We found this amazing letter on Mumsnet and approached the author for permission to share. It is powerful and needs to be heard. To the woman who shrieked at me that I am a bigot and a terf and a hateful transphobe for defending women’s rights, Ten, fifteen years from
It’s the weekend, it’s freezing, and I’m tired of writing. Join me in a rummage through my Random Downloads folder of feminist memes 😉
Several Labour Party women have written that they welcome male applicants into female leadership programmes, if they identify as women. We feel that organisations are deaf to the majority concerns of women. Should much-needed opportunities for females be offered instead to males? Fair Play Women ask the Labour Party to reconsider. Read our letter here.
A quarter of pregnancies miscarry, and most miscarriages happen in public toilets. We wouldn’t need those safer spaces if the world outside the Ladies’ was fully accepting of women’s right to privacy & dignity, of our desire not to be stalked and groped, of our naturally unpolished looks and our hormonally-active bodies. But it isn’t. If we’re to be forced into sharing with males, they’re going to have to wise up and shut up.
In the UK, and in other countries, there are organisations promoting and lobbying for transgender people and their rhetoric is becoming synonymous with claims of suicide. We hear that transgender people are very likely to attempt suicide during their lifetime, though the studies do not make clear whether these attempts
The Justice Committee is conducting a new inquiry into the prison population, to find out whether the Ministry of Justice and prison services currently have a credible approach to accommodating the changes anticipated over the next 5 years. Written submissions have been called for and the evidence received will inform
Fair Play For Women have recently highlighted the potential risks to women in prison if Gender Recognition Act (GRA) reforms and self-declaration of gender become law in England and Wales. We now consider the impact of any changes on probation hostels and the risks not just to women offenders but also to the local community.
Deep pre-release discount! The new book, ‘Transgender Children and Young People – Born in Your Own Body’ is proving so popular that increased print runs have led to cost savings. Get an even lower price with our coupon! 11 very diverse and highly qualified authors argue that today’s medical and social trend for transgendering children is not liberal and progressive, but politically reactionary, physically and psychologically dangerous and abusive.
ITV programme ‘Good Morning Britain’ featured Fair Play woman Dr Nicola Williams, who researched our article on transgender prisoners. During the 13-minute ‘Trans Prison Swap’ spot Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid talked with Nicola and India Willoughby about whether transgender prisoners should be allowed to choose if they serve their sentence in a male or female jail. (Video)
A Woman’s Place UK is delighted to announce that Anne Ruzylo will be joining Linda Bellos & Helen Steel on the platform in Cambridge this Thursday, 23rd November, at 7pm. Free – limited places.
Join leading academics, activists and cultural commentators for a day of discussions and workshops on the theme of tackling pornography. Part of the UN designated 16 Days to End Violence Against Women and Girls. Sat 9th December, GLOUCESTER. By Critical Sisters. Tickets £16.52.
WE NEED TO TALK about the GRA, Glasgow, Wednesday 10th January 2018. By We Need To Talk UK tour. Discussion of proposed amendments to the Gender Recognition Act: what they mean, and implications. Tickets £6 – £10.
James O’Brien of LBC took a call from Kellie of Wiltshire, expressing her thoughts on gender identity and whether outlets like Topshop should allow anyone who identifies as a woman or girl into their female changing rooms. We were outraged to hear the bullying and misogynistic way the call was handled. James would not let her speak, shut her down, mocked her, and implied she was a bigot for not agreeing that sex is in the ‘soul’. Complain to LBC!
#MeToo – One woman’s lifetime in everyday sexual assaults. There have been too many to count, so these are some that stuck in my mind. There’s nothing special about me: all women suffer everyday sexual assaults, and many get it far worse. This isn’t inevitable – men can be better; plenty of men are. I try to figure out why so many men are predators, and how women are trained to put up with it. (Medium-long read, with lots of pictures.)
Full text of keynote talks: “Transgender Law Concerns Meeting: House of Commons, 31st October 2017. Chair: David Davies T C MP” with working, clickable source references. You can also download the original PDF here. For an easier read and our own contribution, see our other post “Proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act”.
I was honoured to attend the discussion in Westminster, as a representative of Fair Play For Women, around Maria Miller’s proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This was the first time critical views had been heard! The room was packed with MPs, medical, legal and educational professionals. We heard from David Davies MP, Miranda Yardley, Stephanie Davies-Arai, James Caspian and others. I spoke about unfairness in sport. (Videos)
The prison service is not recording data on transgender prisoners systematically. The Ministry of Justice and the prison service did not supply information via Freedom of Information requests, as they stated that there is no ‘business or legal case’ for recording the data; Fair Play for Women strongly disagrees. We think Government policy changes require proper information and an impact assessment.