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Blog: 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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Blog: ‘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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Blog: 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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Blog: 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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Blog: 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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Blog: 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, 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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Blog: “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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Blog: 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”

 

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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Blog: 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

Blog: 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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Blog: 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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Blog: 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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Blog: 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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Blog: 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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Blog: When feminism isn’t feminism

This blog is a response to Amelia Abraham’s Tedx talk entitled ‘Why feminists should support transgender rights’, which I watched on youtube, after seeing Stonewall on Twitter call it an “important and empathetic talk”.

It is indeed empathetic to transgender people, while wholly lacking in empathy for women concerned about the impact transgender ideology has on our lives. I also agree that it is important – though its importance lies in how it showcases many of the silly, fallacious arguments produced by the trans lobby.

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Blog: Some trans activists must be the dumbest people alive!

I think it’s fairly well-established now that transgender ideology is based on unsupportable tenets and that those promoting it cannot put a coherent argument together. Instead, they rely on misrepresenting the position of their opponents and labelling us in a manner intended to, at best, dismiss our arguments as unworthy of consideration, at worst, mark us out as legitimate targets for intimidation and violence.

Encouragingly, I’m meeting more and more transgender people who are reasonable, who can empathise with us, who are capable of remaining civil in disagreement and who are brave enough to put their heads above the parapet. Others – and their allies – comprise what I call the ‘trans cult’ and they seem to be the dumbest people alive. Or the most dishonest. Or both.

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Blog: The Handmaidens’ Tales

Feminism

 

 

This is the post in which I express my anger against those young women who’ve betrayed the goal of women’s liberation by promoting male entitlement and female erasure. And, no, contrary to what certain trans activists such as Stephen Whittle say, the term ‘handmaidens’ isn’t misogynist. Misogyny refers to contempt and disregard for women because they are women, i.e. adult human female. It doesn’t include the disdain we feel for women who are selling us down the river, the women who prioritise the feelings of men over the psychological well-being and the physical safety of women. The true meaning of ‘handmaiden’ is female servant and that, in effect, is what these women are.  Continue reading

Blog: The Aunt Lydias of academia

Anyone who gets embroiled in squabbles with trans activists will be familiar with certain canards that crop up time and again. Like a set of plastic skittles, it doesn’t take much to topple them but, wearisomely, there is always someone willing to put them back up to be knocked down yet again.

In a recent article on the BuzzFeed News site, LGBT Editor Patrick Strudwick could have scoured trans Twitter and come up with the exact same input from common or garden Twitter numbskulls as that provided by the five sociologists he calls – and this is the only touch of humour in the article – “leading feminist thinkers”: Akwugo Emejulu, Sally Hines, Tracey Jensen, Alison Phipps and Vanita Sundaram. If you’ve only been a feminist for a few decades, you’ll be forgiven for never having heard of them.

I suspect that no academic worthy of the name would bother responding to the article. Why would they when the Professors’ “arguments” – for want of a better word – could be refuted by a teenager without a single GCSE? On the other hand, the article is a good example of the sheer dishonesty as well as the cultish thinking of the transgender lobby. As such, I think it’s worth including in that very tiny and select group of articles that I refer to on this site because they are so unbelievably bad.

I came across the article because I’d started writing a different blog, for which I needed to check whether I was up-to-date on the definition of a certain word as it is used by anyone who promotes transgender ideology. It was a search I’d done many times before and had always come up short. This time was no different. It is a word for which the trans lobby have no robust and useful definition. The word is ‘woman’. Continue reading

Blog: Another feminist voice silenced on Twitter

This time it’s mine. A scarily obsessive hate campaign against me by a disgusting and apparently very disturbed individual called Jacob (Jake) Alley, whom I blogged about previously, has culminated in my permanent suspension. How do I feel? Totally unsurprised as, having seen one feminist or sympathiser after another get banned for challenging transgender ideology and the bullies who promote it, I knew it was on the cards. Every time I’ve dived into that cesspit of misogyny recently, I’ve half-expected it to be my last. Naturally, I’m honoured to be in the company of the likes of Meghan Murphy, Kellie-Jay Minshull, Venice Allan, Miranda Yardley and many others who are hated by the trans cult because we can’t be beaten through reasoned debate.

I am also, I have to say, relieved. I have tried to leave Twitter many times because it is a thief of time – time that could be better spent on real-life campaigning, developing this website and writing blogs. I can still take from it what I need for this site links to articles and screenshots of vile, abusive, hateful and insane Tweets from trans activists but I can no longer be drawn, against my better judgment, into pointless squabbles. Hurray! To answer one of the questions asked of me today, I have no intention of appealing the ban or of going back under a different name.

