CHALLENGING TRANSGENDERISM FROM A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE
LINKS TO LATEST NEWS STORIES, FEATURES, BLOGS OR VIDEOS
- Suicide by Clinic-Referred Transgender Adolescents in the United Kingdom Michael Biggs 18.01.22
- Inside the Tory trans civil war Jo Bartosch in UnHerd 18.01.22
- Woke LA DA George Gascon says he doesn’t want to send transgender woman, 26, who sexually assaulted girl, 10, when she was 17 to adult jail over fears she’ll be attacked because of her gender identity Mail 17.01.22
- ‘I was sexually assaulted by a transgender rapist in a women’s jail’: Female prisoner, 45, describes ordeal at the hands of sex predator, 56, who molested four inmates during three-month reign of terror Mail 15.01.22
- Boots sorry over magazine article suggesting that transgender people are more likely to commit suicide if they are not addressed with their ‘preferred’ personal pronouns Mail 15.01.22
- Let children of 12 alter legal gender ‘without a delay’ in Scotland The Times 15.01.22
- How our universities became sheep factories Arif Ahmed in UnHerd 14.01.22
- Why there are times a woman really should demand to see a female doctor: Shocking new research shows women are 32 per cent more likely to DIE if they have a male surgeon Jean Hatchett in the Mail 15.01.22
- Film producers plan ‘woke’ Harry Potter series which would see trans female cast as the wizard’s mother amid JK Rowling gender row Mail 15.01.22
- Wolf in plod’s clothing Harry Miller in The Critic 14.01.22
- Jo Bartosch on how gender critical campaigners are being labelled domestic terrorists and threats to national security by ‘radicalisation’ academics at King’s College London LGN 14.01.22
- Sexists in gay armour Julie Bindel in The Critic 13.01.22
- ‘I’m not giving up the word “woman”’ Kellie-Jay Keen talks to Brendan O’Neill Spiked 13.01.22
- Social worker Rachel Meade suspended over gender critical Facebook posts The Times 13.01.22
- Criminology lecturer is probed over ‘transphobic’ Twitter posts following complaints about his comments that prisons should be single sex: Professor is THIRD university academic targeted by cancel culture mob in three months Mail 13.01.22
- Prisons must be single-sex spaces by Joan Smith in The Critic 11.01.22
- Judy Murray expresses concern about integration of transgender women in sport Daily Record 11.01.22
- Lords amendment on single-sex prisons withdrawn Debbie Hayton in UnHerd 11.01.22
- The truth about trans murders Tish Still in UnHerd 11.01.22
- This is not the 1980s Jo Bartosch in The Critic 11.01.22
- Scottish universities drop out of Stonewall equality league tables following ‘gender’ row The Telegraph 10.01.22
- Female prisoners shouldn’t be used as a shield for trans women from male violence Jean Hatchett in the New Statesman 10.01.22
- Department of Business cuts ties with Stonewall Mail 10.01.22
- Colchester sex offender, 21, had sick child images 10.01.22
“At the end of 2021, the debate on sex and gender and the conflict with women’s rights feels very different, at least in the UK, from the way it felt at the end of 2019. There have been a series of legal wins and cultural shifts. People are finding a voice and wrenching the discussion back to reality.”
The above paragraph conveys exactly what I wanted to say in this update, and I am grateful to the legend who is Maya Forstater of Sex Matters for articulating it so well in the introductory paragraph of an article comprehensively detailing how much has been achieved in the UK while alerting us to the battle still to be won on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.
Take action: the Sex Matters website advises how we can respond to the government consultation by 4th February 2022.
While I’ve continued to try to keep this website updated with the latest news stories and features, regular visitors will probably be aware that I have, since the start of lockdown in 2020, devoted some time to making youtube videos and I am blown away by the appreciative responses to them. Sometimes people express surprise that I don’t have more subscribers but it’s hard to promote videos when banned from social media platforms, so I am thankful to those who share them.
