I guess I would have called myself a liberal feminist, a live and let live type. I thought trans people had GD and medically/ surgically transitioned. I once worked with a very nice transwoman who presented as a woman, was called she, but used the men’s changing room and toilets. When JK Rowling tweeted in support of Maya Forstater, I wanted to know why someone has lost their job over what seemed a non-contentious issue.
The ideology revealed was frightening. The aggression of TRAs (trans rights activists), and their determination to open every area of female lives to male people, was worrying. There are deliberate attempts to erode safeguarding and stifle any discussion of how conflict over rights and safety can be addressed.
The disproportionate influence of lobbying groups like Stonewall on public sector organisations and politics is unacceptable. Looking further, the concept of the cotton ceiling was abhorrent.
Although I am not lesbian, I believe that LGB people have an absolute right to their sexual preferences without being labelled transphobic.
I am concerned about the teaching of gender theory to children. I don’t really understand the science, but see no consensus that would justify teaching that sex is a spectrum. How the huge growth in the number of “trans” children being referred for treatment is not ringing alarm bells is beyond me. I am fortunate, I had to retire from work for health reasons, but as an HR professional, I fear that if I was still working, I would not be able to express my concerns freely in this repressive climate.
I am not a great social media user, but I have supported GC voices, mostly with likes and retweets and some not very articulate comments. I have completed the Scottish Govt GRA consultation survey, have donated to a couple of crowdfunding requests, and have written to my MP.
I am fortunate, Having taken Ill-health retirement, I am immune from threats to my livelihood. As an HR professional, I feel for colleagues trying to navigate through this, and am sure that if I was still working, I would not feel free to express my concerns, particularly if working in the public sector. This is a repressive, toxic culture. I’m sure many people are being prevented from expressing valid, non-hateful opinions and that should concern everyone.
Alison G, Into my 6th decade, married, no kids, TERF, apparently