I am a feminist and I do not like being called a feminist.
This week I will stop being one.
The feminist mantra is that the best way to get someone to agree with your feminist ideals is to be a feminist yourself.
It’s not a slogan that anyone wants to follow.
But it is true.
This mantra is a way to say that I am proud of my gender and my ability to have it and that I do understand how women experience gender in a different way.
That I am not a victim of a feminist agenda.
That my feminism is a feminist message.
This is the mantra that I would like to use to make the transition from a cisgender woman to a transwoman, and to my colleagues and to the wider public.
It is a powerful and powerful message.
It makes me feel strong.
But I am also a feminist who does not like to be called a woman.
I have never felt that I was a victim.
I am one of the few people who is not the object of a cisgendered gaze.
I don’t have to look in the mirror every morning and pretend that I have no gender.
I feel the same way when I walk into a room and the room is full of men.
I can feel it too.
But, as a trans woman, it is not my gender that is being scrutinised, and it is my identity as a woman that is the target of a critique.
I will never pretend to be anything else, and I will always be an authentic woman, not a token.
As a trans feminist, I do want to be known as trans woman and I am still not ready to do that.
My trans identity is a complex, and deeply personal experience.
My experience has been so much more complex than a cis woman’s.
It was difficult and painful to be identified as trans and to feel as though I was not a woman and that the only thing that was valid about me was that I felt like a woman in my own body.
But the reality is that I feel more than ever as a man, in my body and in my life, and that is why I choose to remain a cis person.
My identity is my truth and I feel I am speaking the truth in this article.
This article was originally published on the Irish Times website on Monday, October 16, 2017 and has been reproduced here with permission.
You can read more about trans people in the Irish media.
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