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Should "women-only" spaces be open to anyone identifying as female?
"Women-only" spaces should be open to anyone identifying as female.
Trans women and cis women have more commonalities than differences. As a result, they should share the same spaces.
If trans women are not welcome in women only spaces, it is likely that trans men would not be welcome in men only spaces either. Trans men would be required to use women only spaces, including bathrooms/showers and support groups.
Most people who identify as women
female. Attempts to exclude trans women from women-only spaces will require that a person's sex is verified. Such checks are likely to be invasive and intimidating for all women.
Women-only spaces should strive to include all women.
Women-only spaces have traditionally focused on issues that affect cis women. This tradition should be preserved for its own sake.
"Women-only" spaces should include non-binary people as well.
The owners of privately owned 'women only spaces' should be allowed to determine who counts as a 'woman' and thus they can restrict who enters these spaces.
Allowing trans women into women-only spaces opens the door for men as well.
"Identifying as female" doesn't necessarily mean having female genitalia. Some women only spaces, such as changing rooms, are sex-specific rather than gender-specific.
Allowing anyone who identifies as female into women-only spaces might make those spaces worse for cis women.
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