What’s Current: Ministers vow to defend women’s rights to female-only spaces in the UK

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  • UK ministers say they intend to protect women’s rights to single-sex accommodations in any future reforms to the laws on gender identity, following campaigning by feminists working to draw attention to the impact of self-identification on women’s rights. A statement from the Government Equalities Office promises that “advancing the rights of trans people does not have to compromise women’s rights”.
  • Australian health officials have expanded an investigation into Dr Emil Shawky Gayed — a gynecologist who performed unnecessary, botched, and mutilating procedures on his female patients — and are asking former patients who were injured to please come forward.
  • Mexican officials disqualify 15 men from running for office as women, on the basis that they hadn’t consistently claimed to be transgender before the filing deadline.
  • The parents of 19-year-old Noura Hussein, sentenced to death in Sudan for killing her husband after he had relatives hold her down to rape her, say they never disowned her and hope that people around the world will write to their local Sudanese embassy to ask for mercy for their daughter.
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  • northernTNT

    Question is, are those SAME ministers fighting against women on abortion!

  • northernTNT

    Noura Hussein: Appeals court overturns death sentence, convert to 5years.

  • martindufresne

    ““advancing the rights of trans people does not have to compromise women’s rights”, says the UK governement
    Of course this reassurance is a moot point if trans-identified males are deemed to be “women”…
    This recent statement from Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt show clearly how high the bar will be set for exemptions to be appplied: “Providers of women-only services can continue to provide services in a different way, or even not provide services to trans individuals, provided it is *objectively justified on a case-by-case basis*.
    A Stonewall executive even asserts that it is trans persons, not women whose welfare is to be protected by single-sex exemptions: ““Exemptions…only apply to sensitive & complex services, eg refuges, where services can exclude trans people if they demonstrate that is absolutely necessary, eg if inclusion would put that trans person at risk”.
    Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/25/no-plans-change-law-single-sex-spaces-uk-transgender)

    • TwinMamaManly

      The onus should be the other way around. The transwoman should have to prove why they are entitled to access that space.

  • TwinMamaManly

    I think it’s weird. Like people who are urologists and proctologists, they are always a bit weird.

    I had midwives for my deliveries (angels), and a male ob-gyn for twins but he was the breech specialist so I didn’t have a choice (plus in public system you don’t get a choice, but I would have most definitely chosen female if I was going private).

  • TwinMamaManly

    I hope that once she is released she is able to be resettled elsewhere and go on to have a decent life – I would presume Canada or NZ after consideration of the immigration policies of US or Australia…

  • TwinMamaManly

    Exactly. You’d never see a transman climb into the ring with a male opponent. The TIMs who seek to take women’s spaces and places for themselves are basically failures at competing against other men.

    My thoughts on this is that male-identified transwomen (and also intersex who have male physical advantages even though they have some biological female attributes) need to fight for their own separate category in sports, politics, education, culture, instead of encroaching on and appropriating women’s. I think once they seriously start infiltrating professional sports there will be a backlash in that arena because people don’t want to see second rate males beating women, we want to see FEMALES competing. People forget that women had to fight for their own spaces – in sports, in politics, even for public toilets (look at the number of male v female toilets in spaces like Westminster or the old Australian Parliament house), we shouldn’t be forced to acquiesce.

    I’m quite encouraged by this very recent push-back on TIMs. Common sense appears to be making a re-appearance.

  • TwinMamaManly

    And its probably because the (mostly male I assume) architects and drafters of the legislation either wilfully or lazily did not consider the constant awareness and fear that women have of unknown males in public or shared spaces.

  • Blazing Fire

    I read Cilem’s article you linked – the case (and her bravery) is hair-raising – the old man not only beat her, but also tried to force her into prostitution, and that’s when the poor girl had it enough and reacted. The world would (like to) imagine that any old man would be counting himself immensely lucky to have a much younger bride, and would treat her like a precious & tender treasure. But no, this guy didn’t value her youth at all, and was after extracting the maximum from her (just like typical dudes do), even if it meant selling her flesh & soul in a dehumanizing, torturous way.
    The world (read men) always imagines that the young wives are the trouble makers who soon resent the old husbands, create trouble for them & have illicit affairs with younger men, blah blah. That’s what they paint in their fiction & in their movies, and the masses just subconsciously imbibe this. But the reality is very very different (Cilem’s isn’t the only case – a lot of old men act similarly, but may not have gone this far).
    A lot of men in MRA forums crib that monogamy is forcing them to ‘f..k’ “old, loosened bags”, and they feel really ‘oppressed’ by this, etc, etc. (The wives, if they hear this & if they are gullible, might fool themselves thinking, “if only I managed to look youthful, he would love me”.) But just look how they really treat a young girl when they get one. They aren’t interested at all! They want to sell her & make money.