• anonymous woman

I am large woman, mom, and grandmother. I don't look dainty and I dress for utility and comfort. On more than one occasion, I have been yelled at or threatened by gender-critical warriors who have tried to tell me that I was in the wrong bathroom. Once, I was even afraid of being attacked, as the women who tried to identify me as a man called men outside the bathroom to come inside and remove me. I did nothing to these women. I am just of above average weight and height, and my body shape resembles a potato more than an hour glass. However, in their zeal to attack trans women, they also came after me.

[*Moderator's note: I included this submission because it is relevant to how the social uptake of gender identity ideology has impacted women's use of women-only spaces. If we could be sure that only female people were using women's spaces, then we could be confident that even a masculine-looking person in such spaces was in fact female. But we can't be confident of that today - a lot of the masculine-looking people using these spaces (although not all) are in fact male. So women are more vigilant, and gender non-conforming women are negatively impacted. A solution? Third spaces for men with gender identities, women's spaces for women.]