What makes a feminist in 2020?
We asked feminists all over the world to share their views on what we think are some of the crucial questions that we should be debating right now. The feminist movement is broad, diverse and sometimes divided. Is that a good or a bad thing? Please, share your opinion with us and your fellow feminists.
CAN YOU BE A FEMINIST AND DISCRIMINATE AGAINST TRANS-PEOPLE FOR THE SAKE OF FAIR COMPETITION IN SPORTS?
No, instead the sports industry needs to find ways of organising its competition that do not rely on biological essentialism and exclude trans and intersex people.
Yes, because this is a difficult subject with a lot of nuance, and male-born physiology often (though not always) has an advantage over female-born physiology.
Let’s not discriminate against trans people. I can see where some feminists, who argue against trans women’s participation are coming from, but their arguments are flawed and transphobic. There is no excuse for transphobia.
To me, the best solution to the sports issue is to take gender out of the equation completely and to have (probably) two categories which are defined by biological indices of strength, muscle density and lots of other biological concepts I don’t know anything about.
No. Feminists cannot excuse discriminating on the basis of gender if they are truly committed to a world without gendered oppression.
No. It’s a valid point, but it’s not a valid discrimination
Illustration by Hannah Wolny