I’ve been visible online talking about feminism for about two years now. As a result, I’ve received rape threats, death threats, and a great deal of horrible comments directed at me for daring to question aspects of the status quo. I’ve hadmen violate my boundaries with creepy sexual comments both online and offline, and I don’t feel safe around strange men by myself. If I walk alone at night, I make sure to have my Maglite and cell phone at the ready, just in case I’m assaulted.
These experiences are sadly fairly common for most of the women I know, and since transitioning, they have become a daily reality for me as well. Nevertheless, there are women and feminists who would assert that I, as a trans woman, am still a man benefiting from male privilege who is not welcome in their spaces.