Shame on politicians who refuse to listen to women’s concerns


I took a few days to respond to Toni Guigliano’s article in the national Friday edition (Those who support the rights of women AND trans people will not be silenced, September 24). I am well aware of the response from activists who accuse women of raising concerns about reforms to the law on gender recognition as fanatic, transphobic, fascist and even Nazi! Threats of physical and sexual violence against women by activists cannot be denied and there can be no false equivalence “on one side as bad as the other”. The evidence is there not only in print form, but of physical attacks.

I support trans rights. I don’t think anyone should be discriminated against on the basis of the way they present themselves. I support the right of everyone to identify themselves as they wish and to live their life accordingly. However, I do not agree to give up my rights based on sex. There are also a large number of trans people who do not support activists’ campaigns to uphold the ideology that only gender matters and is real while sex is not. Sex is real and it is a protected belief that humans cannot change their sex. Gender is also a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

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I am an adult human woman, a woman. I am not a body with a vagina, as the Lancet now tells me. A recent edition of the same publication had no problem referring to men and not “bodies with penises”. This is not to spread fear by saying that politicians and the media cannot or do not want to identify women. Just look at Keir Starmer and Ed Davey on that one, or a recent green politician who thinks being a woman is a “feeling.”

Women have very valid concerns that Mr Giugliano and the Prime Minister should not dismiss, but rather listen and start addressing.

I could write a very long letter identifying the concerns that the erasure of gender protection announces for women. However, I will highlight a few current issues that I find deeply troubling.

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The fact that the CEO of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Center openly called women fanatics if they, in their trauma, wish to access spaces reserved for women. If they access support, they can expect to be re-educated and challenged. The CEO has since acknowledged that women are excluding themselves from services because of this policy. The CEO is Mridul Wadhwa, who was born male and identifies as trans. Mridul uses the role of CEO of Rape Crisis to uphold gender ideology.

I find these facts extremely distressing. Highly vulnerable women are no longer able to access a safe space, but if they do, they can expect to be “challenged”. How is this situation tolerated? In fact not only tolerated but praised!

When it comes to Scottish prisons, do people know that inmates share what should be safe spaces with male and female inmates and Scottish policy is that these inmates do not need a certificate of recognition from? gender to be placed in a women’s prison?

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The Howard League’s chief executive for penal reform said, “It is increasingly evident that some men are jumping on the trans train to access and harm very vulnerable women.” Isn’t that a very valid concern?

Incredibly, a woman who was assaulted was reprimanded by a UK court judge when she called her obviously male attacker ‘him’. The victim should refer to the person who assaulted her as “her” as this is the preferred pronoun of the abuser. I can’t think of any answer to that other than this one is totally Orwellian.

Isn’t this application of ideological language a valid concern?

Let me repeat that sex matters. These include, for example, health, sport, employment, and in particular the protection of children and vulnerable adults. I urge readers to be aware of what is happening regarding the identification of trans children, resulting in increasing medicalization with lifelong consequences. Mr Guigliano should heed the views of Keira Bell and many other Tavistock detransitioners and whistleblowers before he laughs at the women who listen and are horrified by the lack of protection.

Women like me and others are not silent, even though the Prime Minister tells us our concerns are unfounded. My answer to this is to prove it! Let us know clearly that you will protect our rights under the Women’s Spaces Act 2010!

The Prime Minister shouted “shame” at an MSP for attending a recent women’s protest. I say shame to politicians and others who refuse to listen to the legitimate concerns of women.

Jean Marshal

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