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The Eugenic Medical Abuse of Vulnerable Children

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From The Daily Mail:

School has SEVENTEEN children changing gender as teacher says vulnerable pupils are being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.

  • The Mail On Sunday reveals that 17 pupils are in the process of changing gender
  • Most of children undergoing transformation are autistic according to teacher 
  • This means that 150 autistic teenagers were issued with puberty blocker drugs 

An astonishing 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.

The whistleblower says few of the transgender children are suffering from gender dysphoria – the medical term for someone who feels they were born in the wrong body – but are just easily influenced, latching on to the mistaken belief they are the wrong sex as a way of coping with the problems caused by autism.

Read more here.

TRANSGENDER KIDS by Stephanie Davies-Arai Edited by Kat Stone (adapted for Canadian audience)

TRANSGENDER KIDS by Stephanie Davies-Arai Edited by Kat Stone (adapted for Canadian audience)
INTRODUCTION
The medical term for the condition in which someone feels discomfort or distress in their sexed body is ‘gender dysphoria’. In using the term ‘transgender kids’ it is not the kids we are protecting and advocating for, but the ideology itself. The term transgender, is used by organizations as an umbrella term for all so-called ‘gender questioning’, ‘gender non-conforming’ and ‘gender variant’ children, thus sweeping up all children who don’t conform 100% to stereotype. The ‘transgender’ label treats all ‘gender dysphoric’ children as a homogenous group; the reason a small toddler boy who loves playing with dolls believes he is really a girl becomes exactly the same reason a troubled autism spectrum teenage girl thinks she really is a boy: ‘because they are transgender’. An adult identity politics has been applied to children and young people whose identities are not fixed but are in a process of being built through experience and interaction with the environment; identities which are highly vulnerable to influence from adults. The Travistock, a world renowned gender clinic for those under eighteen years of age , located in the U.K., has seen an increase in referrals of nearly 1000% over the past six years. Each year has seen 50% increase in referrals and during that time the number of children less than ten years of age has increased four-fold. The reversal in the sex ratio since 2009/10, when figures were first recorded, has been expanding year on year and the number of girls is now nearly double that of boys: 913 out of the 1398 children and adolescents referred in 2015/16. The average age was fourteen. One simple story has been popularized to explain this unprecedented increase in numbers: that of ‘courageous children daring to be their authentic selves and the brave parents who support them’ has been relentlessly promoted to the public within a climate where any challenge has been silenced by accusations of hatred and bigotry and all debate shut down. Through exploiting confusion in the public mind between ‘sex’ (the biological reality of being male or female) and ‘gender’ (the social status through a stereotypical role of masculine and feminine), transgender organizations have managed to mask the inherent contradictions of a reactionary ideology. The fact that changing your sex to match your ‘gender identity’ reinforces the very stereotypes which these organizations claim to be challenging is effectively hidden in plain sight as, in increasing numbers, boys who love princess culture become ‘girls’ and short-haired football-loving girls become ‘boys’. Promoted as a ‘progressive’ social justice movement based on ‘accepting difference’, transgender ideology in fact takes that difference and stamps it out. It says that the sexist stereotypes of gender are the true distinction between boys and girls and biological sex is an illusion. In this ideology, ‘being feminine’ has replaced being female as the very definition of ‘girl’. Quietly, the idea that sterilizing children by blocking their natural sexual development and then medically altering their healthy bodies with synthetic cross-sex hormones, followed by possible surgery and lifelong risky medication, has been accepted as the new orthodoxy. We have never before taught children they can decide their sex; this is an experiment. Let’s see how it is going…
SEXIST STEREOTYPES
We have never trained children into such extreme stereotyped sex-roles from birth as we have done over the last decade. Through industry marketing designed to maximize profits, the toys, books and clothes produced for children today, shoehorn boys into the blue box and girls into the pink box, with no room for overlap. A belief in sexist stereotypes has been fostered for decades, particularly through media sexual objectification of women as well as books like ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus’ (at the time of writing still the biggest-selling self-help book of all time). The message reinforced through both print and broadcast media is that men and women are different species, women valued primarily for how they look and men for what they do. These are the messages that influence us all and which are embedded into children every day through our image-saturated public culture. No matter that the brain research shows us that male and female brains are far more alike than they are different and that many of the stereotypes that assume are natural and genetic, are simply not true, the cultural messages all around us say the opposite. When a little boy prefers playing with Barbie dolls looks around him today, the message he gets everywhere, in toy shops, toy packaging , advertising and perhaps from his parents, is that only girls play with Barbie, so it is easy to see how childish logic could tell him “I must be a girl.” If we define the gender boxes for children so rigidly, it is not surprising that a child who does not fit into the one designated for their sex might see no alternative but to join the other one; we give children no space to exist comfortably between the two extremes. How much is a child’s ‘gender identity’ formed by internalization of these cultural messages that children are bombarded with every day? And how much is the idea of “transgender kids” is formed from their parent’s extension of pre-existing sex-stereotyped beliefs? There exists no media coverage of ‘trans kids’ in which a parent does NOT cite toys or clothes preferences as evidence that their child is really the opposite sex. The ‘innate gender identity’ theory also feeds into an idea of a child-led and childcentering parenting model. One of the central skills of child-centered parenting is that of listening to the child and centering their feelings. Listening is very easily conflated with ‘agreeing’ in this ‘child-knows-best’ model. It is easy to see how a child’s feelings can quickly become consolidated as the strongest reality in a child’s mind when they are afforded such central importance by a parent. Comments of parents of ‘transgender kids’ in media reports invariably reflect this style of parenting; ‘I just listened to him, he knows who he is, he knows himself best’. These parents are not unusual in their belief in their child’s level of self-knowledge. But a four year-old can only know themselves as a four year-old, just as a 15 year-old can only know who they are as a teenager: children, by definition, are unable to countenance themselves ever changing. Nowhere do we see society’s concordance with this view of children more clearly than in the new responsibility we are giving them to decide their sex, handing over authority to children on a matter they cannot possibly fully understand until their psychosexual development is complete.
A NEW WAY TO BE HOMOPHOBIC
The overwhelming majority of children who experience gender dysphoria will not carry those feelings into adulthood and most of those children, if left alone, will turn out to be gay, lesbian or bi-sexual as adults. To apply this rigid gender-essentialist theory to highly suggestible young children effectively operates as a new form of gay conversion therapy. Neither parents nor children live in a cultural bubble, immune to any influence from society. The fact that at a very young age boys outnumber girls, but teenage girls vastly outnumber teenage boys at gender clinics, in itself demonstrates the existing social influence behind those referrals. Societal acceptance of ‘tomboys’ versus relative hostility towards young boys who express ‘girly’ interests must play some part in parents’ readiness to believe their little boys are transgender but not so much their girls. Parents who in the past may have forced a ‘macho’ role onto sons they feared were homosexual, now have a socially-sanctioned way to ‘stamp out the gay’ through transgenderism. For girls, adolescence is the time when they are suddenly expected to live up to impossible ideals of femininity, a time when approval is withdrawn for any ‘boyish’ behavior or appearance they managed to get away with when young. It is not surprising that this is a time of ‘sudden onset gender dysphoria’ for girls. Defining themselves as ‘straight guys’ becomes an attractive option for teenage lesbians within a society which views lesbians as either failed women or a male pornographic fantasy. While a ‘trans’ identity is accepted and cool, ‘dyke’ is still used as an insult, thrown at a girl in school. The root cause of why children transition,is distinctly based on both homophobia and misogyny. But the ideology of transgender identity, just enables us to look the other way. Not recognizing this, comes with huge consequences for these so-called “transgender kids”.
