A radical feminist has been warned by a judge to refer to the transgender defendant as a “she” during an assault case.
Maria Maclachlan, 61, was giving evidence against Tara Wolf, 26, whom she claims tried to attack her at a rally, knocking her to the floor.
The row was the latest in an ongoing battle between Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs), who believe that transwomen should not be given the same rights as those born female, and transgender activists.
The two factions have repeatedly clashed over the issue of men who “self-identify” as female and are allowed in women-only spaces and take on roles reserved for women.
The group of radical feminists, including Ms Maclachlan, had gathered at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park last September to discuss changes to the Gender Identity Act which will make it easier for people to define their gender themselves.
Wolf admitted posting on Facebook ahead of the event: “I wanna f*** up some terfs. They’re no better than fash (fascists).” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/12/radical-feminist-warned-refer-transgender-defendant-assault/
Boston Marathon officials say they’ll allow transgender women to race as women in the annual 26.2-mile race, one of the nation’s premier running events.
According to The Boston Herald, at least five openly transgender women have signed up for the race on Monday, April 16. While they are not the first transgender women to do so, they have sparked a controversy among some experts as to whether their biological makeup gives them an unfair competitive advantage.
Bob Girandola, an associate professor in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Southern California, says transgender women may have an “unfair advantage” due to higher testosterone levels.
“If they still have male gonads, they will have an advantage over other women — there is no way around that,” he says. https://www.metroweekly.com/2018/04/boston-marathon-will-allow-transgender-runners-to-race-according-to-gender-identity/
In response to an inquiry from a Mumsnet user, Serco declared: “Guests travel with the Caledonian Sleeper in shared accommodation for men-only or women-only; the service is provided on the basis of the gender that the individual self-identifies with.” To this, the Mumsnet user responded: “I don’t think I’d feel comfortable with this at all and it’s yet another example of women’s spaces being erased.” Soames then entered the fray in person by tweeting: “I think you are referring to the possibility that people may say that they are a woman when in fact they are a man – sigh.” His passengers, he said, were not “deceitful”. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/01/transgender-equality-women-only-carriages-caledonian-sleeper?
The transgender individual in this story is referred to as a male for purposes of clarity, because he is a biological male who presents as a female, and because no legal record of his female identity or name change could be discovered through research.
The Brother Francis Shelter takes both homeless men and women, but because of the circumstances of his inebriation and fight, the staff sent him over to the Hope Center, which runs a shelter for abused and battered women who are homeless.
Four days later, Coyle filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, saying that he had been discriminated against at a place that provides “public accommodation.” He alleges he was refused entry because he is transgendered. Transgendered means he is in a protected class of individual, his complaint says. He cannot be refused service.
In fact, if the Hope Center had to admit men, it would not have the physical means to segregate them from the women.
His court records show that Coyle is a man with an extensive criminal record, including violent crimes.
Coyle’s complaint is clean, legalistic, and notarized. He may have gotten help from Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) in filing his complaint against Hope Center.
If indeed AWAIC is helping transgendered persons file complaints against another women’s shelter over the issue of men seeking entry into a place reserved for the safety of traumatized women, then the AWAIC board of directors may have some new policy decisions to make. http://mustreadalaska.com/transgender-files-complaint-shelter-abused-women/
A TRANSGENDER downhill mountain biker has caused a stir by dominating races — just three weeks after switching from men’s to women’s competition.
The confusion about the crossover period of transgender athletes is now causing some riders to shy away from competition in the sport, according the NZ Herald.
Kate Weatherly rode as a male until December last year. She then competed as a women for the beginning of the 2018 National Downhill Series in January and won the New Zealand national women’s championship by almost 13 seconds in Wanaka last weekend.
Weatherly insists she has played by the rules of Cycling New Zealand’s transgender policy, which takes into account testosterone levels.
“It’s kind of one of those things where I’d like everyone to be on the same page,” Weatherly said.
“If everyone’s not happy then maybe everyone’s not doing their best racing and I just want everyone to be having fun and doing their best.”
A male audience member who self-identifies as a ‘transgender woman’ disrupted a New York booksigning by the #MeToo movement’s Rose McGowan on Wednesday night.
The event was to promote McGowan’s new memoir ‘Brave’. McGowan is best known for exposing the crimes of serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.
The next day on Twitter, she announced her cancellation of her public appearances, saying that she had been “verbally assaulted for two full minutes … by an actor” while “no one in [the] room did anything.”
She demanded apologies from her publicists, assistants and managers as well as the audience members at the bookstore event, adding: “The truth is you all failed me. Again. And again. And again.”
Now the transwoman involved, identified as Andi Dier of Long Island, NY, is being accused of serial sexual assault by multiple women who claim Dier sexually assaulted them when they were teens.
Women who challenge discourse around “gender identity” have been largely isolated on the front lines for the past decade.
Sheila Jeffreys argues, in her talk, that “transgenderism is an invention that is socially and politically constructed,” and that, rather than being innate, exists in direct connection to the forces of power that exist in a heteropatriarchal society.
Jeffreys connects the notion of “gender identity” to American neoliberalism in that it is, of course, a very individualistic notion, but also in the way that it connects to capitalism and the cash cow that transgenderism is for Big Pharma, gender identity therapists and clinics, and cosmetic surgeons. It seems odd to discuss gender identity outside the context of capitalism, considering the way “identity” and “expression” is so connected, in modern society, to consumerism.
In fact, Jeffreys suggests feminists drop the term “gender” entirely. She says instead, “We need to talk about sex class or sex caste” as “gender” has become meaningless and conflated with biological sex.
As feminists, what we really are doing is working towards an end to gender — a thing that was invented and imposed in order to naturalize the sex class hierarchy that positions men as dominant and women as subordinate
Feminists and women’s rights campaigners have been painted as hysterical and had their concerns dismissed as some kind of “moral panic” since the first wave. Feminist advocacy against sexual harassment, domestic abuse, rape, pornography, and prostitution have been labelled as “moral panics” in order to write women’s concerns about their own lives and oppression off as emotion-based and irrational, rather than genuine, rational, and worthy of consideration.
When we question men’s right to buy access to the bodies of women and girls we are called “whorephobic,” for example. When we challenge the efforts of trans activists to destroy women’s spaces and to infringe on women’s sex-based rights, we are labelled “transphobic.”
Within only a few years, policies and legislation supporting the notion of “gender identity” have been proposed and adopted throughout Western nations, with little debate or attention to impacts on women. Simultaneously, those who question, challenge, or simply attempt to discuss the idea of transgenderism, the transing of children, the righteousness of trans activism, and gender identity legislation are bullied, no-platformed, smeared, and subjected to threats.
A prominent anti-trans activist has reportedly been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation into transphobic bullying and harassment.
“If stating that males are men means that Labour don’t want me, quite frankly I hope they chuck me out,” she said.
She continued: “A meme stating the simple biological truth, that ‘transwomen are men’ does not compare to the relentless harassment against myself which has included doxxing where I work, death threats and threats of violence, not to mention an overwhelming amount of misogynistic abuse.”
Allan then called being transgender ‘a men’s sexual rights movement’ and said she remains determined to campaign against trans inclusion after her suspension.
Berlin – Germany’s top court has ruled that a transsexual woman whose frozen sperm was used to fertilise an egg can only be registered as the child’s father.
The Federal Court said judges concluded “the transsexual person’s fundamental rights aren’t breached by the fact that existing ancestry law assigns her the legal status of parent according to her former sex and the specific contribution to procreation that resulted from this”.