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Your treatment policy and core values at the Feminist Women’s Health Center were recently brought to light online before several feminist communities — including fourth-wave trans feminists like me — on how your clinic adequately treats cis women and trans men.
Your clinic, in contradiction to its name, the Feminist Women’s Health Center, categorically treats men (trans men are still men), while it categorically refuses to treat women — that is, any woman who discloses that she has a transsexual body. Your core values categorically begin with this statement: “We provide quality healthcare and community education regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic or immigration status.”
But you categorically don’t.
There’s one important critique of this otherwise dead-on letter: it refers to cis women as CAFAB, and that is not an appropriate use of the term.
Cis women are assigned female at birth, but they are not coercivelyassigned female at birth because their assignment and subsequent socialization fits their gender identity and thus is in no way coerced. Coercion is an accurate and meaningful term when referring to the forcible assigning of a binary sex to people who are trans* and/or intersex; it is an inaccurate and meaningless term when referring to people who are cisgender.