I'm trans, I live in the UK and I'm fine: how the US media mystifies reality

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Being against trans ideology does not at all mean hating trans people or being trans-exclusionary, as queers scream. Far from it. Like women, even transsexual people do not benefit from trans-ideology. The editorialist explains it very well and definitively Debbie Hayton. Who - incidentally - is trans.


The readers of New York Times they might wonder how trans people survive in the UK. On the other side of the Atlantic the newspaper talks about a hostile climate in which both the left and the right try to trap us.

Last Friday the NYT published an interview with British transgender stand-up comedians Jen Ives and Bethany Black. The piece explains how, although their life isn't exactly a bed of roses, they manage to laugh at the world. At the basis of the story is the prejudice that for transgender people in Britain life is a daily struggle.

I don't think that's true, and I say this as a transgender person on this side of the stragno. I show myself in public – I'm a teacher – and my life experiences seem no different than those of my colleagues. It seems that my students and their parents care much less that I am trans than they care that I know my subject and can teach well. Weren't these the goals that transgender people set out to achieve?

But our American observers cannot distinguish between transgender people and transgender ideology, which is the belief that humanity is divided not by biological facts but by feelings in our heads. The rallying cry seems to be “trans women are women.” They confuse dissent regarding ideology with transphobia, or hatred of trans people.

After perpetuating the myth that JK Rowling is transphobic just for advocating for women's rights based on sex, The NYT he also stated that feminists who don't accept me as a woman are questioning my very humanity.

That's a bold statement. Not just false – even the most determined of feminist activists seems happy that I am a human being – but also useless, particularly for transgender people themselves. Gender reassignment, whether social or medical, can alleviate psychological distress but it does not change our sex.

The NYT , however, makes a valid point. Unlike in the United States, where the response to transgender ideology is divided along political lines, in Britain both left-wing and right-wing voices have publicly spoken out against the idea that anyone who feels they are or thinks they are can be a woman.

In the bizarre world of American politics, where liberals seem determined to grant biological males the right to access spaces and places designated for women, defending women's rights is left to conservatives, including former President Trump.

Maybe we have some difficulty understanding US politics, but the NYT he certainly misunderstands ours. When voices from across the political spectrum advocate for women's rights, they are not erasing trans people. They are simply pointing out what we all know to be true: biological sex is real. It's vital for women – if we ignore sex we ignore sexism – but it's also vital for trans people. If our rights are based on reality, we can live confidently in society.

Debbie Hayton

(translation by Marina Terragni, original article here)

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