[Jenny] tells me how her mother sold her, age eight, into prostitution for drug money. ‘It’s just part of being a woman… You’re gonna have to be a big girl and get used to it.’
The venomous narrative that sinks its fangs into the psyche of thousands of girls… every day is that they are somehow not worth protecting.
Christopher Hambrook… took advantage of a law that allowed him inside two separate women’s shelters in Toronto simply by claiming he identifies as a woman… he sexually violated vulnerable women in each of these shelters.
These victims were women like [Jenny], with so little left to give and nowhere left to turn.
As gender-identity-based legislation sweeps the nation, the mainstream media is sounding more and more like Jenny’s mother, telling women who oppose these laws to “be a big girl and get used to it.” I read a recent column that urged us to exercise “moral imagination” and find empathy for transgender individuals whose experiences we don’t understand.
But this rush to embrace gender-identity-based legislation too often ignores the real harm that some—under these new laws’ protections—are doing to people who are already hurting. Must we be the only ones expected to exercise moral imagination?
Where’s the empathy for rape survivors now forced to share locker room showers with anyone who declares himself female, even just for the day… for women like Jenny, reciting childhood prayers to make it through the night?
Men in Women’s Shelters: Must Women be the Only Ones Expected to Exercise Moral Imagination?