Being gender-divergent

Kay Green explains why she says she’s a transgender woman. Branded a rebel as a girl, Kay never managed to be the kind of young woman other people wanted her to be. She soon realised the real problem was gender, but struggled to find her place. Now aware of her autistic traits and loving her life, she says the women’s movement needs to explain to gender-divergent men and women that you can’t change sex but can change your gender.

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In a sexist society, sex matters

The passing of a self-declaration law together with removal of Schedule 3 exceptions would see the current delicate balance of rights between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ in the Equality Act overturned. Those confident that new legislation will not impact women’s rights should not fear discussion; the left must consider the impact of further changing how sex is defined.

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Transgender Organisation Demands

This manifesto was published by the Edinburgh chapter of Action For Trans Health. The transgender organisation demands … well, everything. ATH is a national organisation, which advised the government’s Select Committee on transgender equalities. Individual chapters act autonomously or together. The Edinburgh chapter is one of the most active & influential. The London one celebrated last week’s trans beating of a woman.

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Transactivist violence at Speaker’s Corner, London

If nothing else, this display of transactivist violence – from sabotaging the meeting to assaulting a random feminist – provided ample proof that we’re not exaggerating. With astonishing force, the transgender movement has silenced debate & discussion across the world. What have they got to hide? And what is a TERF? (Media-rich post)

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I knew I was a woman when …

Enraged at the assault by trans activists on a woman in London, June considers their claim that trans women are women by virtue of lived experience. Her memory takes her through some of the near-universal – and unpleasant – experiences she has lived as a biologically female human being. “I knew I was a woman then.” She challenges transactivists to explain how their experience equates to hers.

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Misgendering double rapist Martin Ponting

Leading gender identity specialist, Dr James Barrett, warned Maria Miller and the Transgender Enquiry committee that male prisoners seeking reassignment are predominantly sex offenders. He wrote in particular of certain extreme prison inmates, whose motive for transition is to make sexual offending easier. Martin Ponting’s rape of two 15-year-olds was so gruesome that he received a life sentence. As “Jessica” he sexually assaulted female prisoners, yet still anticipates early release due to his new identity.

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Domestic violence: some men ARE like that

Serious, harmful and on-going domestic violence – women don’t do it too. 90% is committed by men. Some men are like that: 2 women a week in the UK are murdered by their male partners. Escaping “the dominator” takes a great deal of courage, and research shows women need safe environment where there will be no men. They won’t seek help if males are present. Exclusionary? Yes. Women’s lives are at stake. More information & advice here.

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It’s Not About You, You, You or You

Self-ID: It’s not about you. Well, actually, it is. The proposed new law affects a heck of a lot of people. Unlike gay marriage, it reaches far beyond the personal. The government only requested submissions from transgender representatives – ignoring women’s organisations, disability campaigners, HM Prison Services, healthcare providers and others. Yet, without public consultation, it protected male aristocratic succession from trans ID. So it’s all about them …

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He tells her he’s a woman too

He tells her he’s a woman too: a bleak, wry poem on a husband becoming a ‘wife’. He tells her that a woman is whatever he decides … She searches for the words she needs to talk about herself; the billions who exist like her: their lives, their rights, their health … The conversation carries on, but she’s no longer in it. By Rachel Irischild.

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Prison: are women safe?

Women in prison are vulnerable, making up 25% of prisoner self-harm but only 5% of prison population. Most have an extensive history of abuse, suffer disabilities, and are in need of protection. Yet the proposed Gender Identity law reform will allow violent & abusive males to be housed in the female estate, as ‘women’, on demand. We must protest. #safenotsilent @UKMayDay

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Lesbians and a cotton ceiling – This is feminism 6

Lesbian women are having to meet secretly to avoid sexually insistent trans-identified males. Female same-sex orientation angers many ‘lesbian’ transwomen, who soon turn from wheedling to fury at a woman’s rejection of penis. Catherine Drury introduces the ‘Cotton Ceiling’ and laments the pressure on young lesbians to turn trans-male. This is feminism 6.

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