Thinking of the women spending Xmas in prison for defending their lives against male violence, and the loved ones of women killed by violent men. Let’s all do something more to end this tyranny in 2019. x
— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) December 25, 2018
- On Friday, Jesse Daniel Martin, 35, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the 2014 death of Freda Goodrunning, a mother of five found beaten to death in a shed in west Edmonton.
- Canadian trans activists demand death certificates list “gender identity,” not sex. Kate Hazell, a co-ordinator at The 519 — a Toronto LGBTQ organization — tells The Star:
“Not having one’s lived identity recognized at and after death is a form of violence… It also does harm to community, friends, partners and family who wish to ensure their loved one is represented in an authentic and respectful way.”
- After awarding Mermaids — a charity for “trans kids” — a substantial grant, critics say the Big Lottery Fund should be asking critical questions about Mermaids’ approach to transitioning children. Janice Turner writes:
“The Big Lottery Fund should be asking why Mermaids is so out of step with NHS best practice. Why, for example, does GIDS (the Gender Identity Development Service) not recommend Mermaids on its website? Indeed, its clinicians are in perpetual conflict with the charity. The NHS protocol for children is “watchful waiting” but Mermaids pushes for the US ‘affirmation’ model in which any child who declares that they are trans must be treated as such without examining any possible underlying issues, such as frequently undiagnosed autism, depression or sexual abuse.”
- Eleanor Maccoby, the first woman to head the Stanford University psychology department and author of The Psychology of Sex Differences (1974) and The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together (1998) dies at 101-years-old.