As a crossdresser who is out in public frequently I can tell you that being singled out is a humiliating experience. It hasn't happened to me often, but the few times over the past ten years or so that it has have hurt.
I don't claim to know what "really happened," and I don't condone a violent response to harassment and discrimination, so I will just say that no one deserves to be humiliated in public.
The fact that some people turn this into a joke demonstrates that women are generally de-valued in our culture. Women who act in masculine ways - tough, aggressive - are OK, but men who feel a need to embrace traditional feminine attributes are mocked - which is indirectly mocking women.
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By Frank Murtaugh
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