I’m going to say that I am more in support of the woman who wrote this piece than I am with the Transgender Borg who are attacking her.
Anatomy is part of what makes women women. For all the blither, blather and babble about gender those TS/TG folks who are assumed to be female aka pass are assumed by society to possess female anatomy. It is that assumption people operate upon not some academic gender studies babble about identity.
I’m a second wave feminist, one who made her peace with Lesbian Feminism some forty years ago. Today TG folks dismiss the “Real Life Test” as antiquated but it was a crash course in socialization as a woman. If you spend most of your life with other trans-women you get socialized as trans, hence the Trans-speak and the inability to deal with even the mildest of feminist criticism.
I am the same age as Elinor Burkett, quite probably shared many of the same social influences of Second Wave Feminism with her.
Living real life as a woman makes one a real woman. It requires one to have or be presumed to have certain anatomy. It takes the amassing of a history of living real life as a woman, including dealing with people assuming you have been that way since birth.
For what it is worth I do not believe in male brain/female brain. I believe how our bodies handle hormones may in some cases play a role. I don’t know what causes core sex identity and it doesn’t relly matter. Rights are based on being human. Nothing else.
From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/sunday/what-makes-a-woman.html