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A father in Ecuador identifies as a woman to see his children

from Greta Aurora

Rene Salinas Ramos. Source: The voice of Tomebamba.

An Ecuadorian father recently legal changed his gender too female to improve his chances of custody of his children. René Salinas Ramos does not see himself as transgender, but made this decision to circumvent his country’s child custody laws.

According to Ramos that his two daughters are forced to live with their allegedly abusive mother and that he has not been able to see them for five months. Speaking to local media, he explained that fathers are “punished” in the country and he is “seen only as a provider”. Given that judges in Ecuador, like many other countries, are far more likely to rule in favor of women in child custody disputes, he may be right.

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Diane Rodriguez, a notable trans activist in Ecuador, claimed that Salinas Ramos’ change in law was not “in the spirit of the law,” but in fact his request to be recognized as a woman exposes loopholes in the politics of self-identification.

Feminists concerned about self-identification laws tend to focus on the dangers posed by biological males entering the same-sex women’s space and participating in women’s sports. They argue that gender recognition laws like the one recently passed Scotland Make it easier for men with malicious intent or serious mental illness to attack or disrupt women and girls in places where they are most vulnerable.

But this case shows that there are other ways in which the self-identification system can be exploited. When The case of Salinas Ramos shows that criminal intent is not the only reason why biological males choose to abuse an easily accessible label “woman”.

Not only in the courtroom, physical men can also benefit from the system. Identification as a woman could also give biological males access to educational and employment advantages. In EU countries that allow self-identification, there may be an increase in men identifying as women once employers start implementing gender quotas Law recently adopted by the European Parliament. The new policy requires women to fill 40% of non-executive board positions and 33% of board seats across the 27 countries in the bloc. the earlier The female retirement age should also appeal to many men. Will other biological males switch to further their own careers?

Ultimately, the damsel in distress archetype and her ability to invoke chivalry has no male equivalent. Thanks to self-identification, this unique feminine power that stems from women’s perceived weaknesses may now be available to men as well. In a culture that dismisses masculinity as toxic and sends conflicting messages to men about how to behave, being a woman seems like an easier way out. The peculiar example of René Salinas Ramos’ custody battle shows that Ecuador’s law and wider gender legislation may need to be reconsidered.

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