How trans ideology took over

Jun 20, 2020 by

by Joanna Williams, spiked:

A tiny movement of trans activists has influenced nearly all of our institutions.

Amid the recent clamour to denounce JK Rowling for her sacrilegious utterance of the word ‘woman’ came some good news. A slipped-out government announcement revealed – at long last – some badly needed pushback to the demands of transgender activists. In a paper due to be published at the end of July, the government is expected to drop plans to allow transgender people to change their birth certificates without a medical diagnosis and to put in place new protections to safeguard female-only spaces such as refuges and prisons.

This is not before time. The drawn-out conflict between defenders of sex-based rights and believers in gender self-identification has benefitted no one. And, let’s not forget, this was a conflict largely prompted by a Conservative government. It was back in 2018, on Theresa May‘s watch, that the consultation to the Gender Recognition Act (2004) was launched, paving the way for gender self-identification and calling into question once taken for granted assumptions about biology, sex and what it means to be a woman.

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