Being gender-divergent

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.

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I knew I was a woman when …

Enraged at the assault by trans activists on a woman in London, June considers their claim that trans women are women by virtue of lived experience. Her memory takes her through some of the near-universal – and unpleasant – experiences she has lived as a biologically female human being. “I knew I was a woman then.” She challenges transactivists to explain how their experience equates to hers.

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Misgendering double rapist Martin Ponting

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.

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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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He tells her he’s a woman too

He tells her he’s a woman too: a bleak, wry poem on a husband becoming a ‘wife’. He tells her that a woman is whatever he decides … She searches for the words she needs to talk about herself; the billions who exist like her: their lives, their rights, their health … The conversation carries on, but she’s no longer in it. By Rachel Irischild.

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Transgender violence – This never happens! Gallery

Male violence goes under-reported. Crimes of violence by trans-identified males – a rising subset – passes almost totally unremarked. In many cases, discussions are shut down with startling force. We wonder why this is, and offer a Rogues’ Gallery to help counter the false claim that transgender violence “never happens”.

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Intersex, dimorphism & denial – This is feminism 4

“But what about intersex?” Human sexual dimorphism and the denial of biology. While transgender advocates debate the ever-changing meaning of ‘woman’ and ‘female’, Catherine explains why there is no third sex and intersex conditions don’t disprove the facts of sexual reproduction. This is important – welcome to Feminism 4!

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I don’t like gender. This is feminism 101

When I was younger I was told women and girls could do anything – no longer restricted, women have broken their chains and the world is their oyster. Those “chains” are sex roles enforced on us by a patriarchal society, with a set of rules that dictate what women are and what they can do. The rules say women are meek, subservient, less intelligent, enjoy menial tasks, want babies, are caring blah blah blah. Men are strong, clever, natural rulers, funny, etc etc etc.

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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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