How Trans Radicalism hurts everyone: Part Three

Gender symbols of men, women, transgender

Helen Joyce on Quillette?has written a very interesting but very long piece on how Trans Radicalisation hurts not only the people it claims to be protecting (Trans people) but also women and children. As the original article is very long this is part three of my attempt to reduce it down to a summary of the key points.

You can read part one here.

You can read part two here.

1.In the late 1970’s “the paedophile movement had so thoroughly hijacked the gay movement that, if you said you were against ?child sexual liberation? […] you were branded ?anti-gay.?

2.The same intimidation is happening now with the transgender debate. Even radical feminists are scared to “express legitimate concerns about infiltration and safeguarding.”

3.”Paedophiles exploit ?institutional weaknesses and political correctness.? The problems with the new rules go beyond granting males access to places where girls sleep, wash and change […] They run counter to everything learned about child safeguarding from repeated scandals, including the importance of communication with parents and encouraging children to speak up when they are afraid.

4.”The rules say, for example, that if a child expresses a cross-sex identity to a teacher, there is no need to tell parents. If one child queries the presence of another of the opposite sex in a single-sex activity or space, it is the child with concerns who should be removed. Obviously, the vast majority of trans-identified people are not paedophiles. But all of these changes do play into the hands of paedophiles, since such ?trans-friendly spaces? could allow bad actors to insinuate themselves into children?s confidence, undermine their trust in parents, and teach children to remain silent if something makes them feel uncomfortable and unsafe.”

5.Single-sex only spaces and activities are being affected not only in schools and on camping trips but now in sporting competitions.

6.Gender-reassignment surgery and cross-sex hormone treatment are no longer required to compete as a member of the opposite sex. Male athletes who wish to compete as women only need to lower their testosterone levels. Some sporting authorities do not even require that. “Several American states have used self-ID for youth competitions for some years.”

7.In October, Rachel McKinnon, a trans woman, became a women?s world?champion?in a cycling competition. When the third-placed cyclist complained that a natal male had an unfair advantage, Ms. McKinnon called her a transphobe.

8.Many women will be affected by the trend towards self-ID for single-sex spaces. Some will be fearful for their safety. […] There is no evidence that simply identifying as a woman means a male should be regarded as lower-risk. […] Many women worry that predatory men will profess to identify as women in order to gain access to spaces where women are exposed.

9.”Earlier this year?Karen White, a self-identified trans woman with a record of sexual offences against women, was placed in a women?s prison in Britain?and promptly assaulted several other prisoners.”

10.”Most British rape-crisis centres and domestic-violence refuges admit self-identified trans women, even though the Equality Act of 2010 permits them to restrict their services to biological females. If they restrict their services to women only they risk “becoming targets of trans-activist campaigns and losing funding.”

11.”Without single-sex services, vulnerable women will suffer, says Judith Green. In the 1980s, as a teenager, she suffered repeated sexual abuse, and eventually received help from a survivors? group […] Participants had been traumatised at men?s hands and their recovery required them to rebuild trust, she says. For her, and many other women, that would have been impossible in a mixed-sex group, no matter how well-meaning or sympathetic the males.

12.In America in 2015, a member of a fitness club complained after finding a trans woman who appeared obviously male in the women?s changing room. The club responded to her complaint by revoking her membership!

13.Figures gathered under freedom-of-information laws?found?that the minority of changing-rooms in sports centres that are mixed-sex were the site of 90% of reported sexual assaults in changing-rooms of all kinds.

14.Businesses are being targeted with legal action for refusing service to men who claim to be women. One Trans activist has brought fifteen cases against businesses who offer Brazilian-waxing services for women only.

15.Many people feel that “the doctrine of gender self-ID is a retrograde philosophy that relies on obsolete gender stereotypes and harms gay people.[…]? Schools and parents often leap to the conclusion that a child who is gender non-conforming must be trans”

16.”Some gay people think that organizations set up to fight for gay rights made a mistake in throwing their weight behind trans activism. In an open letter in the?Times?in October, some prominent gays and lesbians?accuse?Stonewall, Britain?s biggest LGBT charity, of ?uncritically adopting a form of transgender politics which undermines?the concept of homosexuality itself.?

17.”Get the L Out, a small group of lesbians who insist that opposite-sex-attracted males cannot be lesbians whatever their gender identity, forced its way to the front of the Pride march in London this year, with banners reading ?Transactivism erases lesbians? and ?lesbian equals female homosexual.? Ms. Hunt called the group ?transphobic? and said it was spreading ?myths and lies.?

18.”According to Charlie Montague, a young lesbian in Dunedin, New Zealand, both online dating sites and real-world meet-ups for lesbians now contain a fair share of males who have been through no sort of physical transition but describe themselves as lesbians. Some are predatory men who fantasize about sex with lesbians, she says; others genuinely regard themselves as same-sex attracted women. She and a few other ?female lesbians? have set up a group, the?Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa. They have faced a barrage of abuse, both on- and offline.”

19.?WOMAN; women (noun): adult human female.? That, and the web address of the British government?s consultation on gender self-ID, is all it said on a?poster?that Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, a feminist campaigner, paid to display in Liverpool during the annual conference of Britain?s opposition Labour Party in September. After a complaint that it was anti-trans ?propaganda and hate speech,? the poster company apologized and took it down. An ad agency then refused to put the same message on Edinburgh buses, saying it was ?likely to offend? the public. ”

20.Ren?e Gerlich, a feminist activist in Wellington, designed posters to celebrate the 125th anniversary of New Zealand granting women the vote. Each consisted of a quote from a feminist, followed by ?Suffragists fought for the female sex. Stop rewriting history.? When trans-activist groups complained to the poster company that the posters communicated a ?subtle transphobia,? it refused to handle her order.

21.Social-media platforms are censoring and banning women for discussing these issues.

22.Women are having their public meetings disrupted by trans activists. Some venues cancelled bookings after trans activists claimed that they were for a far-right hate group.

23.”In Canada, even complaining can get a woman into trouble. In July,?Kristi Hanna, a former resident at Palmerston House, a women?s shelter in Ontario, left after being assigned a transgender room-mate, who stomped around in combat boots, had facial and chest hair, and talked about a pregnant fianc?e. All the residents found the situation intimidating, she says, and after two sleepless nights she complained and was told to ?deal with it or leave.? But when she phoned Ontario?s human-rights legal helpline, she referred to the individual as a ?man,? at which point the adviser said that her words and behaviour were potentially discriminatory and ended the call.

24.The code of omert? includes academia where lobbying by trans activists has lead to academic papers being suppressed, thesis proposals being rejected and calls for academics to be sacked.

25.Trans radicalism aims? to silence dissent and to “make it impossible to state any distinction between trans women and cis ones.” It is ?profoundly anti-feminist. Statements such as ?trans women are women? and labels such as TERF are what Robert Jay Lifton, who wrote about indoctrination and mind control in Maoist China, dubbed thought-terminating clich?s”

26.Causes that are important to trans people, such as more research on the causes and treatment of gender dysphoria and its links with other mental-health issues, not to mention the long-term effects of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, have become taboo.

27.”Overall, the push for gender self-ID does more harm than good to the interests of gender-dysphoric people whose main concern is to be accepted by members of the sex they wish they had been born into.”