SAVANAH HERNANDEZ REPORTS: University of Texas women say biological males should have rights to women's spaces

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March is the home to both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. To celebrate, I headed to the University of Texas at Austin campus to investigate how the terminology surrounding women has changed and ask students if they would be comfortable sharing their spaces with trans-women. 

Starting off with what it’s like to be a woman today, I was immediately met with a plethora of gender identities and the subject of trans-women was brought up.

“There definitely is some setbacks and challenges,” one student began, “I’m queer and so I have some problems with that from a religious standpoint.”

Another student shared that she was non-binary but still identified “as a mostly feminine person.” A third student went on about the struggles women go through for their gender, “especially if you take into account trans-femme people.”

Continuing on, I ran into a male student wearing a skirt, who shared that he had identified as a man for most of his life, but that he recently decided to change his gender to “any at this point.”

Recently, Hershey’s released a Women’s History Month ad for their chocolate featuring a trans-woman. I asked students about this recent shift and what their thoughts were on biological men being platformed during a month dedicated to women.

“I think trans-women are women,” the queer student shared. “However you choose to present yourself, you are a woman, you don’t even need to have any gender affirmation surgery.” Another student shared that we need to be platforming trans-women because “they are women.”

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