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(I'm sure most of you are familiar with what I'm about to say. I'm posting it here mainly so I have something to link to.)


Woman = Human adult who identifies as female, regardless of bodily configuration.

Girl = Human child who identifies as female, regardless of bodily configuration.

FAAB = Female-assigned-at-birth. This adjective describes a person who was assigned to both the female sex and female gender by medical professionals, either because the appearance of the person's genitalia matched what they expected for the female sex, or because said medical professionals decided to mutilate the person's genitalia to make them look like they "should" for the female sex. Regardless of the reason, the person may or may not neatly fit into the traditional binary categories of either biological sex or social gender, and may or may not identify as female later in life.


These three concepts are often confused. For instance, many people refer to women as "girls" even though they're adults. Another common error is referring to the right to control one's uterus as a "women's issue", when it clearly also involves all other people with uteri -- including most FAAB girls, most trans men, most nonbinary FAAB people, and even some intersex MAAB (male-assigned-at-birth) people.

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