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A Week in the War on Women: Monday 11th September - Sunday 17th September
Monday 11th September - Fencing Off Women’s Sport
DAILY MAIL: Trans-identified male competitors are cleaning up in women’s fencing competitions while the sport’s governing body shrugs its shoulders about unfairness.
US fencer, Eden Philpot, has been fencing competitively for over a decade. Formerly known as Evan, he previously competed in men’s events. He competed for the University of North Carolina men’s fencing team from 2013 to 2015 and qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the foil category. He was placed 17th. Philpot now ‘identifies as a woman’ and started competing in female events last season.
In just a matter of months, Philpot has stolen four gold and two silver medals from female fencers. This summer he took a women's national title, winning the Division 1A Women’s Saber category. He was also placed in the top eight of the foil category. To be placed in two different weapon categories - the saber and foil - is a feat previously unheard of in women’s fencing.
Philpot is not alone is stealing titles, medals and records from female fencers. Trans-identified male, Elizabeth (formerly Greg) Kocab, has been on the women’s USA Veteran World Championships team since 2011. This summer he won a women’s national title in the senior’s Vet-70 epee championship.
Rylie (formerly Mateo) Rueda had little success when competing in men’s fencing. In 2019 he began ‘identifying as a woman’ and transferred to the female category. He subsequently stole the champion title and gold medal in the Women’s Epee at Boston College the same year. In 2022, Rueda took first place at the NCAA Regionals in the women’s category.
Dawn Wilson is a two-time USA Women’s Veteran Saber Champion having stolen the title in both 2014 and 2015. He competed on the women’s Veteran World Championship teams in 2017 and 2018 and he is currently ranked 10th in the women’s 50+ age group. Earlier this month, Today’s Woman magazine listed him as one of “7 Black Women to Watch”. A vocal trans activist, he currently sits on the board of the United States Fencing Association and has been the Kentucky Division Chair since 2013. In a recent interview with Spectrum News 1, Wilson said that he was involved in developing USA Fencing’s current ‘transgender policy’.
USA Fencing has allowed trans-identified males to compete in women’s categories for almost a decade. Its current ‘transgender and non-binary’ policy allows athletes “To participate in USA Fencing sanctioned events in a manner consistent with their gender identity/ expression, regardless of the gender associated with the sex they were assigned at birth”. Trans-identified males can compete in women’s categories after just one year of testosterone suppression.
There are currently 17 peer-reviewed studies all demonstrating that a male puberty cannot be mitigated against when it comes to sporting performance. All of the scientific evidence demonstrates that, even after reducing testosterone levels, males retain numerous physical and physiological advantages over women and any loss of muscle mass and strength etc is negligible.
A female fencer, who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, told The Daily Mail that there are many women competitors who, like her, are extremely concerned about this policy which allows males like Philpot, Kocab and Wilson to steal their medals and records and opportunities.
“What I'm seeing happening right now is a total disregard for the integrity of women's sports at all ages from girls to the seniors to the veteran women”, she said. “I'm seeing that people are afraid to say anything about it, because there's an executive body that has been extremely vocal about wanting to allow transgender women in the women's division.”
Tuesday 12th September - Fox In The Henhouse
REDUXX: A trans-identified male convicted of beating a woman to death has been deemed ‘vulnerable’ by a US court and is seeking a transfer to a female prison.
Zera Lola Zombie, formerly known as Daniel Lee Smith, is currently serving a 35-year sentence for the brutal killing of Samantha Brown in 2014. 24-year-old Brown, the mother of four young children, was Smith’s girlfriend at the time. Her dead body was discovered in the trailer where he had been living. She had been beaten and bludgeoned and her cause of death was recorded as blunt force trauma to the head. Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault to avoid a potential murder conviction which could have seen him jailed for life.
In 2020 Smith began identifying as transgender. He altered his legal sex on official documents and started taking cross-sex hormones. In September 2021, now calling himself Zera Lola Zombie (yes, really), he filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon, alleging discrimination on the basis of his gender identity. He argued that the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) had violated his rights by housing him in a men’s prison and placing him in a cell with a man convicted of violence against women. He alleged that he was sexually assaulted by his cellmate and then that he was ‘deliberately and maliciously misgendered’ by prison officers.
At this time, Smith was transferred to the Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility. He was retuned to a male prison almost immediately. Reduxx contacted the ODOC for further details of this hasty return to the male estate but Media Manager, Amber Campbell, could not provide any information.
