CHALLENGING TRANSGENDER IDEOLOGY FROM A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE
LINKS TO LATEST NEWS STORIES, FEATURES, BLOGS OR VIDEOS
- Trans lobby group Mermaids helped NHS plan treatment for children The Telegraph 27.05.23
- I was too young to transition — now I want to help other teenagers The Times 27.05.23
- How trans rights row plunged equalities watchdog into civil war The Times 27.05.23
- Leading sanitary products brand is accused of ‘erasing’ girls in a new guide to periods | Daily Mail Online Mail 27.05.23
- British Cycling excludes trans-identified males from competitive female cycling – Sex Matters Sex Matters 26.05.23
- Trans activists will ‘weaponise’ conversion therapy ban to ruin medics’ careers, warns Tavistock clinic whistleblower The Telegraph 25.05.23
- ‘I’ve been robbed’: Female runner, 51, who lost Parkrun record to transgender woman feels ‘cheated’ Mail 25.05.23
- Sharron Davies challenges trans athletes claims The Times 25.05.23
- Key doctor questions need for reform at Tavistock trans clinic The Times 25.05.23
- Lords demand Ofcom investigates Channel 4’s ‘irresponsible attack’ on equality chief The Telegraph 25.05.23
- House of Lords joins backlash over criticism of EHRC chairman Baroness Falkner Mail 24.05.23
- HRC chief says she has ‘every confidence in being exonerated’ The Telegraph 24.05.23
- Trans row threatens future of Equality and Human Rights Commission The Times 23.05.23
- UN calls out intimidation of gender-critical feminists – The Post UnHerd 23.05.23
- Parkrun women’s record held by transgender attempted murderer, it emerges The Telegraph 23.05.23
- Lib Dem leader Ed Davey: Clearly women can have a penis The Times 23.05.23
- Christian teacher who was suspended for ‘misgendering’ a trans pupil is banned from teaching Mail 23.05.23 but Teacher who sent 17-year-old schoolgirl explicit messages is banned from classroom for two years Mail 22.05.23
- Whistleblowers at human rights commission say boss is facing ‘witch hunt’ from trans lobby Mail 22.05.23
- ANDREW PIERCE: The 5ft heroine standing up to a campaign of hatred by the militant trans lobby Mail 22.05.23
- Those who want to silence free speech ‘do not speak for us’, says Oxford Union The Telegraph 21.05.23
- Sadistic Transgender Pedophile Sues New Jersey Corrections Over Witchcraft “Discrimination” Reduxx 21.05.23
- University closes book on lecturer transphobia complaints Sydney Morning Herald 21.05.23
- Ban on conversion therapy for gender identity and sexuality won’t prevent parents, teachers or health professionals having ‘challenging conversations’ with young people, ministers say Mail 21.05.23
- After trans butcher Andrew Miller’s abduction of young girl, Deputy First Minister Shona Robison must reconsider impact of gender self-ID on safeguarding children Susan Dalgety in The Scotsman 21.05.23
- You can’t have it both ways: self-ID is universal Alex Massie in The Times 21.05.23
- USA: Transgender woman forced to use men’s locker room sues NYC yoga studio for $5M Mail 20.05.23
- Adidas faces boycott call over swimsuit ad with male model The Times 20.05.23
- Senior Arts Council England boss claims she was treated as a ‘threat’ over her views on gender and felt the ‘whole organisation turned on me’ after expressing sympathy for LGB Alliance, tribunal hears Mail 21.05.23
- John Cleese urged to scrap Life of Brian joke about man having a baby The Telegraph 19.05.23
- Arts Council ex-employee tells tribunal she faced ‘hostile environment’ over gender critical views The Telegraph 19.05.23
- ‘I’ve left cycling – losing to a trans rider hurts on a million different levels’ The Telegraph 21.05.23
- Finally, the BBC gets a sex attacker’s pronouns right UnHerd 19.05.23
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This is an appalling account of the bullying of an employee of Arts Council England because she defended the LGB Alliance from a defamatory allegation. Denise is taking her case to a tribunal next month. Please help if you can – her crowdfunding page is here: Fighting bias at the top of the Arts Council
Here’s Denise talking to Andrew Doyle about her case.
So, you think you may be trans…:
A critical guide to the debate around trans identities for parents, teachers and others involved with caring for children and young people
Written primarily for adults with caring responsibilities but likely to be of interest to anyone concerned with the rise in the number of young people seeking to socially and or medically “transition”, this book by sociologist, Tim Davies, is a well-researched, clear and comprehensive explanation of the phenomenon of transgenderism and its effects as an ideology, with particular focus on the current generation of transitioners. The book and can be ordered here.
RECOMMENDED: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Transgender Galaxy Carol Dansereau
I made some double-sided, A5-sized flyers with brief explanations of how gender hurts women and children. These are now available in pdf form for anyone who would like to print them at home.
For printing on A4 and slicing, click here.
For printing on A5, click here.
Peak Trans four years on
“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’.
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