“Ain't I a Woman Too?”: Analysis of Transgender Exclusion from Women-Only Space

Author Name: 
Julia Jensen
Date Paper Written: 
Mon, 02/01/2010
Institution: 
Douglas College
Summary: 

This paper critically analyzes the arguments advanced on behalf of Vancouver Rape Relief Society and on behalf of Kimberley Nixon, following the VRRS' refusal to accept Nixon as a volunteer peer counselor on the basis that she is a transsexual and thus has no place in women-only spaces and then asks: if a trans woman is not woman enough to qualify for a place on staff (volunteer or paid) in women-only spaces, then what standard allows genderqueer, genderfluid, or even androgynous females into that space.