Last week, Smith’s lawyers filed a motion seeking his designation as a ‘vulnerable person’ and requesting that he be housed in a private cell, accommodated on a unit with no sex offenders and transferred to a women’s facility as soon as possible.
On 8th September, just one day after the motion was filed, an Oregon Court designated Smith a ‘vulnerable person’ and ordered the ODOC to comply with a number of his demands, including private accommodation. Interestingly, the court rejected his request for a transfer to the female estate. At least for now.
Wednesday 13th September - This Never Happens
EL ESPAÑOL: A Spanish man convicted of violence against women has changed his legal sex and is seeking a government pardon.
A Seville man known only as ‘Antonio’ was convicted of abusing two different women, both his former partners. His first victim, Victoria, was his girlfriend from 2017-2018. He abused her throughout their relationship. He then began abusing Patricia, the women he dated later in 2018.
The two women filed complaints against Antonio in January 2019, citing injuries, coercion, humiliation, and mistreatment. They described him as “A psychopath, manipulative, and very intelligent” and reported that the abuse they suffered at his hands was physical, psychological and verbal.
The cases were initially heard by the Court for Violence Against Women in Seville. Having been found guilty by two criminal courts, Antonio was then sentenced to 40 months in prison by the Provincial Court in Madrid.
ABC De Sevilla reported that, since his conviction, Antonio has begun identifying as transgender. In July he changed his name to ‘Milan’ and altered his legal sex marker to female on his identification documents. He is demanding a total pardon from the Spanish government because he is ‘a new person’ now.
In February, the Spanish government passed ‘La Ley Trans’ (the trans law) which allows anyone over the age of sixteen to self-declare their own gender. Someone’s legal sex can be changed on all official documents with nothing more than a bit of form-filling. This has already resulted in a number of violent males claiming a female identity and legally changing their sex, hoping to mitigate their incarceration and prison sentences.
Also Today - The Capture Of Culture
THE TELEGRAPH: Museums should indoctrinate children into gender ideology and gender critical views are akin to racism and homophobia, according to new ‘trans guidance’ produced by the University of Leicester.
Leicester’s Research Centre for Museums and Galleries has produced a 44-page ‘transgender inclusion’ guide for cultural institutions such as museums and art galleries. It is intended to tackle the supposedly “Growing uncertainty and anxiety surrounding trans-inclusive practice” and what it describes as ‘awkward’ discussions about women’s rights.
This newly published guide is supported by several organisations which represent thousands of museums, galleries and archives, including the International Council of Museums UK, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and the Museums Association. It has also been endorsed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the largest provider of grant funding for the UK heritage sector.
The guidance states that cultural attractions should “Stimulate positive explorations of gender” and be “Places not just where trans kids can go, but where they want to go”. Furthermore, it states that ‘signs and flags’ allow children to “Explore self-expression without fear of reprisal” and advises that children should be able to use the toilets and changing rooms etc of their choice.
It maintains that gender critical voices are creating a ‘climate of fear’ and claims that “Outspoken objections to trans content frequently intersect with homophobia, misogyny and racism”. It envisages hypothetical scenarios to offer advice to managers on how to proceed if an employee refuses to use ‘preferred pronouns’ or if “A member of staff at the museum has been expressing gender critical beliefs in the staff room”.
Additional tips include allowing people to use whichever toilet facilities they choose, using ‘gender-inclusive’ language in all communications and showing ‘unequivocal’ support for trans inclusion both internally and externally. Furthermore, the guide seems to advocate ‘transing’ gender non-conforming historical figures as it suggests that ‘trans’ is an ‘umbrella’ term for people who may have deviated from the gender norms of their time.
Joan Smith, women’s rights campaigner, author and member of Sex Matters Advisory Group, commented on this guidance. “This is creating problems where they don’t exist, using language that can only be described as fear-mongering”, she said. “It demonises those of us who know that human beings can’t change sex, and I feel sorry for staff at any venue that adopts it.”
Thursday 14th September - Witch Burning At Auntie
THE TIMES: It has been reported that the BBC ‘cancelled’ Róisín Murphy over her comments on puberty blockers.
Murphy made perfectly harmless observations in a private Facebook conversation about the (well documented) harm caused to children by puberty blockers. Screenshots of the conversation were leaked on social media.
