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Transgender rights & women’s rights

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For some time, a debate has been raging among feminists on the subject of women’s rights and transgender rights. While most progressives regard trans equality as a top priority, dissenting “gender-critical” feminists believe some aspects of transgender acceptance — particularly new norms under which gender is determined by self-identification, regardless of anatomy or appearance — jeopardize women’s privacy and safety in single-sex spaces.

An ongoing controversy in Los Angeles highlights those issues — and raises thorny questions with no easy answers.

In late June, a viral Instagram video showed a woman complaining to staff at Wi Spa that “a man with a penis” was “exposing himself” in female-only nude facilities; a staffer said the person was entitled to use the women’s section “if they identify as female.” The online polemics turned to real-life violence when an odd alliance of right-wing and radical feminist protesters clashed with pro-transgender demonstrators.

Subsequently, there were widely repeated claims that the incident was an anti-transgender hoax. But earlier this month, criminal charges were filed based on complaints from five women, and a warrant was issued against 52-year-old Darren Agee Merager, who apparently identifies as female and has decried the........

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