- Authors spit dummy and resign from Rowling’s literary agents 23/06/2020
- Stephanie Hayden won’t be my friend! 20/06/2020
- Dear handmaids… (my response to an open letter to Liz Truss) 19/06/2020
- Tara Flik Wolf mans up to JK Rowling 05/06/2020
- JK Rowling mentioned me in a tweet and the shit hit the fan 03/06/2020
- About bilious Billingham and horrible humanists 17/05/2020
- You’re offended. I’m offended. So what? 25/03/2020
- Cowardly bullies get my video about Tara Wolf wanting to smash my face in with the support of Freedom News taken down from YouTube so here is the full content 26/02/2020
- Tara Flik Wolf wants to smash my face in proper and the anonymous cowards of Freedom News support him 19/02/2020
- The Polo Lounge in Glasgow: scene of more inhumanity from the trans cult 21/01/2020
- Trans activist bullies who “didn’t watch” my video about them hated it 18/01/2020
- Shame on you, Canada. 04/11/2019
- Happy International Pronouns Day 2019 16/10/2019
- Fuck some TERFs up 13/09/2019
- Magdalen Berns, RIP 13/09/2019
- Lesbian Strength! A day out in Leeds 09/09/2019
- Improving Rachel McKinnon’s Wikipedia page 31/08/2019
- Guest blog: A lot can happen in a year! 29/08/2019
- How transphobic is the Guardian newspaper? 24/08/2019
- Guest blog: On the lesbian protesters at Leeds Pride by Lara Adams-Miller 05/08/2019
- ContraPoints on TERFs 30/07/2019
- A gay man and several lesbians walked into a bar… 08/07/2019
- ‘My Brother’s Name is Jessica’ by John Boyne 02/07/2019
- J.K. Rowling has been following brilliant courageous feminists and it’s nobody else’s business 29/06/2019
- Guest blog: How you do politics 23/06/2019
- On Alice Roberts, Humanists UK and compassion 21/06/2019
- The physical attack on Julie Bindel and the trans cult response 09/06/2019
- A response to a response to “Doing better in arguments about sex, gender, and trans rights” 06/06/2019
- Guest blog: A list of all things transphobic 31/05/2019
- “Unless you understand what it is to be trans you’ve no right to question my existence” 17/05/2019
- Hayden vs Farrow – a view from the public gallery 07/05/2019
- Rattling the Honey Badger’s cage 28/04/2019
- What “trans community”? 16/04/2019
- A year ago I was instructed by District Judge Kenneth Grant to pretend my male assailant was a woman… 14/04/2019
- Guest blog: Growing up gay – a square peg in a round hole 10/04/2019
- The Thought Police are coming 06/04/2019
- Trans rights for the confused and bewildered 23/03/2019
- Men – however they identify – shouldn’t be allowed in shelters designed for traumatised women 16/03/2019
- When feminism isn’t feminism 23/01/2019
- Some trans activists must be the dumbest people alive! 11/01/2019
- The Handmaidens’ Tales 30/12/2018
- The Aunt Lydias of academia 27/12/2018
- Another feminist voice silenced on Twitter 16/12/2018
- Inside the warped mind of a Trans Rights Activist 27/11/2018
- How confused am I! 19/11/2018
- Guest blog: Someone else’s peak trans story 28/10/2018
- And why I’m glad I did (leave Humanists UK) 17/10/2018
- Why I resigned from Humanists UK 20/09/2018
- A week in the life of… 08/08/2018
- Brighton Bullies 29/07/2018
- London Pride 2018: Fearless Feminists vs Misogynists & Lesbophobes 15/07/2018
- The ostensible trial of Tara Wolf – Part 2 12/05/2018
- The ostensible trial of Tara Wolf – Part 1 12/05/2018
- Truth is the new Hate Speech 29/03/2018
- When vicious entitled thugs attack, I fight back! 28/03/2018
Wipe the tear, baby dear, from your eye-ee.
Though it’s hard to part I know
We’re quite happy to see you go…
As we learned from the Guardian yesterday, a small group of authors have thrown their toys out of the pram and flounced off the Blair Partnership’s list of clients because they couldn’t bully the literary agency into kowtowing to their inflated sense of entitlement by making some pointless, cringeworthy gestures.
Obviously, the Guardian doesn’t put it quite like that, going instead for more subtle, low-key humour and saying the four had “resigned after accusing the company of declining to issue a public statement of support for transgender rights”.
Wow! They actually accused them of that? How very, um, serious.
I mean, really? They resigned not because of anything the agency did but because of something they wouldn’t do, something there was no need to do. Further down the Guardian piece we learn that not only did the authors want a public statement but they wanted the company to “conduct staff training with the group All About Trans”, a group that promotes itself as “Positively changing how the media understands and portrays transgender people”.
But why? Had the Blair Partnership said or done anything, either publicly or internally, that could be construed as anti-trans? It seems not.