THE SCHOOLS GENDER GUIDELINES, RESOURCES AND POLICY CHANGES
Organizations such as British Columbia and Alberta’s, SOGI 123, along with other transgender workshops/programs, claim to prevent ‘homophobic’, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying in schools, but which in practice, is an increasingly common way of teaching transgender ideology to schoolchildren through ‘LGBTQ+’ support initiatives. Welding a gender identity ideology ( the “TQ+”) with sexual orientation ( the original “LGB” acronym) has allowed transgender organizations to get the idea into primary/elementary schools before the age of at which we start talking to children about homosexuality. It gives transgender ideology a head start in influencing children before they have had a chance to grow up, mature sexually, and come to the realization that they are actually gay or lesbian. The fact that the routine bullying of children who defy gender and sex-role stereotypes is rooted in homophobia and sexism is effectively disguised by calling it ‘transphobia’. Calling non-conforming children ‘transgender’ not only covers up the real issues of homophobia and sexism which are rife in schools, but serves to validate those underlying attitudes. A little boy is mocked by being called a ‘girl’ and transgender ideology supports the bullies: he is a girl. Once he ‘becomes’ a girl there is no longer anything to mock and the bullies have won. Is this seriously what we are advocating as part of bullying prevention in schools? The transgender schools resources/guidelines ( for example, Canada’s SOGI 123) has become a staple of transgender organizations, LGBTQ+ groups and local councils. These transgender school resources typically begin with a disingenuous claim of ‘supporting gender diversity’ followed seamlessly by information about ‘being transgender’. The obfuscating language typical of these teaching resources effectively covers up the real message sent to children: that if you are in any way ‘diverse’ you are ‘trans’. This is not just misinformation but dangerously misleading for children who, once taught to define themselves as ‘trans’, are then encouraged along the now established path of invasive and irreversible medical treatment. The guidebooks given out by SOGI 123, in reality teaches the opposite of what it pretends: gender diversity will not be tolerated; everyone will be made to conform. Power Up Workshops, headed by Kerri Isham is one such organization, which school districts contract- out to provide “sex ed” to schools around Vancouver Island, Canada. In her grade 2 workshop, the focus of the workshop will be on the ‘I Am Jazz” book (transgender focus). The books own description is as follows “From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.” Jazz is also a big American reality t.v. media “darling”, starring on TLC with the same titled series, “I Am Jazz”.
The conflation of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ welds ‘female’ to ‘feminine’ and ‘male’ to ‘masculine’ so that ‘smashing the gender binary’ means not that males can be feminine, but that males must literally change to females and vice versa, creating an association between the physical sexed body and the concept of non-conformity in children’s minds. Thus children are deliberately misled into recasting ‘feminine personality traits’ as ‘female gender identity’. Children who don’t feel themselves to be 100% masculine or feminine are placed literally somewhere between biologically male and female, accounting for a growing number of young people who previously would not have thought to label themselves at all, now identifying as ‘non-binary’. Non-binary might be a growing category within trans/gender ideology, but it is double mastectomy that is increasingly the surgery of necessity, for girls. And it is only transgender doctrine which misleads young people into thinking that some personality traits are literally ‘male’ or ‘female’ and that your body must match your personality. In these guidelines, there’s collusion in reproducing harmful ideas. One example of this, is to allow ‘transgender pupils’ extra breaks during physical education lessons because “some youngsters who choose to bind their chests may suffer from breathing difficulties and fainting”. The sex-neutral ‘transgender’ category hides the fact that it is only girls who are binding their breasts, denying adolescent girls the support which recognizes their unique problems and needs. The harms of binders are documented in a 2015 study which indicates 28 potential negative outcomes, including compressed or broken ribs, punctured or collapsed lungs, back pain, compression of the spine, damaged breast tissue, damaged blood vessels, blood clots, inflamed ribs and even heart attacks. The necessity for shallow breathing in itself restricts the flow of oxygen to vital organs resulting in a restriction in physical activity harmful to overall health. Any other practice of self-harm is recognized as such, but these organizations, declare binders as very important for girls ‘psychological well-being’. To say that girls ‘choose’ binders absolves us of the responsibility to question the ideology which has created that ‘choice’ and to question whether we should be teaching and encouraging it in schools. Using transgender activist materials, these resources frame any valid discomfort girls may feel about males in their toilets and changing-rooms as ‘prejudice, discrimination and hate’. It omits information about current sex-based rights and protections for girls, the very group who are facing unprecedented levels of sexual harassment and abuse across, not just Canada and western nations, but on a global scale. At the age of sexual development when girls are at their most vulnerable, they are told they have no right to their own boundaries as a sex; that they must protect the feelings of a male classmate above their own need for privacy, comfort and psychological safety. Teaching ‘consent’ in schools is meaningless if girls are given no right to NOT consent to males in their private spaces if those males ‘identify’ as female. For example, school district68’s (Nanaimo, B.C.), new policy adopted recently, is as follows “Washrooms, Locker & Change Rooms: All students have a right to safe and private washroom and changing facilities. They have the right to access washrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity regardless of their legal sex. The student’s selfidentification is the sole measure of the student’s gender. Schools may maintain separate washrooms, locker rooms or changing facilities for male and female students, provided that students can access them based on their gender identity.” By aligning the ‘TQ+’ with ‘LGB’, girls who would complain are branded, not only as ‘transphobic’, but ‘anti-LGBTQ+ rights’. It is not just the threat of punishment by school faculty adhering to the schools policy changes, which will frighten and shame girls into submission, but the fear of being ostracized from their peer group at the age when belief in social justice causes is at its most passionate.
THE END OF SAFE-GUARDING
Whilst ignoring women/girls sexed based rights and protections established in law, schools, child protection agencies, public organizations and social services are already acting as if transgender identity ideology is an established truth. Redefining ‘girl’ and ‘woman’ as self-identities takes away any distinction between males and females and erases all safe-guarding policies for girls. Adolescent and adult males are not only granted a new socially-sanctioned means to access girls private spaces, including on camping and overnight trips, but girls are denied the right to recognize or name them as males. The grooming of young girls to allow the violation of their boundaries puts them at further risk throughout their lives, as they are systematically coached into ignoring their own intuition and warning signals, through fear of hurting the feelings of males. Transgender ideology demands policies which allow for no recognition of biological sex. The most vulnerable girls in society, such as those in institutional care homes, are especially at risk of exploitation by any predatory male who now has a fail-safe way to gain access to their private spaces, unfettered by local authorities who would not dare challenge his ‘gender identity’. Just as the ‘affirmation only’ rule substitutes obedience to an orthodoxy for normal duty of care principles in the treatment of ‘trans’ identified children, so the ‘gender identity’ rule substitutes a ‘trust all men’ approach in place of secure safe-guarding protocols for all girls and young women. Girls are further made invisible by the increasing adoption of so-called ‘gender neutral’ language in schools as urged by transgender organizations and to stop calling girls ‘girls’ in assemblies, classes etc., in case any girls ‘identify’ as boys. This is not ‘gender neutral’ but a de-sexing of language which, as we see in the wider culture, works only to erase the word ‘woman’. Effectively we are educating girls into the class that dare not speak it’s name. In adopting policies which recognizes that “your gender is a choice” reinforces to girls that being a certain way (having short hair? having an interest in gaming but no interest in fashion?) makes you a boy. These policies tell girls that being a ‘girl’ is an option, not a fact of biology, thus indoctrinating girls into the idea that boys can also be girls if they feel like it and girls must accept them as such. Yet ‘girl’ is not a subjective idea, it is a fact and it means ‘young female’. There are infinite ways of being a girl, none of which tip you over into being a boy. Schools fail in their duty to girls by buying into this new pressure on those who don’t conform to stereotype to redefine themselves as boys, and the school faculty, of all people, should be resisting the sexist assumption behind it.
