Policing pronouns

Oct 20, 2019 by

by Tim Dieppe, Christian Concern:

Last week it emerged that police are formally investigating some stickers in Oxford. One such sticker reads:




adult human female

Another reads:

Women don’t have penises.

Police investigating “offensive” stickers

Thames Valley Police have put out an “Appeal for witnesses following incidents of public order.” It says the following:

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a number of public offences in Oxford.

Officers are investigating a large number of offensive stickers that have been placed across Oxford city centre containing transphobic comments. It is believed they started appearing in March 2019 within the High Street, Catte Street and Parks Road area.

Investigating officer PC Rebecca Nightingale based at St Aldates police station said: “Behaviour like this is not acceptable and we take incidents of this nature very seriously.”

Notice that the police say these stickers are “offensive” and that they contain “transphobic comments.” So now we have a situation where a simple dictionary definition is considered so offensive that it is a police matter. Or a simple biological statement is considered transphobic enough for a police investigation.

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