The Justice Committee is conducting a new inquiry into the prison population, to find out whether the Ministry of Justice and prison services currently have a credible approach to accommodating the changes anticipated over the next 5 years. Written submissions have been called for and the evidence received will inform
Fair Play For Women have recently highlighted the potential risks to women in prison if Gender Recognition Act (GRA) reforms and self-declaration of gender become law in England and Wales. We now consider the impact of any changes on probation hostels and the risks not just to women offenders but also to the local community.
ITV programme ‘Good Morning Britain’ featured Fair Play woman Dr Nicola Williams, who researched our article on transgender prisoners. During the 13-minute ‘Trans Prison Swap’ spot Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid talked with Nicola and India Willoughby about whether transgender prisoners should be allowed to choose if they serve their sentence in a male or female jail. (Video)
James O’Brien of LBC took a call from Kellie of Wiltshire, expressing her thoughts on gender identity and whether outlets like Topshop should allow anyone who identifies as a woman or girl into their female changing rooms. We were outraged to hear the bullying and misogynistic way the call was handled. James would not let her speak, shut her down, mocked her, and implied she was a bigot for not agreeing that sex is in the ‘soul’. Complain to LBC!
#MeToo – One woman’s lifetime in everyday sexual assaults. There have been too many to count, so these are some that stuck in my mind. There’s nothing special about me: all women suffer everyday sexual assaults, and many get it far worse. This isn’t inevitable – men can be better; plenty of men are. I try to figure out why so many men are predators, and how women are trained to put up with it. (Medium-long read, with lots of pictures.)
Full text of keynote talks: “Transgender Law Concerns Meeting: House of Commons, 31st October 2017. Chair: David Davies T C MP” with working, clickable source references. You can also download the original PDF here. For an easier read and our own contribution, see our other post “Proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act”.
I was honoured to attend the discussion in Westminster, as a representative of Fair Play For Women, around Maria Miller’s proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This was the first time critical views had been heard! The room was packed with MPs, medical, legal and educational professionals. We heard from David Davies MP, Miranda Yardley, Stephanie Davies-Arai, James Caspian and others. I spoke about unfairness in sport. (Videos)
The prison service is not recording data on transgender prisoners systematically. The Ministry of Justice and the prison service did not supply information via Freedom of Information requests, as they stated that there is no ‘business or legal case’ for recording the data; Fair Play for Women strongly disagrees. We think Government policy changes require proper information and an impact assessment.
Each of us has our own character and talents. Our character, abilities and actions form our identity. In general, we find that some quirks – like a forceful attitude or delicate movements – come with one sex more than the other. But this is not a hard & fast rule: we all know people with ‘other gender’ qualities. And we each have some of those ourselves! It signifies nothing about being the wrong sex or gender. Every human’s both masculine and feminine – and unique.
Since 2008 the number of transgender people who have been murdered worldwide has been recorded annually by the Trans Murder Monitoring project. Analysing the data, we find the transgender murder rate is highest in Central and South America. It is much safer to be transgender in European countries – on average just under 1 transgender person is murdered in the UK each year.
Kay Green explains why she says she’s a transgender woman. Branded a rebel as a girl, Kay never managed to be the kind of young woman other people wanted her to be. She soon realised the real problem was gender, but struggled to find her place. Now aware of her autistic traits and loving her life, she says the women’s movement needs to explain to gender-divergent men and women that you can’t change sex but can change your gender.
The passing of a self-declaration law together with removal of Schedule 3 exceptions would see the current delicate balance of rights between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ in the Equality Act overturned. Those confident that new legislation will not impact women’s rights should not fear discussion; the left must consider the impact of further changing how sex is defined.
This manifesto was published by the Edinburgh chapter of Action For Trans Health. The transgender organisation demands … well, everything. ATH is a national organisation, which advised the government’s Select Committee on transgender equalities. Individual chapters act autonomously or together. The Edinburgh chapter is one of the most active & influential. The London one celebrated last week’s trans beating of a woman.
If nothing else, this display of transactivist violence – from sabotaging the meeting to assaulting a random feminist – provided ample proof that we’re not exaggerating. With astonishing force, the transgender movement has silenced debate & discussion across the world. What have they got to hide? And what is a TERF? (Media-rich post)
Leading gender identity specialist, Dr James Barrett, warned Maria Miller and the Transgender Enquiry committee that male prisoners seeking reassignment are predominantly sex offenders. He wrote in particular of certain extreme prison inmates, whose motive for transition is to make sexual offending easier. Martin Ponting’s rape of two 15-year-olds was so gruesome that he received a life sentence. As “Jessica” he sexually assaulted female prisoners, yet still anticipates early release due to his new identity.
Serious, harmful and on-going domestic violence – women don’t do it too. 90% is committed by men. Some men are like that: 2 women a week in the UK are murdered by their male partners. Escaping “the dominator” takes a great deal of courage, and research shows women need safe environment where there will be no men. They won’t seek help if males are present. Exclusionary? Yes. Women’s lives are at stake. More information & advice here.
Sexual assault – some men are ‘like that’. The reasons women need space away from men, why women are wary of men seem obvious to me. As a woman, it is obvious. As someone who has worked with vulnerable women and children, it is obvious. As a rape survivor, it