Why “Gender dissidents?”

In 1978 Vaclav Havel wrote “The Power of the Powerless”. Dissent, he said was a natural and inevitable consequence of the historical phase of that time in Eastern Europe.

“It was born at a time when this system, for a thousand reasons, can no longer base itself on the unadulterated, brutal, and arbitrary application of power, eliminating all expressions of nonconformity. What is more, the system has become so ossified politically that there is practically no way for such nonconformity to be implemented within its official structures.

“Who are these so-called dissidents?” He asked

“Where does their point of view come from, and what importance does it have? What is the significance of the “independent initiatives in which “dissidents collaborate, and what real chances do such initiatives have of success?….What are its hopes and on what are they based? Is it within the power of the “dissidents—as a category of subcitizen outside the power establishment—to have any influence at all on society and the social system? Can they actually change anything?”

I wanted to document the dissident movement pushing against gender ideology in the UK.

This website is the result of a survey undertaken in summer 2020.

About me

About me: I am an researcher, writer and advisor working on the business of sustainable development. In 2019 I lost my job working at the Centre for Global Development for, after I had written and tweeted about my belief and about the UK government’s proposal for gender self ID.  I took them to  Employment Tribunal for discrimination on the grounds of belief, the case is still ongoing.

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You can support the case here: Crowd Justice appeal 

Lots of documentation on my case

Other stuff I have written about sex and gender

My website on single sex spaces: a question of consent

You can find me on twitter @mforstater and Linked in

Thanks to everyone who completed the survey, and to Pombear who helped me put the results together.