How Then, Shall We Define "Women's Space"?

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

How Then, Shall We Define "Women's Space"?


“Women’s space”, is important; is necessary; is essential. In a world governed by Patriarchy, where toxic masculinity has not yet been untangled from maleness, or from what might be a healthy masculinity, women’s space is a refuge. We have the freedom to define space anyway we want. We can have space for people who menstruate. We can have space unifying people who were socialized femininely. We can have space free from patriarchal aggression. We are limited only by our imaginations and our ability to reflect on what our needs truly are, and communicate those needs. We can define space in whatever way we need, but those boundaries of inclusion, or exclusion has impact, and may do harm. In our efforts to liberate ourselves from patriarchy, we must be careful not to confine ourselves by our own internalized oppressive concepts of sex and gender. We cannot simply rely on defining a space as “women’s space” based on the mythological shared experience of having a womb, or a vagina, or menstrual cycle. This myth has never been true. The map has never been the territory. Women, trans and non, have always been left out by this definition, even if it once sufficed as good enough.


Some women are born with XX

Some women are born with XXY

Some women are born with X

Some men are born with XX ( De la Chapelle syndrome,)

Some transmen are born with XX

Some women are born with XXX

Some women are born with XXXX

Some women are born with vaginas

Some women are born with XX chromosomes and no vagina

Some women are born with ambiguous genitalia.

some women have their genitals surgically altered against their will.

Some women have their genitals surgically altered by choice.

Some women are born with a traditionally male body.

Some women have a womb.

Some women get hysterectomies.

Some women like pink.

Some women like blue.

Some women like green.

Some women like black.

Some women bear children.

Some women choose to not bear children.

Some women are infertile.

Some trans men bear children.

Some transwomen breastfeed.

Some women menstruate.

Some women do not menstruate.

Some transwomen have menstrual cycles.

Some transmen menstruate.

Some women have breasts.

Some trans women have non-surgical breasts.

Some non-trans men have breasts.

Some women have flat chests.

Some transmen never had breasts.

Some women get breast implants.

Some women have smooth skin.

Some women have facial hair.

Some women have body hair.

Some women have a slender build.

Some women are muscular.

Some women are raised to be women.

Some women are socialized as boys

Some women are socialized to be femme.

Some women are socialized to be masculine.

Some women are socialized androgynously.

Some women are not good at sports.

Some men are not good at sports.

Some women are better than men at sports.

Some women are better at sports than men who are good at sports.

Some women are wives.

Some trans women are wives.

Some women are straight

Some trans women are straight.

Some women are femme or butch lesbians

Some trans women are femme or butch lesbians.

Some women are bisexual.

Some trans women are bisexual.

Some women are asexual.

Some trans women are asexual.

Some women are partners.

Some trans women are partners.

Some women are single.

Some trans women are single.

Some women are sisters.

Some women are aunts.

Some women are grandmothers.

Some women are mothers.

Some trans women are mothers.

Some women are adopted parents.

Some women do not have any family.

Some women are gentle.

Some women are aggressive.

Some women are victims and survivors.

Some women are abusers and perpetrators.

Some women are loud.

Some women are quiet.

Some women are feminists

Some women are misogynist


None of these things make someone more or less of a woman.

None of these differences, detract from the meaning of being a woman.

Our feminism must be inclusive of all women.


All women (inc. transwomen) are oppressed under patriarchy

All women are intersectional, and have another identity for which they hold privilege.

All women (inc. transwomen) experience love.

All women (inc. transwomen) experience grief.

All women (inc. transwomen) experience change.

All women (inc. transwomen) live with an increased risk of violence.

All women (inc. transwomen) live with an increased risk of depression.

All women's (inc. transwomen) life expectancy is less than non-trans men.

All women's (inc. transwomen) access to education is less than non-trans men.

All women's (inc. transwomen) access to sex & gender specific health care is less than non-trans men.

All women (inc. transwomen) have had their histories erased.

All women (inc. transwomen) need more feminist laws and statutes.

All women (inc. transwomen) need more representation in government.

All women (inc. transwomen) should be free from body policing, and should have bodily autonomy.

All women (inc. transwomen) should be free from the fear of sex & gender based violence.

All women are unique, and deserve to exist, to be safe, happy, healthy, and be free from oppression.

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