Gender criticism across the political spectrum

Disclaimer: An argument stands or falls on its own merits, regardless of who makes it.

I’ve lost count of how often I’ve said the above sentence and I will never stop saying it. Now I’ve updated this page to include it as part of a Disclaimer for Idiots.

Know this: if I consider that someone’s argument, opinion or sharing of their personal life experience may be of interest to readers, I will link to their article or blog, regardless of where they stand on the democratic spectrum. This doesn’t mean I endorse their political opinions about anything else. One response to this page from more than one trans activist has been to accuse me and other feminists of building alliances with parts of the religious right.

The “evidence” for this absurdity is a couple of the links to American conservatives at the bottom of the page. Of course, if linking to articles amounts to making alliances, then by the same reasoning I am also in alliance with the British Labour Party, the Tories, the Greens and with various Socialists. In actual fact, the only people I am in alliance with are feminists and other gender abolitionists, which would seem by definition to exclude the religious right. That doesn’t mean that I rule out the possibility of their having something insightful to say on transgenderism, however. Hope that clarifies.

See also: The Genetic Fallacy

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 electionsIt could have been me Paula Boulton 19.09.18

It could have been me Paula Boulton 19.09.18

How John McDonnell wooed Mumsnet James Kirkup 18.09.18

Labour’s refusal to accept the definition of a woman Jo Bartosch 11.09.18

I’ve quit the Labour Party because it has betrayed women Ann Sinnott, former councillor 08.08.18

Labour councillor quits in row over facilities for trans people The Times 31.7.18

The Catch 22 of Labour’s gender policy James Kirkup 23.05.18

How transgender ideology is Destroying the Labour Party Miranda Yardley 07.04.18

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 23.03.18

Letter to UK Leader Jeremy Corby on trans/women’s rights Bea Jaspert 12.03.18

Radical transgender politics are being imposed on Labour’s women with no debate and no mercy Tom Harris, Telegraph 08.03.18

A Crisis Of Misogyny: A Plea To The Labour Party Jenni Harvey 07.03.18

A response to the Labour Party’s LGBT+ advisory post Linda Bellos 07.03.18

Labour riven by infighting over gender recognition Guardian 04.03.18

Women are a vital part of the socialist movement – they must be consulted over changes to the Gender Recognition Act Ruth Serwotka 23.0218

Open Letter to Lily Madigan Charlie Rae 31.01.18

Fighting Genderism in Politics Jo Bartosch 21.01.18

Labour’s next civil war is a battle over what it means to be a woman James Kirkup Evening Standard 19.01.18

Fight to bar trans women from Labour shortlists The Times 18.01.18

Open Letter – Stella Creasy Jo Bartosch 8.01.18

 

The Green Party

Debate breaks out in Green Party over gender identity and trans rights Left Foot Forward 07.09.09

Green Party figures knew Equality Spokesperson’s father had been charged with sexual offences Left Foot Forward 05.09.18

How Caroline Lucas fell foul of the transgender thought police James Kirkup 04.09.18

 

As an aggressive, misogynistic male-born trans person from a seriously disadvantaged background, having spent years in care and with, so far as I’m aware, no tertiary education, Aimee Challenor has had a meteoric rise since joining the Green Party three years ago. In keeping with Green Party policy, Challenor campaigns for gender self-ID for transgender people with the inevitable erosion in legal protections for women that this will entail.

Sandy Mannering lampoons the Green Party leader

Challenor stood for the Green Party in both the last general election and in the Coventry City Council elections held on 3 May 2018. On 22 August 2018 at the end of an 11-day trial, David Challenor, who is Aimee’s father and chosen election agent and who already had a conviction for animal cruelty, was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for the torture and rape of a 10-year-old girl, in the attic of the Challoner family home.

Man held 10-year-old girl captive in ‘torture den’ attic as he played out sadomasochistic fantasies Independent

At the time of David Challoner’s conviction, Aimee was standing for the deputy leadership of the Green Party and, according to this article in the Sunday Times, initially resolved not to stand down but eventually did so and put out this personal statement.

