I'm probably going to upset a lot of people now, but I'm going to say it.
You are not a woman if you have ever been asked at an interview "Have you any plans to start a family in the near future?"
If you have never had a heavy period and had to go to work with painful stomach cramps and pretend like nothing's happening.
If you have had your boobs grabbed or a finger stuck up your bottom on the London tube system.
If you have had to run for your life after being followed leaving a pub or club.
If you have had to fight some-one off who was being sexually aggressive.
If you have been pinched, touched, kissed, and when you objected to this unwanted attention been called "frigid".
That is just the tip of the iceberg.
When you have gone for an interview and some-one a lot less qualified but a lot prettier got
When you have been locked in your office by a drunken boss (yes at the BBC!) and had to ring security for help.
When you have been doing the filing and got dry humped as you bent over.
When you are told "theres no place for women in engineering," (again at the Beeb).
When your friend is slammed across a studio because she refused to have sex with the boss and you record it and see it, and are told - if you report this you'll lose your job.(BBC)
ALL OF THE ABOVE HAS HAPPENED TO ME - ALL OF IT.
I have always always fought for WOMENS rights.
Transgender people must fight for their own rights.
But to me a transgender man will never be a woman.
Now women's voices are being silenced again by men. Transgender men.
Men who have been afforded all the priviledges of their sex, and who will still have them as a transgender person, are trying to silence real women who have every right to say what they think, as we are still a democracy.
Women died for the Vote in this country, women built Spitfires during the war for this country,
women burnt their bras in the 1970s for better equal treatment.
Being transgender is a luxury.
Being a real woman is NOT.