Hilary Mantel: I am ashamed to live in nation that elected this government | UK news | The Guardian

In a wide-ranging interview with La Repubblica, the twice Booker prize-winning novelist also gave her view on the monarchy, told how endometriosis has “devastated my life”, and how Boris Johnson “should not be in public life”. She also addresses the criticism of JK Rowling and her stance on transgender rights.

Mantel said the online attacks on Rowling after her essay were “unjustified and shameful”.

She added: “It is barbaric that a tiny minority should take command of public discourse and terrify those who disagree with them.”

She said: “I recently found myself ‘misgendered.’ I received a university publication, with news items relating to alumni, where I was referred to as ‘they’, not ‘she.’

“My books were ‘their books.’ I wasn’t singled out – the other alumni were similarly treated.

“I thought: ‘Being a woman means a lot to me. I do not want my womanhood confiscated in print.’”

Source: Hilary Mantel: I am ashamed to live in nation that elected this government | UK news | The Guardian

In Gladystopia men can now be Woman of the Year | The Spectator Australia

Based on biology and genetic makeup a woman is a woman and a man is a man. No longer, according to the just released eligibility criteria for the New South Wales Government’s Woman of the Year Award. 

Under the heading Eligibility Criteria for entrants the first dot point reads “Identifies as a woman”. So much for XX and XY chromosomes and the fact that according to one survey just under 98% of Australian men and women are happy with their sex at birth.

Like the radical gender theory underpinning the Safe Schools program, where students are told gender is a fluid social construct and they have the power to decide what sex they are, it’s clear Bonnie Taylor, the minister responsible for the awards, has also drunk the Kool-Aid. 

Source: In Gladystopia men can now be Woman of the Year | The Spectator Australia

 

Uninformed Consent: The Transgender Crisis – Paul McHugh and Gerard V. Bradley, Commentary Magazine

Arkansas legislators in April enacted (over the governor’s veto) a law banning “gender transition services” for any transgender individual under the age of 18, believing such persons too young to provide sound “informed” consent. Substantial scientific evidence supports this view.

But before it could take effect in July, four families of gender-dysphoric children and two doctors (with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union) challenged the law, alleging that it lacks any foundation in science.

The truth is quite to the contrary.

Source: Uninformed Consent: The Transgender Crisis – Paul McHugh and Gerard V. Bradley, Commentary Magazine

Judge in controversial child support case recuses himself – Chicago Sun-Times

The Cook County judge who barred a mother from seeing her son because she wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19 and then reversed his decision weeks later recused himself from her case Tuesday.

During an Aug. 10 hearing about child support, Shapiro asked Firlit if she was vaccinated against COVID-19. After she responded that she wasn’t for a medical reason, Shapiro issued an order banning her from seeing her son until she was vaccinated.

Shapiro was sharply criticized by court-watchers as well as Firlit’s attorney, Annette Fernholz, who said in her client’s case, the judge was “very much exceeding his judicial authority.”

On Monday, Shapiro issued a new order without elaboration that revoked his order that kept Firlit from seeing her son. He did not respond to a request to comment.

Source: Judge in controversial child support case recuses himself – Chicago Sun-Times

Porter successfully blocks media outlets from using secret court material – Lawyers Weekly

The former federal attorney-general has again won a legal bid in the Federal Court, this time to restrict two major media outlets from using secret parts of the ABC’s defamation defence for any reason other than the current court proceedings.

Source: Porter successfully blocks media outlets from using secret court material – Lawyers Weekly