Before I respond to the excerpt, I have to say something.
Sumach, please get a new design for your book covers. Bright gradients, '80s style font and layered rectangles is just nasty.
Now, to the excerpt
The author brings up some great points. Getting kicked out of a women's shelter or lesbian group because you were born with certain anatomy exposes what the author calls "biocentrism" in our society and in our feminist movement.
It is time that we feminists do some re-thinking of our groups and our values to come closer to our goals of equality and self-determination.
Even calling something "women's" can be excluding -- because a trans person could never know whether women's means it is open to her or not. I personally like the current trend to replacing "women's" with "gender" in titles or organizations.
That said, I'm not a huge fan of the end of the excerpt:
Instead of focusing on how much privilege comes with being accepted as a man in society, female-born feminists and lesbians could instead be critically considering their own privilege and power as women-born- / women-identified women in a world of binary gender systems.
I hate oppression contests.
Is the author so insecure that he must tell feminists to stop focusing on their oppression to look at that of others? Why not both?
Do we have to make a hierarchy out of everything?
I think it's great to see this critical view of feminism and the oppressive role it can play against trans people. But, don't devalue the experiences of patriarchy by women just to get your point across.