THE BETRAYAL OF AUTISM SPECTRUM CHILDREN
One of the most shocking aspects of the exponential rise in referrals to gender clinics is that 50% of the children exhibit autism spectrum traits. No adolescent is mature enough to understand that they are being indoctrinated into gender identity ideology and ‘queer’ politics, nor able to predict the reality of a lifetime on this medical path, which even the ‘gender specialists’ don’t know. Autism spectrum adolescents, who struggle to understand social rules, are particularly vulnerable to the literal thinking behind the idea that if you have feminine personality traits you are a girl, and especially susceptible to the rigid thinking which will keep them stuck in a ‘trans’ identity once they have been taught to define themselves as such. Teachers are now disabled in their ability to protect children diagnosed as on the autism spectrum and all other special needs children, along with those who are troubled or have experienced previous trauma or sexual abuse, because transgender orthodoxy demands that they immediately accept a child’s new identity at face value. Even the most vulnerable groups of children are not exempt from the rule. Transgender orthodoxy itself prevents us from asking any questions.
SOCIAL CONTAGION
Adolescence is a crucial period of identity development as teenagers do the important job of figuring themselves out as they move from childhood to adulthood. This is a long process of exploration; the adolescent brain does not reach full maturity until around age twenty-five and even as adults our self-identities develop and change. Teenagers have never before been taught that it is normal and necessary to define their personalities in terms of ‘gender’ when building their self-identities. In our refusal to look at the culture in which our children are growing up, we can assume that they are happily immune to any harmful cultural messages and experiences. We can also remain blind to the direct influences on teenage girls through social media platforms such as Tumblr and Reddit, and we fail to see the typical pattern for adolescent girls to ‘come out’ as transgender after bingeing on these sites. We recognize the phenomenon of social contagion through online sites which glorify harmful behaviors such as cutting, eating disorders and suicide, and we know that teenage girls are the group most active in the world of social media and particularly susceptible to the influence of these sites. Yet online transgender forums and YouTube videos which encourage young people onto a medicalized ‘trans’ path are not considered harmful. But this social contagion cannot even be recognized within a transgender ideology which pushes the belief of a hardwired gender identity immune to social influence. The effect of indoctrinating children into this new gender orthodoxy is becoming apparent. There is in fact no escape: child protection agencies, therapists and counsellors, teachers, all are being told that anything less than ‘affirmation of preferred gender‘ is ‘conversion therapy’. As a society we are systematically dismantling any means of support or access to any model of understanding for children who are struggling with gender issues other than transgenderism. There are no other support groups for children and young people who feel they don’t ‘fit in’ because gender confusion; transgender organizations have the monopoly on these vulnerable teens. The period of adolescence is characterized by risky behavior, poor decision-making and inability to weigh up long-term consequences or make accurate benefit and risk calculations. The most vulnerable and troubled teenagers are especially ill-equipped to protect themselves from the influence of organizations whose modus operandi looks more like the recruitment tactics of a cult than genuine support for confused young people, even though the evidence across all published studies is that the percentage of children who outgrow gender dysphoria is around 80%.
TRANSITION OR DIE?
An integral part of the celebratory media story has been the darker supporting narrative of the inevitable suicide outcome if children are not supported in their transition. If parents need one more push to believe the new ideology, this is the one that does it. With no evidence that treatment cures suicidal ideation (nor recognition that hormonal drugs, as a side-effect, may exacerbate it), transgender youth support organizations regularly broadcast the threat to worried parents and a gullible media. Cheri DiNovo, a church minister and former politician in Ontario, Canada, in speaking of parents who object to the notion that affirmation is the only option in dealing with a child’s claim of a gender identity, stated in an interview for the 2017 BBC documentary titled ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?’, “That child will kill themselves if their trans because many trans children do… Is that what parents really want of their children?” In 2015, DiNovo’s Bill 77, which prohibits so-called conversion therapy for gender identified youth (prohibits all therapy that doesn’t apply strictly to the affirmation approach) passed and became law.
A MEDICAL EXPERIMENT
The most glaring contradiction this incoherent transgender ideology can be seen in its claims that although sex is irrelevant to whether you are a boy or a girl, it is your biological sex characteristics which must be prevented from developing and then cosmetically altered. The stakes are high: if children take blockers in early puberty and progress to cross-sex hormones at the age of sixteen they will be sterilized as gametes have not had a chance to mature. It is the flood of sex hormones at puberty which triggers the enormous changes in the adolescent brain and it is not known whether interrupting this process prevents full maturation of the frontal lobe functions which develop from puberty until the mid-twenties. We are already hearing of the devastating effects on the long-term health of women who were prescribed these blockers for precocious puberty (a rare condition, where puberty occurs too early in children of six to nine years of age) and yet the Travistock has been prescribing their off-label use for ‘transgender kids’ since 2011. The use of synthetic cross-sex hormones – testosterone for girls, estrogen for boys – has only recently been tried on children so young. We don’t know the effects of synthetic crosssex hormones on young developing bodies or of the cumulative effects over a lifetime’s use: children prescribed these treatments are guinea-pigs. The documented adverse outcomes for men using synthetic versions of testosterone include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity, personality changes and infertility. In synthetic versions of testosterone approved only for use on adult males, the risk of blood-clotting is well known; for teenage girls, drug induced thickened blood is pushing it’s way round a smaller female cardiovascular system, thinner arteries and smaller veins. The long-term consequences of medical experimentation on children diagnosed as ‘transgender’ are not known.
CONCLUSION
‘Transgender kids’ as a definition exists only in a mythical world outside of any wider cultural context. Our children though, are growing up in a specific culture in which there is enormous pressure to fit gender stereotypes; which views children and adolescents as fully autonomous agents making free choices; which glamorizes transgender identity; where homophobia and misogyny are still rife and within which, children are being taught ‘gender identity’ ideology as truth. ‘Transgender kids’ is not a scientific or medical term but a political one. There has been no scientific breakthrough over the last few years, no globally-trumpeted announcement of the discovery that sexual dimorphism in humans lies in their personal, subjective feelings and not in their male and female biology; no new theory of mind which bestows on children the power to change reality by wishing hard enough. What we have been witnessing is not only a medical experiment on some children’s bodies but a psychological experiment on all children’s minds. What will happen if we tell teenage girls that their male classmate is now a ‘girl’ and that the reality that he is male is not true? How will deception and gas-lighting of children affect their security and their trust in adults? What will be the cumulative effects of cognitive dissonance on the mental health of children who are no longer allowed to name reality? In trying to protect a minority group we have redefined all boys and girls as ‘identities’ rather than sexes. There is already plenty of evidence, not least in the confused words of children and adolescents themselves throughout the media, of the devastating impact of this mass societal abuse of young people’s trust. With a non-evidence based medical pathway set in stone and an untested unscientific ideology being promoted as truth from the earliest age, we are witnessing an unprecedented and comprehensive experiment being conducted on the children of this generation.

