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On May 24th, a few dozen people gathered in a conference room at the Central Library, a century-old Georgian Revival building in downtown Portland, Oregon, for an event called Radfems Respond.
The conference had been convened by a group that wanted to defend two positions that have made radical feminism anathema to much of the left.
But, you might ask, what about the rights of biological female athletes?
Don’t male-to-female transsexuals have a competitive edge?
In the real world, one would be hard pressed to find enough over the past hundred years to count on one hand, if that many.
First, the organizers hoped to refute charges that the desire to ban prostitution implies hostility toward prostitutes.
Then they were going to try to explain why, at a time when transgender rights are ascendant, radical feminists insist on regarding transgender women as men, who should not be allowed to use women’s facilities, such as public rest rooms, or to participate in events organized exclusively for women.
Professional golfer Lana Lawless just wants to keep competing as a woman.
The 57-year-old won the women’s world championship in long-drive golf in 2008, but she was recently excluded from the competition when the tournament adopted the “female at birth” policy of the Ladies Professional Golf Association.