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  • Meaning of woman: adult human female.

    Meaning of female: of or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs, distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) which can be fertilized by male gametes (sperm)

    Warning:
    This wiki entry discusses violence (physical and sexual) against women in detail, along with suicide and other potentially triggering topics.


    Quotes

    "I'm not a vet but I know what a dog is" - Kellie-Jay Keen (when asked "are you a biologist?" with regard to her views about trans people)

    "It's not hate to defend your rights and it's not hate to speak the truth" - Magdalen Berns

    "It particularly offends me to be called a 'cis' woman to signify that we are not Trans women. This to me is equivalent of me being described as a 'non-White' (person?), and frankly I will not be silent about the insult that it gives to all women born and recognised as female from birth." - Linda Bellos

    "If we say 'pregnant people' instead of 'pregnant women', abortion becomes a people's rights issue instead of a women's rights issue. And then you can't complain if men decide." - Helen Saxby

    "No adult human female was ever born with a penis." - Jane Roper

    "Female sport exists to celebrate the achievements of extraordinary females, not those of ordinary males." - Dr Emma Hilton

    "So many genders yet we still know, magically, which half of the human race is expected to wipe arses and scrub floors." - Victoria Smith


    Terminology


    AFAB/AMABAssigned Female At Birth/Assigned Male At Birth
    AGP/AutogynephiliaDefined as a male's propensity to be sexually aroused by the thought of himself as a female
    Bottom surgeryGenital surgery
    Cisgender/CisHow Trans people refer to biological men/women
    Crypto TERFInsulting term for someone suspected of secretly holding GC views.
    DeadnamingCalling a trans person by their birth name they no longer use
    Decriminalisation/Decrim(Of the sex industry) A legal model where there are no criminal penalties for buying or selling sex.
    Detransitioned/DetransA person who used to identify as trans but has reverted to their birth sex.
    EnbyNon-Binary
    FTMFemale to Male
    GCGender Critical
    Gender affirming surgerySex change
    Gender dysphoriaA persistent feeling that you don't "belong" in your body, and were meant to be the opposite sex.
    Genderist/GendieSomeone who believes gender ideology is more important than biological sex.
    GenderqueerSomeone that identifies as neither male nor female.
    GNCGender Non-Conforming
    HRT(In reference to a trans person) Cross-sex hormones
    HSTSHomosexual Transsexual i.e. a trans "woman" who is a gay man, rather than AGP.
    IntersexSomeone born with a chromosomal disorder that affects their physical sex characteristics.
    Legalisation(Of the sex industry) A legal model where the sex industry is fully legal and government-regulated.
    MisgenderingIdentifying someone by their sex rather than their preferred gender identity.
    MTFMale to Female
    Nordic ModelA legal model that criminalises buying sex, but does not penalise those who sell sex.
    Peak trans/"Peaking"The moment where someone realizes that gender ideology doesn't make sense / is dishonest.
    Prostituted womanPreferred term for a woman in the sex industry, rather than prostitute or "sex worker."
    Puberty blockersDrugs given to children to prevent natural puberty.
    QueerA slur used for gay people, repurposed as an "umbrella term" for many different identities
    ROGDRapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
    SafeguardingMeasures designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.
    Self identification/Self IDLegal policy that treats people as whichever sex they say they are, rather than their biological sex.
    SurvivorSome women prefer to be called survivors rather than victims (of rape, abuse, etc.)
    SWERFSex Worker Exclusionary Radical Feminist. A feminist who opposes the sex industry.
    TEHMTrans Exclusionary Homosexual Man/Male
    TERFTrans Exclusionary Radical Feminist
    TiM/TiFTrans identified male/Trans identified Female
    Top surgeryMastectomy/boob job
    TRATrans Rights Activist
    TransjackingWhen trans people try to appropriate something that only the opposite sex has, such as menstruation.
    TransmedicalismThe idea that to be trans, one should be diagnosed with dysphoria and undergo medical interventions.
    TranssexualA trans person who acknowledges biological sex and supports sex-based rights
    Trans widowA woman who has left, or wants to leave, her marriage because her spouse "came out" as trans.

    Country-specific terminology


    Adelphité (France)Supposed to be a gender-neutral "alternative" to the word fraternité (brotherhood), which is one of the core founding values of France as a republic. Some transactivists campaign for all mentions of fraternité by government, law, etc. to be replaced with adelphité.
    Filipinx (Philippines)Supposed gender-neutral alternative to "Filipino/Filipina."
    [email protected], Latine, Latinx (Latin America)Supposed gender-neutral alternatives to "Latino/Latina." They make no sense linguistically, since "Latino" is already gender-neutral.
    X-Gender (Japan)Someone who does not identify as male or female - equivalent to "non-binary" or "genderqueer" in English. It can also refer to things like unisex fashion.

