Rose McGowan’s transphobia doesn’t belong in #MeToo

Is #MeToo only for cis girls? Maybe so. Some troubling commentaries from Rose McGowan are leaving many transgender females feeling left out from the sexual harassment awareness movement.

On Wednesday, McGowan hosted a book signing at Barnes& Noble in New York City’s Union Square where she talked about her new memoir Brave and fielded a couple of questions from fans. The event get off to a decent start, until one woman from the audience asked McGowan about some comments she made on RuPaul’s podcast What’s the Tee ? in July 2017.

” assume because they felt like a woman on the inside. That’s not developing as a woman ,” McGowan said during the episode, Advocate reports.” That’s not growing as a woman, that’s not living in this world as a woman, and a lot of the stuff I hear trans complaining about, yeah, welcome to the world .”

It’s pretty easy to see how McGowan’s comments were offensive. Saying that trans females don’t understand womanhood is not just annul, it flies in the face of what psychologists and neuroscientists know about both gender dysphoria and experiencing gender psychologically. Living as a woman is a lot more complicated than how the outside world perceives a person’s gender. And McGowan’s comments have a lot more in common with anti-transgender sentiments that actively hurt trans females than presenting understanding and compassion for what trans girls face.

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