Guest post: A very ordinary woman leaves Labour #labourlosingwomen
I don’t know when Labour fell headlong down the gender ideology rabbit hole – to my shame, I was all but oblivious to this until about two and a half years ago. What became clear though, was that inexplicably, Labour had fallen in love with a neo-liberal, postmodern, anti-materialist ideology that was antithetical to Socialism. I thought Corbyn would see through this nonsense. Not a chance. Introducing himself with ‘pronouns’ prior to the last general election was … well … surprising. As well as stating the bleeding obvious – we all know you’re a bloke mate!
The manifesto offered a glimmer of hope – although how on earth they thought they could deliver their promise to reform the ‘Gender’ Recognition Act AND defend women’s rights under the Equality Act 2010 was baffling. Nevertheless, we breathed a sigh of relief. There was some recognition that sex – and women as a sex class – actually existed. Like good Socialists should, they acknowledged material reality.
A leadership contest predictably followed the election in December 2019. Most of the leadership and deputy candidates enthusiastically endorsed a ‘trans’ pledge solemnly declaring witches should be burned at the stake. Starmer did not sign – and so again there was a glimmer of hope.
It’s been a horror show since:
- Lisa Nandy, MP, stating male rapists be housed in women’s prisons if they ‘identify’ as female during hustings;
- Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a shadow minister, claiming JK Rowling weaponised her sexual assault in order to promote ‘transphobia’;
- Angela Rayner, deputy leader, always the stalwart trans activist;
- ditto Dawn Butler, MP;
- Nadia Whittome, MP, also ditto and in past few days tweeting her pride at signing a letter commemorating ‘our trans sisters’ on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (more women in the UK are killed in 4 week period than transwomen killed in the past 10 years, but Nadia won’t allow reality to get in the way);
- Rosena Allin-Khan, MP and shadow minister, an actual Doctor (incredibly) tweeting about being a trans ally no matter how hard it gets;
- Rosie Duffield, MP, however, agrees that ‘only women have a cervix’ and is subjected to a barrage of misogynistic hate. Labour leadership response? Tumbleweed.
Anyway – you get the picture (there is so much more).
Like many women – and indeed men who are not taken in by this cult – I was just about holding on. I have so much respect for Sisters who remain in this fight from the ‘inside’ (shout out to Labour Women’s Declaration).
On Friday 20th November Starmer stitched the baby pink and blue colours to his lapel and signalled to women the biggest f*** off he could (see my letter following). Oh, that forensic mind of his huh? I would be delighted to be proven wrong.
I resigned and have tried to make as much ‘noise’ as a very ordinary woman can.
Incidentally, I posted my letter on the local Labour Facebook page – you can guess what happened (no actual physical threats, presumably as it isn’t an anonymous forum): “transphobe”, “TERF”, “good riddance”, posting laughing faces on statements about women being subject to rape/death/violent threats.
What is wrong with these people?
I am writing to inform you of my resignation from the Labour Party.
It is with despair and despondency I do so as the Party seems irredeemably misogynistic. I say this as a result of its promotion of an ideology that demands adherence to a homophobic, sexist, reactionary belief system (any dissent and you are labelled ‘transphobic’).
I had hoped Keir Starmer would attempt to address the bullying and harassment of women who do not accept ‘transwomen are (literally) women’. Thus far, not only has he failed to engage with, for example, Labour Women’s Declaration or Woman’s Place UK (both left-wing, grassroots feminist groups), he has specifically and deliberately failed to stand up to the vile misogynistic bullying of Rosie Duffield.
Friday 20th November 2020, however, was a new low. Any hope I had that the leadership might tackle the misogyny and bigotry inherent in gender ideology disappeared. To be clear – gender ideology is not only reactionary, it is profoundly anti-materialist. As Socialists, such a neo-liberal, post-modern ideology should be antithetical to us. Material reality is fundamental to Socialism. Women’s oppression is based on our SEX.
On Friday, Keir Starmer considered it acceptable and appropriate to retweet a video by Angela Rayner which peddled and promoted lies about deaths of people who identify as trans. In the past year in the UK there have been NO such murders. NONE. The video suggests there is an epidemic of violent hate crimes in the UK against trans-identifying people when in fact as a demographic they are very safe in the UK – unlike women. I also understand that as a result of this tweet, Rosie Duffield was subject to another ‘pile-on’.
I am a ‘gender non-conforming’ woman (i.e. I do not accept stereotypical notions of femininity that gender ideology seems to demand in order to ‘identify’ as a woman. Some people erroneously think this means they are ‘non-binary’ meaning neither being male nor female – you still have a sex no matter how you ‘identify’.) No one should be subject to harassment, discrimination for being a ‘feminine man’ or a ‘masculine woman’ etc. but the current demands by the Labour Party that one submits to an anti-scientific ideology that seeks to destroy women’s sex-based protections makes remaining a member untenable for me.
I hope the Party will – in time – see a way out of this morass of regressive identity politics otherwise I fear we are condemned to decades of Tory rule.
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