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  1. Big Orange - the clip exactly sums it up. Except the John Cleese character misgenders Loretta so must be a hateful bigot.
  2. You are absolutely right. But with this ideology, someone can jump from 'oppressor' to 'oppressed' by saying that they are one. Instead of membership of the group being based on objective criteria so material inequalities can be addressed, membership of the 'oppressed' group is dependant on how the individual feels on the inside. It's only allowed for sex/gender, not anything else (as yet!). I supposed they have created a new oppressed group - people whose inner sense of their own sex doesn't match how they are perceived by others. I can't quite believe that major institutions are all nodding along, and government is giving grants to influence and lobby to write this in to laws and policies. Yes you are right for people who are suffering - and the 4000% increase will impact the nhs provision which must be swamped. I meant that the way trans rights are currently being argued for (ie legal self id) doesn't add new costs in itself. Trans women are women even if they love their male body. And a new lexicon is being created to articulate it - a ***** is female anatomy if it is owned by a trans woman etc etc. So this new way of arguing for rights won't cost the nhs. But in my view by de-medicalising the whole issue it harms people who really do need the medical support.
  3. I didn't realise most nuclear plants will be due to close soon. "Nuclear is an important part of our mix" says government spokesperson - obviously a bit tricky to supply though.
  4. Yep that's an eye opening statistic. It's so obvious this can be used by sex offenders to play the system.
  5. Yes it's definitely being supported by the left social justice movements - but it's not really very left wing as an idea. More liberal individualism taken to an extreme. The subjective self is put right in the middle. The fight against it is from the far left and the right, for different reasons. The Morning Star is the only left wing paper writing critically about this (the times and spectator on the right), and the only political parties who have come out against self id are UKIP and the British Communist Party!
  6. The woman in the photo must value her boots more than her feet. She could be stepping on anything under there.
  7. That is really interesting, but also like you say deeply worrying and horrible. Average age at first baby is was really quite high - about 30 a few years ago when I had babies. But lower age of mum correlates with less educated, and lower income mums. You really don't hear much about infant mortality now that sudden infant death isn't in the news. Young, poor or less educated mother also coincides with lower breastfeeding rates which feeds into the general health of the population.
  8. Yes I'm sure you're right. There was a debate in the House of Commons last week on proposals to allow self-identified gender. Only one MP spoke against self-id legal gender. David TC Davies a Tory. All the others (about 6? Labour, SNP and Lib Dem) spoke in favour of it. Spouting simplistic let's be kind to everyone waffle. The Minister for Women was a bit more cautious sounding. Davies asked Layla Moran (Lib Dem) "whether she would be happy sharing a changing room with somebody who was born male and had a male body?". She answered "I believe that women are women, so if that person was a trans woman, I absolutely would. I just do not see the issue. As for whether they have a beard, which was one of the hon. Gentleman’s earlier comments, I dare say that some women have beards. There are all sorts of reasons why our bodies react differently to hormones. There are many forms of the human body. I see someone in their soul and as a person. I do not really care whether they have a male body." What a dingbat. She is going to give away female only changing rooms and showers because she thinks she to tell whether the hairy bearded male stranger next to her genuinely has a woman's soul or not.
  9. Bruce Banner and peanut butter - it won't add any costs to the nhs. There is no need to have any medical treatment to change legal sex and change birth certificate. The majority of trans women keep their male genitalia. Alex Drummond claims to be a lesbian with a full beard - (s)he is a trans advisor to Stonewall who are v involved with lobbying for all these changes. Drummond says (s)he is expanding the bandwidth of womanhood (ie by being a bloke with a beard in a dress). Monkey - the government consultation asks if we should recognise 'non binary identities' in law. Arpeggio - I don't know anything about hormones in the water and stuff. But the recent increase in the number of children and teens identifying as the opposite sex is mostly girls identifying as boys. It's 4000% increase in a few years. Government have announced and inquiry, but research is often stomped on by pro-trans activists who really don't want this discussing.
  10. Do you think Russian trolls would be for against self-declared legal gender? I suspect for. Other people who are for self-declared legal gender are: the Labour Party, the Greens and Lib Dems, Stonewall, the NUS (who have called for an end to registering the sex of babies, so they can choose), the Fawcett Society .…..
