Biological sex affects every part of us, down to the cellular level. The internet’s full of misinformed nonsense – and, worryingly, even medical science doesn’t know the half of it. Real physical differences between women and men are too far-reaching to cover in depth but I’ll try to be comprehensive. Part 1: structure. Skeleton, head, muscles.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
I am woman; hear me roar, As I bow my respect to the fight, Of those who went before, Whose lives were given to my right. The mothers, grandmothers, sisters all, Who forged a way, set me afloat, So that I may now stand tall, Work, love, live, own, vote.
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?
Only about one in five trans people undergo ‘sex reassignment’ surgery. Approx 75% of trans women have a functioning penis. Tara Hudson, the “beautician” who supposedly lived her entire life as a woman, neglected to mention his real profession as a ‘she-male’ (his word) prostitute and sex performer, or that he refers to himself as a bloke. Although he’s a very violent male, Hudson served his time in a prison full of women.
[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.
Blonde Canadian blogger Lauren Southern decided to see how easy it is to change gender in Ontario. Answer: ridiculously easy! Watch her video – she’s now legally a man. Coming soon to the UK: It will be a serious CRIME to state a fact instead of somebody else’s fiction. Write to your MP & Maria Miller here.
Alan Carr doubtless feels he’s being loyal to old friend Justin Lee Collins, who was convicted of domestic abuse. Very often the abuser, the person using violence or emotional abuse to batter their partner, uses friends as part of his armoury. They provide a convenient smokescreen behind which to hide the abuser’s true nature. Women’s Aid reports 2 women a week are murdered by their partners in the UK. Police receive a domestic abuse call every 30 seconds.
Beautiful short film. She will be born female, she will have a girlhood. She can be tough. She can escape stereotypes. She can be comfortable in her own skin. She can break the mould! She can be wise, she can be fast, she can celebrate her body. She can be the best. She can be the leader in her field. She has strength in unity. Her voice is powerful. She will rise up. Our time is coming, are you ready? Don’t erase us. We are women. #weareWOMAN
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.