Original publication The Transgender Experiment on Children by: Stephanie Davies-Arai https://www.cambridgescholars.com/transgender-children-and-young-people

Stephanie Davies-Arai is the creater of Transgender Trend https://www.transgendertrend.com/

Easy Response Form for The UK GRA Consultation

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Dear Minister for Women and Equalities,

• I support the right of transgender people to live safely and free from the discrimination they experience because they identify as transgender.

• I also support the right of women to live safely and free from the discrimination they experience because they were born into the female sex.

• However, no increase in the legal rights of transgender people should come at the expense of women’s existing legal rights, or diminish in any way a woman’s right to safety, privacy or fairness.


MY VIEWS ON CHANGES TO THE GENDER RECOGNITION ACT ARE AS FOLLOWS.

I HAVE LIMITED MY RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS 3, 9, 12, 13a, 14, 15, 19, 20 AND 22 AS THESE CONCERN ME THE MOST.


Q3. Do you think there should be a requirement in the future for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria?

Yes

Please explain the reasons for your answer

If doctors, diagnoses and medical reports aren’t part of the checking process it means anyone can declare themselves male or female and no one can say otherwise. it leaves the system open to abuse by anyone, for any reason.


Q9. Do you think the privacy and disclosure of information provisions in section 22 of the Gender Recognition Act are adequate ?

No

If no, how do you think it should be changed ? Birth sex should never be confidential when a male-born person is attempting to access a female-only space.


Q12. Do you think that the participation of trans people in sport, as governed by the Equality Act 2010, will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act ?

Yes

Please give reasons for your answer

I do not support any changes that would increase the number of people gaining a GRC because it will be more difficult to exclude male-born people from female-only sports if more male-born people have birth certificates saying they were born female.


Q13a. Do you think that the operation of the single-sex and separate-sex service exceptions in relation to gender reassignment in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act ?

Yes

Please give reasons for your answer

I do not support any changes that would increase the number of people gaining a GRC because it will be more difficult to exclude male-born people from female-only spaces if more male-born people have birth certificates saying they were born female.


Q14. Do you think that the operation of the occupational requirement exception in relation to gender reassignment in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act ?

