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I’m concerned about the future of girls’ sports

I resent my 52 years of experience as a woman including much hardship, abuse, and discrimination being equated with the sudden whim of a 13 year old boy who likes glitter and nail polish. I’m concerned about the future of girls’ sports.

I’ve tweeted in support of JK Rowling twice.

I’ve been unfollowed on Twitter by 10% of my followers. 18 librarians told me I needed to resign as well as unfollowing me. One librarian attempted to doxx me by looking me up and reporting me to the director.

Jill, Librarian in VA, USA

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I have joined the equality committee of my union to try to make a difference.

I am worried about the effect of transgender ideology on women’s rights. For example, “gender” replacing “sex” on official forms, equality law being misrepresented with “gender Identity” cited as a protected characteristic when it is not and “sex” omitted, former women’s toilets being made “gender neutral” while the men’s is left as it is and the overall misogyny of a movement that insists on labelling women “cis” and calling us “transphobic” for wanting to talk to other women about our bodies.

I have posted on social media (Twitter) anonymously. I am afraid to use my real name because of the hatred and harassment by trans activists I have seen. I have stated concerns in a “feminist” group on Facebook but was thrown out by a man for refusing to state “TWAW”. I have discussed the issues with friends in real life. I have stated concerns about the lack of women’s toilets in a union meeting. I have joined the equality committee of my union to try to make a difference.

I have been removed from an online “feminist” group and been shouted down at a trade union meeting. I have been verbally abused on social media which confirms that my decision to remain anonymous is the correct one.

Sarah B., Feminist who believes that any form of feminism that centres male people is not feminism

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It has become almost impossible to speak the truth about sex

I believe the truth matters, and language is important, and it has become almost impossible to speak the truth about sex. I believe I would be at risk of losing my job if I were to state publicly that I don’t believe trans women are female.

I don’t have any understanding of what it is supposed to mean to “feel” female (particularly in people not suffering dysphoria) and can only think that such feelings must be based on restrictive gender stereotypes that are harmful to everyone. I would be happy for trans people to change my mind on this but it feels like it’s not possible to even ask this question without accusations of hatred and violence.

I have spoken to my friends, but have not spoken publicly because of fear of social and professional repercussions.

I have not yet spoken up in a context that would have negative consequences.

H, Feminist hoping I’m not on the wrong side of history

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When one of the trainers declared a propos of nothing in particular ‘we love puberty blockers’ I was absolutely disgusted

Apart from the obvious risks to women inherent in allowing any man to declare himself a woman, I am really concerned about the state and other powerful organisations expecting us plebs to affirm what we know to be untrue out of fear.  This goes way beyond anything about trans rights and sets a terrifying precedent.  Where will it end? 

I wrote a long letter of complaint to my HR Director following (optional) training on LGBTQ+ full of the usual unscientific sex (and lesbian) denying crap.  When one of the trainers declared a propos of nothing in particular ‘we love puberty blockers’ I was absolutely disgusted.  The other trainer was a transman who lamented the arduous and pernicious process he had to go through to get his GRC.  I did think that was a devious way of getting people onside.  I did raise my hand to ask what process should be in its place but we ran out of time.  I felt cowardly and I wish I had had the time and courage to speak up more during the session.  

I did ask that my message be treated in confidence and I was careful to state that I wrote it (it was long and took me a great effort) in my own time.  I feel a bit cowardly that I did that.  I stand by what I said and I don’t really care who knows. 

Susan, Northampton mum

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Healthcare Public Sector

I work in a university where there are no female toilets anymore

I care because self id has swept into every single workplace throughout the UK with no change in the law. I work in a university where there are no female toilets anymore, where disabled toilets have been renamed accessible to open them up for Trans/Non binary.

A disabled toilet loses all meaning if you open them up to everyone. They are scarce as it is.

But while it has swept in under the guise of Stonewall training, it cannot be questioned.  You must not speak badly about any aspect.

As it stands there is nowhere a woman can go where a man cannot follow.

I’ve shared posts on social media, shared facts about the equality act, donated to crowd funding.

I am threatened every day on social media. Called a Nazi, told I should be raped, told I shouldn’t have children because I’m a horrible human. Told they will find me and rape me with their “Lady cock” called a bitch, whore, hater of trans women.

