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Fuck some TERFs up

On the day we hear that our queen video-maker, Magdalen, has died, it feels all the more poignant to be posting the first video I’ve ever set out to produce on youtube. If you can’t wait to see it, scroll down.

Two years ago today, I was assaulted by vicious nasty male trans activists, at Speakers’ Corner. Two days later a woman I’d never heard of before wrote a poem about the event. I wish somebody had told me about that poem at the time. It would have made a pleasant change from the screenshots of all the hate I was getting, blaming me for provoking or even starting the violence – single-handedly, of course – against a bunch of thugs in their 20s, whose sole purpose in coming to Speakers’ Corner had been to bully and harass a group of people waiting to go to a meeting about proposed changes to legislation.

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Magdalen Berns, RIP

Magdalen died today.

Three weeks ago, on 21st August, after months of wondering how she was, we finally heard that all hope was lost. That was the day we knew that most of us would never see her in the flesh again, we’d never hear another passionate, spontaneous oratory from her at a public meeting, never again get rat-arsed with her in the pub afterwards. We would never watch another of her extraordinary, brilliant, sometimes brutal and often hilarious videos except, perhaps, the last one – the one we were tantalisingly told was in the pipeline.

That day and the days that followed saw a deluge of grief and personal tributes expressed online.

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Lesbian Strength! A day out in Leeds

Given the hostility, abuse and aggression that some lesbians have been experiencing at Pride events around the country and abroad, it’s hardly surprising that they should feel excluded and unsafe and want an event of their own.

A few weeks ago, a group called Lesbian Strength took out a free advert in Leeds Council’s ‘what’s on’ guide, promoting a lesbian-only march to take place on 7 September. As the word ‘lesbian’ means ‘female homosexual’, there was no need to specify that only women would be welcome on it, right? Continue reading

Improving Rachel McKinnon’s Wikipedia page

On a day when people are lamenting the “rescheduling” – reportedly due to lack of ticket sales – of Rachel McKinnon’s eagerly anticipated talk, which was due to take place in London soon, I’d like to continue milking my attempt to improve McKinnon’s Wikipedia page, the result of which can be seen here.

It has brought even more joy to people than I anticipated. I’m also a bit surprised at the lack of knowledge about Wikipedia in some of the responses I got. I’d like to address these for anyone wishing to pull a similar stunt – quite a number of people say they are inspired by my work.

I want to say first of all that when I edited the page I did so in the full knowledge that the edits would be reversed in minutes, if not seconds. People were disappointed when they looked at the page hours later and declared my amendments had “gone already!” No, they are far more efficient than that.

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Guest blog: A lot can happen in a year!

My thanks to the awesome Liverpool ReSisters for permission to reproduce their recent Twitter thread here.

This month marks a year since Liverpool Resisters’ #stickerwoman action which started a curious chain of events which made international news, raised awareness, recruited countless women, and exposed @lpoolcouncil as misogynist charlatans.

In the context of a badly run Government consultation into gender self-id, a policy which would have huge implications for women, women’s voices were shut out by the establishment. Feminists were harassed and abused. The public had no idea what the government was planning.

As part of a national grassroots campaign, a small act of resistance took place. A tiny be-penised sticker, stuck to a statue on Crosby beach, stating a biological truth “Women Don’t Have Penises.” A short, common sense statement designed to get people to start asking questions.

The wokerati and big wigs of Liverpool were up in arms, virtue signalling and out-outraging each other about this “hate crime” whilst remaining strangely silent about – and even supporting – TRA abuse, vandalism and intimidation of women on their own doorstep.

Mayor Anderson embarrassed himself, egged on by a notoriously misogynist “doctor” and was exposed as being completely ignorant of the issues at hand. He took personal offence at being held to account on social media for which he would seek his revenge (on women).

A self-proclaimed “baby of the chamber” declared on behalf of the people of Liverpool that “trans women are women” and that unisex toilets should be introduced. He stopped short of calling for all biology books and dictionaries in the city to be burned.

Every councillor was made aware of the wider implications of self-id as well as the increased risk of sexual violence and voyeurism to women and girls from unisex facilities. In a huge “fuck you” to the women of Liverpool, they voted for it anyway, with no consultation.

The Mayor paraded his arrogance in the council chamber. Misogyny dripped from every pore on his bloated, purple face as he shouted at and abused a lone woman who spoke up for women and children. Cheered on by lackeys who are *paid* to represent the people (not the trans lobby).