There I was, extending the hand of friendship and not only does he refuse it but he blocks me on FB and then goes and boasts about it on Twitter. I’m broken-hearted, obviously – not only at his rejection of me but at his claim that I’ve “only ever shown hostility and hate” towards him.
That’s just not fair! Why, every time I see him in real life – which, in case you’re wondering, has always been in court watching this notoriously prolific litigant pursue his favourite pastime – I smile warmly and gaze at him fondly. Unfortunately – and probably due to an understandable lack of self-esteem on his part – he invariably misinterprets my well-intentioned and cordial behaviour as hostility and calls me horrid things!
I owe a debt of gratitude to 44-year-old retired Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Fallon Fox. Fox was the first athlete in MMA history to be openly transgender – though he only admitted it after he’d already taken part in two professional fights in the women’s division. During the course of his career, he knocked two women out: one of them – Tamikka Brents – sustained an orbital bone fracture and a head wound requiring seven staples. Six years later, Fox is still boasting about it.
Why am I grateful to him? Well, because he publicly represents all that is rotten about transgender ideology. Like all male athletes competing in women’s sporting events, he’s a cheat. And, like so many trans-identifying men, he is a violent misogynist thug.
Yet we are supposed to accept him as a woman, ‘respect his pronouns’, etc, etc. Who can blame us for feeling uncomfortable and even afraid of being in a changing room or being followed into the Ladies by men like Fox? And it’s not as if he’s the only one.
When I wrote my post about JK Rowling on Wednesday, I wasn’t aware that Tara Wolf – who proudly styles himself ‘Terfslayer’ – had, in his uniquely eloquent style, posted on the same topic on his Facebook page some days earlier. Alas, I only saw it after it had been widely shared on social media but I was pleased to see that Wolf appears to have turned over a new leaf.
He doesn’t say he wants to fuck JK up as he once notoriously said about ‘TERFs’. He doesn’t say he wants to smash her face in as he did about me earlier this year. Instead, he is inviting JK to debate him – and not publicly on some online platform or even by means of private electronic communication which, judging by this former Goldsmiths undergraduate’s command of written English, he would find rather taxing.
No, he is generously suggesting that their… let’s call it ‘exchange of ideas’… should take place publicly right in the heart of London, no doubt so that his devoted disciples can attend and learn as the brilliantly percipient Wolf demolishes the hapless JK with his dazzling oratory.
In an attempt to salvage something out of the now widely-reported Twitter error JK Rowling made last Friday, which must have bewildered many of her followers who’d never heard of me and which had unpleasant consequences for both JK and for me, comedy writer and ally, Graham Linehan, invited me and my husband, Alan Henness, to tell the story behind the tweet in the hope of reaching a wider audience.
Here is a link to a recording of our conversation. And below is the blog post I wrote earlier today.
Those who swarmed to this website last weekend and entered JK Rowling’s name in the search function would only have found a blog I wrote last year about the extraordinary attacks on her for shamelessly following a few feminists on Twitter and ‘liking’ gender-critical tweets.
Until now, I haven’t felt compelled to write anything more about her.
But when one of the most famous authors in the world refers to me in a tweet, I feel kind of obligated to say something, so here it is.
These two tweets were directed at me during a Twitter spat I had with James Billingham a couple of months ago. Yes, he really is one of those men who presume to adjudicate on what feminism is. I can’t in all seriousness believe he thinks I care what he would “love” to see me do. Rather, I think these tweets were intentionally condescending to me in order to virtue-signal to his followers, who will probably applaud the insufferable arrogance of a man telling a woman old enough to be his mother how she should be doing feminism.
Weeks ago I drafted a blog post but then I got ill and, by the time I recovered, I had all sorts of other things to worry about and I forgot all about it. I’ve just found it again and, although it hardly newsworthy now…hell, I wrote it so here it is.
The Morning Star newspaper recently published this cartoon:
When I first saw this cartoon, I immediately took it is as lampooning the policy of allowing gender self-identification and the idea that a man should be accepted as a woman just because he says he identifies as one.
Cowardly bullies get my video about Tara Wolf wanting to smash my face in with the support of Freedom News taken down from YouTube so here is the full content
Edited 27.02.20 if you prefer to watch the video rather than read the transcript, it is now uploaded to Vimeo.
To recap: In my last blog post, I pointed out that Tara Wolf is a danger to women. I also drew attention to an anonymous defamatory article about me on some waste-of-space loony-tunes anarchist site called Freedom News. I considered suing them but decided it would be more fun to make a video refuting their claims, challenging them to a debate and just generally mocking them, in the full expectation that they wouldn’t have the guts or the brains to respond by any other means than trying to silence me.
And so it has come to pass. As expected, they didn’t respond to my challenge and rebutted nothing I said in the video because they know as well as I do that they can’t. Like Tara Wolf himself, they are liars, cowards and bullies.
