Don’t Treat Feminist Poster Campaign as a “Crime”
For the attention of Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool and Chief Constable, Andy Cooke,
Dear Mr Anderson and Mr Cooke,
I write to you in regard to the recent poster/sticker campaign in Merseyside by the feminist group Liverpool ReSisters who have been printing and distributing small stickers of pink penises with the words “women don’t have penises” written on them.
As you know, this campaign was organised as part of the ideological battle between certain feminists and transgender right activists.
When alerted to this campaign Merseyside police said “Hi, thanks for the tag, I can confirm we are aware of this matter and enquiries are being made.” (I address you Mr Cooke as a representative of Merseyside police department)
And you, Mr Anderson the elected Mayor of Liverpool said: “We will remove stickers and work with the Police to identify those responsible.”
In another context, this situation, and your reactions, would be considered satire. Sadly though, this is anything but a joke.
A group of feminists have stated a biological reality, which the vast majority of us would have thought should be so obvious as to be not worth stating. However, both you Mr Anderson and the Merseyside police department apparently believe this might constitute a crime.
The situation really does beggar belief and raises serious questions about the priorities and competencies of local politicians and the police department.
This progressive political posturing is beneath the dignity of your office Mr Anderson, but sadly something many have come to expect from our political class.
Even more significantly, this is a monumental waste of police time and represents a sinister politicisation of the police service by turning ordinary political activism into crime. The police service should not be engaging in the monitoring of ideological or political “crimes” and that is exactly what this is. To make “enquiries” about the stickers from Liverpool ReSisters, supposes that this might be an actual crime, and it could only possibly be a crime of a political nature.
I demand that the Mayor and Merseyside police department cease treating this event as if it were a crime. To do so not only makes a mockery of the offices each of you hold, but also represents a sinister politicisation of the police force by potentially turning ordinary political activism into crime.