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Transgender People Are Now Oppressed Because ‘Pussy Hats’ ‘Equate Womanhood With Having A Vagina’

Men who dress up in women’s clothing and insist they are women are unfairly ostracized from the modern American feminist movement because feminists are overly “reproductive system-focused,” according to an op-ed in the Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon’s student newspaper.

The author of the 790-word jeremiad, Taylor Griggs, trains her invective on “‘free the nipple’ campaigns” and, especially, the perky, neon-pink-yarn “pussy power hats” with which many participants in the January Women’s March on Washington festooned themselves.

Griggs quotes Marie Solis in Mic for the proposition that signs at the Women’s March reading “Pussy power” and “Pussy grabs back” deliver “a clear and oppressive message to trans women.” That oppressive message is: “having a vagina is essential to womanhood.”

Solis goes on to quote a transgender woman who was offended by feminists holding “signs that equate womanhood with having a vagina” — and even more offended by a subset of feminists who point out that “trans women are actually men in disguise trying to infiltrate their spaces.”

Meanwhile, Griggs, the University of Oregon op-ed writer, asserts that “it’s essential to make sure that transgender women are included in definitions of womanhood.”

Griggs also blames President Donald Trump because, she says, “some of this genitalia-centered rhetoric is a direct backlash to President Trump’s attacks on the female reproductive system.”

She goes on to insist that “transgender women certainly should not be left out of any definition of womanhood.”

Also, America’s feminist movement must not forget the plight of women who dress up in men’s clothing and tell everyone they are men. Some transgender men “have vaginas and uteri that cause significant psychological pain for them that is rarely addressed,” Griggs laments.

Griggs briefly discusses “intersectionality” and then asserts that “black women do not have the privilege to take back their sexuality the same way that white women do.”

Finally, at last, she closes with a plea to feminists “to advocate for the rights of people with vaginas and uteri” and “to show up at Black Lives Matter rallies.”

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