    Timeline

    Significant milestones/events in the GC/Trans space (Mostly since 2018)

    2014

    December 2014: Death of Leelah Alcorn (USA)
    Josh Alcorn, also known as Leelah, was a trans-identified 17-year-old boy whose suicide received a huge amount of worldwide media attention. He had posted a suicide note on his blog, stating that his conservative Christian parents had attempted conversion therapy and withdrawn him from school because he was same sex attracted. His parents were harassed, threatened, and blamed for his death; they claimed they had not known he identified as trans. Alcorn's death led to many protests worldwide and some local legal changes.

    2015

    August 2015: Michfest closure (USA)
    Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (Michfest) was an annual lesbian feminist music festival that ran from 1976 to 2015. Over the years, Michfest came under increasing attack for its policy of allowing natal women only. It was censured by major LGBTQ organisations and repeatedly threatened and harassed by transactivists; performers at the festival also found themselves boycotted. Eventually, the decision was made to end Michfest in 2015.

    2016

    January 2016: Susie Green joins Mermaids (UK)
    The charity Mermaids, which supports trans-identified children, was founded in the 1990s. In January 2016 it appointed Susie Green as CEO. Green is the mother of a trans-identified son to whom she gave puberty blockers from a young age, and took him to Thailand for genital surgery when he was 16. Under her leadership, Mermaids has aggressively promoted the ideology that children should be affirmed in trans identities and offered medical interventions. It has also repeatedly tried to sue or discredit anyone who does not agree.

    May 2016: "Bathroom bill" video (USA)
    A conservative Christian pressure group called Alliance Defending Freedom released a video expressing concern at laws allowing trans-identified men into women's toilets and changing rooms. It was widely criticised as transphobic and hateful, even though it did not mention religious or moral judgements, and simply featured women (along with a gender critical transwoman) saying that many women and young girls would feel intimidated if expected to share facilities with men.

    2017

    September 2017: Speakers' Corner attack (UK)
    GC feminists planned to hold an event in London to discuss self-ID concerns. For safety reasons, it was decided to keep the venue secret and meet at Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park. Transactivists found out about this and showed up to threaten the women. Tara Wolf, a 26-year-old TiM, punched 60-year-old Maria McLachlan and was later convicted of assault. At trial, the judge repeatedly instructed McLachlan to refer to Wolf as female.

    September 2017: Karen White (UK)
    Karen White is a convicted sex offender who entered the prison system as a transwoman. In September 2017, authorities decided to move him to a women's prison. He spent three months there and sexually assaulted at least two women before being moved again to a men's prison. There was public outrage over the fact he was allowed into a women's prison despite his numerous convictions for violence and sexual assault against women.

    November 2017: Lily Madigan (UK)
    The Labour Party elected transwoman Lily Madigan as Constituency Women's Officer for Rochester and Strood. His predecessor, the lesbian feminist Anne Ruzylo, objected to his appointment and was harassed into leaving the party; other women followed her in protest. Madigan was later elected national women's officer for Labour Students in 2019, but there were many allegations of him threatening, bullying, and even sexually assaulting other party members. He was effectively sacked from the position when Labour voted to disaffiliate from Labour Students. Madigan has since disappeared from his previously active social media. More here.

    2018

    January 2018: India Willoughby Celebrity Big Brother (UK)
    Transwoman media personality India Willoughby appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. He regularly came into conflict with other contestants, including complaining of being misgendered when addressed as "he", and getting angry when the rapper Ginuwine said that he wouldn't date a trans person. Some contestants also behaved inappropriately towards Willoughby such as asking him to undress. Willoughby's behaviour was criticised in the media and by viewers, but some trans people argued he wasn't a fair representation of the trans community and that scenes were deliberately edited to portray a prejudiced view.

    February 2018: Death of Ekai Lersundi (Basque Country)
    Ekai Lersundi, a teenage girl who identified as male, died by suicide while being treated for gender dysphoria. At the time of her death, she had been waiting more than a year for cross-sex hormones. The hospital that treated her was criticised for having delayed prescribing hormones, instead asking her to consider alternatives to transition. Her story is the subject of the 2019 documentary Mi Pequeño Gran Samurai (My Little Great Samurai.)

    May 2018: Kill All TERFs crowdfunder (UK)
    Sluts 4 Sluts Collective, a "queer collective" that produces amateur porn, attempted to crowdfund on Twitter for a porn film to be called Kill All TERFs. Their account was suspended, but they attracted support from a number of people, even though the premise of the film amounted to a threat of rape and violence against women they didn't agree with.

    May 2018: The Bride Was a Boy (Japan)
    Chii, a transwoman artist, published an autobiographical manga called 花嫁は元男子 (Hanayome wa Moto Danshi or The Bride Was a Boy.) The manga details his experiences of transitioning and his romance with his now-husband. He was attacked by transactivists who objected to the title's suggestion that a transwoman was ever a boy, and did not believe his story that his family was accepting of his trans identity. The manga is an account of his personal experiences, with the title referring to how he sees himself.

