This is such a sad incident. Feminism is about helping all women feel safe. Not this rubbish.
This quote from this article makes it clear that transphobic ‘feminism’ is bad for all women because it relies on essentialist, limited gender norms. And isn’t that the point of feminism, that we work to dismantle patriarchal gender norms?
Yes. We do.
When transphobes talk about womanhood as exclusive, they have to come up with reasons for this false distinction: this group has an attribute (genitals, physical attributes, life experiences, take your pick) which makes them women, so this other group without that attribute cannot be women. They reduce womanhood to a series of boxes to be ticked, like women are a monolith of experience, rather than accept that some women might look or be a bit different from them, and in the process miss out on the joy that comes from knowing and loving women of all different kinds.