OPINION: The Transgender Law Change No One Is Talking About
In Church the other day we were about to read a hymn. Lovely. But the reader felt it necessary to mention that although the first line of the hymn said ‘he’ that this was meant to signify everyone, women as well as men etc, not just males. I must admit I made a face. I looked around… everyone was well into middle age if not older, and we surely understood this. We learnt it at school – ‘ mankind’ etc – why on earth was it necessary to mention it? Do we look like idiots? He had obviously been told to start doing this of course. Sigh…
The war on gender is speeding up. It’s now being pushed everywhere. But what’s wrong with being a biological woman and wanting to stay that way? Nothing of course. But sometimes it feels like we are the minority rather than the transgenderists who actually ARE the minority – being between 0.45% and 0.75% of the UK population (male and female trans). We hear about it incessantly and it sometimes seems like everything is supposed to change to accommodate them.
Of course no one should feel intimidated or discriminated against because of their sexuality or for feeling they were born in to the wrong body, but I have no idea why this has suddenly become such a huge issue that everything must be disrupted for it…. Children taught about transgender before they even understand what sex is, little boys made to wear skirts, girls not to be referred to as girls in case they start thinking of themselves as girls….(help me please!), school kids made to share toilets, and teachers suspended for getting a child’s ‘chosen’ gender identity wrong. What’s the point of it all? I do now believe those who say it is all about the destruction of the family, otherwise why else would it be taken to such extremes? And for me, I do believe there is now a war on natural born women – and men – and any assumption we may make about a persons perceived gender or sexuality, however innocently intended.
I loved the story in the news the other day of a group of women who decided to make this point by ‘self identifying’ as men for the day to infiltrate the Men’s Pond at Hampstead Heath on the last bank Holiday weekend. This was to highlight the ridiculous changes in law the government are proposing, whereby you can virtually wake up in the morning and decide that you now wish to self identify as the opposite sex to that which you were born and expect everything to be available to you that your new chosen gender would have, regardless of the effect on other people. Imagine the possible consequences of this…. and then let me tell you that many of them are already occurring.
The law for a long time has been that if you wish to change gender (you cannot change sex as your DNA will always show the sex that you were born with) you would have to first talk this through with your doctor and agree to live as your chosen gender for period of time – usually a year or two – clothing, name, everything. . This was a hard thing to do and I always felt sorry for people who were clearly attempting this. I knew it would be a long hard road with ridicule and self doubt, and not a decision to be taken lightly. But the government wants to do away with that process. Perhaps a good thing for those who are genuine, but not for the many who will use it just for personal gain.
Back to the ladies identifying as men at Hampstead Heath Mens pond. The men were of course rightly angry at first and the police were called. But the women explained – they were protesting the changes in the law and merely making a point. They were unhappy that soon men would be able to self identify as women and immediately insist on using women’s facilities, taking women’s roles, and in effect try to replace women in every walk of life for disingenuous reasons, and the new law would probably go through with most of us knowing NOTHING about it, and it would obviously affect men too. The men at the pond agreed with their point and calmed down. And the police understood it was a protest and all ended happily. Point made.
I myself first found out about these changes to the law coming up when I spoke to a charity who were trying to stop it. They weren’t feminazis or anti men – they were just trying to protect the rights of natural born women not to be effectively replaced by men who had chosen to self identify as women for all kinds of reasons that could be detrimental to women. . Most reasonable people will accept that there will always be people who feel they need to change gender, but we are entering a whole different zone with the new law changes.
Set this off against a recent case in the paper where a male rapist was jailed. He then insisted he wanted to identify as a woman and eventually got moved to a female prison where he then proceeded to … yes you’ve guessed it… rape a woman. Then we have another male prisoner who also identified as a woman, went to a women’s prison and… no, not rape this time, but had sex with various women, as a man…(feeling a bit confused?)…, so is now back in a male prison awaiting…guess what? A sex change operation to the tune of £200,000 – at our expense. Seriously? Yes!
So far, around the world, men who self identify as women have been able to join women only shortlists for jobs, politics, anything, play sport as a woman, serve time in women’s prisons, work in women’s refuges dn womens clinics, be invited for gynaecological testing (!) and effectively start to replace women in many things that women fought hard for (women only shortlists, whether you agree with them or not, were invented to counter the lack of women in various walks of life).
I will say again, I understand and appreciate that there are those who genuinely feel they must change gender, and I have no problem with that. I wish them well. For anyone to do that sincerely I know it is a hard choice and a long road to travel . But these changes in the law that the government are proposing will set natural born women a long way back, and we are the sex that took so long just to have a vote, equal rights and a voice.
Please don’t now let us be made vulnerable all over again. Think of the effect on the traditional family too, if it helps.
In other words, please don’t make us null and void… .
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