    July 2018: "Adult human female" billboards (New Zealand / UK)
    GC women’s group Speak Up for Women NZ paid for a billboard in Wellington, New Zealand that displayed the dictionary definition of woman as “adult human female.” Subsequently, in September 2018 the UK women’s group Standing for Women paid to place the same billboard in Liverpool. In both cases, the billboards were removed after complaints and the women attacked as transphobic, even though the only words on the billboard were the formal definition of woman as an adult human female. Picture

    July 2018: UK Government GRA Consultation (UK)
    The UK Government held a consultation to help decide whether changes should be made to England and Wales's Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Currently, the GRA allows trans people to apply for a certificate that legally recognises them as their preferred gender, but they have to meet conditions such as a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. There were over 100,000 responses to the consultation - many of them from feminists and transsexuals concerned that any change would pave the way for "self-ID" laws (where people can freely choose their legal sex.) Ultimately, it was decided not to change the GRA.

    August 2018: Lisa Littman ROGD paper (USA)
    The academic Lisa Littman published a study into ROGD - "rapid onset gender dysphoria." Her hypothesis was that a lot of teenagers were suddenly identifying as trans (despite no previous sign of gender dysphoria) because of social contagion. The paper led to widespread controversy over its methodology, conclusions, and issues of academic freedom.

    September 2018: Helen Watts - Girlguiding (UK)
    Girlguiding leader Helen Watts raised concerns over a policy that allows trans-identified boys and men to share showers, tents, and bedrooms with girls when on camping trips or adventure holidays. Girlguiding subsequently dismissed her, stating she had broken its "volunteer code of conduct."

    September 2018: Pips Bunce accolade (UK)
    Women working in the City of London objected to Philip "Pips" Bunce, who identifies as non-binary, winning a Financial Times award for women in finance. Bunce alternates between men's and women's clothing, which was apparently enough to qualify him as a woman for the award. He was a highly paid investment banker at Credit Suisse - a field where it is notoriously difficult for women to succeed.

    October 2018: Butterfly (UK)
    ITV aired a drama called Butterfly in which an 11-year-old boy wants to transition and be treated as a girl. The show presented a number of harmful beliefs and stereotypes: that GNC children are in the wrong bodies, they will commit suicide if not affirmed, and that it is dangerous to discourage children from puberty blockers. It was written with the help of the controversial charity Mermaids, and had a divisive reception from audiences.

    October 2018: Rachel McKinnon gold (Canada)
    A transwoman named Rachel McKinnon broke women's cycling records and won gold in his age bracket at the UCI Masters Track Championships. He has repeatedly defended his "right" to participate in women's sports, and made numerous offensive comments towards women. McKinnon is still competing as a professional cyclist under the name Veronica Ivy.

    December 2018: Gamestop "Ma'am" (USA)
    In December 2018, a video went viral online of a TiM called Tiffany Moore threatening a GameStop employee who had addressed him as "sir." The video was memorable for the way in which Moore repeatedly, aggressively demanded to be called "ma'am."

    2019

    March 2019: UK's first trans hate crime prosecution (UK)
    In the first trans-related hate crime prosecution in the UK, Miranda Yardley was charged with online harassment of Helen Islan. Islan is not trans (she is the mother of a trans-identified child), while Yardley is transsexual. The case was dismissed after one day, with the judge saying it should never have been brought.

    May 2019: Organisations leaving Stonewall (UK)
    Major public organisations began to leave Stonewall's Diversity Champion Scheme, which rewards LGBT-friendly (especially trans-friendly) policies. Some of them said that the scheme was not good value for money, but others criticised Stonewall as increasingly dogmatic and giving advice that could be legally unsound. Liz Truss, then Minister for Women and Equalities, encouraged all government departments to leave Stonewall. A large number of organisations subsequently left and more have continued to leave.

    May 2019: Transman stillbirth (USA)
    The New England Journal of Medicine reported a case where emergency room staff had missed signs that a transman patient was in labour, partly because her medical records stated her to be male. As a result, the baby was stillborn and the patient's life endangered. Public discussion ensued over the importance of recording biological sex on medical records.

    May 2019: Caster Semenya vs the IAAF (South Africa)
    Intersex professional athlete Caster Semenya has repeatedly come into conflict with the IAAF (now World Athletics) over whether she should be allowed to compete against women. In 2018 the IAAF introduced a requirement for women's competitors with testosterone above a certain level to take medication to lower it. Many people thought the rule change was targeting Semenya specifically. She raised a legal challenge, which she lost in May 2019.

    June 2019: Kami Sid removed from Aurat March (Pakistan)
    The annual Aurat March in Pakistan commemorates International Women's Day and draws attention to women's issues. Kami Sid, a transwoman model and activist, was removed as an organiser of the march over allegations of bullying and sexual assault. He denied this and said that the decision to exclude him was because of transphobic prejudice.

