Laverne Cox has stated that calling a trans woman a man “is an act of violence.” In so stating, Cox has thus justified assault by transwomen against women who know, in fact, that transwomen are men. Because such assaults are now “self-defense” in response to “violence.” We have seen this “argument” used repeatedly to condone acts of violence and harassment towards women, including in the case of Jewelyes Gutierrez.
Calling transwomen men is not an act of violence; it’s an act of self-defense. It’s an act that allows Women to establish our boundaries. It’s an act that allows us to meet with other Women. Insisting that we cannot do that – that we cannot name reality – is abusive.
We like Laverne Cox, but Laverne Cox is actually a man. And saying that has nothing to do with violence.