I got involved with lesbian and gay activism and then feminist activism in the early 1970s. We were absolutely clear about the need to dismantle sex stereotyping (aka ‘gender’). And now it is being amplified despite all the successes we thought we’d had.
I raised the issue of the Labour Party deciding that trans-identified men counted as ‘women’ for the purposes of all-women shortlists et al. I’ve talked to innumerable friends and acquaintances and a few relations. I’ve spoken at two public meetings (in Newcastle). I’m involved in the Labour Women’s Declaration Working Group and in a small group doing some research and analysis for the LGB Alliance.
I got absolutely pilloried in my constituency Labour Party…. One friend is suspicious of what I say but not totally disagreeing. But that’s all. I’ve had it easy compared to many.
Alice Bondi, retired psychotherapist and very long-term feminist (as in second wave feminism)