I currently post my latest videos at the top of the right-hand menu but the ones I want to highlight most at this time are a series of four in which I narrate what happened when, in the light of the unjust – and ultimately quashed – conviction of Kate Scottow, I decided to test our criminal justice system and report a trans activist bully to Merseyside police. The contrast between the response of Merseyside police to a woman reporting a relentless trans-identifying bully and how police around the UK have responded to gender activists reporting women for far lesser offences, is stark indeed and campaigner Harry Miller’s recent triumph over the College of Policing seems all the more crucial because of it.
Looking back at what I wrote as an introduction to this website when I launched it at the end of 2017, I am surprised to find that I can still stand by most of it. I had the feeling that my views had shifted a lot more than perhaps they have. In fact, there are only two things that I think completely differently about now, both of which I had already articulated in my update two years ago, when I said that, “if anyone I knew personally today told me they were considering ‘transition’, I would try to talk them out of it”. The second thing is more complicated. Two years ago I said I’d stopped being careful about language for fear of offending people. Over the past year I have become careful about language again but for a different reason. Whereas I was never going to be browbeaten into using silly ideological terms like ‘cis’ and ‘sex assigned at birth’ and I have long since stopped using ‘transwoman’ and ‘transman’, I have now abandoned the use of the term ‘transgender/trans’ – as in ‘trans people’ – altogether.
‘Transgender’ is a label and those who choose to apply it to themselves do so for various reasons. This is why, if it is absolutely necessary to specify that I am talking about people who claim to be transgender, I will only use ‘trans-identifying’. Otherwise I will just call them what they are: men and women. The invention of a ‘trans umbrella’ has robbed the term ‘transgender’ of any useful meaning and using terms like ‘trans people’ give credence to what I have come to see as a dangerous falsehood.
Maria MacLachlan 1st January 2022
Video: Assault on Maria MacLachlan at Speakers’ Corner and the trans activist response
Peak Trans two years on
When I started this site two years ago, I never imagined that the hate campaign against me, which had started on the day I was physically attacked by three violent trans activists in September 2017, would continue to this day.
This is why I decided to make the video above. It includes all the footage taken at Speakers’ Corner, which gives the lie to the alternative narrative spread by trans activist bullies, many of whose comments appear in the film. It will remain on the front of this website permanently.
I blogged some of the responses: Trans activist bullies who “didn’t watch” my video about them hated it
An abridged version, which leaves out the trans activists’ input and focuses on what happened and the testimony of the defence witnesses Ananya Jaidev, Kat Higgins, Laurel Uziell and Devawn Wilkinson can be seen here.
I also had no idea how busy this site would keep me. The several hundred links to news stories, articles and videos that I started with has now grown to several thousand, with new links being added on most days. I am delighted at how popular this site has proven to be and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the supportive messages, the links to articles for inclusion and the donations, which help so much to keep it running.
What I wrote on the day I launched this site at the end of 2017 was true at the time of writing but, after two years immersed in the ‘gender wars’, my thinking on some things has evolved and I wouldn’t write that same introduction were I launching this site today.
One thing that has changed is that if anyone I knew personally today told me they were considering ‘transition’, I would try to talk them out of it. The reasons are many but suffice it to say that, having learned so much from so many trans people, detransitioned people and from some whose lives have been profoundly impacted by transgender ideology, I believe that too many are making the decision to transition too lightly and on too little information and sometimes the effect on their lives and on those of their loved ones has been catastrophic.
Another thing is that I no longer care about offending people. Transgender ideology is – as evidenced by a large number of items linked to from this site – oppressive and misogynistic and those who promote it are intolerant, short on reason and often hateful. For this reason, I am far less careful about language and am more inclined to use terms like ‘trans-identifying males’, which I used to avoid for fear of offending…well, trans-identifying males.
I would like to reiterate that I support the right of adults to ultimately make their own decision on how they present themselves and on whether or not to medically alter their appearance. I also strongly believe that trans people should have the same human rights as anyone else. However, I know from experience that it doesn’t matter how often I say this, as far as trans activists are concerned, anything short of full submission to trans ideology justifies opprobrium and abuse.
There are many ways in which my thinking has changed in respect of transgenderism and I will continue to update various things I’ve said on this site accordingly but I will leave my original introduction
below untouched. It is now archived here: What’s this site about?
Maria MacLachlan 3rd January 2020