This is important; keep this in mind when it comes to any sort of political, sociological, cultural, or anthropological discourse about the Muslim female experience that deliberately excludes Muslim women. Keep this in mind when everyone is in awe at a non-Muslim woman who played dress-up one day and then wrote about the Hijab and when she is given more of space, audience and importance than Muslim women who, time and again, have talked about their experiences that, shockingly, go beyond wearing a scarf on your head for a day, week, or month. Pay attention to the silencing of Muslim women.
Born in the 1935 slums of Liverpool, April Ashley was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery at a time when it was nearly unheard of. A secret that would eventually derail her modeling career amid public scandal.
Saving this for the next time someone says, “Well this whole “”“”transgender”“” thing is an entirely new phenomenon that didn’t exist ten years ago!” (Yes, someone really said that to me!)