The trans stasi smelled blood and Murphy was immediately decried as a ‘transphobe’ and a ‘bigot’ and subjected to the usual deluge of vitriol.
This week it was reported that Murphy has been ‘cancelled’ by the BBC for voicing her perfectly reasonable views.
To coincide with the release of her new album, Hit Parade, BBC Radio’s 6 Music was due to broadcast a lengthy celebration of Murphy’s music. Five hours of music, interviews and highlights from Murphy’s live performances were collated for a programme called The 6 Music Artist Collection and it was scheduled to be broadcast this week. However, this content has now been axed from the schedule. Furthermore, old radio programmes and recordings featuring Murphy and her music, previously available on BBC Sounds, have been removed from the platform.
The BBC denied that its expunging this content was due to Murphy’s comments about puberty blockers. However, this has been contradicted by a BBC insider who told The Daily Mail, “The BBC is supposed to be an impartial organisation so it is outrageous that Roisin can't express her view without being cancelled by our national broadcaster... There are many people working at 6 Music who are deeply upset by this decision, and to make things worse the bosses weren't exactly open about it. They are wondering what this means for them, they thought they worked at a place with open views”.
Perhaps the BBC has forgotten that their own journalists investigated and reported on the dangers of puberty blockers over four years ago?
Speaking in an interview with Stereogum, Cooper condemned the medicalisation of gender-confused children, asking “What are we in, a Kurt Vonnegut novel?”. He went on, “A guy can walk into a woman’s bathroom at any time and just say, ‘I just feel like I’m a woman today… It’s getting to the point now where it’s laughable”.
Interestingly, the BBC didn’t appear to take issue with these comments and was happy to give Cooper plenty of airtime. Cooper’s latest musical release, Road, was the featured ‘album of the week’ on Vernon Kay’s Radio 2 mid-morning programme between 4th - 8th September and, only a few days later, Cooper was Jonny Walker’s guest on Radio 2’s Sounds of the 70s programme.
In the same week as it erased Róisín Murphy from its schedule, BBC 6 Music broadcast a song which incites violence against gender critical feminists. Listeners complained after the station played ‘They/Them’ by Dream Nails. A BBC spokesperson dismissed the complaints saying “People will interpret songs with any element of nuance or ambiguity differently”.
But there really is no ambiguity or nuance about the lyric “Kick TERFS all day, don’t break a sweat”.
Also Today - Listen To Detransitioners
THE DAILY MAIL: A young woman is taking legal action against the clinicians who she believes rushed her into medical transition when she was only sixteen years old.
Luka Hein is a 21-year-old woman from Minnesota in the USA. As a young teenager, she endured a traumatic few years beginning with her parents divorce in 2015. Two years later Luka was groomed and preyed upon by an older predatory man. The onset of puberty was extremely difficult for her and she hated her developing body. She struggled in school, suffered anxiety and panic attacks, began self-harming and talked about suicide. She was subsequently diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder.
Becoming increasingly withdrawn, Luka spent much time online, following trans influencers who promoted hormones and surgery. She began identifying as male, changing her name and wearing a breast binder, and eventually she told her parents and mental health clinicians that she was transgender.
Luka says that a therapist diagnosed her with gender dysphoria within an hour of her first session then referred her for a double mastectomy after her second appointment. She told The Daily Mail, “I was going through the darkest and most chaotic time in my life, and instead of being given the help I needed, these doctors affirmed that chaos into reality”.
She was prescribed cross-sex hormones and had a double mastectomy when she was just sixteen years old. She says that the hormone treatment she underwent has left her with a deep voice and pain in her joints, lumbar spine, hands and pelvic area. There is also a chance that she is infertile.
This week she filed a lawsuit at the District County Court in Douglas County in Nebraska, accusing the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) gender clinic of malpractice. She becomes another of an ever-burgeoning group of US detransitioners who are taking legal action against the clinicians they believe shoved them down a medical pathway to harmful drugs and irreversible surgery.
Friday 15th September - Publish & Be Damned
THE DAILY MAIL: An eminent Philosophy professor dared to accurately define the word ‘woman’ so Oxford University Press shelved his book.
Professor Alex Byrne is an academic with almost 30 years experience. He currently teaches in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His main areas of expertise are philosophy of mind, metaphysics and epistemology. Several years ago he also began researching the philosophical issues relating to sex and gender.
