1. It makes an assumption that the pre-transition experiences of all trans women is the same as that of a cisgender man. In some cases, maybe this is true. In many cases, it’s not.
2. It makes an assumption that all trans women have significant educational and employment exposure as an assumed-male person. This is not always the case. I spent two whole years in school as an assumed-male person, admittedly a result of having entered education later than i should have. Two. I’ve never worked a day in my life as an assumed-male person. And if someone has, again, see #1.
3. This argument is always raised in a way where it’s about how including trans women is problematic to a transexterminationist perspective, generally a TERF perspective but it gets used by MRA types and we all know they’re a bunch of transexterminationists too. Think about this, folks: it always comes up to remove and other trans women.
4. This argument also assumes that all trans women have identical educational and employment experiences *after* transition as cis women and that trans women thus have some boost from their experiences prior to transition. Admittedly, this is true in my case, with the caveat that multiple colleges rescinded my admission when i came out to them…other than that, pretty much the same. But trans women often deal with differential patterns of discrimination and gender policing than cis women.
Politely, i have a fuckton of privilege that stems from being assumed to be cis and having documentation that is congruent with my gender of presentation. This actually gives me far, far more privilege than any distant echo of “male privilege” that a transexterminationist can claim. I babysit now and then for a young trans girl who made it through kindergarten faking it as a boy…i mean, the transexterminationists will still claim she benefited from “male privilege” if it means running her over.
How about declaring abject fucking war on a culture that reifies maleness before you start coming at trans women and blaming us for this culture?