There is not one solitary councillor in Liverpool who is willing to stand up for women’s rights, or our ability to have a say in matters that concern us. For the safety and well-being of children. For freedom of speech or debate. For truth.

Every single one of them knows what a woman is. Every single one of them voted through a motion which lies and has implications for all of us. How can they be trusted with any other issue?

So, where are we now?

The public are waking up to the realities of trans activism – the regressive stereotypes, the safety implications, the misogyny and totalitarianism which seeks to silence women by any means necessary.
Far too many men fighting to remove women’s safe spaces have been exposed as sexual predators and paedophiles. Women and girls are losing out on sporting opportunities. Detransitioners are increasingly speaking up.

Women have been proved right with all of our concerns.


Yet our supposed “elected representatives” still aren’t listening.

Anderson inadvertently became our greatest recruiting tool, as so many women were furious with his behaviour. Our membership has multiplied.

And Resisters groups have sprung up across the country.

We are not going away, our movement grows stronger.

Oh, and…

WOMEN *STILL* DON’T HAVE PENISES!

 

Published on this site 29.08.19

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How transphobic is the Guardian newspaper?

Some astonishing news emerged last week about the newspaper referred to in some feminist circles as the “Trans Times” but which is better known as the Guardian. It turns out that, far from being a paper that panders to transgender ideology and ignores feminist concerns about it, the Guardian is actually “an incredibly transphobic organisation” that is harming trans people.

At least, that’s what a former employee of the paper claimed to Buzzfeed LGBT editor, Patrick Strudwick.

I’ve said before that I don’t think Strudwick is the best journalist in the world but his recent piece entitled, The Guardian Newspaper Has Lost Two Trans Employees Over Its Reporting On Trans Issues, helpfully brings us another example of what I described in a previous post as the “sheer dishonesty as well as the cultish thinking of trans activists”.

The ex-employee – who is transgender and referred to as “Victoria” – claims that the Guardian is both transphobic in its reporting and guilty of “allowing a bitter schism to develop between pro- and anti-trans journalists”.

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Guest blog: On the lesbian protesters at Leeds Pride by Lara Adams-Miller

I used to love and support the Pride but the reaction to last year’s protest by lesbian feminists in London and the behaviour of lesbophobic Men’s Rights Activists in response to peaceful protests at various Pride events around the UK this year has appalled me – and I’m not the only one. From across the pond, Lara Adams-Miller saw the tweets reporting that marchers had shouted at lesbian protesters and produced an awesome thread, which I am pleased to reproduce here with her permission.

My thanks to Lara, who tweets as @LaraAdamsMille1. She’s got a good piece on Medium too. Speaking Truth to Power in the Era of Trans Rights Activism

Edited to add: Lara has just produced another awesome thread here.

Sickened by footage from Leeds today. Some lesbians do not ascribe to transgender ideology. That should not prevent them from having a community or being proud of their orientation. A lesbian of any political leaning or philosophical outlook is still allowed to be a lesbian.

These lesbians want one thing: a community of homosexual females. Refusing them that is an act of hate. It’s a new era of gay-bashing, one that only affects the women. Do you want to know why so many lesbians are “terfs”? Watch the videos.

It’s 2019, and a group of lesbians may not demonstrate. Lesbians can’t march, can’t stand together safely in the streets, and this, to you, is progress. A person born a girl, grown to a woman, cannot celebrate the fact that she loves other women.

“Trans rights are no threat to lesbians.” Not so long as we agree we don’t exist! Not so long as we call men women, say that lesbianism includes penises and that women-only spaces are exclusionary and hateful! Fuck. The entire situation is about threats.

Our lesbianism is now subject to male approval. How is that okay? Men telling us when and how we’re allowed to choose only our own sex to date. We’re being forced to call our sexual orientation a GENITAL PREFERENCE as if the women who draw us are no more than vaginas.

Lesbians are becoming “terfs” because you won’t leave us alone and just let us be lesbians! We want spaces for our community, and sovereignty over our definitions of ourselves and our identities. Men have rewritten the definition of “lesbian,” and we’re not supposed to mind??

We don’t want to hurt trans people, but we’re not responsible for the “gender affirmation” or mental health of (mostly male) strangers! Why is that such a radical boundary? If they can’t be who they are WITHOUT erasing who we are, then they ARE a threat to lesbians!

