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I am heartened to see the criticism of the word ‘cis’ from more places around the world. Women are waking up to the misogyny that is transactivism.

“Loudly proclaiming that the use of biological, scientific words are bigoted, exclusionary, or even violent is actually bigoted, and exclusionary. It’s not violent though, because that’s just a ridiculous exaggeration. It’s projection on a grand scale. The truth is that if you are so terribly triggered by the use of biological terms for your body, or the bodies of others, you don’t need your language rewritten, you need therapy.

Anyone who truly believes that trans people are fighting a losing battle hasn’t considered how much erasure of women’s lives they have achieved in order to protect their own feelings. Meanwhile, birth activists can’t even have a discussion about forced episiotomies or caesareans without being told that women are lying, women are selfish and only care about their birth experience, doctors know best, women in “Africa” die etc etc. We find ourselves in a precarious position when apparently it is trans exclusionary to say “pregnant woman” but we can’t discuss forced episiotomies.

Apparently it is “cis privilege” to give birth. But is it really privilege when our bodies are being forcibly cut without consent, and we can’t even name our body parts or the role we play in giving birth? Many of us can’t choose where we will give birth, or who will attend our births? We can’t access birth control or abortion? When a man who rapes us can take us to court and seek visitation with a child that resulted from his rape? When a woman of colour is at a significantly increased risk of death during or shortly after birth?”

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