Self-ID: It’s not about you. Well, actually, it is. The proposed new law affects a heck of a lot of people. It’s not like gay marriage – it reaches far beyond the personal. The government has only requested submissions from transgender representatives – ignoring those from 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 is about them, after all! And you.
Surely, he said, displaying a concern for trans people I’d never seen him display for women, a transwoman asking for a place in a women’s refuge is a DV victim in need? Trans people deserve support, but here’s the thing: women’s services aren’t coping with demand as it is. They lack money, power and influence. But many figures in the transgender movement are enormously wealthy. Any one of them could fund services for trans professionals to help trans people!
This brilliant feminist look at economics is a totally accessible page-turner. Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? lays out the ways women’s living, working bodies are rendered invisible, and examines the powerful drives in capitalism and patriarchy turning us into dead objects to be entered into balance sheets.
I just finished reading Female Erasure. It’s a huge, fascinating anthology, covering an enormous range of angles on the new war on women. From explorations of ancient history and religion to razor-sharp takes on popular culture, legal analysis to powerful personal testimonies, the contributors are well aware that transgenderism’s attack
On my facebook feed the other night I saw a friend reporting that his two-year-old twins want to be an owl and a sheep respectively. Cue lols and hearts. I clicked on his page; they’d all just been on a half-term trip to a farm. There they were, beaming, with
Imagine if you will, two lefty men, deeply concerned for the oppressed, talking about, idunno, a man claiming JSA in the Welsh Valleys and the new Duke of Westminster, and why they are both in the situations they are in. What might come up in this conversation? Capitalism and its history,
Two life-savers; both incredible women and true heroes. Yusra Mardini Yusra Mardini is only eighteen, but she and her sister have saved the lives of twenty people. War forced them to leave their home in Syria and make the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. Their dinghy began to sink in