If transgender people can’t feel “valid” without invalidating us, then they are a threat. If protection of their self-esteem is worth more than our right to gather, march, and speak, then they are a threat to lesbians. How can people not see this??

Lesbians don’t want to hurt anyone, not even their feelings. But we are sure as fuck not going to put an end to actual lesbianism just to show how nice we are! You have no right to ask it of us! Live your lives, march, love, play – just leave us to do the same!

Women – actual biological women – who are solely attracted to other actual biological women EXIST. And there is NOTHING wrong with that, nothing that needs expanding or enlightening. If you don’t agree, then you simply do not support rights for homosexual women, aka lesbians.

So if you’re cheering on the people who blocked that march, who said it wasn’t okay for women to carry a banner that said “homosexual female,” that’s your right. But realise that you are directly opposing gay and lesbian rights. You are a trans ally, not an “LGBT” ally.

If you think homosexual women are worth so little that we can’t even EXIST if it makes transgender people feel excluded, then you don’t give a shit about lesbians, and you don’t give a shit about women. Our bodies and our lives are not community property.
We support transgender people being safe, being respected as human beings (even if we disagree regarding their claim to be a sex they weren’t born to) and having supportive communities to turn to. I don’t have to agree with them philosophically to want that for them.

But I will NEVER agree that men identifying as women have a right to deny women like me our own spaces, our own identities, our own communities. Whatever they think we are – they have NO RIGHT to isolate and silence us. They have no right to erase us.
These actions aren’t those of a human rights’ movement – they’re the doings of toxic masculinity, of abuse and control. You shouldn’t have to agree with me on transgenderism to see that. These are women marching for sexual freedom, being physically bullied and blocked by men.

You don’t have to oppose transgenderism or self-ID or any part of gender ideology to see through these tactics, to call them out. You don’t have to think lesbians are right about trans activism in order to recognise why we see it as a threat.

Wouldn’t you, if you were one of us?

 

Published on this site 05.08.19

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ContraPoints on TERFs

TERFs don’t like being called TERFs, they think it’s a term of disparagement, which it is.

This line, which manages to be both unusually honest and typically disdainful at the same time, occurs two minutes into a video by a popular transgender youtuber called Natalie Wynn, better known as ContraPoints. The video is entitled Gender Critical and, at the time of writing, it has had close to a million and a half views and attracted 90k ‘likes’.

Natalie Wynn aka ContraPoints

Like most videos produced by trans activists, I wouldn’t be giving it the time of day were it not for the fact that I’ve seen it promoted left, right and centre on social media by people who obviously think it’s good and, in a perverse way, it is. Clearly, a lot of time, work, skill and creativity went into its production. Most importantly, the arguments are presented in such a way as to sound convincing even to some who would probably claim to be scientific sceptics but who, for some reason, leave their scepticism to one side when it comes to pseudo-scientific and regressive transgender ideology.

The fact that I see the video being promoted by people who should know better, means that I have to take a closer look at the content to see what I can learn and what I can pass on to people who, like me, find Wynn’s persona and style rather irritating but who, unlike me, aren’t willing to spend time studying the transcript, which I’ve copied here.

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A gay man and several lesbians walked into a bar…

…or, to be precise, the Green Room diner at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

National Theatre ready for Shame

It was late afternoon on Friday 5 July 2019, the day before the city’s main Pride event. Earlier the same day, the National Theatre (NT) Twitter account had announced they were ready for the weekend and posted a photo of the theatre decked in the rainbow flag. Another rainbow flag hung behind the bar of the Green Room.

A group of people – mainly women – had spent the day protesting outside Stonewall’s Children and Young People conference, a few minutes’ walk away. At the end of the afternoon, they took pics of themselves outside the Hayward Gallery, in front of posters promoting some creepy exhibition. Then some of them went on to the Green Room, others went to a nearby food fair and got a bite to eat there, while a few others took the huge placards they’d held at the protest back to the vehicle they were using. They all eventually went on to meet up at the Green Room.

Those who’d gone straight to the Green Room had bought drinks and were sitting outside in the sunshine by the time the others arrived. Of the later arrivals, only a man in the group got served. It seems a member of staff took exception to the women, some of whom were wearing lesbian T-shirts. They were refused service.