    June 2019: Tokyo lesbian bar controversy (Japan)
    A transwoman named Elin McCready claimed that he had been discriminated against by not being allowed into a women-only event at Gold Finger, one of Tokyo's oldest lesbian bars. Even though the bar has long hosted events aimed at transmen, it was attacked on social media and the owner labelled a TERF. She eventually agreed to make women's events mixed-sex by allowing TiMs in.

    August 2019: Vandalised rape crisis centre (Canada)
    Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Centre is the oldest rape crisis centre in Canada. As far back as 1995 it was sued by a transwoman for not hiring him. More recently, it lost public funding in 2019 for being women-only and a few months later in August 2019 was vandalised by transactivists who nailed a dead rat to the door and wrote offensive graffiti all over the building.

    September 2019: Freddy McConnell decision (UK)
    Freddy McConnell, a transman, lost a legal case to be named as the "father" or "parent" on her son's birth certificate rather than "mother." She subsequently also lost an appeal in April 2020. This verdict upheld the importance of biological sex with regard to parental rights under English and Welsh law.

    October 2019: Jessica Yaniv lawsuits (Canada)
    Jessica (formerly Jonathan) Yaniv filed lawsuits against more than 15 different beauticians, all immigrant women of colour. He claimed discrimination because they offered genital waxing for women but had refused to wax his testicles. The case went to a tribunal, which ruled against Yaniv in October 2019 and ordered him to pay damages to the defendants. Yaniv has a history of harassing others and predatory behaviour towards girls, more here.

    December 2019: Hannah Mouncey discrimination claims (Australia)
    Hannah Mouncey is a transwoman who plays professional football and handball for Australia. The AFL temporarily disallowed him from playing in 2017 but reinstated him the following year after criticism from transactivists and the media. In December 2019, he alleged he had been unfairly excluded from the world championship team for women's handball because he refused to use a separate changing room to avoid making female players uncomfortable.

    2020

    June 2020: Fallon Fox controversial tweet (USA)
    The former MMA fighter Fallon Fox is a transwoman who competed against natal women during his career. He broke the skull of opponent Tamikka Brents in a 2014 fight. In 2020, he bragged on Twitter of injuring Brents and another (unknown) woman in the ring because they were "transphobic." The BBC later apologised for running an interview with him in light of these tweets.

    December 2020: Keira Bell vs Tavistock (UK)
    Keira Bell, a detransitioned woman, pursued legal action against the Tavistock Clinic - the UK's only gender identity clinic for under-18s. She won the case when the High Court ruled that under-18s are not competent to consent to puberty blockers. The verdict was later overturned on appeal; and Bell was denied permission to escalate the case to the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the original verdict has led to policy changes, such as the NHS no longer describing puberty blockers as reversible.

    2021

    March 2021: Challenorgate (UK)
    Aimee Challenor is a transwoman who was suspended from both the Green Party and Labour Party over safeguarding concerns - respectively involving his father (now a convicted paedophile) and fiancé (who had publicly expressed sexual fantasies about children.) He was later hired by Reddit, which banned a user for linking to an article that mentioned how Challenor came to be suspended from the Green Party. Hundreds of subreddits protested the ban and the decision to hire Challenor; as a result, Reddit dismissed him in March 2021. Much more information can be found here.

    May 2021: Maya Forstater case (UK)
    Maya Forstater lost her job as a researcher at the Centre for Global Development (a poverty thinktank), which decided not to renew her contract because of her gender critical tweets. She brought a landmark legal case against the CGD, arguing that gender critical views count as protected beliefs under English and Welsh law. Forstater won the case in May 2021 and a full merits hearing in July 2022. JK Rowling publicly supported her in a tweet, and was once again criticised and threatened as transphobic.

    May 2021: Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (UK)
    The Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre appointed transwoman Mridul Wadhwa as CEO - a position that had been advertised as reserved for a woman. Wadhwa does not have a gender recognition certificate and is not considered a woman under Scottish law. Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, and the Scottish Green Party, have defended his appointment even after he publicly described women as "bigots" if they did not want to be seen by a male rape counsellor.

    June 2021: WiSpa incident (USA)
    WiSpa is a Korean spa in Los Angeles. A woman shared an Instagram video of her confronting staff about the presence of a naked man in the women’s section of the spa. The man in question proved to be a transwoman, and the video went viral. There were protests and counter-protests at the spa over whether or not TiMs should be allowed into the women’s area. The man was charged with indecent exposure and it emerged he was already convicted of other sex offences.

    June 2021: Jess de Wahls (UK)
    The UK's Royal Academy of Arts decided to remove the work of the artist Jess de Wahls from its gift shop after eight complaints that de Wahls is transphobic. This led to debate around freedom of expression and the right to hold gender critical views; subsequently, her work was reinstated in the shop.

    July 2021: Trans by Helen Joyce (UK)
    Helen Joyce published Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, a criticism of transactivism and gender ideology. The book was a bestseller and critically well-received, but led to harassment and smear campaigns against Joyce. She was also "no-platformed" from at least one event on the grounds that her presence would make trans people unsafe.

