Social Theorist and Philosopher

Even a party for women won’t take on trans lobby

Article in The Times

By Janice Turner 1st March 2018

On Tuesday I attended a meeting on the Gender Recognition Act by a group called A Woman’s Place. The venue wasn’t announced until that morning as trans activists had disrupted previous events. But 400 women turned up on an Arctic night, galvanised by moves to allow men who self-identify as women into female private spaces.

It is an incendiary feminist issue, yet the WEP cannot even debate it. Brunskell Evans’s views were anodyne enough to be broadcast on the BBC at teatime, but the WEP sacked her because a single transgender member complained. Eventually on Tuesday night Sophie Walker, the WEP leader, rose to say, in classic mealy-mouthed politician mode, “I’m listening” to fears about changes to the Act. She was roundly booed: I’m not surprised.

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