"Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow"
That is the theme for this year's International Women's Day, which happens to be today. As a woman, I am all for gender equality. I have seen first hand that women are still considered lesser than men, and it's something that has been prevalent in my working and schooling life since I was small.
Women have been told that they are being unreasonable or acting out when they are angry or sad, and these reactions are typically blamed on periods or "that time of the month", usually while a bunch of men chuckle and drink coffee. Okay, that last part might be a bit off, but you get where I am going with this. Because we have different anatomy, women are considered less important, less responsible, and less employable than men.
There were so many different topics that I could have persued with regards to International Women's Day and the inequalities that exist, but the one I want to address most is the EXCLUSION OF WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY AND OTHER WOMEN'S SPACES!
Yeah, that's right. Women get excluded from women's events and that's just ridiculous.
Typically, when we think of "the ideal" or the "elite", it's a white, cisgender, heterosexual man, however; when it comes to talking about the ideal woman, the only difference is gender. White, cis-het people are still viewed as the ideal and people of color or LGBTQIA+ people get left to the wayside, and transgender women get left out of the conversation completely.
For those of you who may not know, a transgender person is someone who doesn't identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. This is based on genitals. As a baby, it's "penis = male" and "vulva = female", but the truth behind sex and gender is so much more complicated than that. I'm no sex and relationship expert, but for transgender related information I would highly recommend Jamie Raines, and for sex and relationship information I would check out Hannah Witton.
Regardless of the sex you were assigned at birth, the gender you identify as is the gender that you are. It's that simple. (Okay it's not that simple, but for the purposes of this post and for if you can or cannot be included in women's spaces, hell yeah it is). I would also like to note that this is not meant to exclude genderfluid and non-binary people, but since it's International Women's Day I am specifically refering to cis and trans women.
Anyways, I'm rambling, but the point of this is: if you identify as a woman, you are a woman and you BELONG in women's celebrations, events, and spaces. Transgender women are women. Transgender women are a part of International Women's Day. Transgender women are valid.
Thank you for being here on this weird blobby journey, and I hope you had a nice International Women's Day if you celebrated. Me? I went to work and then I came home and wrote this blob. Now I'm going to eat some popcorn. Bye lovelies, and remember: feminism includes trans women.