I care about material reality – the consequences of ignoring material reality will not be good for anyone in society long-term. I am worried about the safeguarding consequences for women and children of not being able to name material reality ( sex) . I am worried about the ways in which women’s voices are belittled and denigrated in this debate.
I find it disturbing that the consideration afforded to other protected groups doesn’t seem to extend to women and their concerns . It is philosophically, and ontologically frightening to see the potential erasure of ‘natal’ women as a named and discrete sex class
I have stood up for sex based rights in my religious community – argued for the right of ‘natal’ women to meet by themselves. I have petitioned for my organisation to take sex based perspectives into account and to appreciate that many people see gender ideology as oppressive. I have discussed my concerns with colleagues friends and family. I wrote to my MP in the wake of the Labour hustings to explain that I was concerned that sex-based rights organisations were being vilified and to explain that many consider gender ideology, to be harmful to young women and girls.
It has been stressful, but no negative consequences as yet.