‘Why are you trying to write us out of history?’ Feminists and anti-feminists clash over what a ‘woman’ is

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A group of feminists and anti-feminists took part in a panel that saw heated debate over whether or not transgender women — meaning biological men — should be included in women’s feminism, among other topics such as abortion and racism.

“I would never stand between anyone with a uterus from making a decision about their body,” said Rebecca Faith Quinn regarding abortions, who describes herself as an “actress, writer, autistic, activist, feminist.”

Another panelist described how she felt abortion access should be as ordinary and easily accessible as a simple doctor’s visit:

“It’s the same as going into the doctor and getting a routine check,” remarked the artist who goes by AJ, the One.

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“If there’s something for your body that you think will not just benefit you, but help you live and also help you sustain an actual good life for your child, then that’s what you need to do,” she added.

For lengthy portions of the debate, the participants were not able to agree to a definition of what a woman actually is, which caused dialogue to turn into drawn-out arguments over how to specifically refer to a man who has become a woman and whether or not that change actually allows him to become a real woman.

“I am a woman … born and raised a woman,” said a panelist named Niké, “Why are you trying to write us out of history?”

Quinn, disagreeing with a biological binary, replied, saying, “You guys keep saying there’s a biological reality of male and female, scientists do not agree with you.”

The argument continued with the panelist’s disagreements on definitions stymieing their ability to get through even examples of hypothetical situations.

Panelists were asked by producers to define the patriarchy, fielding vastly differing answers depending on the respondent.

Activist Deja Foxx replied, “What isn’t the patriarchy? I feel like that’s the better question!”

Others took a more literal approach, answering that they felt the patriarchy meant a “systemic ideal” that favors masculinity and men, or even describing it as a system that “oppresses not just women, but everyone.”

However, other panelists altogether rejected the colloquial idea that they are living under an oppressive system.

“I don’t even know,” said Isabella Riley Moody, adding that she is “very happy to live under this so-called patriarchy.”

Jill Simonian, a host for PragerU, replied that the modern definition of patriarchy “does not make any sense” to her.

“Women are not oppressed in America,” she asserted.

The debate ended with an agreement that both sides indeed have a different definition of what a woman is.

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