People get confused by the wealth of gender identities people identify as today, from trans to genderqueer to non-binary, bigender, trigender and pangender, or having no gender at all. For some, the response is to scoff at the very idea there might be more than just male and female; they might use dehumanising language and … Read moreGenderqueer, an introduction
In Hadley Freeman’s column for The Guardian today, which is International Trans Visibility Day, she presents men (‘woke bros’, apparently, when we support trans rights) as showing their male privilege when they condemn TERFs – trans-exclusionary radical feminists – as bigots. The opinion piece is an incendiary provocation given not only its content but the … Read moreGuardian hack enrages trans people and their allies on International Trans Visibility Day
Reading this article on intersex children in The Guardian, it struck me that operating on intersex children too young to give informed consent, to make their bodies outwardly conform to male or female, is no different to female genital mutilation. It should be a crime; instead it is standard medical practice, with surgeons removing organs … Read moreTime to stop putting intersex kids to the knife?
Someone said to me, in relation to trans people, that they don’t see why someone with male genitals should be allowed to use female toilets. They also said they’d be uneasy taking a child into the women’s toilets if there were men present (meaning, people who have penises). Last but not least, they couldn’t understand why … Read moreJust where you pee, that’s all: toilets and trans people