Open Letter to Radio 4’s World At One

Dear World At One, we are writing to you as an organisation to express our concern and dismay at the way the issue of self-definition as a woman within the Labour party was presented on your show on Monday, 29th January 2018. The current dilemma over self-definition was presented as

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Questions for left-wing people who support self-definition as a woman

  It appears that the Labour Party in the UK have unofficially and undemocratically decided, without consulting party members or having any sort of vote, that anyone can self-define as a woman (note: not as men) and therefore apply for all-women shortlists, at least in under-25 categories so far –

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Dear Labour Party: Please consult ordinary women

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.

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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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Trans Prison Swap on Good Morning Britain

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)

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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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How often are transgender people murdered?

Since 2008 the number of transgender people who have been murdered worldwide has been recorded annually by the Trans Murder Monitoring project. Analysing the data, we find the transgender murder rate is highest in Central and South America. It is much safer to be transgender in European countries – on average just under 1 transgender person is murdered in the UK each year.

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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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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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Chromosomes, biological sex and gender

Human genetics – sexual reproduction, chromosomes, how it works; genes, what can go wrong. Sexual development, disorders and gender identity! Masses of information, some guaranteed surprises, pictures, videos and loads of links. Clue yourself in.

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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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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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