The Committee’s report called for the removal of all three gender criteria, so that anyone could easily become a member of the opposite sex, without the need for any form of social or medical transition. Effectively, any man could claim transgender status to gain access to sex-specific spaces and services whether or not he “dresses as” or genuinely thinks of himself as a woman, and questioning his motives would be classed as a hate crime under the Equalities Act 2010.Read "Write to your MP …"
David Wong describes how he, like all men, was subtly trained to view sexually assaulting women as normal and desirable. Link to cracked.com.Read "7 Reasons So Many …"
Re-posted from 4thWaveNow: The following guest post, by 4thWaveNow contributor Artemisia, is Part 1 in a series. In this piece, Artemisia investigates a recently reported case of a 7-year-old child in the UK who was removed from the custody of his mother. The court found that the child had been essentiallyRead "The boy who ‘ …"
Class analysis means looking at what generally happens with people who share a unique set of features. This sometimes confuses people. As a feminist, I might say “men oppress women”, then half a dozen people come along to tell me they know men who’ve never oppressed a female – otherwise known as NAMALT for not all men are like that. It completely misses the point of the analysis.Read "Class analysis …"
The BBC has produced a short programme, aimed at children aged 6-12, about one child’s “transition” from a boy to a girl. Just a Girl depicts the fictional video diaries of a child who calls himself (or, as he would prefer, herself) Amy and wears girl’s clothes, but explains to viewers that he was born as a boy, Ben, and is in the process of halting puberty. The programme has rightly been met with protest that this is inappropriate for children. You can complain here.Read "Don’t Let …"
Re-posted from Smashing Gender Change by the admirable Hope “Street Voice” Lye: The ‘Not Guilty’ verdict for Ched Evans in his recent re-trial for rape has left many women angry and rightfully so. This has sent rape trials back 30 years where the defence can use any means to attack the victimRead "‘Feminist Men’ throwing …"
Lovely, affirmative video by a “masculine” woman who thoroughly enjoys her life, without ever having needed to risk her health through cross-sex hormones and unnecessary surgery. Speaks for itself 🙂Read "Not a transgender timeline …"
Gender identity is the new black. No other recent movement has spiralled as quickly as that which questions ideas around gender and to the confusion of parents, more and more young people are ‘coming out’ as Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, or any one of the numerous new trans identities. Of course, questioning gender is no badRead "Gender – the new …"
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, withRead "The Drawbridge Is Up …"
Re-posted from http://www.aguycalledhelen.com I think that these are really important questions. On the surface they seem quite simple questions but once you start to look at the implications we can start to understand what the real issues might be. The question is about the definition of woman. A good placeRead "What is a woman …"
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,Read "Cheers Lads …"