    July 2021: Women-only train carriages controversy (Japan)
    Many trains in Japan come with a women-only carriage to protect women from harassment. The conservative newspaper Sankei Shimbun reported that some train companies were now considering making all carriages open to everyone, in response to complaints of trans-identified people not being allowed into the women's carriage. Feminists campaigned to keep women-only carriages and raise awareness of why they are necessary.

    August 2021: Chris Chan arrest (USA)
    Christian / Christine Weston Chandler, known as Chris Chan or CWC, is a trans YouTuber and internet personality. He was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his mother, who has dementia. The case is relevant to the gender discussion because a large number of people insisted that Chandler be referred to as a woman and it was wrong to "misgender" him no matter what he'd done - as if pronouns are more important than a horrific sex crime against an elderly, disabled woman.

    August 2021: Laurel Hubbard (New Zealand)
    Transwoman weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won a number of medals competing against women. He has been repeatedly criticised by female athletes, as well as the Chief Executive of the Australian Weightlifting Federation and the Prime Minister of Samoa (where Hubbard won at the 2019 Pacific Games.) In August 2021, he competed at the Olympics, having been given a place at the expense of a young Indigenous woman - he was 43, at least twice the age of most of the women on the Olympic team.

    October 2021: Nolan Investigates (UK)
    In October 2021, the BBC journalist / presenter Stephen Nolan released a podcast called Nolan Investigates. It presented the findings of his investigation into the BBC’s relationship with Stonewall. In the podcast Nolan highlighted issues such as Stonewall’s influence on public policy, and the need for impartial reporting. The following month, the BBC withdrew from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme and Workplace Equality Index.

    October 2021: Kathleen Stock (UK)
    Students at Sussex University led a campaign for Kathleen Stock, a gender critical professor, to be fired. She received death threats and was placed under police guard. The university was also repeatedly picketed by trans groups demanding that she be fired. Despite support from other academics and the vice-chancellor of Sussex University, Stock chose to resign.

    October 2021: Marion Millar (UK)
    Marion Millar was charged with posting alleged transphobic and homophobic content on Twitter. The original complaint against Millar alleged she directed threatening or abusive behaviour at a man and two women, including a police officer, via social media between October and June, contrary to section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010, this conduct being aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation and transgender identity. In October 2021, Scottish prosecutors chose to drop all charges against Millar.

    November 2021: Terry Gilliam play cancelled (UK)
    The Old Vic theatre cancelled Terry Gilliam's revival of the musical Into the Woods, on account of him holding views that staff found offensive - including questioning trans identity politics. The play later went ahead at the Theatre Royal Bath.

    December 2021: Adrian Harrop suspension (UK)
    Pro-trans activist Dr Adrian Harrop (who is not transgender) received a formal suspension from practicing medicine because of his history of harassing gender critical women, both online and offline. This includes tweets where he equated JK Rowling with Jimmy Savile - he was later forced to apologise after she threatened to sue.

    December 2021: Harry Miller (UK)
    Harry Miller was investigated by police in January 2020 after complaints about his “transphobic” tweets. In these tweets, Miller said he doesn't view transwomen as women; but he did not encourage violence or discrimination against trans people. He took legal action against Humberside Police, and the Court of Appeal ruled in his favour in December 2021.

    2022

    February 2022: Census ruling (UK)
    The Scottish Government decided that in the 2022 census, trans people would be allowed to “self-identify” i.e. to record their preferred gender rather than their biological sex. Feminists objected to this as it does not give an accurate representation of men and women in Scotland. A civil court judge threw out an appeal by GC group Fair Play for Women to record birth sex only.

    March 2022: Scotland's gender reform bill (UK)
    The Scottish Government set out plans to allow trans people to self-identify their chosen gender. The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill sets out proposals to speed up the time it takes to get a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). It would also lower the age at which trans people can obtain the document from 18 to 16. The Bill would cut the length of time a person has to live in their acquired gender before applying from two years to three months, and would also do away with the need for a medical diagnosis. The Scottish Government claim that this will streamline the process and make it easier for trans people to obtain a GRC. These changes may threaten single-sex spaces and open them to abuse from men choosing to self-identify as a woman, with no checks or balances.

    March 2022: Cass review (UK)
    Hilary Cass OBE was appointed to lead an independent review into healthcare for trans-identified under-18s. Her interim report in March 2022 advised creating regional gender identity clinics for children rather than centering services on the Tavistock Clinic. The report highlighted a number of problems with the Tavistock such as long waiting times, over-eagerness to prescribe puberty blockers, and failure to identify vulnerable children. This was the main cause of the decision to close the Tavistock.

    March 2022: Jamie Wallis (UK)
    Jamie Wallis is the Conservative MP for Bridgend, Wales. In March 2022 he came out as a transwoman and was praised as the UK's first transgender MP. However, he announced he had no intention of changing his name, pronouns, or any aspect of his lifestyle. Questions arose over whether he had declared himself transgender to divert attention from a number of controversies he was involved in - including dangerous driving and repeated trading standards violations.

