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That’s One Woman We Hope Doesn’t Reproduce

, , , , | Working | October 25, 2021

I’m infertile, I’m pretty open about it, and I have a unisex name. I have a coworker who’s pretty transphobic. She goes on a rant about it after an actress comes out as a trans woman.

Coworker #1: “…and, at the end of the day, they’ll never be able to reproduce, so they’ll never be real women. Biological men can’t reproduce and that’s a fact!”

Me: “I’m pretty sure biological men play a key part in reproduction and thus do reproduce.”

Coworker #1: *Splutters* “I meant they can’t get pregnant.”

Me: “Neither can I. Does that mean you class me as a man?”

Coworker #1: “I didn’t say that!”

Coworker #2: “You most definitely said that people who can’t reproduce aren’t real women and can’t ever be.”

Me: “Good thing my name is so versatile.”

Coworker #2: “And here I thought I was going to start calling you Bert.”

Me: “Bert is a good name. But still, I’m not sure I like being a man.”

Coworker #1: “I wasn’t trying to say you were a man.”

Coworker #2 & Me: “But you did.”

Me: “Guess I’m Bert now.”

Even after [Coworker #1] decided to leave — following a transwoman being hired — [Coworker #2] still calls me Bert.

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