Miscarriages in pub toilets. Is gender neutral ready?

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.

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Everyday sexual assaults – one woman’s timeline

#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.)

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Masculine and feminine: we’re all genderqueer

Each of us has our own character and talents. Our character, abilities and actions form our identity. In general, we find that some quirks – like a forceful attitude or delicate movements – come with one sex more than the other. But this is not a hard & fast rule: we all know people with ‘other gender’ qualities. And we each have some of those ourselves! It signifies nothing about being the wrong sex or gender. Every human’s both masculine and feminine – and unique.

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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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Biological sex differences: bones & muscles

Biological sex affects every part of us, down to the cellular level. The internet’s full of misinformed nonsense – and, worryingly, even medical science doesn’t know the half of it. Real physical differences between women and men are too far-reaching to cover in depth but I’ll try to be comprehensive. Part 1: structure. Skeleton, head, muscles.

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If a masculine man wears feminine clothes, does he change gender or does the outfit?

Scooting through 500 years of British male fashion in search of a reason why men shouldn’t wear lace pants. Social conventions are so powerful, it’s easy to see why most people just accept them, thinking something’s wrong when they don’t fit the expected gender box. Yet it’s all rubbish. Gender varies hugely by country, tradition and by era; this proves it isn’t some kind of natural law. It’s simply that we are taught our culture’s gender rules from the moment we’re born.

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Things I wish my therapist had said while I was pursuing medical transition

There is a huge, fast-growing community of gender transition desisters, resisters and detransitioners. Their voices are quiet because of vicious attacks by their former trans support groups, and because they’re traumatised. The process often brings incredible self-insight and perspective. In four powerful artworks, young detransitioner Cari expresses what lay behind her dysphoria. We review the social forces that focus a person’s identity on their ‘gender’.

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Beautiful video ‘We are WOMAN’ (#weareWOMAN)

Beautiful short film. She will be born female, she will have a girlhood. She can be tough. She can escape stereotypes. She can be comfortable in her own skin. She can break the mould! She can be wise, she can be fast, she can celebrate her body. She can be the best. She can be the leader in her field. She has strength in unity. Her voice is powerful. She will rise up. Our time is coming, are you ready? Don’t erase us. We are women. #weareWOMAN

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Christmas is coming, it’s cold outside

Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski have made a lovely, non-coercive version of the seasonal classic, ‘Baby it’s cold outside’. The 1949 original, featuring Esther Williams & Ricardo MontalbĂĄn, is rather creepy but fun to watch, alongside the role-reversed version with Red Skelton & Betty Garrett. Never mind your hurt pride, buddy, let her (or him) go home already!

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Class analysis

Class analysis means looking at what generally happens with people who share a unique set of features. This sometimes confuses people. As a feminist, I might say “men oppress women”, then half a dozen people come along to tell me they know men who’ve never oppressed a female – otherwise known as NAMALT for not all men are like that. It completely misses the point of the analysis.

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