    March 2022: Baroness Nicholson (UK)
    During a debate in the House of Lords over single-sex wards, Baroness Emma Nicholson shared a story of a constituent who was raped by a transwoman allowed to stay on a women's ward. According to Baroness Nicholson, when the rape was reported to police, NHS staff repeatedly claimed that there were no men on the ward and did not admit the truth for more than a year. This story was repeated in the press and led to much public debate on the subject. Baroness Nicholson later said that more than ten women had come to her with similar accounts of sexual assault on mixed sex wards.

    April 2022: Manhunt (USA)
    Gretchen Felker-Martin, a transwoman, released a novel called Manhunt via Amazon. The book demonises GC women (with JK Rowling mentioned by name), and features many graphic descriptions of them being murdered by transwomen. Felker-Martin promoted this as a draw to sell copies, and it became the #1 bestselling horror novel on the site. Feminists questioned why Manhunt did not violate Amazon's content policy when, at the time, Amazon had recently removed at least one gender critical book from sale for supposedly promoting hate.

    May 2022: Attempted bookshop burning (Spain)
    A bookshop in Barcelona, Spain hosted an event with José Errasti and Marino Pérez, authors of the book Nadie Nace en un Cuerpo Equivocado (No One is Born in a Wrong Body), which questions gender ideology. During the event, transactivists attacked the shop and threatened to burn it down with the authors inside. Police ended the event early and attendees had to be escorted out for their own safety.

    June 2022: Kiyoha Kiritaka (Japan)
    Kiyoha Kiritaka spoke out about being exploited whilst working as a maiko (novice geisha.) She was widely attacked because geisha are a highly respected traditional industry. Transactivists attempted to discredit her as transphobic over old tweets where she said transwomen should not share traditional baths with women. She had not mentioned trans people in relation to her abuse at any time. Feminists supported her and this led to wider discussion around women's rights.

    June 2022: Lia Thomas (USA)
    Professional swimmer Lia Thomas has been competing against women since he transitioned in 2021. He went from a low-ranked men's swimmer to a women's champion, and won a NCAA Division I national championship in March 2022. His obvious, unfair advantage against female swimmers caused an array of protests, boycotts, and criticisms. As a result, in June 2022 the FNIA ruled that transwomen would no longer be permitted to compete in women's swimming.

    June 2022: Ezra Miller injunction (USA)
    The parents of Tokata Iron Eyes, who allege that the actor Ezra Miller groomed her when she was under 18, took out a court order against him. Because Miller identifies as non-binary, press reports about the case have repeatedly referred to him as "they/them" - obscuring the fact that he is a man alleged to have groomed an underage girl. As with Chris Chan, many people argued that Miller should not be "misgendered" and his chosen pronouns were more important than accurate reporting.

    July 2022: Allison Bailey decision (UK)
    The lesbian feminist barrister Allison Bailey sued her legal chambers and Stonewall for discriminating against her because of her gender critical beliefs and her role as a founder of LGB Alliance UK. She won damages from her chambers, although the tribunal dismissed her claim against Stonewall. Following Maya Forstater's case, this further establishes gender critical beliefs as protected under English and Welsh law.

    July 2022: Tavistock closure (UK)
    It was announced that the Tavistock Clinic (which, since 1989, has been the only gender identity clinic in the UK that deals with children and teens) would close by spring 2023 - largely because of the Cass Report's findings, but also the fallout of Keira Bell's case. Lawyers are currently preparing legal action on behalf of former patients.

    July 2022: Helen and Michael Webberley verdict (UK)
    Helen and Michael Webberley, both doctors, ran an online "gender clinic" which prescribed drugs to trans-identified under-18s. This includes puberty blockers for a child as young as nine. The business was registered abroad in order to circumvent UK regulations. The General Medical Council suspended the Webberleys and filed charges against them, chiefly of failing to provide adequate patient care. In July 2022 a tribunal ruled to strike off Michael Webberley from clinical practice and suspend Helen.

    July 2022: Memorial desecration (France)
    The French feminist group L'Amazone was due to take part in a documentary about "shaken baby syndrome" (SBS) - when a baby dies from brain trauma caused by shaking. They worked with grieving mothers to create a street collage in memory of infants who had died from SBS after being shaken by their fathers. The collage was subsequently vandalised by transactivists who consider L'Amazone to be a "TERF" hate group - even though the memorial project was completely unrelated to trans people.

    August 2022: Joanne Harris (UK)
    JK Rowling received death threats in the wake of the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie. Joanne Harris, the Chair of the Society of Authors, said that death threats are common for authors and implied Rowling was exaggerating or attention-seeking - even though it wasn't yet known whether Rushdie would recover. At the time, Harris's daughter had recently come out as a transman. Other authors were divided over support of Harris or Rowling, and some questioned Harris's fitness to continue as chair.

