It’s All in The Name

Since the appearance of the¬†RepealTheGRA¬†website in 2020, I have wondered how many of the newly formed ‘gender-critical’ organisations undermine the longer-term goals of those classified as taking a gender abolitionist stance. The position of those committed to repealing the GRA is in direct conflict with groups advocating for a middle ground that posits trans ideology as something worthy of specialist treatment. Groups such as SexMatters, Fair Play For Women, and TransgenderTrend are all heavily reliant on the existence of transgenderism to survive. For example, if the GRA is repealed, how will the concept of trans be categorised?

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Feminism Ain’t the Same as Safeguarding:

For this post, I’ve got an enormous pile of receipts that I want to do a commentary on. One of the problems with the Twitter format is how it can branch off in all directions, and this makes it a nightmare to keep the chronology intact when working through the exchanges – apologies, I’ve structured as best I can. I’ve included a varied selection to demonstrate a reasonably typical ongoing public dynamic between women. As you will see, the discussion is linked somewhat to my last post concerning Genspect.

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Stonewall Still Lying

After rumours emerged that the government plans to officially scrap self-id, the usual suspects increased their volume of outrage and simply doubled down on existing rhetoric. The problem here is that Stonewall is the major L,G, B charity in the UK and has considerable influence over many schools, colleges, and other organisations that are in direct contact with women, children, and other vulnerable adults. Link to full tweet.

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Are posh women getting ready to throw us all under the bus?

I reckon they might be. And they’re gonna be chanting the trutrans mantra as they do so. Despite a number of women wanting to push for a complete repeal of the GRA2004 since self-id was kicked into the long grass, the posh women are hinting at only minor reforms. The problem with this is that many of us can see a bit further down the road and we can see things from a different perspective. The posh women are usually playing catch up to those who aren’t so hamstrung by red tape, manners and generally playing nice.

Lesbians, have your babies (if you want them)!

Urgh. The conflict is a never ending stream of bile and shite. One of the latest arguments to erupt under the Gender Critical umbrella is that having children is an expression of heterosexuality. Yeah, someone actually said this to a woman who is also lesbian. As in, she was suggesting lesbians shouldn’t be wanting to have kids because it’s something that heterosexual couples do. I wtf’ed so hard I nearly gave myself whiplash.

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Is the Cult of Personality Compatible with Activism?

When it comes to social groups with a message to spread it is easy to spot those who are only out for themselves. For one, you’re likely to know exactly what they look like because there’s a shit ton of pictures of them and they’re usually quick to accept any offer of a photo op irrespective of who it’s with. Two; they will have little to no history of activity in activism or leanings toward improving social consciousness in whatever area it is they’ve wandered into. And three; It’s usually the result of an apparently radical shift in thinking which mostly occurs during a life crisis. This can be anything from job loss to divorce, kids getting older, or a partner cheating. Could be anything, but it’s always something which affects the person’s status or psyche in some way. The younger ones may have a different agenda but they’re not necessarily innocent or naive with their intentions.

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Why Don’t They Just Leave?

A recent argument saw voices at odds on the subject of transwidows. For those who haven’t heard the term before, it’s the women who were married to men who came out of the closet as ‘transgender’ later on in the marriage or relationship.

Not all trans people are abusive – that needs to be made clear here and now. However, the landscape has changed drastically over the last few years and most of those who now self-identify as ‘trans’ are no more than fetishists. I don’t want to go any further in explaining about the menz though because they’ve already had more than enough airplay in all of this. Continue reading “Why Don’t They Just Leave?”

Tweaking

Nope. Not a typo fer twerking. Tweaking.

Recent disappointments have led to an inevitable reexamination of focus and what role I actually want to play in the trans debate. I may, or may not, talk about the specifics of those disappointments in coming weeks but right now, my consideration has to be given to how much of my focus is given to supporting Trans-identified Males.

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Purity Politics & the wheels on the bus. . .

Purity politics are rapidly becoming the go-to words to shutdown debate and complaint. More recently I’ve seen it pulled into conversation when someone, usually of a lower social standing, makes a complaint about someone standing alongside a known ‘right-wing’ organisation. I know this isn’t limited to women in feminism because I’ve seen it used elsewhere online but it is always used when a person’s political values are being challenged because of a questionable alliance. It’s certainly easier to throw in a catchy label rather than take the time to justify the reasoning behind giving support to a group which have a shit-load of views you wouldn’t ordinarily be seen to spout yourself. What concerns me is the apparent lack of good faith in doing so.

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