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I’ve not yet used a changing room in a clothing shop since I transitioned, and I hadn’t even thought about it until I read this story in my local newspaper:
Primark has announced a major change to its stores which has seen some backlash on Twitter. The high street store has said it will be ensuring that it allows a safe space for women by creating a “dedicated fitting room area for women, as well as continuing to offer a combined fitting room area which everyone can use”. The retailer has also confirmed it will be making cubicles more secure by increasing the length of curtains and adding new mechanisms to hold the curtains firmly in place.
The statement confirms that the combined fitting area will be for everyone, and the women-only fitting area is for “all women” and will not require identification for entry.
However, the move has seen some negative reaction online, with customers using the hashtag “boycott Primark” on Twitter. They wrote: “No you haven’t. If anyone can “identify as a woman” and get access to areas where women and vulnerable in a state of undress, you’re still not listening, and you are enabling predators. We see you. We won’t shop with you.”
It’s clear that anti-trans activists (who seem also present on this site) want transwomen to be publicly humiliated by being told by shopworkers to use male changing rooms. We need to ensure this does not happen. What is the experience of other trans women here?
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