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‘My Brother’s Name is Jessica’ by John Boyne

I had no problem teaching my children to read pre-school or in nurturing their love of reading fiction. I was immensely proud of them, though I admit there was a large element of self-interest in encouraging them to early literacy. With a library at the end of our street, it was to prove a low cost and effective way of giving me a break from them, annoying little beasts that they were.

I quite liked reading the books written for their age groups before passing them on to one or other of them, as long as it was a good story that was well-written with believable characters and I didn’t have to constantly remind myself that whatever I was reading was written for youngsters, as I did with John Boyne’s latest offering. Although according to this interview, he claims not to write with a particular audience in mind, that just doesn’t ring true with this book which, of course, I only bought because people were calling for it to be boycotted. If there hadn’t been a fuss made about it, it wouldn’t have been on my radar and how depressing it is that the would-be censors of today have learned nothing from the past.

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J.K. Rowling has been following brilliant courageous feminists and it’s nobody else’s business

But even as we grasp at victory, there’s a cancer, an evil tumour growing, spreading in our midst.
Shout it! SHOUT! Shout out his her name! 

Goldstein ROWLING!

 

 

The title of this blog is inspired by a short piece entitled, J.K. Rowling Has Been Following Anti-Trans Activists and We Need an Explanation, written by one Alysia Stevenson who, “when she’s not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.”

An article by someone who, with all due respect (i.e. none at all), is a total no-mark in the world of journalism on trans-related topics, wouldn’t be worth commenting on, were it not for what it tells us about how someone who appears to be a typical trans ally ‘thinks’ (for want of a better word).

The article appears as a news item (seriously!) on an unbelievably crappy website called Femestelle.com. The ‘we’ who supposedly ‘need’ this explanation are, of course, the dim-witted despots of the trans cult who, just when I think they couldn’t get any more narcissistic, step up to the crease and prove me wrong.

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Guest blog: How you do politics

 

Back in January 2018, Venice Allan organised the first public meeting in Scotland about proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act. Naturally, the meeting – held in Glasgow –  was subjected to the usual disruptions by trans activist bullies, as was the meeting organised by WPUK in Edinburgh the following month. Reports since then (many linked to from my politics page) have mostly left me feeling less than optimistic about the situation north of the border, in spite of some fantastic work by courageous politicians and other campaigners.

But that changed somewhat this week, with the news that the Scottish government wasn’t, as expected, charging ahead with its draft Bill on gender ‘reform’ but would be re-opening the consultation. At last some good news and a testament to the hard work and commitment of feminists and allies.

Then I was alerted to a great wee Twitter thread by an SNP supporter which, frankly, filled me with joy and I am very grateful to Gavin Barrie, aka @jammach for permission to reproduce it here.

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On Alice Roberts, Humanists UK and compassion

One of the things I was somewhat hurt by in the weeks after I was assaulted at Speakers Corner was the lack of contact from Humanists UK. I was Facebook friends with the CEO and several other high profile humanists and the night after I was assaulted I posted an emotive rant, which was shared widely. A lot of people – including some humanists I consider to be dear friends – expressed sympathy and support but there wasn’t a peep from the leadership of the organisation I had been a member of for a quarter of a century. I’d also been a humanist funeral celebrant for eight years and, early this century, I had spent a couple of years there in full-time employment as a development officer.

I envisage any trans activists reading the above to be nodding approvingly at the lack of interest and compassion from Humanists UK. To trans activists I am a hate figure. I am the guilty party who instigated a violent attack on a poor innocent 25-year-old, 6-foot-plus “trans girl”. I am a liar, a hater, a bigot, a transphobe extraordinaire, a giant terrifying beast, a white supremacist, a Nazi.

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The physical attack on Julie Bindel and the trans cult response

When a woman gets attacked by a man (or three) and the attacker claims to be a woman, there are two options open to trans activists and their allies. One is to unreservedly condemn the attack and distance themselves from the attacker(s); the other is to try to spin the attack, to minimise it, to make it sound like it wasn’t really an attack, that the victim had provoked it in some way or simply that she deserved it because of her (assumed) views. Trying to make out that it was the victim who was, in fact, the attacker and the violent male assailant was some poor unfortunate “trans girl” or even that it was a set-up deliberately intended to entrap a trans person – both of which happened in my case – are optional extras.