Meanwhile, the Green Party had put out a statement claiming they knew nothing of the allegations against their member and pledging to support Aimee Challenor in”her” hour of need. This was replaced within hours with a second Green Party statement saying Aimee was resigning from the Deputy Leadership race.

After an abysmal Guardian article by party leader, Caroline Lucas, which revealed her utter failure to understand the errors made by her party, Aimee was finally “suspended on a no-fault basis” pending an investigation nine days after the news of David Challenor’s conviction had broken.

Here is the latest statement: Green Party announces details of independent investigation

Videos:

On the Challenors. Lisa Muggeridge

Why it matters that Aimee Challenor is trans. Lisa Muggeridge

Power, Accountability and The Green Party Miranda Yardley

On 4th September 2018, after Caroline Lucas publicly announced that she was arranging to meet representatives from A Woman’s Place UK, Challoner announced on Twitter that he was resigning from the Green Party.

 

Quite apart from all that the Green Party is earning a terrible reputation among feminists, not least because of the notorious use of the term ‘non-men’.

Read:  An open letter to the Green Party from Womens Voices Matter

The Challenors are far from being the only horrendous people in it. Take Adam McGregor, for example, whose tweets here demonstrate his solidarity with the transcult.

Worse, an awesome feminist and former electoral candidate for the Green Party, Olivia Palmer, was recently expelled 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

Green Party must accept failings in its dealings with David Challenor

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:

Dawn Furness speaking at A Woman’s Place is Standing her Ground:  Newcastle upon Tyne 24th May 2018

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

Transwomen are doubleplus good women”: Government receives late submission on Births Bill from Handmaids Association Renee

And check out these horrendous tweets.

 

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 stand up for women, 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 28.01.18

Tory LGBT group sorry over tweet to David Davies BBC 29.01.18

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 29.07.17

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

If the Tories think pushing transgender rights will win the next election, they are deluded Stephen Glover Daily Mail 05.07.17

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: 07.07.18:

I’ve looked far and wide for evidence that the LibDems isn’t the worst of the major parties on transgenderism. My impression remains that it absolutely is. However, I’ve been contacted by Natalie Bird, who assures me that there are gender critical voices in the Lib Dems and she is one of them.

“There are quite a lot of us with concers in the party but lgbt+ are trying to stop discussions.”

Natalie is an approved prospective parliamentary candidate who is trying to get women’s voices heard within the party and would be pleased to hear from anyone who share her concerns and can be contacted through her Facebook page.

So that’s one so far. Anyone else?

 

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 12.07.18

 

Plaid Cymru

The current leader, Leanne Wood, is another kool-aid drinker who wrote this rubbish article illustrating her total failure –  whether due to unwillingness or inability is unclear – to engage with the issues. There are some great responses though.

The Welsh nationalists are not entirely without feminist heroes, however. Here is a story from a local newspaper reporting that, Anne Greagsby, a Plaid Cymru candidate for Penarth council, is facing disciplinary action for allegedly having “offended” transgendered people. A bit of research found that Greagsby was expelled from the Greens years ago. The reason is put in a nutshell here.

 

Socialists

The Left has forgotten what feminism looks like Julie Bindel 10.09.18

Why do we need a new women’s movement? Ruth Serwotka Morning Star 08.03.18

The gender debate is dividing the left. We mustn’t forget that our unity is our strength Trish Lavelle Morning Star 03.03.18

Squashing Trans Rights Activism Lisa Muggeridge

 

Links to other articles from the UK

Turning off the Fawcett — Why I Won’t Stand Jo Bartosch 19.07.18

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: Toxic Trans: The Strange Case of Morgane Oger and the BC NDP Jonathon Kneeland

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

USA: 7 Reasons Why the Transgender Revolution Will Fail Michael Brown

USA: I Didn’t Believe Feminists Until The Trans Lobby Attacked Me Kaeley Triller Haver

 

Page last updated 19.09.18