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Should "women-only" spaces be open to anyone identifying as female?
Women-only spaces have traditionally focused on issues that affect cis women. This tradition should be preserved for its own sake.
A modern example of a women-only space is the
Certain women-only spaces have existed for many years and may want to honour their own traditions, for example
There are women-only spaces where the presence of male bodies
can cause harm
. For instance, some evidence suggests childbirth is safer without biological males present. Women should be able to choose whether to have a male-bodied person in such a space.
This is because traditionally it was assumed sex and gender were the same. We now understand that being a woman is not to do with your sex so 'women only' spaces should adapt to cater for this.
"status quo" bias.
Traditions are often wrong and oughtn't be assumed to be right.
We now understand that "women" encompasses all kinds of women, including trans women. Because trans women are women, their issues are women's issues and therefore they belong in spaces where women discuss issues.