5. FGM is utterly wrong and nothing to do with this debate
Female Genital Mutilation is an utterly evil violation against women. Period.
In much the same way as debating the reality of climate change doesn’t change the fact that it’s happening. Debating FGM doesn’t change the fact that this is a reprehensible assault on vulnerable women. There aren’t two sides on this.
In her article, she mentioned unspecified trans activists that have at some time said something in support of FGM:
Equally, I’m appalled at the repulsive misogyny evident in the response of trans activists who have accused Nimko Ali, a Somali and a courageous campaigner against female genital mutilation,
This does not make these unspecified activists unqualified to be women. It just makes them wrong about FGM. And if it were to make them less as a woman, it is worth noting that Germaine Greer has also come under fire for her views on this subject. In her recent book, The Whole Woman, Ms Greer argued that attempts to outlaw the practice amounted to “an attack on cultural identity”, adding: “One man’s beautification is another man’s mutilation.”
One can be a trans activist and support the vile practice of FGM. One can be a trans activist and not like bananas. One thing is not relevant to the other. Attacking these trans activists for their flawed views on another topic does not make the trans women’s identities any less valid. It’s another logic trap; Don’t fall for this one either.