Yes

Please give reasons for your answer

I do not support any changes that would increase the number of people gaining a GRC because it will be more difficult to exclude male-born people from female-only occupations if more male-born people have birth certificates saying they were born female.


Q15. Do you think the operation of the communal accommodation exception in relation to gender reassignment in the Equality Act 2010 will be affected by changing the Gender Recognition Act ?

Yes

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I do not support any changes that would increase the number of people gaining a GRC because it will be more difficult to exclude male-born people from female-only accommodation if more male-born people have birth certificates saying they were born female.


Q19. Do you think that changes to the Gender Recognition Act will impact on areas of law and public services other than the Equality Act 2010 ?

Yes

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I do not support any changes that reduce eligibility requirements for a legal transition because it will mean more male-born prisoners requesting transfer into a women’s prison.


Q20. Do you think that there needs to be changes to the Gender Recognition Act to accommodate individuals who identify as non-binary ?

No

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A persons legal sex must continue to be limited to either male or female.


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Not Woke: My Experience as the Child of a Trans Individual

Not Woke: My Experience as the Child of a Trans Individual

It has come to my attention that I am not “woke”. Not in the least. Be that as it may, I want to share my story about being the child of a transgender individual because in all the years this has been my story I have observed very few people consider this perspective. Many years ago, when I so desperately needed to feel understood, there were no resources. Now, the debate over trans issues is all out in the open, and I’m still not seeing many resources for kids of trans people. There are lots of articles and support groups focused on how to support trans loved ones but nothing about how to support the children caught up and confused by such a dramatic change in a family.

Before I begin, I’d just like to say I’ve never heard of any other stories exactly like mine. I don’t know whether the behavior I’m going to detail is typical. I’m not commenting on all trans individuals; I couldn’t possibly. These vignettes of my dad’s behavior during this time are all on the theme of his transition, but they don’t define him entirely, nor do they define anyone else. They define my experience with his transition.

My father came out as transgender the summer before I started 8th grade, and I found it traumatizing. This was the year 2000 when Eddie Izzard’s transvestite stand-up comedy was edgy in the extreme. My developing adolescent brain had no idea how to interact with a parent who wasn’t willing to be identified as my father anymore. None of my peers had an opinion or support to offer. Every time I shared my experience with a friend, they always seemed kind of stunned, sometimes disgusted. It was a different time. No one was “woke”.

Though I loved my father with a devotion bordering on idolatry, I felt traumatized by the process of his transition. Some children of trans parents express having “known” what was coming when their parents came out, but I had no idea what was coming. My dad’s news was a shock. My father was a 6-foot-tall, stoic, hyper-intellectual black belt in karate. My dad was manly. “Becoming a woman” seemed like the last thing he was ever likely to do, but he announced his intention to do just that one evening in late summer. Shortly after that, his behavior started to change drastically, and it was this new behavior more than the transition itself that I found traumatizing. It started small.

He asked me not to call him “Daddy” for the first time while we were in a Target. We were shopping, and I called to him something like “Daddy, come look at this,” but he was already presenting as a woman in public and was mortified. To his credit, I now understand being embarrassed by your kids in public and saying potentially hurtful things without thinking. No one is perfect. But I was still traumatized. I felt betrayed. I was very much in denial about my pain.

During that school year, I tried to commit suicide by taking 11 ibuprofen at once. The bottle said not to take more than 10 at once, so I took 11. It’s a little absurd I now realize, but I was a naive girl who had had a happy childhood in a loving home until that point, and so I really thought ibuprofen would end my life.

In the intervening years, my experience as the teenage child of a transgender person continued to be traumatizing. His inappropriate behavior regarding his sexual identity intensified. My dad openly discussed graphic and minute details about his hormone therapy, breast development, and surgeries with me; at one point he offered to let me see the finished work of the reassignment surgery while it was “still a surgical site.” After his surgery, my dad practiced using dilation tools with the door open. He had previously shown me the tools: acrylic phalluses used to maintain the newly created orifice. He referred to the largest one as “the tin can.” He was covered with a blanket while using them, but I knew what he was doing and why.

He told me stories about his adventures interacting with the world as a woman- stories about flirting with men or having slumber parties with the members of his trans support group. There were stories about telling women he met that he didn’t have children because he knew he couldn’t discuss pregnancy and birth with them from a woman’s perspective. He told strangers he didn’t have kids because he didn’t want to be outed. Then he told me about it.

I attempted suicide again when I was 16. I used pills once more, but this time it was a mix of all the pills I could find in the house: both prescription and over-the-counter because I meant business. As before, I wanted to end my life because I felt so emotionally and psychologically maxed out by everything that attended my dad’s transition that any little extra difficulty pushed me over the edge of anxiety and despair. I also felt a powerful need to protect my dad from my pain. To this day, I’m not even sure he knows about this second attempt.

After he met a man and they started a serious relationship, he asked me to lie to this man at our family’s Christmas party and tell him I was a niece. He asked me to pretend to be an orphan in my own family for the sake of keeping his secret. Our relationship became increasingly strained. A year later I was at the hospital for another suicide attempt.

When I became engaged, my dad refused to walk me down the aisle at my wedding because he didn’t want to be recognized as my father by my guests. Eventually, I asked him not to contact me anymore. It has been 5 years since we have spoken.

I’m not insensible to the fact that the above actions don’t represent a complete picture of my father’s character. I’m not insensible to the fact that all of my own unkind and selfish actions listed out in this manner would seem damning.  I’m only trying to give a clear picture of my own experience as the child of a transgender person. I found it traumatizing, and it was a time in the world when no one thought about things like this. I was on my own for dealing with it, so to speak. It is my experience that it was something that had to be dealt with.

I wasn’t “woke” then, and I’m not “woke” now. The trauma I felt in connection with my dad’s transition has been deep and long lasting. Just this week, I woke up from a sound sleep in a cold sweat because a memory of my father describing his first “female orgasms” to me when I was 15 bubbled to the surface of my subconscious.

Trans issues are something of a trigger for me. My personal experience makes it difficult for me to feel compassion for trans people in their current attempts to be seen. You’ll notice my continued use of male pronouns, the term “reassignment surgery” instead of “affirmation surgery.” I know that it’s not very tolerant and it’s certainly not progressive, maybe even tone-deaf, but it is the product of my experience.

