Reading this while trying to factor trans women in is like trying to take a wolverine for a walk through the park. Choosing something to quote is tough when you want to quote an entire book. Reading example essays works the same way! Rich viewed the past with a mix of skepticism and compassion: for her literary predecessors, for blinkered activists, for her prior selves.
It's not just the difficulties of getting any use out of all the assumptions of shared commonalities of physiognomy that make the experience a tightrope.
The example essays in Kibin's library were written by real students for real classes. Who wrote this essay? To put this in a way less oblique, between the time I read On Lies, Secrets And Silence and now, I have become increasingly and horribly aware of the connotations of the phrase "radical feminism" with all its TERF and SWERF offshoots that invest certain "women" the divine right to define what "woman" is.
It's very smart and deeply thoughtful.