In this video, we asked British model and activist Munroe Bergdorf to stand alongside three other trans women — writer and activist Xoài Phạm, photographer and activist Jari Jones, and designer Yael Levine — to speak out about their experiences facing sexual assault and its aftermath, and how #MeToo has failed to center their voices. In the process, they share devastating insight into the extent to which trans women and femmes bear the brunt of sexual assault and harassment, from both men and society at large.
“I don’t feel like trans women are allowed to be sexually empowered without it being a thing,” Bergdorf tells us. “I feel like that’s a cis, privileged thing — that a woman can be sexual, she can be gorgeous, she can be attractive and that just be her. But for a trans woman to do that, it feeds into a whole narrative of us being fetishized.”