    August 2022: Sperm freezing decision (Japan)
    In Japan, anyone who wants to legally change sex is required to have genital surgery and be sterilised. The High Court in Tokyo ruled that a transwoman could not be legally recognised as the parent of a child born with sperm frozen before his transition - setting an important case law precedent regarding trans people. This is because Japan heavily relies on the family registry system, which does not allow for multiple fathers/mothers or a father who is legally recorded as a woman.

    August 2022: YMCA pool ban (USA)
    A YMCA in Washington State banned 80-year-old Julie Jaman from its pool after she told a transwoman employee to leave the women's locker room. The YMCA claimed to have banned her for multiple incidents of breaking rules and harassing staff. Jaman said she intervened because the employee in question was watching little girls undress. Jaman and other women protested at the YMCA and transactivists held a counter-protest.

    September 2022: Japan Women's University (Japan)
    Japan Women's University, the largest and oldest women-only university in the country, announced that from 2024 it would allow applications from trans-identified men. After objections from students, it was announced that a helpline and counselling sessions would be set up to assuage the concerns of female students. This news broke after years of revelations about Japanese universities skewing admissions tests to favour male applicants (especially for medical courses.)

    September 2022: Ontario teacher controversy (Canada)
    Photos and videos surfaced on the internet of a trans-identified teacher at a school in Ontario, Canada wearing obscenely large prosthetic breasts during a woodwork class. The images caused widespread concern, and it was quickly established they weren't a hoax or stunt. Protest ensued at the school in question. The school issued a statement vaguely defensive of Lemieux and refused to comment further, but is reportedly considering a dress code for staff.

    September 2022: Forbes Power Women's Summit (USA)
    TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney, a man who has recently "transitioned" to female, was invited to speak at Forbes Power Women's Summit. Mulvaney is known for a series of videos documenting his transition, which involve very sexist stereotypes of womanhood. His fans have harassed, threatened, and "doxxed" a woman over a parody of his videos. Mulvaney's inclusion at the summit was protested by feminists and even other trans people.

    Examples of violence against women


    Up to 12 million girls aborted in India over last 30 years:study
    Up to 12 million girls were aborted over the last three decades in India by parents that tended to be richer and more educated, a large study in India found, and researchers warned that the figure could rise with falling fertility rates. These girls were aborted due to their biological sex (I guess nobody told them to self identify as male to be given a chance to live).

    Mortality from all causes is over 40% higher in female domestic abuse survivors
    The increased risk of mortality from any cause is 44% for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

    Domestic violence in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia
    On average, two women are murdered every week due to domestic violence.

    Facts about Prostitution | Nordic Model Now!
    Prostitution treats a woman as a commodity that men can use as a sex object, causing her real psychological and physical harm, and in violation of her human rights and the human right of all women to equality with men.

    “Anyone who thinks prostitution is a victimless crime hasn’t seen it up close.” (Joe Parker, 2004)

    Studies of men who buy sex (punters) show that they are significantly more likely than other men to rape and engage in all forms of violence against women. A US study found that punters were nearly eight times more likely to rape than other men.

    Resources

    Gender critical feminism

    UK
    Woman's Place UK
    Fair Play for Women
    Peak Trans
    Jane Clare Jones
    Magdalen Berns
    For Women Scotland
    Sister Outrider
    ReSisters United
    Sex Matters - focuses on the importance of sex in public policy
    Kellie-Jay Keen
    mrmenno
    XX Network - youth-targeted
    Women Uniting
    Merched Cymru

    Ireland
    Radicailín
    Graham Linehan - YouTube, Substack
    Helen Joyce

    USA
    Sex Not Gender

    Canada
    CAWSBAR (Canadian Women's Sex Based Rights)
    Feminist Current
    Bridget Perrier - an Indigenous survivor of sex trafficking

    France
    L'Amazone (in French)

    Spain
    Feministes de Catalunya (in Catalan and Castilian Spanish)
    Contra el Borrado de las Mujeres (in Spanish)

    Netherlands
    Peachyoghurt Genderfree - a lesbian gender abolitionist with a focus on child transition

    Norway
    Women's Human Rights Campaign (in Norwegian and English)

    Australia
    TERF Talk Downunder
    No Conflict They Said - a collection of stories from women affected by trans-related policies
    IWD Brisbane
    Victorian Women's Guild
    Fair Go for Queensland Women
    Feminist Legal Clinic

    New Zealand
    Speak Up for Women NZ

    Nigeria
    Naija Radfem

    India
    Vaishnavi Sundar

    Japan
    Uno Ishigami (in Japanese)
    No Self-ID - a women's group campaigning against proposed self-ID laws (in Japanese)
    Save Women's Space (in Japanese)
    Yukio Okuda - a GC transwoman (in Japanese)

    Misc/General
    Sex and Gender Intro - useful introduction to the conflict between sex and gender, has a Spanish-language site
    Ovarit - site that now hosts several gender critical communities banned from Reddit.
    Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality by Helen Joyce
    Material Girls by Kathleen Stock
    Men Trapped in Men's Bodies by Anne A. Lawrence - study of autogynephilia, written by an AGP transsexual
    Nadie nace en un cuerpo equivocado ("No One is Born in a Wrong Body") by José Errasti and Marino Pérez (in Spanish)

    Feminist / gender critical news resources

    Women Are Human
    4w
    Reduxx
    Trans Crime UK - a record of criminal convictions of trans people in the UK (intended as a neutral resource, since news articles and official statistics are likely to state an offender's preferred gender rather than sex.)

