Open Letter to Radio 4’s World At One

Dear World At One, we are writing to you as an organisation to express our concern and dismay at the way the issue of self-definition as a woman within the Labour party was presented on your show on Monday, 29th January 2018. The current dilemma over self-definition was presented as

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Masculine and feminine: we’re all genderqueer

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.

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Chromosomes, biological sex and gender

Human genetics – sexual reproduction, chromosomes, how it works; genes, what can go wrong. Sexual development, disorders and gender identity! Masses of information, some guaranteed surprises, pictures, videos and loads of links. Clue yourself in.

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It’s Not About You, You, You or You

Self-ID: It’s not about you. Well, actually, it is. The proposed new law affects a heck of a lot of people. Unlike gay marriage, it reaches far beyond the personal. The government only requested submissions from transgender representatives – ignoring 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’s all about them …

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If a masculine man wears feminine clothes, does he change gender or does the outfit?

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.

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Things I wish my therapist had said while I was pursuing medical transition

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’.

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