Trans people aren’t bad people, but my experience with the trans individual I know best was akin to child abuse. I don’t know how else to describe my exposure to such graphic sexual issues so early and often. In addition to the sexual content, the feelings of betrayal and abandonment I associate with my father’s behavior as he navigated his transition leave me feeling jumpy and twitchy every time trans issues come up.

There is no hate here, no agenda. There is only pain, a lot of prayer, and the fervent hope that this pain will one day become something good.

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.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Gender Fascism And The Elderly Female Artist

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BIRTH, oil on canvas, 24″x24″, by JEANNE

Yesterday there was a “networking event’ at the School of Art and Art History at UIOWA, where I am currently attending classes. I chose not to attend because of an experience I’d had the evening before. I had attended a lecture by a talented and energetic woman  who runs an art foundation that supports artists who have a vision for creating community through their art. I respected what this woman was doing and I don’t intend my remarks to disparage her personally. In fact I’m grateful that she helped clear up a problem that has been dogging my heels and interfering with my ability to set goals with respect to my art practice.

I had been fairly proactive about promoting my art and my vision, submitting artwork to various venues and even having a show at a local community center and a booth at the annual art’s festival here in town. But lately, I have been passing up opportunities that have arisen and not understanding why I seemed to be sabotaging myself. Partly, it was because I did decide to put my daily quota of creative energy into learning art in my classes, rather than creating items, like greeting cards, to sell at the farmer’s market. But, it was more than that, a kind of miasma had come over me, a reluctance to reach out and show my stuff in public.

What turned the light on for me was that the woman who came to speak about her foundation work used words like “sex positive”, “sex worker”, “deconstruction”, and “gender identity”  when describing the projects she was involved with. It made me uncomfortable and it wasn’t until the next day that I understood why, and why I decided to skip the networking event.

IMG_1168I had joined a local arts cooperative when I first landed in this city because I was eager to learn as much as I could about the processes and materials involved in art-making.   I know that we are killing the world with carbon and I wanted to make art about that and other human pain issues that seem to be being repressed and hidden by this culture. I hung in as long as I could, but eventually I was forced to confront gender fascism within the group and I had to separate myself from the group. On the positive side, I can say that this experience helped me confront the ugly truth about gender identity ideology and stop enabling this dysfunctional ideology.

But it turns out that the entire art world, art business, art community, has been infected by the virus of gender fascism and I will not be able to be a part of it unless I LIE ABOUT OBJECTIVE REALITY. Which I can’t do, because my art is based in facing the ugly truth about male superiority and gender fascism is just another patriarchal mindfuck.  I know gender identity ideology  is fascism because it’s about shutting women up and depriving them of access to resources.

I am being prevented from accessing resources and from benefiting from my labor because elderly women are invisible and have no status in this culture and because I refuse to go along with the mass delusion that prostitution is a free choice (and not the same old fucking female slavery as always) and that the sexes are interchangeable based on one’s whim;  that people, other than the tiny minority with a chromosomal mutation that causes sterility, can be both sexes, or neither, on different days.

It is sobering to know that sexism and it’s adjunct,  ageism,  is alive and well in the art world and I am being oppressed by it and by the artsy people who believe they are social justice warriors. They regard me with contempt and believe they are morally superior to me and oh so woke.

As for me, it’s back to the drawing board, where I find my Source.

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Remember Me When Gender Ideology Bites You In The Ass

imagesOriginally posted on Mumsnet. (I added links to show that these trends are not just idle terf paranoia, but are becoming the law)

{edited to note that I did not write this. I do not know the name of the author}

“To the woman who shrieked at me that I am a bigot and a terf and a hateful transphobe for defending women’s rights,

Ten, fifteen years from now, I ask you to remember me.

Remember me when you have your first baby and you’re referred to throughout your pregnancy as a birthing individual, a pregnant person, and it makes you feel kind of dehumanised and you wish they’d just call you a woman, a mother, because that’s what you are. But they’re not allowed, because it’s illegal to say only women can be pregnant and give birth.

http://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/02/28/gestators-hosts-pregnant-people-bipartisan-pact-erase-women/

Remember me when you give birth and you feel vulnerable and exposed and you really want a woman beside you who understands what you’re going through and instead your midwife is a six foot man with stubble in a dress and you know he isn’t a woman but you’re not allowed to object, even when you need to be examined and you just want a woman to do it but you know you can’t say anything because that would be hate speech, even though your body is screaming no.

https://www.dailysignal.com/2017/06/19/canadians-face-hate-crimes-using-wrong-gender-pronouns/

Remember me when your elderly mother, who has lost her mind to dementia, goes into a care home and is told that her carer, Susan, is a woman, because you asked that she only be cared for by women. And even in her addled state of mind, she knows that Susan is a man, and you know Susan is a man, but you cannot object, and she has to allow Susan to perform her intimate care, because to object would be hate speech.

Remember me when your daughter comes home from school crying, the daughter who has spent the last five years training to be the best athlete in her class, her school, her district, she’s crying because Lucas in her class, one of the fastest boys, has decided he identifies as female for now and so is allowed to run in her race, and she knows it doesn’t matter how hard she trains, he will always beat her, and she can only ever hope for a silver medal now. Or bronze, if there is another Lucas.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/female-athletes-crushed-by-women-who-were-once-men/

Remember me when you go into a toilet late at night, perhaps in a bar, and there’s noone else around, and a guy walks in, he has a beard and is wearing jeans and a t shirt, and the way he looks at you seems off, and you feel afraid and unsettled and worried he might hurt you. But you can’t challenge him, because if you do he’ll say he’s a woman and has as much right as you do to be in this toilet, a place where many years ago you might have come to feel safe.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1722756661380462/

Remember me when you go for a promotion, for a board position at work that’s designated for a woman. You’ve put in the hours, you’ve worked so hard, you know you deserve it. And the position goes to Lola, who until last year was a 50 year old man. Lola will never do anything inconvenient like needing time off to have babies, or to deal with any health issues that you, a woman might face, like endometriosis, breast cancer, PND. Lola is a woman just like you, and your company are happy that they have fulfilled their quota of women members on the board.