    Child transition

    4th Wave Now
    Transgender Trend
    Lily Maynard
    Irreversible Damage by Abigail Shrier - about the harms that can be caused to girls/women who transition early in life
    Aotearoa Support

    Violence against women

    UK
    Refuge UK
    Women's Aid
    Womankind
    Counting Dead Women - keeps track of murders of women by men in the UK each year
    We Can't Consent to This - a record of cases where "rough sex" has been used as a defence to murder women

    France
    Find local domestic violence resources (in French)
    Collectif féminicides par compagnons ou ex - record of women killed by current or former partners in France each year (in French)

    USA
    List of domestic violence resources for women in the USA

    Canada
    The Candy Shop - a short film dramatising the problem of child sex trafficking, mainly of girls, in Canada.
    List of domestic violence resources for women in Canada

    Australia
    List of domestic violence resources for women in Australia

    New Zealand
    Women's Refuge
    She Is Not Your Rehab - aimed at ending family violence in Māori and Pacific Islander communities

    Singapore
    AWARE

    Hong Kong
    List of domestic violence resources for women in Hong Kong

    Korea
    Spycam Sex Criminals - BBC documentary about the widespread problem of women being targeted with spycams.

    Japan
    Colabo - provides support in Tokyo for teenage girls who are homeless and/or victims of abuse, trafficking, or the sex industry (in Japanese)

    Sex industry

    Nordic Model Now
    AntiPornography
    Elly Arrow
    List of facts / statistics about porn
    Tokyo Anti Pornography and Prostitution Research Group (has an English-language site)
    Wahine Toa Rising - resources about sexual exploitation in New Zealand from the perspective of indigenous Māori survivors.
    Fight the New Drug
    Anti-Porn Feminists
    Your Brain on Porn
    Sex Industry Kills (in both German and English) - record of those who have died because of the sex industry
    CAP International
    Pimp State by Kat Barnard - UK-centric
    The Pimping of Prostitution by Julie Bindel
    Pornland by Gail Dines
    Holbeck Managed Approach: Drowning, Not Swimming - written by UK radical feminist, Belstaffie. A summary from spending three weeks passing as a punter and compiling covert surveillance in the residential area of Holbeck, Leeds, where Leeds Council trialled a managed approach to prostitution, allowing for soliciting and purchasing of sex.
    Collectif CAPP - French collective of sex trade survivors (in French)

    Academia

    GC Academia Network
    Gender Critical Research Network

    Male/female sport and comparisons

    Sex differences between men and women and why they matter in sport by Emma Hilton
    Male High School Athletes vs Female Olympians
    Even before birth, genetic building blocks are giving athletes born male a massive advantage
    Save Women's Sport Australasia

    Forced marriage, child marriage, and honour based abuse

    Karma Nirvana (UK) - services targeted at South Asian women and men
    Plan International - charity dealing with child marriage, FGM, and related issues affecting girls worldwide.
    Halo Project (UK)
    Honour Based Violence Awareness Network
    South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario - help for South Asian people living in / around Ontario, Canada

    GC lesbian, gay, and/or bisexual people

    UK
    Get the L Out UK
    LGB Alliance UK
    Duncan Henry - How I Became Gender Critical
    Jane Clare Jones - The Annals of the TERF Wars
    Sue Donym - Played The Fool
    Littlest HOMOsexual
    Lesbian Fightback
    Lesbian Labour
    Lesbian MeToo - catalogues sexual violence by men against lesbians
    Lesbian Strength
    Scottish Lesbians
    How trans ideology hijacked the gay rights movement

    France
    Résistance Lesbienne (in French)

    USA
    Lesbian and Gay Liberation Front
    LGB Alliance USA
    Lesbians United

    Canada
    Arty Morty

    Australia
    LGB Alliance Australia

    New Zealand
    LAVA (Lesbian Action for Visibility Aotearoa)

    Misc

    Trans Widows Voices - for women who have left / wish to leave a marriage with a trans spouse
    Let Toys Be Toys - campaign asking toy retailers and publishers not to use sex stereotypes to market to children.
    TERF Is a Slur - examples of abuse directed at women by transactivists online.
    The Boxer Ceiling - examples of abuse directed at gay men by transactivists online.
    List of resources for detransitioners
    CIAMS (International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood) - in English, Russian, French, German, and Spanish

    Comedy / Memes

    Y Chromosome Song (YMCA Parody) - The XY People
    Feminist Heretic
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