News roundup – week ending 26 Jan 2019

Sunday

Women’s March London have decided to call women ‘menstruators’ and have a handy chart telling us to replace ‘women’s health’ with ‘reproductive health, and ‘mothers and daughters’ with ‘parents and children’. This is inclusive, apparently – yet they fail to notice the glaringly obvious in that women have just been excluded from (almost) all the language they use. I have no idea why they are not the People’s March!
https://twitter.com/womensmarchlon/status/1087104151123906561

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Patrick Harvie’s Motion

The following was published by our Twitter account @ForwomenScot on 22nd January.
https://twitter.com/ForwomenScot/status/1087834571780120578


It appears that Patrick Harvie MSP, in his enthusiasm to bring a Motion which, increasingly, appears to be motivated by personal animosity, may have overlooked the rules governing Member’s Business Motions.
http://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/20180126_Guidance_on_Motions.pdf

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News roundup – week ending 19 Jan 2019

Sunday

The Times reports on the independent investigation into the Green party which found that Aimee Challenor, a transgender activist and candidate for the Greens’ deputy leadership, committed a “serious error of judgment” by appointing her father, David, as her agent at two elections even as he faced trial for kidnapping, raping and torturing a 10-year-old girl.
http://archive.fo/XJymD

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News roundup – week ending 12 Jan 2019

Sunday

Fabulous photograph of Rebekah Wershbale from the Daily Mail article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6561259/Young-mother-barred-pub-wearing-T-shirt-saying-Woman-human-female.html

Can be summarised as:
TRA violence = bomb threats, smoke bombs, doxing, death threats, threats to livelihood.
Feminist violence = having an opinion while playing a board game in a pub.

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News roundup – week ending 05 Jan 2019

Still in holiday mode so not much to report this week.

Thursday

Interesting article in the Independent whereby, in newspeak, Maria Miller, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committe, does ‘a reverse ferret’. Apparently, review of the GRA is not the most pressing issue for transpeople, but rather it is access to public services such as healthcare.

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News roundup – week ending 29 Dec 2018

Sunday

Just a quick mention of a few Times articles from over the Christmas holidays:

New lottery bonanza for transgender lobby:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/new-lottery-bonanza-for-transgender-lobby-3bqjhr730
http://archive.fo/URhyb

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News roundup – week ending 22 Dec 2018

Sunday

Mermaids are not clinicians or experts in child development but political campaigners promoting an ideological and experimental approach to children.  They claim the NHS gender clinic, the Tavistock Centre, has a “48% suicide attempt risk” – the clinic says the true rate is less than 1%.  And yet they are to be rewarded with a £500K grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Archive: http://archive.is/bW1Ed

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Gender Lessons in Schools

In August, The Scotsman reported on the new RSHP guidance (https://rshp.scot) which is set to be rolled out in schools.
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/primary-one-children-will-be-told-your-gender-is-what-you-decide-1-4779133

Of concern was the section on gender in the level one guidance aimed at Primary One aged children. Despite a seeming ignorance about how sex is observed either before or after birth and by whom, this started off promisingly, telling children that they are not limited by their sex and that they can participate in any activities or wear any clothing. However, the guidance became muddled when it started to talk about gender, saying that “your gender is what you decide” and that sometimes when people grow up “they decide to change their gender so that they are happier with who they are, this is called being transgender”:

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News roundup – week ending 15 Dec 2018

Sunday

A good article in the Sunday Times about the proposed census changes, which quotes Woman’s Place UK: “The inclusion of a third option to the question on sex would indicate a departure from the scientifically grounded theory of human sexual dimorphism … If the Scottish government believes that human beings are not sexually dimorphic, then ministers and the chief scientific and medical officers must provide evidence to support that claim.”
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-for-gender-id-question-in-next-census-qcfzv69x5

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News roundup – week ending 08 Dec 2018

Sunday

Two articles in The Times today:

The Scottish government is to rethink its approach to transgender rights after a backlash from influential Nationalists and grassroots SNP members. “First minister Nicola Sturgeon is understood to be “alive” to the issue.”:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/grassroots-backlash-forces-snp-to-rethink-trans-policies-n0pvh25qx

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