Six-year-olds do not deserve to be sexualized. They deserve to be able to go to the bathroom without hassle. Making a child out to be a dangerous sexual being and focusing on a child’s body says a lot more about the adults who are doing so than it says about the child herself. source
Literally the only thing about a trans girl that I might ever boost or post.
I would let this article stand on it’s own, but I feel like I should add a few helpful statistics for the ignorant fucksticks who think that isolating trans* people, forcibly outing them, and/or enforcing specific-genitalia-only-bathroom-policies is somehow going to make women safer:
Claiming that sex offenders will dress as women in order to use the rest room and thus rape the women there is wrong. Sex offenders who are planning on raping someone in a bathroom are going to commit an act of sexual assault in a bathroom, and often will not bother to disguise their identity.
A friend of mine was raped in a (public) university bathroom. Her rapist (who had been a friend of hers) did not need to disguise his appearance to threaten her, force her into an isolated area, and rape her.
To suggest that the only reason men are refraining from raping women in public restrooms is the lack of welcome they will receive if they donned a dress and entered is beyond idiotic. Men have, and will continue, to rape women while they are dressed as and appear to be male. Men have, and will continue to, use the ladies’ room by mistake or when they cannot find the men’s room, without raping anyone. All men are not rapists. All rapists aren’t going to fucking care whether the sign on the door says “Women”.
That being said:
1. Trans* women are more likely to be the victims of violence/ sexual assault than other women. (source)
2. At least 2/3rds of rapists are known by their victims. This study shows that for female victims, only 25% of sexual assaults were commited by strangers, compared to 30% stranger-perpetrated assault on male victims (source). In the united states, 48% of female rape victims (in 2010) were assaulted by a friend or acquaintance. 17% were assaulted by their intimate partner. (source) Some studies indicate as much as 91% of rapes are not commited by a stranger. (source)
3. 85% of Trans* women have experienced some form of harassment/threats/verbal abuse/discrimination based on their gender identity alone. (source)
4. Trans* women are women.
5. Trans* girls are girls.
6. Anybody who has ever been in a public ladies’ room knows that a) there will be privacy stalls available, so that you don’t have to let strangers see your business, and that b) people voluntarily remain clothed while outside of the stalls as well as c) no woman entering a restroom will have any concern whatsoever for the unexposed genitalia of another person in that res7troom, because she just wants to fucking pee.
7. If they were really concerned about whether or not female-at-birth children and their families would have ‘concerns’ or be ‘uncomfortable’ with a child using the bathroom, they should address those families. By increasing the education about trans* people and telling those girls and families that this child is NOT a boy, that she is using the bathroom that fits her gender identity, that she is NOT a sexual deviant or a threat to their safety would benefit everyone.
8. Trans* women are women.
9. Cannot fucking say that enough. TRANS WOMEN ARE WOMEN OKAY.
10. Fuck’s sakes.