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.
Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski have made a lovely, non-coercive version of the seasonal classic, ‘Baby it’s cold outside’. The 1949 original, featuring Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalbán, is rather creepy but fun to watch, alongside the role-reversed version with Red Skelton & Betty Garrett. Never mind your hurt pride, buddy, let her (or him) go home already!
Created by parents struggling to help their gender-questioning children, Mermaids Transgender was a support group. Now it’s a registered charity, receiving large grants and consulted by the UK Government, the NHS and others. And is still a group of blinkered evangelists. Despite their elevated status, Mermaids have shown themselves incapable of handling facts or seeing wider contexts. Our distressed young people need support, not sterilisation. We explain.
All transgender people should have the right to live their lives free from violence & discrimination. In certain circumstances transgender people have needs that differ from those of members of the sex with which they identify. In these circumstances a clash of rights arises. If the proposed changes go ahead, abusive men will be able to access women’s shelters and prisons. Click to learn more.
Transgender people should be treated with dignity and respect. However there are a series of recommendations in the report which risk unintended consequences for the safety and wellbeing of women and girls. They mean that violent male offenders could demand access to women only spaces and services such as refuges, rape crisis centres and prisons simply by claiming to identify as a woman, whether or not this was the case. This is already happening in the UK.
Cartoon of “Danielle Muscovado” explaining that a banana is anything that says it’s a banana. The words are a skit on Danielle ‘Dave’ Muscato’s gender statement: If you think I am “less” of a woman, or NOT a woman, because I don’t fit your mental picture of what a woman “should” look like, or what body parts women “should” or “shouldn’t” have, news flash: Your mental description of women is not only inaccurately narrow, but anti-feminist and bigoted as well.
I just finished reading Female Erasure. It’s a huge, fascinating anthology, covering an enormous range of angles on the new war on women. From explorations of ancient history and religion to razor-sharp takes on popular culture, legal analysis to powerful personal testimonies, the contributors are well aware that transgenderism’s attack
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.
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 essentially