Gender criticism across the political spectrum

Like many people, I feel betrayed by the Labour party for several reasons nowadays – not least because of their disregard for the concerns of women in respect of transgender ideology. For this reason I also disdain the Green Party and the Lib Dems – which are the only other parties I might conceivably vote for. Of these three parties, only in the Lib Dems could I find no gender critical voices at all: no bloggers, no articles. On the contrary, in former councillors Sarah Brown and Zoe O’Connell, I found some of the nastiest trans activists I’ve ever come across. I still live in hope that somewhere out there are Lib Dems putting their heads above the parapet as bravely as are many Labour Party members and some Green Party members and, if there are, that someone  will point them out to me.

The Tories, of course, can take credit for the proposal to amend the 2004 Gender Recognition Act in the direction of making it easier to declare oneself something one is not. The proposed amendments would effectively allow any male-bodied person the right to declare themselves a woman and, according to some trans people, be potentially catastrophic for transgender people themselves.

I applaud all of those who are remaining in the parties and fighting for women and I totally understand those who’ve thrown in the towel and left. Given my short fuse with fools and bigots, that’s probably what I would have done if I’d been a member of any of them.

This page, which I expect will evolve and expand a great deal in the near future, is where I link to articles and blogs written from a variety of political perspectives as well as relevant news stories.

 

The Labour Party

Spoilt ballot paper May 2018 local council elections

How transgender ideology is Destroying the Labour Party Miranda Yardley 7.4.18

Statement on meeting with Dawn Butler on 28 March 2018 Woman’s Place UK

Leftist women in the UK refuse to accept Labour’s attempts to silence critiques of gender identity Meghan Murphy 23.3.18

Letter to UK Leader Jeremy Corby on trans/women’s rights Bea Jaspert 12.318

A Crisis Of Misogyny: A Plea To The Labour Party Jenni Harvey 7.3.18

A response to the Labour Party’s LGBT+ advisory post Linda Bellos 7.3.18

Labour riven by infighting over gender recognition Guardian 4.3.18

Women are a vital part of the socialist movement – they must be consulted over changes to the Gender Recognition Act Ruth Serwotka 23.218

Open Letter to Lily Madigan Charlie Rae 31.1.18

Fighting Genderism in Politics Jo Bartosch 21.1.18

Labour’s next civil war is a battle over what it means to be a woman James Kirkup Evening Standard 19.1.18

Fight to bar trans women from Labour shortlists The Times 18.1.18

Open Letter – Stella Creasy Jo Bartosch 8.1.81

 

 

The Conservative Party

Transgender rights versus women’s privacy David Davies MP

David Davies, a Welsh Tory MP, seems to be the only one prepared to raise his head above the parapet, only to be condemned and insulted by the LGBT group in his own party for the heinous crime of saying, for example,

Somebody possessing a penis & pair of testicles is definitely not a woman. This should be a biological fact not a matter for political debate.

Well, it is a biological fact of course and the denialists don’t seem to interested in debate.

Tory MP David Davies condemned for ‘transphobic’ and ‘abhorrent’ views by party’s official LGBT group Independent 28.1.18

Tory LGBT group sorry over tweet to David Davies BBC 29.1.18

In opposition to Davies stands Maria Miller, who is the former Minister for Women and Equalities and is currently Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee. A right-wing Tory, Miller has never done anything to benefit women.

How do you solve a problem like men in women’s changing rooms, Maria? Janis Turner interview with Maria Miller in The Times 29.7.17

‘Male’ and ‘female’ should be dropped from government forms, say MPs Telegraph 14.6.16

 

The Green Party

The Green Party is earning a terrible reputation among feminists, not least because of the notorious use of the term ‘non-men’. It has some absolutely horrendous people in it like Adam McGregor, for example, whose tweets here demonstrate his solidarity with the transcult and “LGBTQIA+ spokesperson”, Amy Challenor, (see screencap above). It also has some awesome feminists in it like Dawn Furness, Bea Campbell and Olivia Palmer, though the latter is currently suspended from the party for standing up for women. See her blog Perspicats for several good articles, including the following:

The Genderquake debate fiasco and the McCarthyism that followed Olivia Palmer

There there’s….

