One SNP women’s officer got in the Herald for disgusting transphobic abuse, and a few are now signing her transphobe “Women’s Pledge”. You can report it to Avaaz as hate speech, as I did. Question is, do people realise it is transphobic?
Men and women rushed to sign the Women’s Pledge.
Um. A few thousand, from a Scottish population of five million.
… The pledge affirms women’s single sex protections in the Equality Act 2019 which we believe must be upheld.
There is no Equality Act 2019. I am happy with the Equality Act 2010, the Act which includes me. And- trans women are women! I have no problem with single sex women’s services which include me.
Women have the right to discuss policies which affect them, such as the proposed self identification of sex, without being abused or silenced.
A facile lie. Gender recognition reform only affects trans people. No one will declare themselves the opposite sex without transitioning, even if the law permitted it, which is unlikely.
And the press and internet are full of transphobic hatred. Some women discuss nothing else. But when they say we are dangerous, we object.
Women have the right to maintain their sex based protections as set out in the Equality Act 2010. These include female only spaces such as changing rooms, hospital wards, sanitary and sleeping accommodation, refuges, hostels and prisons.
We know what she means, of course. No Trans Women!! But the Equality Act includes trans women in these spaces. She cannot have it both ways- you can’t exclude all trans women, and support the Equality Act.
Women have the right to refuse consent to males in single sex spaces or males delivering intimate services to females such as washing, dressing or counselling.
So any woman could object to a trans woman. I would go to the loo, some transphobe would stop me, “refuse consent” and I would be excluded. Or in a work place one worker would “refuse consent” and there would thereafter be a sign on the door, No Trans Women. Rather than law accommodating a few mostly harmless eccentrics, the might of the law would police where I went to the toilet.
It would make transition impossible, and thereby make other gender nonconformity more difficult.
Women have the right to single sex sport to ensure fairness and safety at all levels of competition.
And human rights law would need rewritten. Instead of recognising that some people transition, and that is harmless, it would exclude us.
Women have the right to organise themselves according to their sex class across a range of cultural, leisure, educational and political activities.
Women could have women only clubs, even political parties. That would involve tearing up the Equality Act too: sex discrimination law works both ways.
Nicola Sturgeon said, “As an ardent, passionate feminist, and have been all of my life, I don’t see the greater recognition of transgender rights as a threat to me as a woman or to my feminism.” Though some MSPs disagree, the SNP “supports trans rights and women’s rights as part of our commitment to human rights and equality”.
But some people want to divide the SNP and turn it into an organisation to eradicate transsexual transition: because such people have no interest in any other political issue, but all is subordinated to excluding trans women.
The most significant transphobe to crawl out of the darkness where some hide their hate is the MSP Joan McAlpine, who has organised a hate-fest at the Scottish Parliament on TDoR. It was later rescheduled for January, possibly because the organisers are incompetent, possibly to eke out the notoriety.
There’s also Joanna Cherry MP, calling someone misogynist for holding up a B with the T sign. That article has an excellent explanation of what a “TERF” is. I have collected several examples of Cherry’s extreme transphobia here. She couldn’t be prosecuted, but has probably caused violence against trans people.
23 February 2021: The SNP’s new transphobia policy is better than nothing I suppose.