A Week in the War on Women: Monday 6th September - Sunday 12th September GOOD NEWS SUPPLEMENT
Helen Joyce’s book, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, is now available in the US and has been reviewed in the New York Times.
“Trans is a compelling, overdue argument for viewing self-ID more critically. Even those outraged by Joyce’s positions would benefit from understanding them… Open conversation about such fraught issues is the only realistic path forward, and Joyce’s book offers a good, impassioned start.”
Did My Ears Deceive Me?
There was a real-life actual feminist on Woman’s Hour this week; Julie Bindel was on the programme discussing her new book, Feminism for Women.
Need Some Aloe Vera For That Burn, Judith?
There have been a number of blistering responses to Judith Butler’s (hastily edited) outpouring of bum-wash in The Guardian this week.
Pakistani writer and activist, Bina Shah, wrote this brilliant piece on Judith Butler and Afghan women.
“I’m afraid the trans rights activists are acting like Western colonisers and imperialists all over again, imposing their ideas of gender and sexuality on us the same way their Empire was imposed on us for a good part of the 20th century. I don’t really want gender colonialism in the 21st century. Do you?”
Suzanne Moore wrote about Bodies in Trouble.
“Babies come from bodies. Not any bodies but bodies that have a uterus. They grew inside a woman’s body until they get pushed out or dragged out into the world. The facts of life that we are now to be liberated from in the form of denial… The language of patriarchal supremacy and that of some of the trans ideologues is remarkably close, as is their biological ignorance.”
Julie Bindel wrote in Unherd about Butler aligning gender critical feminism with fascism.
“The protest by women at a registered sex offender allegedly flashing several women and a girl was painted not only by Butler but also by the Guardian in previous articles as a Right-wing transphobic attack. The fact that it was subsequently removed suggests the paper has tied itself up in knots and can’t find a way out.”
Another Domino Falls
On Thursday The Daily Mail ran a story about the Police & Crime Commissioner for Swindon & Wiltshire, Philip Wilkinson, and his scathing comments about Stonewall.
He called Stonewall, "A well-funded lobby group for a dangerous ideology that threatens the safety of our women and girls".
Wiltshire Police is not renewing its membership to Stonewall’s diversity programme.
Furthermore, a number of other PCCs, Tim Passmore, the PCC for Suffolk, David Sidwick, the PCC for Dorset, Mark Shelford, the PCC for Avon and Somerset, and David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire, have all expressed concern over Stonewall’s influence and said they will review membership of its scheme.
New Kid On The Block
An essential new follow for Scottish witches.
Scottish People Not Convinced By SNP’s GRA Reform
The Sunday Times reported that the SNP is out of step with the electorate over proposed GRA reform.
According to a recent poll, only about one in eight Scottish people believe self ID legislation should be a government priority.
This would certainly seem to be borne out by the experience of the Sole Sisters who engaged in some very successful street activism at the weekend.