Maybe - but a trans woman probably shouldn't.
“Men have been explaining things to me since the early 1980’s”. Can I have that on a T-shirt?! Hear hear, Milli, thanks for writing this.
Wow Milli, you really have me worried now! I no longer wear lipstick, have never worn wigs, only wear dresses maybe twice a year. No one has ever commented on my "soft voice, head tilt, tinkling laughter" so I am concerned about how I'm seen by others, because of course this is the most important thing in a crafted identity, isn't it? I have had several pregnancies and breastfed for about a decade, so hope this is enough to validate my claim to womanhood, despite the above criteria not being met.
Sarcasm aside, thanks for another great read. That you even have to ask the question of your title, shows just how badly women's hard-won rights are being eroded by men and their handmaidens. No amount of storytelling allows mammals to change sex, even "a little bit". https://lucyleader.substack.com/p/stories-we-tell-ourselves
I can’t deny... the text about knowing where you live is creepy. Frankly, that it has historically men who have populated the world of obstetrics is why birth and the maternity services are in such a state in the first place...
As always male arrogance persists, regardless!!
Excellent Milli. He should not have been given this job because he is not a suitable person for it, for all the reasons you so clearly lay out.
Having said that, nobody seems to care too much for calm, rational women explaining our objections reasonably and with multiple examples. It won't make any difference to those who are busy promoting any and every challenge to our boundaries because the whole point is the boundary erosion.
I'm not sure at what point enough will be enough, but those pushing this stuff can't say they didn't know. They know all right, they repeatedly make that clear. They just don't care.