I dare say many more users will be banned now that Twitter is clamping down on what it calls “misgendering” and “deadnaming” (see glossary if you don’t know these terms). The latter isn’t something I generally do myself. People are entitled to change their names to whatever they like and, so far, I’ve revealed (but not used) the birth name of only one of the many people who’ve targeted me online. That person being the one who goes by the name of ‘Elise Hendrick’, whom I also blogged about previously and who I believe – as I believe of Jake Alley may be a dangerous psychopath or sociopath or maybe some other kind of ‘-path’. Since blogging about this monstrous individual, I’ve had several strangers contact me with more information, which has only served to confirm my impression: vicious nutter, steer well clear. I regard the fact that, after I blogged about Hendrick, he made his tweets private, with considerable satisfaction. Continue reading

Blog: Inside the warped mind of a Trans Rights Activist

A couple of days ago, a “trans rights activist” (TRA) published an article on Medium* entitled, I was one of the transactivists on the Channel 4 documentary, I regret what I did — this is why.

The documentary in question – which was, in my opinion, excellent and well worth watching – was Trans Kids: It’s Time To Talk. It aired last week and can currently be viewed on Vimeo.

Quite a few people on the gender critical side of what is laughingly called this “debate” have applauded the author, Esther Betts, for being courageous. It is a sign of the times we live in that admitting you behaved abominably after the evidence that you did has already been broadcast on national TV, is called “courageous”. However, others – including me – aren’t quite so charitable.

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Blog: How confused am I!

A couple of days ago, a man was kind enough to take the time to comment beneath the blog I wrote about the Brighton Bullies. As a gesture of appreciation and in the hope that many more will see the comment and learn from the writer’s manly wisdom, I’ve decided to copy and paste it here, with a few corrections of typos and punctuation for ease of reading. My response is below it.

Comment from Darryl Calvert

‘the male entitlement to colonise womanhood that is a core part of transgender ideology.’

’emotionally blackmailed into supporting an agenda that hurts women and children because of what violent men do.’

‘genuine feminists who do indeed include all women in our feminism but aren’t prepared to submit to male entitlement and don’t sink to using hate speech’,

Having read your piece I find myself wondering if you are actually aware of your own confusion and that just because you can write a bit using straplines and buzzwords does not make you right or even close to accurate!

Whilst I will concede that ‘trans’ activists can and have been overly emotional and perhaps ill-considered in some behaviour, you feminists must take some of the responsibility for the causing of this overreaction by using lines such as I picked out from this piece alone above.

How can you claim that trans women are not real women and attempt to segregate them in public spaces from ‘real’ women and then claim to be inclusive ( quote taken above) and call being trans ‘Male entitlement” which is as far away from feminism as you can possibly get?

I see there is no mention anywhere of trans males and the fact that many of these people are ‘lesbians’ and are as aggressive, if not more so in some cases, than gen men…… I don’t see you trying to segregate them out of your public toilets, All I can see, ON BOTH SIDES, is people with something lacking in their lives needing something to fill the void and get a kick out of being ‘right on’.

Science and specifically genetics is continually researching and has proven that the huge majority of trans females are not merely ‘identifying’ as female but are female brained and are but for one chromosome essentially female but was born in a male body, and take steps brought about by science and technology to rectify this.

Is it therefore not more logical to assert that they are more likely to be violent and abusive if they are unable to become that which they feel they are than when they are that which they are meant to be, and as such your support rather than segregation would be more effective?

There are many steps a person has to go through before they can completely transform and a major factor in this is psychoanalysis and assessment by highly regarded specialists in their field, and I find incredulity in your assertions that you know better than these professionals and that even after becoming the woman or man that a person feels they should be that they would be violent or abusive???

It is pure logic to assume that becoming the female they feel they should be and after undergoing rigorous analysis and hours of painful surgery and years of hormone replacement therapy that they would feel complete and happy and therefore less likely to be violent and abusive is it not? So your argument(s) do not add up, all people can see, and are reacting to is transphobic rhetoric and confused feminist right wing drivel.

What is it that you are afraid of really? Its not like trans women are a threat to ‘womanhood’ is it? As yet they are unable to carry a foetus or procreate in the traditional way and they want to be feminists and support feminist causes like the women they are, but you are putting them off and forcing an apartheid, shame on you.

Dear Darryl

Thank you so much for your comment and for helping me realise just how shamefully confused I am!

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Guest blog: Someone else’s peak trans story

I’m grateful to the author of the account below, which was posted on Twitter a few days ago, for granting permission to re-post it here. I don’t know who she is. It’s a sign of the times that she feels has to remain anonymous.

 

I don’t know if anyone will ever read this. I’m a new account with very few followers. If anyone sees this and considers it worthy of an RT (retweet) I’d be grateful: I so much want to be heard, if only this once.

See, I joined Twitter a few months ago in a different ID, to discuss Labour politics. I like lefty Twitter. I’m happy there. I’m a party member. I knew nothing about the GRA (Gender Recognition Act) debate at that point; but did see mentions of transphobia. Naturally, I was against that.

I saw as well mention of horrible bigoted people called “TERFs,” and obviously I was against them too. And when I learnt what TERF stands for, I was surprised. What’s happened to feminism over the last 20 years or so while I haven’t been paying attention? Has it got nasty?

I thought, I’ll investigate further.

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