In a sexist society, sex matters

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.

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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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Prison: are women safe?

Women in prison are vulnerable, making up 25% of prisoner self-harm but only 5% of prison population. Most have an extensive history of abuse, suffer disabilities, and are in need of protection. Yet the proposed Gender Identity law reform will allow violent & abusive males to be housed in the female estate, as ‘women’, on demand. We must protest. #safenotsilent @UKMayDay

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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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The need for Safeguards – Review of the Gender Recognition Act

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.

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Unintended Consequences – House of Commons debate on transgender equality

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.

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