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A response to a response to “Doing better in arguments about sex, gender, and trans rights”

Here is a recently published article by philosophy professor, Kathleen Stock, on Medium. It was co-written with five other feminist academics ( Sophie Allen, Jane Clare Jones, Holly Lawford-Smith, Mary Leng, Rebecca Reilly-Cooper), who are united in that they are all

sceptical of the political value of accounts of womanhood that identify it as essentially involving possession of a feminine ‘gender identity’. [They] also all insist that it’s politically essential to retain a clear conceptual differentiation between males and females, in order to continue to be able to name and refer to sex-based patterns of oppression, and harmful sociocultural stereotypes about the ‘right’ ways for males and females respectively to be.

I’ve added the emphasis because it’s a clear explanation of one of the most important reasons why we challenge transgender ideology and why I now believe we should resist every aspect of it (including its vocabulary – something that the article notably doesn’t do but then it would probably be removed by Medium’s anti-feminist censors if it did).

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Guest blog: A list of all things transphobic

Claire Graham, who currently tweets as @MRKHVoice, is helpfully compiling a list and I thank her for allowing me to reproduce it here – or rather, the first dozen items on it. Last time I looked, the list had grown to over 70 items so, once you’ve absorbed this page, do be sure to check the rest of them on her Twitter timeline. I’m sure we can all learn to do better.  (Quotes from articles linked to were selected by me.)

From Claire:

We’re all struggling to not be transphobes these days so I thought I’d make a list of all things transphobic for future reference. Please feel free to suggest other examples of so we can all “do better”.
1. Gender neutral toilets – transphobic.

Students voice concerns about bathroom policy, security camera monitoring

“Chelsea Dyapa, a third-year philosophy student, said she thought the policy was discriminatory because it could potentially be too costly to implement, limiting the number of gender-inclusive facilities campuswide.”

 

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“Unless you understand what it is to be trans you’ve no right to question my existence”

The article by @UglaStefania aka Owl Fisher that appeared with this title last week is one of the worst I’ve ever read. OK, there’s plenty of competition out there but this monstrosity wasn’t published on some unknown blog languishing in a dusty corner of the internet. It wasn’t even on Medium where trans writers regularly publish such torturous rubbish as the piece I blogged about recently. This one by Owl Fisher was on the Metro news site! What on earth were you thinking of, Metro?

I have, on this site, devoted a page to bad arguments by trans people and allies but this one plumbs new depths of absurdity. The problem with it is so obvious that I’m not even sure it’s worth adding to that page, lest it insults the intelligence of readers of this site (a predicament that doesn’t concern editors of Metro, obviously).

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Hayden vs Farrow – a view from the public gallery

Hayden serves the papers

 

“hypocritical disgusting judgmental bigot”
“narcissistic bigoted harasser”
“toxic individual who peddles bigotry”
“very nasty bully”
“disgusting judgmental bigot”
“mentally unstable”
“sad middle-aged individual hater”
“should be sectioned under mental health act”
“public menace”
“inherently evil”
“sewer of shite”

 

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These are quotes from some of the tweets read out in Court 37 of the Royal Courts of Justice in London last week, at a hearing to consider an application for an interim injunction against Caroline Farrow by Stephanie Hayden. Given that Hayden was the one seeking the injunction, having turned up at her home to serve the papers in person just a few days earlier, you’d be forgiven for thinking that these tweets were by Caroline about the claimant but actually it’s the other way round. Amanda Jones, counsel for the defence, said there were about 70 tweets that were “immensely abusive of the defendant by the claimant”.

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Rattling the Honey Badger’s cage

What members of the trans cult are too stupid to realise is that every time they post abuse or threaten violence against those of us standing up to their attempts to bully us into submission, they give us ammunition against them.

And what they’re too stupid to realise about me in particular, is that when they show in no uncertain terms that I’ve managed to rattle their cage – which I do by refusing to stop calling out their abuse and attempts to intimidate me – it gladdens my heart.

As I said in the blog I wrote exposing the searing stupidity of trans activist, Joss Prior, I was surprised that, since having launched this website at the end of 2017, I’d only received one abusive comment through the contacts page and that was from somebody calling himself “Big Frank” and using a fake email address. Continue reading

What “trans community”?

Wot no beard?

John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and some other books, is the latest celebrity to have got on the wrong side of the trans cult and has deactivated his Twitter account. Having read the piece he wrote that provoked their ire, I was set to lay into him myself on this blog for some pretty nasty comments he made in it about Graham Linehan. But then I saw that he’d apologised, so I’m going to be a bit gentler. Just a bit.

