Women’s right to be women – a dispatch from the battlefront

Nov 6, 2019 by

by Julia Gasper, The Conservative Woman:

THE Woman’s Place UK are a group set up in September 2017 to ensure women’s voices would be heard in the consultation on the Government’s proposals to change the Gender Recognition Act. The group had five demands and frankly didn’t expect their campaign to last more than three to four months.

But since then the need to protect women’s rights with respect to transgender demands has intensified rather than diminished. And as they began informing other women how they’d be affected by the proposed introduction of gender-self-identification policies (self-ID) concern has grown.

The Woman’s Place are a Left-wing group and most of their members and supporters are Labour-leaning. Although I support only some of the demands and aims on their new manifesto, I have been quite horrified by the persistent attempts to close their
meetings down and to brand them a ‘hate group’, as well as by various articles written denouncing them.  The implications for free speech are serious.

Before their most recent meeting took place on October 25, Thames Valley Police had been sent to investigate stickers that had been put up in apparent protest around Oxford saying ‘Woman: noun. Adult human female, the definition of a woman’.

Extraordinarily the police announced that those responsible could be charged with a public order offence and went on to appeal for witnesses. Unsurprisingly, treatment of this as a ‘serious crime’ has been greeted with disbelief.

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