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.
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.
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.
Male violence goes under-reported. Crimes of violence by trans-identified males – a rising subset – passes almost totally unremarked. In many cases, discussions are shut down with startling force. We wonder why this is, and offer a Rogues’ Gallery to help counter the false claim that transgender violence “never happens”.
Catherine Drury in Feminism 5: This is the hardest of my pieces to write as it concerns some of the most vulnerable people in our society: children and teenagers. Our children look to us to learn about the world around them, and also to protect them from harm. What is the best way to do that, and what are the implications?
“But what about intersex?” Human sexual dimorphism and the denial of biology. While transgender advocates debate the ever-changing meaning of ‘woman’ and ‘female’, Catherine explains why there is no third sex and intersex conditions don’t disprove the facts of sexual reproduction. This is important – welcome to Feminism 4!
Trésor’s worthy of being called a woman. His male endocrine system and testicles don’t exclude him from womanly experiences like ten-day-long menstrual bloodbaths that burst through one’s unsuspecting pants without regard to the calendar or the fact that you’re on an induction day.
Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘advancement’ in trans rights would grant legal status as a woman (or man) to anyone who says they are. He’s misinformed about current gender ID law in the UK – and woefully ignorant of the repercussions for women and children. He can’t promote both self-ID and women’s rights, the two are mutually exclusive.
When I was younger I was told women and girls could do anything – no longer restricted, women have broken their chains and the world is their oyster. Those “chains” are sex roles enforced on us by a patriarchal society, with a set of rules that dictate what women are and what they can do. The rules say women are meek, subservient, less intelligent, enjoy menial tasks, want babies, are caring blah blah blah. Men are strong, clever, natural rulers, funny, etc etc etc.
Transgender animal rights activist updates us on his campaigning activities around England. Hope Lye witnesses male violence towards women, while enjoying comparative safety in his favourite pink’n’black outfits. Transgender claims of vulnerability seem exaggerated at best, yet advocates openly threaten violence to females.
Snapshot of the top posts from the Facebook group, This Never Happens. It’s run as a public service by members who are concerned about repeated insistence that transgendered people are “never” violent and couldn’t possibly pose any threat to women. In fact, rather a high proportion of such people –
It turns out that claiming a transgender identity is a coat of armour against justifiable criticisms of male violence. In a way, it’s magical. Even a homicidal bigot can be insulated from the wrath of social justice criticisms if he claims to be trapped in the wrong gender.
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.
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’.
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!
Just thinking about this transgender ideology, this insistence that a woman is someone who ‘feels’ like a woman and it’s nothing to do with bodies or biology. I just wanted to point out that most women HATE their bodies. Trans women seem very, very confused about what the reality of women’s lives are like. They don’t have the monopoly on feeling like you’re ‘in the wrong body’; every single woman I know has a really complicated relationship with her body.
I envied the way boys could pee up walls and really felt as if I was lacking. I tried to pee standing up. Being a boy meant strength, adventure, toughness and vigour; I felt trapped and imprisoned as a girl … Growing up meant loss of freedom, although at twelve I could not articulate that. As my body began changing, I felt a sense of wonder: a deep, but unexpressed, pride and excitement about my maturing female body. Where was the little boy of not long ago?