In a recent article for the Irish Times entitled, Why I support trans rights but reject the word ‘cis’, Boyne tells us why he wrote his latest novel, My Brother’s Name is Jessica. Unsurprisingly, it is a story of a child’s acceptance of his brother, who thinks he was “born in the wrong body”. Also unsurprisingly, it’s already got a one-star review on Amazon by a trans activist, who hasn’t actually read the book because it’s not even out until later this week! (Edit: the one-star review has now been removed).

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A year ago I was instructed by District Judge Kenneth Grant to pretend my male assailant was a woman…

It’s been a year since I stood trial for the grievous offence of getting my face in the way of the fist of a nasty, violent thug called Tara Wolf. This blog is about what happened afterwards.

There is one reason that trial made headlines and is still talked about to this day. That was District Judge Kenneth Grant’s bias in favour of the defendant – the real one, I mean, not me – reflected most obviously in his decision that I should defer to the wish of this six foot plus, 26-year-old, deluded male and pretend he is a woman. This meant that, while having to relive the assault and give my account of it while watching a recording of it on a screen in front of the court, I was required to refer to him as ‘she’.

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Guest blog: Growing up gay – a square peg in a round hole

Here is an account, posted on Twitter recently by the tweeter called deviant lesbian, of growing up feeling different, wondering at times whether she was meant to be a boy. I found it very moving, I expect some will find it resonates strongly. My grateful thanks to her for allowing me to reproduce it here in the form of a guest blog post.

I have only really spoken about this in real life to a handful of people and vaguely made reference to it here but The Times report today has brought this thread on.

That and periodically I get a spat of young lesbians who follow/like my posts. Or ask for help in DMs.

I spoke about this in a group chat with some other lesbians and there is one – literally one – in real life who knows the full extent of this because it just seemed so irrelevant to my life today. Or even in the last <15 years.

People frequently make comments about how GNC (gender non-conforming) kids will likely grow up to be gay/lesbian. I was extremely GNC as a kid. I played sports, I hung about with boys, I cried if I was put in a dress.

I was told at some point that I was a girl and needed to like ‘girl things’.

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The Thought Police are coming

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They will tell you what to think
They will tell you what to say
They will prescribe your reading
And tell you must pray
And bow down to the gender gods
Policed by local cops
Big Brother’s really watching you
And they will never stop.

by Ali Bee

I’ve added a new page to this site. On it are the stories I know about where the police have responded inappropriately to what I believe are, in most cases, spurious complaints, whose overriding purpose is to silence disagreement with transgender ideology.

The police are turning into the trans lobby’s goon squad.

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Trans rights for the confused and bewildered

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This is the title of a piece posted on Medium.com by trans activist Joss Prior last week. From the title you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is an explanation of trans rights for people who are confused and bewildered.

You’d be wrong.

Anyone who is genuinely confused and bewildered about this topic is unlikely to make it past the excruciating introduction, in which Joss Prior is at pains to sacrifice clarity, basic grammar and – as always – truthfulness in favour of trying to entertain other trans activists who are every bit as dim as Joss Prior.

In the entirety of the piece, trans rights as such are barely touched on. Instead we are treated to a hotchpotch of trans-related questions followed by what are presumably Joss Prior’s idea of slam dunk replies.

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Men – however they identify – shouldn’t be allowed in shelters designed for traumatised women

I am reproducing here a piece I did for The Article website on 06.12.18. Please note that the Twitter account currently linked to from that page is NOT mine.

As I discovered over many years of supporting victims of domestic violence, women trying to escape abusive relationships have often had a succession of violent, controlling partners who’ve sensed their vulnerability, their lack of self-esteem and taken full advantage. Or there may have only been one relationship which, over the course of several years, crushed their spirit and made them feel worthless.

Obviously the first thing such women need is to be somewhere away from their abusers. They need a place where they can be free of fear and where they can begin to heal in peace among people they trust. Shelters are for those women who have nowhere else to go, and, if they are to help women recover and move on, they need to be free of men – however those men “identify”.

At this point I expect some readers to stop reading because of their insistence that “transwomen are women and anyone who disagrees is a transphobe”. That insistence – born, I believe, of a deeply ingrained sense that men’s feelings matter more than women’s – tends to be the knee-jerk response of those unable to argue their corner. If they can’t physically silence dissenters, they run away.

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