In 2020 the Oxford University Press (OUP), probably the most prestigious academic publishing house in the world, accepted his book proposal; ‘Trouble With Gender - Sex Facts, Gender Fictions’. The work was intended to be “A lively and accessible tour of central questions about sex and gender, demonstrating that the tools of philosophy can bring light instead of heat”. However, Byrne’s hope that the OUP would be brave enough “To pursue difficult subjects in the spirit of free intellectual inquiry” was entirely misplaced.
Writing in The Daily Mail, Byrne says of his book, “One connecting thread ran through every chapter: the fact that humans, like many animals, come in significantly different male and female forms. This is crucial to dispelling the modern swirl of confusion around gender”. This apostasy proved too much for the OUP and it rejected Byrne’s manuscript.
“In the end”, says Byrne, “OUP simply couldn't countenance my inescapable but heretical conclusion in the book - that women are adult human females”.
The OUP claimed that Byrne’s book did not treat the subject of sex and gender “In a sufficiently serious and respectful way”, an assertion which Byrne rejects as ‘absurd’. “What has happened when a great publishing institution is too fearful to produce books that explore challenging topics?”, he asks.
Byrne has come to realise that the publishing industry ‘is especially vulnerable to wokeness’, as it is staffed almost exclusively by graduates who’ve come straight from a university campus where freedom of speech is actively discouraged and differing opinions are rarely heard. “I worry this attitude is being carried into large parts of the publishing world. Younger members of staff are simply not equipped for open debate and disagreement”, he says. “The non-commercial OUP, the flagship press of one of the world's greatest universities, ought to be a bulwark against intolerance, instead of a pushover for culture warriors. The hostility of activists on social media should be seen as a compelling cause for publication, not a reason to back down.”
Saturday 16th September - Through The Looking Glass
THE TIMES: A French gynaecologist has been condemned by LGBT groups after refusing to treat a trans-identified male.
Dr Victor Acharian, a French gynaecologist, refused to treat a trans-identified male who’d appeared in his consulting room. He told the male that has no expertise in trans healthcare as he only treats women and he offered to refer the patient to a specialist. However, the male shouted ‘You’re a transphobe!’ at the doctor before storming out of the surgery.
In response to a negative review which this patient then posted online, Dr Acharian commented, “I have no expertise to deal with men, even if they have shaved their beards and tell my secretary they have become women”. He later apologised ‘to the trans community’ for his ‘clumsy’ words.
LGBT groups across Europe have condemned Dr Acharian with one even lodging a complaint with the police. SOS Homophobie denounced Dr Acharian’s so-called ‘discriminatory remarks’ and condemned his adherence to biological sex as ‘transphobia’.
Transgender health group, Espace Santé Trans, issued a statement saying, “Gynaecologists should treat trans women even if they have not had genital reassignment surgery or hormonal treatment.”
Also Today - These Are Not Our Crimes
REDUXX: A German paper supposedly researching paedophilic paraphilias in females has included males in its study sample.
A study conducted by the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany was intended to research women who report paedophilic tendencies.
However, the participants included trans-identified males who ‘identify with the female gender’ therefore skewing the results. Of the 50 people involved in the study at least three admitted to being ‘assigned male at birth’.
Although the study indicated some limitations in its collation of results - especially the small and unrepresentative sample - it did not mention the inclusion of male participants. The paper, published last month, refers to ‘paraphilic interests in females’, failing to point out that some of these so-called ‘females’ are actually men.
Sunday 17th September - Mum’s The Word
THE TELEGRAPH: The GMC has erased the word ‘mother’ from a staff maternity document and removed any reference to women in its internal menopause policy.
The General Medical Council is the independent regulator for UK clinicians and aims to “Improve medical education and practice across the UK”.
It has erased all reference to mothers and women in employee policies pertaining to maternity and menopause. The Telegraph has seen these documents which were updated in May 2023 and reports that female-specific language has been replaced with ‘gender-neutral’ terms throughout. The policy on maternity, for example, has replaced the word ‘mother’ with ‘parent’ and makes reference to ‘employees who are pregnant’, rather than women.
The GMC’s internal menopause policy document has also been updated to erase all reference to women. It now refers to ‘colleagues’ or ‘individuals’ who are experiencing the menopause.
One GMC employee, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Telegraph, “It’s a concerted effort to ignore the existence of women”.
See you next week.