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 😉
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.
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.
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.
A Woman’s Place UK – write to your MP requesting that women’s voices be heard in evidence-based discussion about the Gender Reassignment Act. Demand these five points, and make it personal.
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.
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)
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.
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.