Remember me when you read on the news that crime statistics for women committing rape and murder are on the increase, and now women carry out a much higher number of rapes and murders than they did when you were a teenager or a young woman. And you know that these ‘women’ are men and that the statistics are wrong, but to challenge this would be hate speech.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1722756661380462/

Remember me too, when these women rapists are locked up with vulnerable women in female prisons and cannot escape, because to challenge the presence of the women rapists with penises in prison with them would be hate speech.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article134353039.html

Remember me when your son comes home from school and says that he’s learned at school that you can change sex and that some girls have penises and some boys have vaginas and that his teacher said that because he likes playing with girls and dolls that maybe he is really a girl in the wrong body. And you think, no, you are just my wonderful, unique, son, and you were born in your own body. Remember me when a few months down the line the teacher calls you in and says she’s concerned that you are not validating your son’s identity and that she’s noticed you are still referring to him by the name you so carefully chose for him when he was born, and calling him a boy, when he is actually a girl, and that she doesn’t want to have to involve social services but she’s worried she might have to if you continue to misgender your son and deny his real identity. And you know that she will, because it’s happened before in a school near you, and you are afraid.

https://www.dailysignal.com/2017/06/27/new-law-canada-remove-kids-parents-reject-transgender-ideology/

In this brave new world that you helped to create, look around for your transactivist friends, your lefty male allies, the ones you stood beside and yellled ‘terf, transphobe, bigot’ with, with you shouting the loudest, because you wanted to show what a good ally you were, how inclusive, how progressive. Where are they now? Why, they are where they always were. Benefitting from the patriarchy. Enjoying the new, improved version of it that you helped them to build by crushing the resistance from the women who spoke up for their rights. This has all cost them nothing; it has made the world a better, easier place for men. It has cost you and your sisters who campaigned with them for virtue cookies, everything.

And me? I’ll be where I’ve always been. Fighting for your rights. Fighting to undo the damage.
I’ll have your back, as I always have done.”

Photo credit: Houston Chronicle

Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz

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I Am Jazz contains both false information and very troubling omissions. Children who are experiencing gender dysphoria will likely be harmed by this book, as will children who do not have the condition.

Recently, a group of parents asked me to review the book I Am Jazz to determine whether, from a medical point of view, it is suitable for children to read. They also asked this for the benefit of their school district, given that the topic of childhood gender dysphoria would be discussed at their upcoming school board meeting.

I have read the book I Am Jazz and examined the book’s relationship to childhood gender dysphoria and its implications for adolescence and adulthood. I am a board-certified physician in Rocklin, California specializing in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. Broadly, endocrinology is the study of hormones and glands and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving these hormones and glands. The following essay is a detailed presentation of my findings regarding this important topic.

Introduction

Children with gender dysphoria deserve our compassion and deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness, just like all other children. Their unique condition makes integrating in the school a challenge. Particularly when dealing with bathrooms and locker rooms, it would be advantageous for schools to have a comprehensive policy to address children with gender dysphoria.

Read the rest here

What about ME(N)?

2017_01_12-Adam Robinson-tschoon-001This is a letter that I have written to the director, Adam Robinson, of The Rape Victims Advocacy Center at UIOWA in reaction to a recent conference sponsored by RVAP entitled What About Me(n)?

Dear Adam,

I am a 64 year old mother of two daughters and I have one grandchild. In 1985 I sued my father for the 12 years of his sexual assaults during my childhood. I lost that lawsuit because of the statute of limitations which said I only had 3 years from the time I reached age 18 to sue him in civil court for damages. So I went to the Vermont legislature and asked them to change the laws about child sexual abuse. Finally, in 2003 the Vermont State Legislature changed the statute of limitations to 40 years. I have been working in the field of domestic violence for 40 years as a victim advocate.

In 2013 I moved to Iowa City and lived for a year with my daughter in the River City Housing Collective. There were men and women living in that community who chose to “identify” as the opposite sex. Before every business meeting we were required to go around and introduce ourselves and state our “preferred pronouns.” I was fine with this and didn’t see any problem with it. I considered myself a tolerant and progressive person.

But then I joined a local arts group. There was a very male, completely unaltered man in the group who called himself by a woman’s name and who everyone referred to as “she.” I went along with this and said nothing because I didn’t want to be considered intolerant. But then I received an email from the group asking for help with an art project for a girls’ summer camp. The email said, “Trans Welcome.” This stopped me in my tracks. I thought this was odd because the message that would be given to the girls is that bodies do not matter, only the self-image you decide you want to have. If a girl does not enjoy being a member of the gender that has less power, doesn’t like her female body and it’s needs and vulnerabilities, then all she has to do is to decide to become a man and go get herself sterilized by (untested for long term consequences on children) puberty blockers and male hormones and have radical surgeries to change her body so that it appears to be male.

sad-depressed-little-girl-sitting-near-wall-grunge-34480298When I was a girl there was nothing I wanted more than to become a boy and escape my father’s sexual assaults. I am still “gender dysphoric” at age 64 because of the unfair treatment I have endured all of my life for the crime of being born with a vulva, clitoris, ovaries, uterus and breasts. But I am not delusional and I know that changing my appearance will not change my chromosomes or my socialization into being a rape target and toilet cleaner. You need to understand that gender identity ideology does nothing to change the power dynamic that keeps women in chains. I was not paid less all my life because of my feminine identity. I was paid less because I have a woman’s body, – I AM a woman’s body, I am not separate from my body.  I was not raped and battered and harassed by people who identify as male. I was raped by males with male bodies and XY chromosomes who were socialized into misogyny and male entitlement.

I decided to attend a group at RVAP in 2014 for survivors of sexual abuse. It was a group for women. I found it helpful…until I received an email that informed me that I would have to accept males who identify as female in the group. No-one asked me if this was acceptable. No-one was interested in my feelings or my experience or my research about the harm that transgender ideology is doing to children. i was being forced to accept that a person who was born with a penis and was socialized into male privilege is really a woman if he says he is. It was a very rapey move on the part of RVAP to shove this directive down my throat.

