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Should "women-only" spaces be open to anyone identifying as female?
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.
Gender based discrimination in private spaces is legal. For example, actual "
" are allowed to choose their membership on certain criteria, including discriminating by gender.
Some people might find it emotionally distressing to have their privacy intruded upon by a person they perceive to be of the other gender.
Some public spaces are segregated for cultural reasons, such as washrooms. A reasonable degree of restriction based on identity does not harm anyone.
This would not be acceptable if their criteria was race based, or if it was related to having some other specific medical history. It's hypocritical to have someone's trans status be acceptable as a reason to discriminate.
In instances where the private sector is de facto the only provider of women only spaces, it is necessary for the state to regulate them to ensure women have meaningful access to the facilitates they need.
This opens the door to gender based discrimination.
Gender specific public space is often implemented to protect people. In
Rio de Janeiro
and many other cities female-only carriages in the metro have been introduced to protect women from harassment on public transport.
That would create a strange new level of bureaucracy where any person wishing to use the facilities would have to check with management first to see if they qualify. It would be a mass expression of the "
No true Scotsman
Legality is not a substitute for morality.