“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
Douglas College

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.