Organisations adopt the idea that men can be women out of kindness or pragmatism. But the illogic breaks them. They end up contorting themselves around the contradictions and the double-speak, until their core principle snaps, and with it their integrity. Scientists pretend they don’t understand evolution, left wing organisations say don’t listen to the masses, conservatives say don’t worry about liberty and and the rule of law. Venerable feminist organisations tell women to pipe down and stop being so difficult.

I joined Fawcett Society for their AGM yesterday. Make Woman Visible said the title.

Make woman faceless, eyeless and mouthless…

Credit: Nicole Jones

Tomorrow the appeal on the employment tribunal judgment in which my views were judged to be “unworthy of respect in a democratic society” begins.

It will go on for two days (the judgement may take months). Following that, if I win (and there are no further appeals) we would go back to the employment tribunal to hear the rest of the case; what was the nature of my employment status, and was I unlawfully discriminated against in practice?

My barristers set out the question for this appeal in their skeleton argument:

Is a belief that biological sex is real, important…

Observer journalist Rowan Moore and offspring Felix Moore have a cover story in the Observer Review today on their personal “father and son story” and on “trans rights issues today”

There is a pattern here, don’t just look at the grovelling apologies that are demanded of people. Look at what we are not allowed to to talk about.

October 2018: a university professor tweets about concerns about child welfare:

Some students complained. 86 of them signed a letter

Making women disappear from the law, one one word at a time

Last week the government introduced a Bill to enable female ministers and shadow ministers to take maternity leave without having to resign their posts. The legislation is being rushed through because Attorney General Suella Braverman is due to give birth soon.

As many have commented, these provisions are long overdue.

Joeli Brearley, chief executive and founder of campaign group Pregnant then Screwed said it is “total insanity” it has taken 103 years for the government to recognise women cabinet members may have babies. …

Václav Havel, dissident, and later President of Czechoslovakia wrote The Power of the Powerless in 1978. It is an essay about how totalitarian regimes turn ordinary citizens into dissidents. And about how individuals ‘living within the truth’ can break the spell of a totalising lie.


The manager of a fruit-and-vegetable shop places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: “Workers of the world, unite! Why does he do it? What is he trying to communicate to the world? Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of unity among the workers of the world? Is his enthusiasm…

A year ago — on December 18 2019 — I learnt that I had lost at my employment tribunal.

I can’t remember much about that day. I know I had conversations with my legal team about the next steps in appealing, and I know I read the awful judgment over and over: “unworthy of respect in a democratic society”. I know I posted an update. I know I cried.

The next day my world tipped again when JK Rowling tweeted #IStandWithMaya.

My case became an international story. Suddenly I was not just being called names on twitter in the UK…

As JK Rowling famously remarked there used to be a word for female people.

From CNN, to Proctor and Gamble to the Labour Party, to charities including the stillbirth charity Sands, and Friends of the Earth the rush to erase the word women when talking about female people has only accelerated since she said this.

Its not inclusive you see.

Index on censorship is intervening in my case, and I am grateful for that, but I am also worried about the turn of their recent statement on the issue.

Index on Censorship is one of the few established organisations that has stood up for freedom of speech around sex and gender.

It gave evidence in the case of Harry Miller v Humberside Police and has condemned the abuse faced by JK Rowling, first in June on Twitter:

And recently it reiterated condemnation of the abuse of JK Rowing in a blogpost by CEO Ruth Smeeth “We need to end the…

Rosie Duffield liked a tweet by Piers Morgan…And then went on to tweet in her defence that female people have a name.

For this she was mass reported, and publicly condemned by the ‘bad cops’ of Labour Campaign for Trans Rights , while the ‘good cops’ of Labour LGBT+ worked privately to extract an apology. The bullying ended in Duffield taking a twitter break and issuing one of those awful hostage-note apologies.

Maya Forstater

This is mainly where I write about sex and gender

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