When you meet a short woman, do you treat her any differently than a tall woman? Do you insist one of them is not a woman? I doubt it. I also have a huge problem with your distinction between trans women and what you can “female” women. I’m transgender. I’m female. I’m a woman.

I feel like your conception is that we are wholly different from women or that we try to copy cis women. We copy other women as much as any women would. As children we (meaning all of us women) copy our mothers, other women we look up to (I also looked up to my sister, who I still look and act a lot like). As we get older, we imitate others we admire. No, not just trans women, all women. You probably did and do the same with male role models. If a trans man were to model his look and mannerism after another man, is he a trans man copying cis men, or just a man with a role model?

The only difference between trans women and cis women is what the doctors thought they saw when we were born. I’m not trying to be anything but myself, and I’m a woman.

Educator, writer, LGBTQ+ advocate, avid reader. Novelist in progress. Website: http://janelleswritemind.com/ Empowering the LGBTQ+ community one word at a time.

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