#BlockedbyBCTF: British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and its president are blocking those who dissent on gender identity

A growing number of feminists have raised alarm about their Twitter accounts being blocked by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and its president.

Regardless of one’s perspectives on gender, women, teachers, parents, and the public at large should not support or take seriously a public teachers’ union using software targeting women slurred by unknown social media users. Especially considering the way “TERF” has been weaponized.

Source: #BlockedbyBCTF: British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and its president are blocking those who dissent on gender identity

Brazil: four women killed every day in 2019, human rights body says

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called on country to implement strategies to prevent and prosecute femicides.

With a population of more than 200 million, Brazil has only 74 shelters for victims of domestic violence, according to Human Rights Watch.

In Brazil, those women killed are often shot dead in their own homes at the hands of current or former boyfriends who have a history of domestic abuse, the IACHR said.

“The commission notes with concern that in most cases, the murdered women had previously denounced their aggressors, faced serious acts of domestic violence or suffered previous attacks or attempted homicides,” the IACHR said.

Femicides are not an “isolated problem” but reflect “sexist values deeply rooted in Brazilian society”, the IACHR said.

Source: Brazil: four women killed every day in 2019, human rights body says | World news | The Guardian

Why are the police stopping a 74-year-old tweeting about transgenderism?

Margaret Nelson is a 74-year-old woman who lives in a village in Suffolk. On Monday morning she was woken by a telephone call. It was an officer from Suffolk police. It was an officer from Suffolk police. The officer wanted to speak to Mrs Nelson about her Twitter account and her blog.

Among the statements she made on Twitter last month and which apparently concerned that police officer: ‘Gender is BS. Pass it on’.

Another:

‘Gender’s fashionable nonsense. Sex is real. I’ve no reason to feel ashamed of stating the truth. The bloody annoying ones are those who use words like ‘cis’ or ‘terf’ and other BS, and relegate biological women to a ‘subset’. Sorry you believe the mythology.’

Mrs Nelson wrote:

‘If a transgender person’s body was dissected, either for medical education or a post-mortem examination, his or her sex would also be obvious to a student or pathologist. Not the sex that he or she chose to present as, but his or her natal sex; the sex that he or she was born with. Even when a body has been buried for a very long time, so that there is no soft tissue left, only bone, it is still possible to identify the sex. DNA and characteristics such as the shape of the pelvis will be clear proof of the sex of the corpse.’

Shortly after this piece was published, Suffolk Police sent me a statement effectively admitting that they made a mistake by calling Mrs Nelson.

Which is, I suppose, a good thing and the force should be commended for admitting its mistake and apologising. But there are still questions that remain unanswered. One of them: why on earth did anyone ever think that this was the right thing to do in the first place? 

Source: Why are the police stopping a 74-year-old tweeting about transgenderism? | Coffee House

‘I’m in shock’: Toronto police rule out charges after 30 women accuse former RCMP doctor of sexual assault

Toronto police sex crimes investigators say there are “no grounds” to lay criminal charges against a former RCMP doctor. That’s despite 30 women alleging they were sexually assaulted during mandatory medical exams in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Source: ‘I’m in shock’: Toronto police rule out charges after 30 women accuse former RCMP doctor of sexual assault | CBC News

Male VCs fail to get on board so women’s ride-sharing startup Shebah embarks on $3m crowdfunding campaign

Shebah is launching a $3 million crowdfunding campaign to boost its tech and fuel overseas expansion, and to share its success with its supporters.

Source: Male VCs fail to get on board so women’s ride-sharing startup Shebah embarks on $3m crowdfunding campaign

Neat pubic hair? Pregnant women should never be pressured to get a brazilian

Having a baby is the world’s single most courageous feat. So why would a textbook publisher illustrate it with a picture of a woman with trimmed pubic hair?

Of course, your body, your choice and every woman has the right to treat her nether regions as she sees fit. But it was heartening to read the recent apology from the school textbook publisher Pearson Edexcel (a name that will act like a sour batch of Proust’s madeleines on many of us) for an illustration in its 2017 International GCSE Human Biology textbook, which appeared to show a pregnant woman with a brazilian-style landing strip of pubes. The image, arguably, not only reinforced current social pressures on women to remove their pubic hair but, in a medical and educational setting, failed to show how bodies naturally grow.

Source: Neat pubic hair? Pregnant women should never be pressured to get a brazilian | Life and style | The Guardian

A blow to free speech as Women’s Rights campaign censored

Speak Up for Women has received notification from Phantom Billstickers that their poster campaign calling for public consultation on the controversial Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill will be removed from over 60 sites from Auckland to Invercargill, in a move that is being described as reactionary and anti-free speech.

Source: A blow to free speech as Women’s Rights campaign censored – Press Release –

Safeguarding adolescents from premature, permanent medicalisation

Susan Bewley, Professor Emeritus Obstetrics & Women’s Health writes in the British Medical Journal:

As working with people with gender dysphoria requires a different model of understanding, it remains legitimate to listen, assess, explore, wait, watch development, offer skilled support, deal with co-morbidities and prior traumas, and consider use of a variety of models of care. While respecting individuals’ right to a different viewpoint, it is neither mandatory to affirm their beliefs nor automatic that transition is the goal, particularly when dealing with children, adolescents and young adults. These risk closing the ‘open future’, as well as life-long physical problems including lack of sexual function, infertility and medical dependency. With 85% desistance amongst referred transgender children (8) and increasing awareness of detransitioning (9, 10), unquestioning ‘affirmation’ as a pathway that leads gender dysphoric patients to irreversible interventions cannot be considered sole or best practice.

More good-quality research trials are required to provide reliable evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness of a range of approaches, including patient selection. These will surely include exploration of underlying unhappiness with the goal of achieving body/mind reintegration. In contrast to previous medical scandals that pathologised homosexuality, something different may be happening here. In effect, transitioning children who would otherwise have grown up lesbian, gay or bisexual may introduce another form of conversion (6). A well intentioned but permanent medical pathway for all is unlikely to achieve the best long-term outcomes. Confirming disgust in natal sex or external sexual organs, especially for those with prior childhood trauma, risks medical collusion with, or reenacting of, abuse.

Source: Safeguarding adolescents from premature, permanent medicalisation | The BMJ