Now the City Council of Iowa City is poised to enshrine the female erasing policy that is gender identity ideology into law. And so I have to speak out before all of the rights of women that I have worked to establish over the past 40 years are brushed aside in favor of privileged, entitled males with a psychosexual disorder.

You have made a grave mistake by positing personality traits and people’s imaginary identities over the bodies of actual living, breathing, bleeding, birthing, breastfeeding, rape-targeted, underpaid, women. I am writing to you now because of the language you used in the recent What About Me(n) conference. You are pushing a religious belief when you say that this was about those who “identify” as male. There is no magical transubstantiation that takes place when a person decides to present him or herself as the opposite sex. It is an idea in someone’s mind that has zero basis in physical reality. I have not been oppressed by male ‘identities.” Male identities did not rape my female identity. Stop this patriarchal mindfucking. Stop denying the reality of women’s bodies and women’s experience.

madamnomad.com/2018/02/27/the-violent-misogyny-of-the-gender-debate/
https://madamnomad.com/2017/08/04/living-in-tranztopia/
Women Fear Drug They Used To Halt Puberty Led To Health Problems
“The money is flowing” to “suck people in:” Vaginoplasty & the case of Jazz Jennings
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160623/streeterville/billionaire-jennifer-pritzker-helps-fund-clinic-for-trans-kids-at-lurie
http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/20/rich-white-men-institutionalizing-transgender-ideology/
http://www.femaleerasure.com/

The Violent Misogyny of the Gender Debate

From The Spectator:

“Journalists and politicians talk a lot about freedom of speech, and rightly so, because the ability to express thoughts and opinions without fear or restraint is the foundation of democracy. We must be free to question, free to doubt, or we are not free at all.

But for journalists and politicians, ‘freedom of speech’ can feel a bit of an abstract concept, a debating point not a matter of personal safety. We talk about curbs on free speech as things that make it harder for us to do what we do – write and talk. We rarely think about them in terms of physical fear.

So a couple of weeks ago, when I wrote here about the way fear is chilling the debate about Britain’s laws on sex and gender, I really meant the fear of reputational damage. I referred to the fear that MPs and journalists feel that if they question moves to allow people to decide their own legally-recognised gender they will be accused of transphobia and bigotry.

That fear is real, and troubling, but there are worse things to be afraid of. Fear that you will lose your job and your livelihood. Fear of physical attack.

And that is what some people in this debate feel here. They fear that if they are seen to speak out and question the trend to change the law to allow ‘self-identification’, they will come to harm. Real harm.

Some of those people are meeting tonight in London, to discuss those changes in the law and their concern about them. I can’t tell you precisely where because the location of the meeting is being kept secret. The people organising and attending the meeting are scared of what might happen if some of the people who disagree with them turn up.

The people organising the meeting call themselves A Woman’s Place UK. They say the proposed changes in the law raise questions that are not just practical but existential. They worry that if a man can become a woman just by saying so, with no external check or verification, then the very term ‘woman’ becomes meaningless, and a group of people with no meaningful name or identity will in time lose all standing in law and society. For them, womanhood is a matter of objective biological fact, one that subjective feelings cannot change. Most, if not all, of them call themselves feminists.

Some of the people who disagree with them use a different name: TERFs. It technically stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist but if you follow online ‘debate’ you’ll see it’s become a term in its own right, and an abusive one. Follow the utterances of the most committed advocates of trans rights and you’ll find frequent references to violence against Terfs: punch Terfs, kill Terfs.

There are lesser threats too, to use more subtle means to inflict harm. Social pressure is used to threaten the employment of those considered Terfs: read this Mumsnet thread for a disturbing litany of what happens to women who ask questions about the self-identity agenda in the workplace, especially in academia and the public sector. In politics, women who question the self-ID agenda have faced censure and expulsion in Labour, the Greens and, yes, the Women’s Equality Party.

It is hard not to conclude that such things are at least partly the result of a concerted attempt to stigmatise and demonise women who attempt to raise concerns about a policy that they feel poses risks to their safety and even their fundamental existence.

To be clear at that point, I note that the following two statements can both be true, at the same time. Neither fact justifies the other. First, some transgender people suffer unacceptable physical, mental and social abuse that causes them real and unacceptable harm. Second, some women who question the move towards self-defined gender feel real and unacceptable fear of physical harm at the hands of some people who advocate that change in the law.

Perhaps you think a Woman’s Place UK are over-reacting, or talking up the threat for political purposes. If so, I suggest you search online for ‘punch terfs’. Or follow a case of alleged assault currently awaiting trial. Or review the history of the group’s Edinburgh meeting, where one of the protesting groups has demanded that the venue that had the temerity to host a bunch of women talking about feminist theory hand the proceeds of the event over to a group that says punching Terfs is a moral duty akin to fighting Nazis.

Against which background, I suggest that it is depressingly understandable that some of the women involved in tonight’s meeting feel genuinely threatened, and threatened over the simple act of attending a political meeting.

And for all that this might upset or even offend some people, biology does matter here. Biological males are, on average, larger and stronger and more aggressive than biological females. Biological males commit more acts of violence — and more serious acts of violence – than biological females.

For these sadly rational reasons, among others, women are more likely to feel afraid of men than men are of women. Hence the existence of those spaces and places that law and convention reserve for women: changing rooms, refuges, hospital and prison wards.

Would the safety of those spaces be compromised if any man could gain the legal right to enter them simply by saying the words ‘I am a woman’? That is one of the questions the women who meet tonight are asking — keenly aware that some of the people who might take up that legal right are currently issuing threats against them.

I don’t know the answer but I think the question is a valid one and deserves a considered answer from anyone who proposes to change the law to allow such a situation. But it appears that some of those people don’t want to answer the question. They don’t even want it to be asked.

So the story of tonight’s Women’s Place meeting is this: a group of people who were raised male and in some cases retain full male anatomy are perpetuating a narrative that harm – including physical violence — can and should be inflicted on women who question the things those people say are true.

This debate about gender and sex and identity may seem terribly modern, a product of our times, but really, this is a story as old as they come: women who do not know their place are threatened and punished. Britain in 2018 is still a country where women who speak out risk a smack in the mouth.”

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