And as expected, they complained to youtube about the video who have removed it on the pretext that it supposedly violates some rule about privacy, even though all the content in that video was or had been in the public domain. Every video I have produced with me in it has been the subject of complaints by trans activist bullies and, because of this, I always have the transcript and content ready to put into a blog.
I do, of course, have the option of uploading the video they don’t want you to see directly to this site and I might get round to doing that when I’m less busy. In the meantime, here is the transcript:
Tara Flik Wolf wants to smash my face in proper and the anonymous cowards of Freedom News support him
Tara Flik Wolf aka Wood is a danger to women. Not necessarily all women all of the time. Those who show sufficient reverence, who nurture his false identity, who feed his fantasies and fail to challenge the disturbed and disordered behaviour he displays – in particular, his manifest eagerness to intimidate and hurt women – are probably safe for the time being.
Every other woman is at risk – men, not so much. Actually not at all, I reckon.
How might I personally have offended this mentally unstable individual over the years? Firstly, by gathering with others at a public meeting point to go to a feminist meeting, secondly by filming a protest staged by him and other offended anti-feminists at Speakers’ Corner, thirdly by reporting the punishment he inflicted on me for doing so to the police and co-operating with the criminal justice system. Fourthly, by commenting on a Facebook page nearly two years after he was convicted of assaulting me.
In spite of his mental illness, Tara Flik Wolf is highly privileged, not least in having the fierce protection afforded to him by the lackeys and handmaids of groups like Class War, Sisters Uncut and the Freedom Press website, which recently posted an extremely vicious, false and defamatory article about me.
I am grateful to all those who have – whether publicly or privately – articulated their anger and disgust at the behaviour of these regressive political groups while expressing support for me. After considering the matter carefully, I’ve decided not to do anything about either Wolf or Freedom News at the moment apart from make another video because my saying anything public about Tara Wolf seems to upset them quite a lot.
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We know by now that trans activists will – without a trace of irony – describe anyone who doesn’t fully submit to their absurd ideology and prioritise their interests over all others as ‘haters’, ‘bigots’ and ‘transphobes’. That includes anyone concerned with preserving women’s sex-based protections from men whose claim to womanhood is based on subjective feelings and anyone who dares to point out that gay/lesbian means same-sex attracted.
Having seen WPUK repeatedly described, since its launch in November 2017, as a ‘hate group’ for brazenly stating that they are against all forms of discrimination, that they believe in the right of everyone to live their lives free from discrimination and harassment and for – heaven forbid – even providing a platform to transsexual speakers like Kristina Harrison and Debbie Hayton, who dare to disagree with certain articles of transgender faith, it came as no surprise to see, from the moment it was set up in October last year, the LGB Alliance described in the exact same way. Nor was it a surprise that it was targeted with various acts of malice and attempted sabotage, such as the setting up of fake Twitter accounts purporting to be from the Alliance and getting its crowdfunding page temporarily taken down after falsely representing its motives to JustGiving.
But what are the motives of the LGB Alliance and why is it attracting such opprobrium?
After enduring a tsunami of abuse, falsehoods and defamation over the past twenty-seven months, my main aim in making these videos is simply to get the truth about my assault by trans activists at Speakers’ Corner in September 2017 out there.
I’ve done this by using the videos taken at the location, zooming in and slowing down on the crucial scenes. This tends to be a more satisfactory way of showing what actually happened than selecting stills and adding to them a false narrative in the hope that people are stupid enough to believe it.
I originally posted a few paragraphs of this story on the front page of this site under the title, ‘Shame on you Toronto’. As I like to keep front-page stories short and this one keeps growing, I’m turning it into a blog post.
Meghan Murphy is a Canadian feminist who has the courage to do what feminists are supposed to do and stand up for women. She is the creator of the excellent Feminist Current site.
Opposed to her are those who prioritise the feelings of men and their entitlement to redefine what women are.
I first got wind of the fact that Meghan Murphy was scheduled to speak at an event – organised by a group called ‘Radical Feminists Unite’ – in a building belonging to the Toronto Public Library (TPL) when I saw something about a bunch of local authors threatening to boycott the library.
We live in a world where such iniquities as child marriage, female foeticide, the torture and sexual abuse of teenage boys and the trafficking and enslavement of vulnerable human beings continues unabated, not to mention Turkey’s current offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces, during which dozens of innocent civilians have already died and 150,000 people have been forced to flee for their lives. So here’s an idea:
Let’s celebrate #InternationalPronounsDay!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
And Resisters groups have sprung up across the country.
We are not going away, our movement grows stronger.
WOMEN *STILL* DON’T HAVE PENISES!
Published on this site 29.08.19
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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”.
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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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’.
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.
Having done that, I’ve decided that there is too much to respond to for one blog so I’ll focus on one thing for now:
…or, to be precise, the Green Room diner at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.