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.
Nevertheless HE persisted: A forceful plea against the proposed obliteration of female existence by new self-identification laws. With hard data and even harder emotion, this is a must-read for the liberal feminist.
Women in prison are vulnerable, making up 25% of prisoner self-harm but only 5% of prison population. Most have an extensive history of abuse, suffer disabilities, and are in need of protection. Yet the proposed Gender Identity law reform will allow violent & abusive males to be housed in the female estate, as ‘women’, on demand. We must protest. #safenotsilent @UKMayDay
“Women only” That should be such a final and simple statement. It should mean: only females are allowed access here. It should mean: women, you are safe here. It should mean: no, men, you are not welcome. But the consultation on the Gender Identity Bill in the autumn proposes to
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”.
Petition banned! According to 38 degrees it is ‘inappropriate’ to speak up for the rights of women to equal opportunities, privacy, and even a name for our distinctive physiology. Thanks to the many who signed our petition; sorry you were silenced. We will not be made to shut up about ourselves.
Parliament believes it can magically erase biological sex differences with a new sex change law. Hypnotised by the trans community’s charm & sparkle, UK politicians are dancing to a tune that’s causing a huge number of problems in Canada and California, which have similar laws already.
FPFW‘s Rogues Gallery will be an occasional series; lest we forget. The issue is male violence, not “violence in general”. Women aren’t violent like men are. We have less violence here in the UK than some other countries, but this doesn’t mean we should accept male abuse that British women suffer.
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.
95% of murderers are men. The vast majority of violent crimes are committed by males, rarely females. But women are killed by men, especially men in a relationship with the victim. Reporting tends to mask the real problem of male violence, but numbers don’t lie. We give an overview.
Magi Gibson’s beautiful poem for International Women’s Day, “Under the Silken Sky” evokes the tender magic of a young couple’s first moments with their just-born baby daughter – and the bitter tragedy of female infanticide. This might make you cry.
Unspeakable Women: Julie Bindel; Sarah Ditum; Maryam Namazie. Critical Sisters’ ground-breaking launch event will bring together the insights and experience of three brilliant and proudly outspoken women. A panel discussion will be followed by a workshop with a focus on feminism and free speech. Saturday, March 11th at Cheltenham; click for details.
[Link] An excellent analysis of the push back against Julie Bindel’s planned talk at the Working Class Movement Library. Those who oppose the event are targeting the library’s funding stream, an act that can only be described as moral and cultural bankruptcy. If you wish to make a financial donation of support, you can do so via their website
Fair Play for Women would like to state our support for the BBC, who, despite co-ordinated efforts to prevent the broadcast, aired the documentary Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best? on BBC2 this week. The subject of gender identity and the attendant push to ratify gender identity rights into UK
To the Trustees of the Working Class Movement Library: Thank you for standing up against the online mob for the right of a working class lesbian activist to be heard. It is clear that, conscious or otherwise, lesbophobia, ageism and sexism simmer beneath the demands to silence Julie Bindel, a prominent campaigner for the rights of women and girls. Fighting individualistic identity politics is crucial to class struggle and analysis. As feminists we stand with you.