No Country for ‘Non-Men’: How The Green Party is Trying to Oust an Elected Labour LGBT Officer  Miranda Yardley April 2018

See also from Green people:

TRANS/formations Beatrix Campbell

Gender is not an identity, it is a tool of patriarchy: a feminist view of gender-identity politics Gender Critical Greens

And check out these horrendous tweets.

The Women’s Equality Party

The WEP introduces itself on its website to, as “a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men – so that all can flourish.” Enough already! Their website could just as easily be called Peak Liberal Feminism – assuming the diabolical Everyday Feminism site hasn’t already claimed the title.

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Frankly, I would have forgotten all about the WEP, were it not for their horrendous treatment of Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans who, until recently was Party’s spokeswoman on violence against women and girls and who has now resigned from the WEP altogether.

In November 2017, as a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme, Heather committed the heinous crime of criticising transgender doctrine as applied to children, while defending the right of transgender adults to define themselves however they want. This staggeringly sensible viewpoint drew three complaints from transgender members of the WEP, who accused her “promoting prejudice against the transgender community”. It also earned her a ‘no-platforming’ from medical students at King’s College London, whose Reproductive and Sexual Health Society cancelled a talk they’ve invited her to give on the subject of pornography and the sexualisation of young women. Heather is a research fellow at King’s.

After an “investigation” by the WEP, it was recommended that Heather should not continue in her role as a spokeswoman for the Party and she promptly resigned her membership.

Heather’s Public Statement to the WEP when first suspended

Statement In Support Of Heather Brunskell-Evans on Transgender Trend website

 

The Liberal Democrat Party

As I say above, I have so far been able to find any gender critical voices in the Lib Dems so if you’re a misogynist looking for a party to join where your obnoxious woman-erasing views won’t be challenged by anyone, go for it. You could even contact Jennie Rigg, Chair of

LGBTLDs directly on Twitter, if you like the sound of her.

 

The SNP

It’s fair to say the Scottish National Party have drunk the gender ideology kool-aid. Amongst their frightfully silly ideas is that we should “allow non-binary people to record their gender as “X” on passports and all other UK-wide records and identity documents.”

Their self-described non-binary councillor in Dundee sounds a right nasty piece of work. Look at this:

SNP Councillor Gregor Murray launched into a stream of explicit tirades on Saturday following reports of an anti-trans protest at a London Pride event. Dundee Courier 12.7.18

 

Socialists

Why do we need a new women’s movement? Ruth Serwotka Morning Star 8.3.18

The gender debate is dividing the left. We mustn’t forget that our unity is our strength Trish Lavelle Morning Star 3.3.18

Squashing Trans Rights Activism Lisa Muggeridge

 

Links to other articles from the UK

Labour and Tories finally see the truth about the gender debate James Kirkup

Don’t you just love it when a man explains to you what it means to be a woman? Hadley Freeman

Why are some MPs trying to shut down the transgender debate? James Kirkup

The Left Are Abandoning Women; and in Doing So, Abandoning Everything They Stand For Tom Farr

#NotAllWomen are Feminist Critical Sisters

How The Social Justice of Equality, Discrimination, Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment Are Being Used To Strip Women Of Rights And Freedom Miranda Yardley, June 2018

 

 

Sites and news stories outside the UK

Australia: Politician and Trans Activist Bridget Clinch Files “Gender Identity Vilification” Complaint Against Critic The Volokh Conspiracy (law professors’ blog)

Mexico: 15 fake transgender candidates disqualified from election Guardian

Australia: Male Liberal staffer ‘pretended to be a woman’ to win student executive position Sydney Morning Herald

Canada: Woman Means Something

New Zealand: Censorship, big money, blackmail and backlash: Why more New Zealand women aren’t speaking out on gender identity  Renee Gerlich

USA: A Conservative Lesbian blog by Cynthia Yockley

USA: Hands Across the Aisle

 

Page last updated 13.7.18