Many people are surprised to discover that despite an approximately 50:50 female-to-male in the total population, less than 5% of the total prison population is female.
In fact, this is a pattern repeated globally: the female prison population is always a small fraction of the total prison population, with this less than 5% figure consistent across settled western democracies such as western countries of the European Union and the U.S. and countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
This difference between female and male criminal offending is even more stark when it comes to prisoners serving sentences for one or more sexual offences. In fact, at no point in the two decades since 2001 has the percentage of male sexual offenders dropped below 99%. This stark sex differential in sexual offender is the same in the U.S. and other comparable countries, notably Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the Nordic five (made up of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland).
Grant Karte was today ordered not to contact Ms Cherry for five years, given a supervised community payback order for 15 months and ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work after sending the MP threats on Twitter.
The MP for Edinburgh South West said: “Earlier on the same day I had been sacked from the SNP Westminster frontbench after senior SNP politicians, members of the SNP NEC and staff employed by the party had wrongly accused me of transphobia, simply because I had spoken up to defend the rights of women and girls and the right to free speech.”
She said their “irresponsible accusations put a target on my back” and that it was “wholly foreseeable that further abuse and threats might be elicited, as in fact happened.”.
She added: “The recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgement in the case of Forstater v CGD Europe has made it quite clear that my beliefs as a gender critical feminist are protected under the Act. I also share the protected characteristics of sex and sexual orientation.”
Ms Cherry also reiterated that she would continue to defend “the rights of women and girls, the rights of lesbians to be same-sex attracted and the right to freedom of speech” and said it was “not transphobic”, adding: “I will continue to do so despite the attempts to silence me.”
You would think a city council trying to axe a women’s legal service for its politics would be one of the biggest stories in the country. Yet the fate of an organisation helping women and girls affected by domestic and sexual violence in Sydney has barely touched mainstream media.
Trans people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, but so do women and girls. Many women are greatly troubled by biological males accessing single-sex female spaces (such as shelters, prisons, bathrooms), the unfair and unsafe participation of trans athletes in women’s sport, the medical transitioning of children (who are disproportionately teenage girls), and the silencing and harassment of women who speak out about these things.
Moreover, as FLC explained to the Council – the published material is critical of aggressive trans activism, not trans people generally, an increasing number of whom share its concerns; FLC is supportive of gender nonconforming behaviour and strongly opposes disrespectful and cruel treatment of others; and the material does not breach anti-discrimination legislation, as it was posted “reasonably and in good faith” for “purposes in the public interest”.
Nevertheless, the Council was unyielding in imposing unreasonable censorship restrictions on FLC, which were justified neither by the terms of the accommodation grant nor any laws.
The Council received numerous letters of support for the clinic (including one with over 700 signatures) rebuking the Council’s censorship of genuinely held concerns about the impact of harmful gender policies and practices on women’s sex-based rights and the welfare of children. But despite this flood of support –- which was not even acknowledged –- on 28 June 2021, the Council unanimously voted to revoke FLC’s grant and terminate its tenancy.
Women’s Forum Australia CEO Rachael Wong says the City of Sydney Council removing funding from the Feminist Legal Clinic is a “serious misuse of power” it should be held accountable for. Ms Wong has been advocating on behalf of the Feminist Legal Clinic, a pro-bono service which provides legal assistance to disadvantaged women around Sydney, which had its City of Sydney Accommodation Grant revoked earlier this year. Ms Wong says it is “ironic in a sense”, because “what the clinic has been accused of is discrimination but that’s exactly what the council is doing in this situation”. “Quite frankly I don’t think it should be allowed to get away with punishing those it disagrees with,” she told Sky News host Chris Kenny.“I think it’s a very serious misuse of power, and that the council should be held accountable for that.”
The California legislature passed a measure in July to house prison inmates according to their stated gender identity and not according to biological sex. The policy went into effect January 1, and since then, 261 inmates have requested transfers, nearly all of them biological males asking to be housed with women.
The death penalty is currently suspended in California. Hann requested cross-gender surgery in 2019, at the state’s expense, claiming to identify as a woman, and then asked to be moved to a women’s prison. Hann was moved to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla in May 2020, and remains there still, as does the mother of the children Hann beat to death.
New research from Monash University suggests that while employee-sponsored egg freezing could be a windfall for working women’s career options, there are important unintended outcomes to consider.
[W]hile some participants saw the potential for employer-sponsored egg freezing to increase and support women’s reproductive and career options, the researchers noted, “others were concerned it could pressure women to delay childbearing, reinforce the career versus family dichotomy and exacerbate existing inequities in access to assisted reproductive technologies.
Employer-sponsored egg freezing was introduced in the US in 2014 via Silicon Valley corporate giants Apple and Facebook, Ms Johnston noted, with around one in five large US companies having followed the lead of Apple and Facebook and now offer female employees financial support to access egg freezing, with predictions Australia could follow suit.
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A recent court case has revealed that new patients to the unnamed clinic were informed by letter in January 2021 of delays to their treatment, pending a review of the clinic’s policies. In the interim, the clinic referred all new applications for treatment to the Family Court.
Queensland legal academic Patrick Parkinson told The Australian the state government is “essentially saying they are going to use the court as a safeguard”.
This marks a change of direction for Australian policy, which, for a number of years, has been trending unchecked towards eroding all protections for children and their families.
Where the UK refers all cases of gender dysphoria to a single specialist clinic, any Australian GP is allowed to prescribe puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for children over the age of 16.
Children referred to a gender clinic (Australia has several) can access these treatments much younger. The Australian Treatment Guidelines for gender dysphoria do not even require parental consent.
The news of this decision will be welcomed by the many parents who feel powerless in the face of the enormous pressure to medically “affirm” a new gender identity for their child.
Where the increasingly numerous testimonies of “de-transitioners” didn’t make the gender clinics think twice, it seems that the potential for legal liability down the road is having at least some impact.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has “cancelled” the Glebe premises of a women’s legal clinic because she disagrees with its views on defending women-only spaces.
The charity Feminist Legal Clinic operates from a rent-free Sydney City Council office to help women facing domestic violence and family law court matters.
But the service attracted the ire of Ms Moore by including links on its website to online articles including news stories discussing the tension between transgender rights and the rights of women and girls.
Now it has to vacate the premises by August 19.
The online links also discussed issues around puberty blockers and hormonal treatments on children, and allowing men into women-only spaces.
But the council objected and demanded the organisation take down the links, saying the articles had “negative attitudes” towards transgender people and “had the potential for generating discrimination”.