Dan Solomon is a “straight, white cisgender man” from Texas who has things to say about Women like Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill who dare to (1) notice that transwomen are men and 2) have the guts to speak out about it.
And he wants you to know why he takes transgender issues personally…
Because I or someone I love might get cancer at some point, and a trans person who is capable of discovering the cure is otherwise occupied defending their right to exist. (Um, hi, Dan. It’s also possible that a Woman would cure cancer, let’s see you show some love for the Women-only space that allows Women to get together as Women and discuss things other than how we constantly have to defend our right to bodily autonomy).
I live in a world that needs leadership, and a smart, tireless trans person who should maybe be President is busy arguing that they deserve basic human respect. (Hai. Women.)
I want to drive a fucking flying car someday, and the trans person who might invent it is stuck responding to Guardian editorials that treat them like they’re subhuman. (Hai. Women.)
Oh and also compassion. Dan Solomon has oodles of compassion for transwomen because “transgender people live under a constant threat of violence” (from Men, sir. From Men. Just like Women live under a constant threat of violence. Also from Men).
Oh but there’s more…
But these fights aren’t anyone else’s struggle. They’re mine, too. They belong to all of us because the only way the world ever gets better is when people are able to use their talents to make better things for the rest of us to enjoy. And that doesn’t happen much when those talented people are busy fighting for their own survival.
Yes, Women would love to stop fighting for own survival too, sir.
There’s a part in The Autobiography of Malcolm X …
YES. THE STRAIGHT WHITE CISGENDER MAN DID, IN FACT, CITE MALCOM X.
Dan Solomon wants you to know he is here for the transwoman, and he’s gonna pull out all the lefty stops to prove it to you.
I know that I’m never going to cure cancer or discover a process that converts carbon emissions into funk-soul hits from the ’70s or whatever. But I can speak up when things like that Guardian editorial go out into the world. That way, someone who’s exhausted from having to constantly assert that they have a right to exist can relax for a minute when they see that there are other people who have their backs, and go do whatever else it is that they want to do. That’s the world I want to live in.
Here’s why I care about Women’s Issues.
Women want to live in a world where we can relax for a minute, too.
Women would love not to defend who we are and why we have a right to advocate for Women’s issues, too.
Women – and Lesbians in particular – would love to have a supportive world where we aren’t constantly defending our lives and sexuality from transwomen and their allies.
Women would love it if anyone had our backs.