I am a senior woman barrister in a city where another prominent senior woman lawyer has openly promoted the TERF response to attempts to explore trans issues. I believe it would damage me professionally to speak up because people’s “understanding” of the issues is so dominated by the apparent fairness and justice of openly supporting trans rights, and by the vigour with which this is promoted by others. If I was directly questioned I would stand up for gender critical feminism, and make the obvious points to be made. But fear of professional and social abuse is stopping me starting the conversations.
I have discussed the issues widely with my sister who is able to enter the debate in her own name.
Ros , Senior barrister, New Zealand