Definitions matter

Again.

First – why is UN Women, or the social media officer of UN Women, talking about this at all? What’s it got to do with women? What’s it got to do with women’s issues? What’s it got to do with the reasons women need a UN branch?

Second – for the billionth time – none of that is true.

It’s not a simple truth that “trans people are who they say they are.” It depends on what they say. Some trans people describe being trans accurately, and some insist that they literally are the other sex, despite the fact that the word “trans” means they are not.

And especially, the witless announcement in the tweet is laughably far from the truth.

How people choose to define themselves is no one’s business.

Oh really. So if I choose to define myself as US Secretary of State it’s no one’s business? Even if I act accordingly, and try to make my way to “my” office at the State Department? If I choose to define myself as the driver of the bus I’m on and try to eject the person usurping the driver’s seat, it’s no one’s business? If I choose to define myself as your spouse, it’s no one’s business? If I choose to define myself as someone you owe eleven billion dollars it’s no one’s business?

It’s just complete absurd childish nonsense to claim that how people define themselves is no one’s business. That’s true only in instances where it doesn’t matter – how we define ourselves in our heads, the content of our fantasies, the games we play with willing others.

And yes, it matters to women if men start “defining themselves” as women and insisting that means we have to welcome them into our toilets and changing rooms and feminism. It is our business.

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