  11. Neon tetra I agree. I think that's probably why more people want to be the opposite sex. Toys, books, fashions for kids are much more gendered than they were when I was a kid. The number of girls who are identifying as boys has increased massively in a few years. Big Orange - yes the unintended consequences are potentially very bad for women. In Canada which is further along in self id both in law and social convention, University Sports are now divided by self identifying gender, not actual sex. Males competing against young women. You can already change your birth certificate if you change sex legally. I think the original birth certificate is kept but 'closed', and you have a new one with the new sex. That's been the case since 2004. The difference is that at the moment it's quite a difficult process to go through, needs a medical diagnosis and proof that you have been living as if the opposite sex. The new rules will mean there will be no criteria to meet other than your own say so. Deadline for the consultation is 19th October. Only a few days to go.
  12. The government are consulting on whether to change the law so that anyone can legally change their sex (ie. change male to female on birth certificate) based on their own ‘Self Identification’, and will no longer need a medical diagnosis or to meet any other criteria. The proposals are to change the Gender Recognition Act. Lobby groups such as Stonewall have been pushing Self Id because the current system is too slow and intrusive. I'm sure it is necessary to make the process easier for those who need it and are going through a very difficult thing. But it also reflects a broadening of the type of people who are now considered trans gender, to include people who don't have gender dysphoria and don't seek any hormone treatment, surgery etc. Very little public discussion of these policies is allowed beyond repeating 'trans women are women'. The only people who are campaigning against these changes are some women’s groups. They get a lot of flak for it but they are pointing out that if any male can be seen legally as a woman, this will have an impact on: women’s prisons, women’s sport, the right to have intimate care done by someone of your own sex, single sex hospital wards, rape crisis centres and domestic violence shelters, collecting data on crime, pay, or anything else where you want to have separate figures for male and female. This change to the GRA is part of a general trend we are seeing, from segregating where necessary based on sex, to segregating based on ‘gender identity’. This is going under the radar. Many organisations and public bodies now segregate based on gender identity not sex. For example male to female trans women are usually housed in women’s prisons. See the recent case of Karen White, male rapist who sexually assaulted female prisoners she was locked up with. Girl Guides accepts male to female trans girls. Where this happens the male child/teen will share sleeping/showering etc with the other girls on camp, and parents will not be told. Girls who identity as a boy will be managed out of the organisation. British Gymnastics allows boys up to 16 who identify as a girl to compete against girls. Pips Bunce was given a place on the FT list of top 100 women in the city (seriously, google him/her). Schools are advised that children should use the changing room and loos of the gender they identify with. If anyone else is uncomfortable (ie a teenage girl expected to change next to someone she has always knows as a boy) the school is advised to move the uncomfortable child. These policies seem to be brought in without any risk assessment or equality impact assessments for how it will effect other groups. Anyone can fill in the consultation. It’s long but you don’t have to answer all the questions or do it in one go. Fair Play for Women, and A Women’s Place UK both have guides to filling it in, both are looking at it from a women’s rights perspective. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act-2004
  13. This one doesn't fit with all the other examples and is alarming: -'Another reported having a landlord 'showing up nightly, sitting in my bedroom and refusing to leave'. This type of thing was covered on women's hour a while ago - there was a thread on here. I think Wayward is right - like other sexual exploitation - it's about power. I wonder if these men are similarly creepy in other parts of their lives?
  14. This is relevant to this thread. Podcast of a Timothy Garton Ash lecture this summer: What went wrong with liberalism? And what should liberals do about it? https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2018/06/timothy-garton-ash-what-went-wrong-with-liberalism-and-what-should-liberals-do-about-it/ Think it might be on YouTube too.
  15. I heard this. It was grim. The most shocking aspect for me was the police's attitude to the crime that the landlord was committing against the tenant couple. From her telling of events there was clear evidence of the crime and the police would have been able to find more evidence if they looked into it. People are definitely prosecuted for voyeurism. So either the officers didn't know the law, or for some reason were just completely dismissive of this crime. You are right the whole thing had a Dickensian London feel to it. They did a good job of linking it to poor tenants rights but I'm always a bit uneasy by placing everything (ie any aspect of a dysfunctional housing market) in the context of a shortage of housing, but that's because I'm not completely convinced by it. Presumably the landlord in question is continuing to act like a complete perv to his current tenants with impunity.
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