International Women’s Day has been hijacked by trans activists Julie Bindel in the Telegraph 06.03.20
The original article is here.
There is a wise and true saying: “You don’t know what you’ve got until its gone”. I feel that way about International Women’s Day, marked around the world on March 8 since 1911. It is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women by feminists, as well as a reminder that we need to finish the job of bringing about true liberation and equality.
I have never been a huge fan of IWD, because it can feel as though we are only allowed to be celebrated and appreciated one day out of 365. Also, over the years it has morphed into something that removes most of the political emphasis from women’s achievements, in favour of macramé workshops and other benign cultural events.
But now, thanks to extreme trans-activists and their virtue-signalling allies, IWD is in danger of disappearing down an Orwellian hole.
On Tuesday, Merseyside Council was pressurised into removing flags being flown outside the town hall after complaints from a handful of trans people that the message on the flags were transphobic. The offensive words? A copy of the definition of ‘woman’ (noun: adult human female). Nevertheless, one ‘trans ally’ that complained to the council insisted that the message was a ‘transphobic dog whistle’.
Even more staggering is the decision by Leicester University to rename IWD as ‘Womxn Day’ in order to make the term ‘more inclusive’ of trans and ‘non-binary’ students.
The decision followed the appointment of Dan Orr, a trans-woman (natal male) to the post of Women’s Officer. Logic should surely then follow that Dan Orr be described as ‘Womxn’s Officer’…
Then there is the Tees Together festival, marking IWD with an event at which the main speaker is a trans woman from a local lobby group, as well as Lisa Lovebucket, a transgender performer. They do have a couple of natal women on the programme, but almost as an afterthought.
But my main bone of contention is reserved for the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. One of its events for IWD, advertised as being open to “all self-identifying women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or questioning, all or part of the time” is run by a man who identifies as non-binary and is entitled, ‘Intro to rope bondage’. The idea that ‘playing’ with sadistic sexual practices is anything to do with women’s liberation beggars belief.
As I have repeatedly pointed out, ‘woman’ is not a figment of anyone’s imagination. Female genital mutilation, forced marriage, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment in the workplace, unwanted pregnancies, domestic violence and everyday, casual sexism happens to girls and women because we are born female, not because we identify as such. If it was that easy, we would be identifying out of our oppression at a rate of knots.
Our biology is not our destiny, but being female has a tangible effect on our lives. We have the right to talk about menstruation and all the other issues that affect us without being told that to do so is transphobic. It is as though men have found a clever way to tell us to ‘shut up’ and still be considered not only as progressive, but as though we actual women are the real oppressors.
Take the model and trans woman Munroe Bergdorf, who in 2018 in the build-up to the Women’s March in London to protest Trump tweeted: “I also want to stress that if you do attend, it is CRUCIAL that you do with an INTERSECTIONAL mindset. Centering reproductive systems at the heart of these demonstrations is reductive and exclusionary.”
Trans-activists are not the only ones feeding the nonsense that there is no such thing as a woman, or that anyone can identify their way into being a woman. Take the young Cambridge educated author and activist Lola Olufemi, who was one of those responsible for the de-platforming of Professor Selina Todd from a conference at Oxford last weekend – which she had helped organise, only to find herself univited – to celebrate 50 years since the very first Women’s Liberation Movement event.
Todd, along with countless and growing numbers of women, stands accused of ‘transphobia’ because she considers women’s biological sex to be a material reality, and refuses to accept that being a woman is merely a ‘feeling’.
Olufemi – who had dropped out of the conference when she learned about Todd’s involvement – wrote a statement saying that ‘womanhood’ is an ‘umbrella term’ under which all and sundry can gather. The author poured scorn on the notion of fighting for ‘sex-based rights’, calling the struggles to maintain female-only refuges, hospital wards, prisons and changing rooms “abhorrent” (Olufemi was formerly the NUS Women’s Officer at Cambridge, not, you may note, the ‘person’s officer’).
So this IWD I will, unlike the past few years, be celebrating feminism’s victories with a fierce pride. It feels more urgent than ever that we resist those that appear hell-bent on casting us into oblivion.