerful artworks, young detransitioner Cari expresses what lay behind her dysphoria. We review the social forces that focus a person’s identity on their ‘gender’.
Just thinking about this transgender ideology, this insistence that a woman is someone who ‘feels’ like a woman and it’s nothing to do with bodies or biology. I just wanted to point out that most women HATE their bodies. Trans women seem very, very confused about what the reality of women’s lives are like. They don’t have the monopoly on feeling like you’re ‘in the wrong body’; every single woman I know has a really complicated relationship with her body.
Pretty much every woman I know has experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape. I have. All three. More than once. I didn’t talk about it. We don’t do we? Sometimes, we can’t even label it. It’s too hard and it goes against the socialisation we have had since birth.