It’s never ending abuse.

Eve

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Healthcare Public Sector

It can only serve to make sexism worse by entrenching regressive sex stereotypes

I care because, as a male, I have long been horrified at how pervasive sexism has remained in society, and at how in some respects, we’ve taken steps backwards (e.g. increasingly pink/blue binary for children’s toys and clothes). To the extent that transgender activism deals with “innate gender identity” it can only serve to make sexism worse by entrenching regressive sex stereotypes.

I’ve just recently been inspired by J K Rowling’s essay to post on social media about this under my own name. For a while now I’ve also spoken in person to many friends and family members to make them aware of what gender identity ideology actually involves.

Thankfully I’ve not suffered negative consequences yet. However, I remain worried that it might affect me professionally.

AJ, Civil Servant

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We are being told that we have to accept that a man with a penis and testicles who identifies as a woman has to be recognised as a woman and it’s nonsense

This matters to me because it feels like women are being erased.  We are being told that we have to accept that a man with a penis and testicles who identifies as a woman has to be recognised as a woman and it’s nonsense.  I am genuinely afraid for my safety and my place in the world and I don’t know what to do.

Shamefully I have done very little because I am afraid for my job, my safety and my child.  I work in politics and my manager is a gay man who fully and vocally supports the trans movement.  We have discussed how I feel up to a point but I know I can’t be completely honest as I would lose my job and, as a single mum I can’t afford to lose my salary so I toe the line despite the strength of my feeling that this is very, very wrong.

Because I know the consequences of speaking up I have stayed quiet but this is becoming harder every day.  Until recently I felt lucky to enjoy the privileges afforded to me by generations of women who fought for our rights as women.  I recognised that there was still a long way to go but now it feels like we have no rights at all.  It feels like we are being erased by men who are taking our place because they know so much better than us what it means to be a woman.

Georgie Mac, ashamed to be so afraid

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Healthcare Public Sector

It feels like just as we defeat climate denial then biology denial pops up

I’m particularly concerned on two fronts, first science denialism – biological sex is a material reality and very relevant to medical practice (my husband is a doctor). Females and males experience disease differently and so it is important to ensure that research and practice is able to continue to support this. It feels like just as we defeat climate denial then biology denial pops up. 

Secondly in sport – as a former university athlete I think it is vital that women’s sport is protected as a women’s space.

I struggled to make the team at my university and if biological males who had experienced male puberty and all the advantages that brings had been allowed to compete in the women’s team I’d have had no chance!

I also think it is vital that children are supported to accept themselves for who they are (which ironically is of course what TRAs say) surgery and what is essentially self harm is no way to support a child going through a difficult time. Transition may for a very few young adults be the way forward, but it is an adult decision.

I work for the Scottish Government (in an unrelated area) and so am concerned for my job! I do like tweets, but rarely retweet (there is also a requirement as a civil servant to remain objective and impartial and given the political nature of much of the debate I think it is right and proper that i remain fairly quiet). i have talked with some friends and colleagues about my concerns. I think if I did in a work environment my job may well be under threat.  

Caroline, pro science pro fair sport

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To suggest we can identify out of that oppression is disgusting

I care because young people are being sterilised. Because women deserve and need single sex spaces. Because we are oppressed due to our biological sex and to suggest we can identify out of that oppression is disgusting.

I retweeted JK on my main account and engaged friends using ‘terf’ etc. I’m too tired to worry I’ll lose friends. But I probably wouldn’t discuss at work.

SJ

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I didn’t realise how much I cared until I started reading J K Rowling’s essay

I didn’t realise how much I cared until I started reading J K Rowling’s essay. After I read that, and read the abuse she was receiving on social media , I got more and more angry at the state of affairs today in which stating a scientific fact can receive such vulgar backlash. I’m scared of this mob-like culture and where it will lead. We’ve gone down a social media rabbit hole.

I have retweeted information on social media. I’m scared to do anything else in case it affects my chosen career down the line. I also opened a discussion with my close family.

I’m afraid of any real life consequences if I do say anything more.

L, I Stand With J K Rowling