Women must not be silenced in the debate on gender identity

When it comes to the current consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, it is women who MSPs are finding easy to ignore. Specifically, women who believe that if the state decides the word “woman” has no objective meaning, then statistics will be skewed, protections will be lost and children risk being seriously harmed.

Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode four: kill the pigs

The lazy comparisons with Lord of the Flies started before any of these new episodes were shown, but there are two key reasons why we need a new reference point. One, just because the female population of Eden has greatly reduced in number, that doesn’t mean the women are merely a side note in aContinue reading “Eden: Paradise Lost (Channel 4) episode four: kill the pigs”

Conflating sex and gender does not help to promote gay rights

Gender roles matter to people like right-wing politician Vicky Hartzler, who has voted down legislation to address violence against women and whose efforts to restrict gay rights are thwarted by the idea that a woman can become a man and a man can become a woman. But they also matter to many trans activists, whose motives – when scrutinised – are every bit as homophobic.

Tim Farron was wrong to believe the personal was not political

LAST week, as Theresa May dithered and swithered about whether she had a deal or no deal with the DUP, I had a pang of nostalgia for the comparatively simple days of 2010, when Nick Clegg’s gung-ho Liberal Democrats hopped swiftly into bed with the Tories. The accepted narrative about that coupling is that CalamityContinue reading “Tim Farron was wrong to believe the personal was not political”

Don’t be so sure Trump voters were all idiots and racists

Yes, it feels like the votes of Bill and millions like him have turned the world upside down, but shouting at these people that they are all stupid, hateful, white supremacists is no way to mitigate the damage.