We live in a patriarchal world but FGM is an issue that is practiced in different countries where the pressure for this to happen is not just necessarily directed from men as form of domination. It is deeply imbedded in some cultures by women to be enforced on girls and women, as a way of life and often related to religion.
Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.
Creeps like him seem to be everywhere these days, threatening to harm any trans woman they find in what they consider the wrong place. Their numbers include not only private vigilantes like Russ, but law enforcement officials and candidates for office who promise to personally police the women's room.