Gabbard argued her bill will “ensure women and girls in sports have the opportunity to compete and excel on a level playing field.”
Since the judgment, a number of commentators have noted that Tavistock not only lost but lost badly. It was refused leave to appeal on the day and is now applying directly to the Court of Appeal for leave. It is, I think, worth setting out why leave was refused. In short, Tavistock brought a knife to a shootout.
Tavistock had not collated data on the age distribution of those prescribed puberty blockers. It had kept no statistics on the number or proportion of children referred to Tavistock with an existing autism diagnosis and then prescribed puberty blockers. It has no data on the number, if any, of young people assessed suitable for puberty blockers where the drugs were not prescribed because they were not Gillick competent. There has been no research as to why, in 2011, the gender split among children presenting at the clinic was roughly 50/50 between natal girls and boys but by 2019 the split had become 76% in favour of girls.
Evidence from the Netherlands indicated, of the adolescents who started puberty suppression, only 1.9% did not proceed to cross-sex-hormones. Tavistock offered no alternative treatment paths, an aspect of the modern (and similarly unevidenced) fashion for “affirmative” treatment of gender dysphoria.
In 2014, for the first time ever, a baby was born from a woman who received her mother’s uterus as a transplanted organ. As you might imagine, uterine transplants are very complicated, even as far as organ transplants go.
The notion that you can remove and insert organs like they are pieces of an engine or puzzle reflects a stunning disrespect for the functional integrity of the female body. This type of thinking and practice underpins medical interventions that damages females.
Furthermore, scientists write that donor uteri from living women function better than donor uteri from dead women (Jones et al., 2018). It is rather terrifying to think about what could happen when wealthy males and their scientifically-curious teams of doctors and surgeons might achieve, in terms of seeking out sources for women’s body parts.
Don’t worry though, the authors do offer a solution to this issue of organ sourcing.
Uteri could come from transmen (females who identify as men), provided these females are willing to risk a hysterectomy. Transplanting a vagina and cervix in addition to a uterus would be the optimal solution, according to Jones and colleagues, as this would solve several problems at once (more on this below).
If the general trend observed in organ donation as a whole continues, women will continue to be donors more often than they are recipients.
A groundbreaking new study on transgender athletes has found trans women retain a 12% advantage in running tests even after taking hormones for two years to suppress their testosterone. The results, researchers suggest, indicate the current International Olympic Committee guidelines may give trans women an “unfair competitive advantage” over biological women.
Arguments in favour of gender identity ideology often include assertions that the sex binary is a “white supremacist colonialist construct” and that ancient/indigenous/colonized cultures acknowledge and recognize “transgender people.” This is generally accompanied by the claim that this proves “transgender people have existed for thousands of years,” followed by throw away citations of the Indian subcontinent’s Hijras, two-spirit people in Native American cultures, the Fa’afafine of Samoa, or the “ladyboys” of Thailand. According to trans activists, these examples demonstrate that sex is a Western/white supremacist construct, that older cultures recognized the authenticity of “transgender people” and that, therefore, categorizing people only as either male or female is wrong and should be junked (along with legal systems built on such identities).
The incoherent ideology of “gender identity” and its attendant legal and social implications should not be forced onto other cultures, certainly not with the effect of harming women and girls.
If anything, it is the Westerncentric notions forced onto other cultures that are “colonial.” Academics, writers, and trans activists might be better off looking at their own ideologies, and seeking coherency in those, rather than altering non-Western cultures and histories to suit their desires and political purposes.